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Sam’s Town: Being a Minority in “AmeriKKKa” 2015

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By Kristen J. Simmons

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 In post-wake of the racially motivated terrorist attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church,  America’s anti-black/brown sentiment has only driven a knife deeper into an already infected wound.  Weeks after the attack, the racist hate group known as the Ku Klux Klan, or the KKK, planned a rally on  South Carolina state grounds on Saturday, 18 July. For a group whose history is that of such a supremacist and hateful nature, it brings about a question of morals. Why is the KKK allowed to have  such gatherings in this “great land” that is a melting pot of cultures and ethnic backgrounds, a place of  supposed acceptance? The answer can be summed up from a simple line in the national anthem “For the  land of the free,” err… unless you’re black.

 Let me explain! Throughout America’s history, the gathering of a significant number of people of color  has been seen as a threat to society. Starting in 1966, the Black Panther Party thrived and delivered a message of ending police brutality and promoting black pride. It was followed by false notions

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spread by those in power afraid of strong and independent black people. The party was disabled in 1982 by the government under the false guise that the Black Panthers were a militant extremist group.

The question still remains: When will we begin calling out white people for their problematic behavior in the same manor we label black people and falsify their actions as violent? White America has proven to be very uncomfortable with the gathering of colored people. Why else would a pride group of African Americans be dismantled by the government while a supremacy group of Caucasians that have caused terror on minorities for decades be allowed to rally in public spaces?

Events like these are happening all across America on many different scales. Brown skinned Middle Easterners are discriminated against by prejudice and racist people who are paranoid about terrorism. In America the government has brainwashed us into thinking that terrorism has a color and a nationality that comes from the other side of this world. Meanwhile, actual terrorists born and raised in our own nation such as the Charleston shooter rarely ever carry the weight of such labels. It’s almost as if America has a hidden clause about what makes one a racist. CAUTION: MUST BE AT LEAST THIS DARK TO BE CONSIDERED A THREAT TO SOCIETY.

So what does it mean to be a brown or a black in 2015?

We are unreasonably feared and simultaneously envied, we are discriminated against and our culture is appropriated, we are under privileged but told that we live in a fair society

The light of recent events in America regarding race has shown that there is a lot of work to be done when it comes to racial equality. Black America and minorities of this nation alike have a lot of protesting, trials, and tears ahead.

Be prepared, be mindful, and stay woke!

Kristen is a native of Mississippi, USA and would be joining University of Illinois at Chicago this fall for her studies in Communications. 

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Donald Trump to Declare ‘Emergency’, Use Military Funds for Mexico Border Wall

He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown, but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said.

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R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills blasted Carpe Donktum and Trump on Saturday. Pixabay

US President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said.

He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown, but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said.

Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”, the BBC reported on Friday.

The Congress passed the bill on Thursday which does not meet Trump’s demands for wall funding. It now has to be signed by the President to become law.

 

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Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”. VOA

The compromise legislation passed by Congress includes $1.3 billion in funding for border security, including physical barriers, but it does not allot money towards the border wall for which Trump had wanted $5.7 billion.

“The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday.

She added he would “take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border”.

Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, however, Republican leader Mitch McConnell indicated his support for the move, saying the President was taking action with “whatever tools he can legally use to enhance his efforts to secure the border”.

In a 83-16 vote, the Senate on Thursday passed the border security bill. The House of Representatives later also backed the measure, by 300 to 128.

 

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“The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. VOA

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has already suggested a legal challenge from Democrats should the President make an emergency declaration.

She and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer also issued a joint statement condemning the move.

 

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“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall,” they said.

Republicans fear this will set a precedent for presidential power that Democrats can someday use to circumvent the will of Congress. (IANS)