I try my best to remain close to the center as possible when it comes to issues regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I understand and respect both sides equally. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the World’s most complex issues and both sides have equally suffered.
There are no good sides or bad sides in this conflict. Both are guilty of their own sin and evils. However, they both have done good for their respective peoples.
I’m only a college student, not an expert in international affairs or policy, but I speak from what I draw from the World around me. I think the United Nations approving a resolution to change the status of the Palestinians from a non-member observer entity to a non-member observer state is a fabulous and a great thing. Some may disagree, and may say I know nothing about this very complex issue. This may be true, but the Palestinians deserve to be recognized as a state, not an entity. Vatican City is hardly a “nation” or a “country,” but it’s a sovereign state. Palestine on the other hand is a nation and a country, but in the past considered an entity. Now, it’s a “state” and that means a lot to so many people.
I don’t claim to know everything about the conflict, but it just seems right to me that Palestine receives recognition as a state not an entity by the international community via the UN.
Israel has a right to defend itself, no doubt about that. There are people throughout the World who want to destroy Israel. Not only Israel, but the United States, the United Kingdom and other Western nations. Israel is one of the most powerful and economically stable region in the Middle-East. It is said it is a Democracy, but when compared to the Democracy of the US, I’m not sure how much that statement would hold up.
I don’t take any sides, I only observe and take in. I just feel that Israel and Palestine should work together through this and find a fair and balanced solution.
I’m ignorant of the whole conflict, but I’m just speaking my mind here.
What say you? What are your opinions on this matter? I’m interested in hearing your opinions! Thank you!
By now, all of you already know of the whole controversy surrounding the nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, who answered a prank phone call by Australian DJs who were posing as members of the British Royal Family. A lot has been said about this sad and tragic story.
As, an American, I really don’t care for stories involving the British Royal Family. It’s not right for me to say I don’t like them since I’ve never met them before. Are they bad people? No, I don’t think they’re bad at all. I know they do a lot of good. However, I don’t think news stories involving them have any importance and relevance in my life as an American.
Back to the sad and tragic story of the nurse, Saldanha. It’s kind of funny how members of the news media kept saying how this is such a sad, tragic story, and so forth. However, before this even happened, they were criticizing her! They were commenting on how could these two nurses were gullible enough to even believe the prank phone call. News commentators were also saying that the pranksters didn’t even sound anything like the people they were impersonating. Well, if you’re in healthcare, you would know it’s always crazy, and I don’t think a busy nurse is going to have the time or even the mindset to even analyze a person’s accent to see it right or not. This was a big story, and as you can imagine, a normal average person being thrown in the center of a big media story is a big thing, a really big thing.
Just think about it. What if you get thrown into the middle of this big news story, that’s some serious stuff to deal with. If you aren’t a public figure, than you’re not prepared at all to be put in the public spotlight without any prior notice.
People are blaming the radio DJs. Personally, I don’t think the DJs are to blame. I blame the media circus surrounding the whole incident. I also blame the news media for putting normal everyday nurses on the spot. That, in my opinion are the real people to blame, the news media.
They make little things into big things. They sensationalize stories. You want to know what else the new media does? They also manipulate and mislead the news and events around the world.
People seem to be pretty judgmental about the nurse. People without even knowing the nurse are saying she must of had some serious problems. Well, don’t we all have some serious problems? I mean, I’m being serious here. If you were in her shoes, you don’t know what could go on. It’s so easy for people judge and say, “oh, she had some serious issues.” Well, have you ever met the woman? Have you ever talked to her? Before judging this woman and her death, what about judging your own life because the only person who has the right to judge you is yourself. That’s a fact.
Whatever you do, don’t blame the DJs, they couldn’t even imagine that something like this could have happened. Just don’t. Blame the news media.
However, as I really thought about it, is the new media really to blame? Despite, their tactics, should I really be pointing the figure at them? Yes, the news media is totally out of line in many aspects of their coverage of world events. But, it probably isn’t right to blame anyone including Jacintha herself in this incident. It’s a sad and tragic story, but the blame game needs to stop because it causes more harm then good. We live in a culture and society of “blaming.” This needs to stop.
What say you? I’m interested in learning and hearing of your opinions. Thanks!
Quite often, I get questions such as; What are you? I reply, I’m an American. They may ask; Where do I come from, I say, I’m from here. They may also ask what is my nationality, and I of course tell them I’m a citizen of the United States. As a child of an immigrant family, I get these types of questions quite often.
If I was an Anglo-American, would I get these types of question? I would safely assume that I wouldn’t get these types of questions if I were White. It’s such a struggle to emphasize myself as an American, in a society that assumes you’re an immigrant from another country. Well, I’m not an immigrant from another country. I was born and raised in this country and thus I see myself as an American, nothing more, nothing less.
I had this one experience that really made me stop to think. A gentleman came up to me and asked me where I’m from and I told him that I’m from here, Boston. He replied, no no, I meant what country you are from. I told him again that I’m from here and I was born in this country. He went on to ask me what I am, and I told him that I’m an American. He replied, no no, I don’t think so, you don’t look American to me. He said, where are your parents from, and I told him that they came to this country a long time ago, in the late 80s early 90s.
I could go into more detail of the conversation between the two of us, but I think this brief summary of our conversation is sufficient enough.
So, what do you all think? See what I mean when I tell you that it’s hard to make people consider you an American, and nothing else?
I’m in no way ashamed of my heritage, ancestry, or descent. However, I’m an American and this is my country. I don’t consider myself a part of the country that my family came from. I acknowledge and respect the country of my ancestors, I’ll say that. My allegiance is to this country, not any other country.
So, what say y’all?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Peace and blessings to you all!
It’s been awhile since I’ve been on Tumblr because of school. So, since I’m on break, I thought I should hop on Tumblr and write something meaningful.
I’m not sure if I’m considered a first generation American or a second. I was born and raised here in the US, but my family came here from another country. So, are they the first generation Americans or am I?
Anyways, as a child of an immigrant family, there’s a lot of comments I get when it comes to the celebration of US holidays.
Some of the things I get are;
As a young person who was born and raised in this country, that so happens to be born into an immigrant family, this is kind of hurtful, if not insulting.
What makes me different from other Americans that makes me different? Is it my brown skin, my Spanish last name, my hair and eye color, or is it because I’m not White? Would people ask these types of questions from an Anglo-American? I’m pretty sure Anglo-Americans don’t get the type of questions I constantly get.
It’s funny when I tell people that I’m an American, people almost automatically ask me where my family comes from, as if it’s assumed that my family comes from somewhere else. Don’t get me wrong here, all Americans come from somewhere else, even indigenous Americans immigrated here. I’m in no way ashamed of my heritage, ancestry, or decent. However, I’m a Person of Color, and there was a time in this country’s history where People of Color and other immigrant groups were not considered American and even less of a human being.
I’m proud to be an American, and I love this country very much. I’ll admit that during Thanksgiving, along with the traditional American foods, my family also cooks, serves, and eats traditional ethnic foods. This is what it means to be an American, to blend and melt different cultures, practices, and ideas.
I love turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and the like. Yet, I also love the food of my heritage and background.
What does it mean to be an American for you?
Be thankful and grateful for all that you have this year. Peace and blessings everyone!
I think that Republicans and anyone else who is anti-immigration should take a visit to a poor Third World country. I’m not talking about visiting those tourist destinations filled with stereotypical tourists that look all clean and perfect. I’m talking about visiting the real places where people in poor impoverished countries live and work. I want them to live the life of the locals and put themselves in the worn out shoes of these people.
I want these Republicans to put themselves in the positions of immigrants in America. See what it feels like to be a person of Color in America. See what it feels like to have an accent, have a remedial job, and work long hard hours. I want Conservatives to see what’s it like to be an immigrant.
I want these people to put themselves in the positions of these countless good people across America. I want them to see and feel hands on the places where immigrants in this country come from.
I’ll be willing to bet their views towards immigration will change, at least I hope it will. If they don’t however, than I don’t even know how to feel. These Republicans have no heart, and claim to be devout Christians. They use religion but they don’t live it. They completely disregard Christ and scriptures about welcoming the stranger. They happily quote scripture and Christ in speeches but fail to live out the charitable teachings of Christ and scripture.
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
- Leviticus 19:34
Let’s face it, people are always going to use quotes and sound bites to support their views. I’m using the Bible to support my ideology and politicians use it all the time. It’s funny how they advertise themselves as good devout Christians, but they support cuts to programs that would help the poor or those in college. Doesn’t the good book say to support those in need?
Conservative Republicans seem to disregard teaching that they don’t agree with, and who could blame them? That’s just going to look bad. The’re so adamant at deporting undocumented immigrants, but the good old book clearly states that you should welcome the stranger. What now? You’re going to ignore that book that you so greatly mention adore?
I really don’t know what’s in the hearts of these conservative politicians, but they’re policies and ideology is hateful towards immigrants and immigration.
Don’t get me wrong here, we need to secure our borders. However, the problem with immigration in the US as Newt Gingrich says, is that it’s just way too hard to come here legally, but way too easy to come here illegally.
It doesn’t take rocket science to realize that people are coming here illegally because it’s too hard to come here legally. To come here legally sometimes, is so hard that it’s not even funny one bit.
I guess that’s all I have to say. Peace everyone.
I’m not sure if the man who heckled a Chick-Fil-A drive-thru employee and recorded the encounter and later posted it on YouTube is a “bully.” Rather he was being really mean and totally inappropriate.
I find it pretty ironic that people who try to “combat” intolerance are intolerant themselves. This is a perfect example. You have a young man who strongly believes in LGBT rights and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, he went way out of line when he disrespected and heckled a young woman. Totally unacceptable and ridiculous.
Chick-Fil-A is entitled to it’s beliefs just as supporters of the LGBT community are also entitled to their beliefs. As I said before in previous posts, I’m all for fair and equal rights for homosexuals. I totally believe they have the right to get married, but I also believe that the Chicken joint has every right to believe what they want.
The man got fired, and I honestly don’t know if he should of been fired, but when you think about it, it’s no different from an employee posting something sexual online, and later being fired over it. Look, employers want their employees to have a certain type of conduct on and outside the field. So, I can’t really agree or disagree with him being fired from his job.
In the end, the guy apologized in person and on YouTube. The young woman accepted, and is thinking about sitting down with him with a chicken sandwich.
So, let’s just be respectful and tolerant of each other, even though we may disagree. Let’s just sit down, smoke the peace pipe, and shake hands. Doesn’t that sound good?
I have a weird type of personal philosophy. I don’t believe in calling people mean things such as “dumb-ass,” “stupid,” “crazy” or something along those lines. I’m pretty tempted to use negative words against Bachmann, but I’m going to control myself and not use inappropriate language regarding Bachmann.
Michele Bachmann’s has ignorant and ridiculous views. She believes that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the US Government and that Huma Abedin is somehow linked to the Brotherhood. I’m not going to call Bahmann crazy, rather she needs to sit down and check her facts before she makes such ridiculous accusations. Bachmann is an example of what Islamophobia has come to in the US.
She may have the “facts” but that doesn’t mean those facts are what they are. Those facts could be interpreted in a completely different way by someone else.
I’m sorry, but the Muslim Brotherhood has not, will not, and is not currently infiltrating the US government. Abedin and other prominent American Muslims like her are not Muslim extremists or fundamentalists.
To be honest, I’m actually afraid for Michele Bachmann that she might have some sort of mental condition that’s causing her to act this way and say outrageous and unfounded things. Than again, she not all that far off from some of the things that politicians say and do all the time.
This is America and what Bachmann and others like her are saying is totally un-American. We are a country of diversity and minorities. Remember, our Founding Fathers were “minorities” in a World that was mostly governed by Royal Families and tyrants and not by democratically elected leaders. They had new and crazy ideas.
We are a nation that embraces diversity. Why is it so hard for so many ultra-Conservatives to embrace diversity? I really don’t know. Just the thought of Bachmann condemning a very beautiful person such as Abedin makes me sick.
A young Black man dies while in police custody and it’s the year 2012. Unbelievable, right? Let’s just forget how the young Chavis Carter allegedly shot himself in the head while in handcuffs and focus on a different aspect of the case, shall we?
What really blows my mind is how can veteran police officers miss a firearm while searching a man a total of two times. The police say he was arrested because he had an outstanding drug related warrant on him and they also allege that he had marijuana on him. I’m no police officer, but common sense would tell me that police officers should thoroughly search a person with an outstanding warrant especially if it’s drug related. Right? Apparently, they missed the gun but not the weed.
Don’t get me wrong here. I respect the police and I’m grateful for all that they do. However, there’s nothing wrong with scrutinizing the police. I’m just amazed that they would miss something that could potentially harm them and the suspect. I mean, hello? He has a warrant out on him! How can you miss the gun?!
The police not surprisingly, allegedly managed to find weed on Carter and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. To me at least, it seems that the police are more focused on finding drugs and paraphernalia on people as opposed to weapons which obviously can potentially cause imminent harm to people.
That’s one of the problems on the War on Drugs. Law enforcement officials are too focused on the weed and not enough on the guns.
To be fair to the police, it’s completely possible that he could of hid the gun in the cruiser when he wasn’t handcuffed. I’ve never been stopped by a cop, so I don’t exactly know how a “frisk” goes, but I assume it’s to find anything that might hurt the officers and the suspect(s).
If Carter did hide a firearm in the cruiser, shouldn’t have the cops been watching him? Again, I’m no cop, but aren’t police officers trained to watch out for “suspicious” activity. Wouldn’t Carter’s attempts to conceal or hide a weapon in a police vehicle would’ve been quickly caught by trained police officers?
There’s a lot of questions to be asked here, and I’ll reserve all judgment until all the evidence is out there. I’m not trying to take sides here, but this story sound and feels fishy to me.
I really want to be fair to the cops, and honestly, if the gun was small enough, in the right place, and if the cops just did a light tap down, it’s understandable that the cops wouldn’t be able to find the gun the first time. Also, when a police officer was being questioned by a CNN reporter about how a person in handcuffs to their back could do such a thing, he said that’s exactly how someone with no experience with incarceration would react. This I agree with totally. The mainstream media, as usual doesn’t have a whole lot of knowledge on every day things in life.
Although I don’t believe Carter shot himself, I do agree with the police’s statements that a person in handcuffs can do a whole lot of things.
Let’s just wait until the story develops and progresses more. Peace and blessings.
I’m all for fair and equal rights for the LGBT community and I believe marriage is an essential right for all people, regardless of who or what you are. However, I’m also respectful and tolerant of other’s opinions and views. Even though those opinions and views are intolerant. Because, to be truly tolerant, one must be tolerant to the intolerant. Weird philosophy, but that’s just me.
I honestly don’t really care about the personal views of Chick-Fil-A. All I care about is whether or not they serve really good food. As long as they’re not discriminating and / or prejudice against the LGBT community, than I’m all good. They claim to not discriminate against LGBTs, and I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, being that they’re “devout Christians.”
Then it dawned to me. What if they said that people of Color are inferior and not equal to Whites. What if they also said that they don’t discriminate against nor are they prejudice against people of Color. They just believe people of Color are unequal and inferior. This type of scenario really made me think hard about my views towards Chick-Fil-A.
Then again, to be fair to the Fried Chicken restaurant, they’re not exactly saying that LGBTs are inferior or unequal. Chick-Fil-A just believes that homosexuals shouldn’t have the right to get married. Well, what if they believed that Whites and people of Color shouldn’t have the right to get married? I think most people would be less likely to be tolerant or respectful towards Chick-Fil-A. So, it’s pretty understandable as to how people are responding to the Chicken joint.
These are really hard things to think about, well for me at least. I just think that in this day and age, if you have views that are controversial such as this, it’s best to keep those views to yourself and not share it with the general public.
I didn’t even know this restaurant even existed until it was on the news. I may not agree with their views, but I think I’ll try this place out and eat here. They’re food looks delicious and for me personally, I don’t see any harm eating at Chick-Fil-A.
By the way, Jesus is alright with working on the Sabbath, just check scriptures.
When it comes down to it, I don’t care what Chick-Fil-A says or believes because that doesn’t stop me from believing that homosexuals have every right to get married and that they don’t live in sin. I respect Chick-Fil-A but I also respectfully disagree with their views. Simple as that.
Now that looks like a scrumptious chicken sandwich, no?