MTMM: I Know Where I’ve Been

“I Know Where I’ve Been” from Hairspray

After the election results were announced, I was devastated. I was upset. I was frustrated. I was scared.

Immediately after I found out I posted this on Facebook:

I’m scared. I’m scared for me.. I’m scared for my future children.. I’m scared for our world.. I’m scared..

I didn’t know what was going to happen. I had seen what awfulness this election brought, I was scared it was only going to be given a bigger voice. I was scared that all our progress was going to be thrown down the drain. I was scared for more bigotry, more misogyny, more xenophobia, more LGBTQ bashing, more racism.

It took me a while to get my head back into “school mode,” when all I could think of what was to possibly come. But in the effort to maintain my good grades, I attempted to study for my test. I was obviously looking forward to NBC’s Hairspray: Live! (because I loooove all of the Hairsprays before) So in an effort to boost my motivation to study I played the soundtrack on shuffle.

When this song came on, I immediately stopped. Though this song was written in 2001, based on a movie from 1988 which was set in the 1960’s, I felt automatically connected to it. It felt so perfect for today. It felt like a battle cry.

“So you tried once and you failed. We can’t get lazy when things get crazy. Children, you were not the first to try and you won’t be the last, but I am here to tell you that I’m gonna keep lining up until someday somebody breaks through. And I’ve been looking at that door a lot longer than you.”

-Motormouth Maybelle (Act 2, Scene 4)

I absolutely love this mini monologue she says before she sings, it only intensifies the gravity of the song. It makes her song hit you harder. You know when she says that something goods gonna come soon.

This song comforted me at that time. I had it on repeat for weeks, maybe months. It reminded me that though people may suffer, we are mighty. We must stand up and fight. The reward is worth it. We must press on because it would be a shame not to.

Favorite Lyrics:

“There’s a road we must travel
There’s a promise we must make
Oh, but the riches, the riches will be plenty
Worth the risks and the chances that we take

There’s a dream, yeah, in the future
There’s a struggle that we have yet to win
Use that pride in our hearts to lift us up to tomorrow
‘Cause just to sit still would be a sin

I know it, I know it, I know where I’m going
Lord knows I know where I’ve been
Oh, when we win, I’ll give thanks to my God
‘Cause I know where I’ve been”

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Why I am a whiny liberal who just won’t “get over it”

Dear Conservatives,

I’m not mad because Hillary lost. I’m not mad just because I didn’t get my way. I’m not throwing a tantrum because I’m a whiny delicate snowflake who is used to getting everything I want, when I want it.

Yeah, it’s sucks that the first time I voted it didn’t go the way I had hoped. But that’s not why I’m mad. I’m mad because bigotry won. I’m mad because hate won. I’m mad because xenophobia won. I’m mad because homophobia won. I’m mad because racism won. I’m mad because sexism won. I mad because it seems like all the progress we made at acceptance and equality in the last eight years may soon be lost. I am mad because this little orange man had instilled fear in all Americans, whether in his favor or not. I’m mad because he has normalized hate.

That’s why I am mad, that’s why I can not simply shut up. If any other Republican was elected, while I may not have been happy with the results, I wouldn’t speak up about it. If Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, or John Kasich had been elected, I would be fine staying silent.

But with Donald, he has shown time and time again that he has zero regard for anyone who is not the wealthy white man. The attacks on minorities that have already happened since his election is inexcusable. So no, I can’t just get over it.

You can’t tell me everything will be okay. Maybe for you it will be, because he will protect your precious guns. Maybe for you it will be, because he will lower your taxes while raising them for the middle class. Maybe for you it will be, because you have this unrealistic idea that all Muslims, Hispanics, or LGBTQIA+ members are awful people ruining this country. But for me, I’m not sure it will be okay. I’m not sure if racism, xenophobia, homophobia, or sexism will  diminish or grow. I’m not sure what this means for my safety or the safety of those I love.

Now, I know not all of Trump supporters are racists, xenophobics, homophobics, sexists, and/or bigots but all of them decided that being one isn’t a deal-breaker for our president and that is not okay.

That’s why I’ll speak up, that’s why I won’t just ignore it, that’s why I can’t move on. Moving on is accepting that this is okay, and it’s not. I want the world to know I’m not okay with it, this is not the America I want. This is not the America I want my kids to grow up in. So fine, call me whiny.. I don’t care. It doesn’t begin compare to the names y’all have already called me because of my brown skin.

Sincerely,

a “beaner libratard snowflake”

(aka a Mexican Democrat Millennial)

Anything I can do, you can get paid better.

Yes, I am a feminist. Now people have this false image of feminism, that doesn’t mean I want all women to burn their bras and stop shaving their legs. If you do that, that’s cool.. just not my flow.

But I’m feminist because I want equality.

I saw this on Facebook and I have to talk about it:

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My generation is generally pro-feminism.  That doesn’t that women can do everything men can do, because women can’t always do the same things as men (and vice versa.) Feminism is the fight for equality; equal rights, equal pay, equal opportunities. If a woman has the ability to perform the task asked of her and wants a certain job, she shouldn’t be disqualified on the basis of gender. If a woman works just as hard as a male counterpart why on earth should she be okay with receiving a lower salary based on her gender!?

I know this is a wacky story but bear with me… Think about feminism like this; you are über bored, so you decide to have a fruit race between an apple and an orange. Now they are both fruit, but you decide because the apple is an apple you’re going to give it a 5 second delay start. Apple didn’t do anything to deserve the penalty, but you decide simply because it’s an apple it doesn’t deserve to start at the same time as the orange. Saying the apple deserves to get the same start time as the orange isn’t saying the apple is any less awesome or unique. But what it is saying is that discrimination or oppression isn’t cool, no matter what you base it on. All citizens of any gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religious background deserve the same basic rights and oppritunities.

Women are unique. We have amazing qualities men don’t have. Our personality tendencies are different. The things we are typically good at are different than men, and that’s cool… and what’s really cool is that feminism doesn’t take away from that.

Feminism isn’t saying that men and women are the same. It’s just saying we deserve to be treated just as well as our male counterparts, which every person should be in favor for.

Here’s why I am voting for Hillary Clinton

Let’s be real ever since Donald Trump made his speech announcing that he was running for president, I was appalled by him. I said at that moment there was a snowballs chance in hell that he would get my vote.

But due to the fact that I know a great deal on the sociology of voting, I have been search of who I wanted to vote for. Some of concern was that most people vote according to the party trends of their parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. The other thing is most people will say that they are either democrat or republican and vote according to that word that they label themselves as, instead of who they actually supports their ideals. So in the spirit of finding out who I really support, I took this quiz. I encourage everyone to take it, undecided or not.

Here’s what it came up with:

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100 frickin’ percent. Here are some of things that I’m with her about:

  • Federal requirement to vaccinate
    • My view on this is based on my sister. My sister had leukemia and chemo made it so she was unable to get vaccinated (though there are a multitude of reasons why some children are unable to vaccinate.) I believe all kids that are able to be vaccinated, should be vaccinated. When you choose to not vaccinate your babies, you are choosing put them and those around them at risk of getting some illnesses, which were practically extinct.  People’s fear of vaccination comes from the silly thought that it  caused paralyzation or autism. But let me tell you, that theory is bunk. As a person who is involved in a lot of research studies, I know that even if one person dies even if the cause is unrelated you have to list it under side effects. For instance let’s take paralysis, John goes to be apart of a research study on a new medication. After meeting with the researchers, John gets in a car wreck that paralyzes him from the neck down. The researchers may know that their drug did not in any way cause the paralysis, but they are obligated to put it as a possible side effect. That’s why we take medications with the side effect of dying and never die because of them.
  • Tougher gun control
    • The response to all these mass shooting can no longer be a simple apology to their family members. An apology won’t bring them back, nor will it help prevent it from happening again. I know people are saying things like  “Cain killed Abel with a stone,” which is true. But until we have a mass stoning, I think we can wait on stone control. Guns are a simple and easy way to kill someone in one second. There’s so many stories of kids and even dogs that accidentally shoot their parents. Modern day massacres, though can be done by other methods as seen in Columbine, the majority of mass deaths are due to guns. They are so easy to get your hands on and use. There has to be was to ensure that the crazies don’t get guns!
  • More affordable college
    • As a current student with a mountain of debt that is only bound to grow, I want to make college as cheap as possible. Not just for me, but for my future children. I don’t want them drowning in a sea of debt being unable to pursue their dreams because they are busy paying back their loans. I don’t think it should be free, but I do think it should be more affordable.
  • Pro-choice
    • Now as an advocate for adoption, I don’t think I could ever go through an abortion. It’s definitely not the easy way out. No way to having a baby is “easy.” But just because it’s not right for me, doesn’t mean it’s not what’s right for others. There are circumstances which abortion is the only way to save the mother’s life, there are babies with inoperable tumors, there’s so many different factors. I’d like to say I would never have an abortion, but I’ve never been in the place to make that decision. I would like to think that if I was though, it would be a decision made between my partner and I  (along with the advice of a medical team) alone.
  • Pro-LGBTQIA+
    • Though I’m not a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, I support them. Why? As a cisgender straight woman, I know what’s right for me isn’t right for everyone. Plus, Pence took money from the state of Indiana’s HIV research and put it toward gay conversion therapy, which is ludicrous. There are people that have HIV that aren’t gay. Plus there isn’t any proof that conversion therapy has any positive effect on a person, so why do it? It’s wrong to prevent someone from living a happy life with the one they love just because you don’t agree with it.

People say that I shouldn’t vote for her just because she’s a woman. Well, I’m not. I’m voting for her because she’s a woman that’ll get stuff done. All the bad things that people have said about Hillary have been debunked. While some of the other stuff like Bill’s affair, doesn’t simply pertain to this election (just like Melania’s  centerfold nudey doesn’t pertain to this election.) Maybe she’s not the perfect candidate for president, but there will never be. I’m with her because I believe in her values, but also because mi jente are not “bad hombres,” we are good, hard working, educated citizens ready to vote!

Being a Liberal Christian

I’ve been heard people say, “you can’t a good Christian & a democrat.” But to me, that’s not true. I’m a proud Christian and a proud democrat. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ is my Savior, but I also believe that our country need tighter gun control.

I believe a lot in a lot of things. One of my top beliefs is the one I hold in freedom. I believe in the freedom to praise my God how, when, where I want to and that other get to have the same right as well. Freedom to choose the fate of your unborn child, freedom to marry the person that you so choose, freedom to say what you want, and express it as you feel.

Just because I believe a girl should have the right to marry girl or boy, doesn’t make me a bad Christian. It just means I believe in freedom for all. Not just Christians.

What conservative Christians fail to realize is that just because I believe that we should have the right to do so, does not mean that I agree that it right. For example, I hate the idea of abortions. If I had an unexpected pregnancy, there’s no way I’d be able to abort with a clear conscious. But, it is not my place to say that no one else can or should do. So believe in a woman’s right to choose.

I saw this picture on the internet and  it says, “the world says you should respect every religion, but the Bible says “Thou shall not have any gods before Me” ” While yes, The Bible said not have anything before Him (and I don’t,) that doesn’t mean He wants you to not respect someone despite their difference.  The Bible also said  in Mark 12:30 and 31″Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  Luke 6:37 says “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” And Ephesian 4:32 says “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

None of these verses don’t say “only if their beliefs align with yours,” he says loving each other is the  most important thing that we are to do. God loves everyone one of us, not just those who choose to serve Him.

I’m not trying to say that being Republican is bad. I’m not. I’m tired of people calling each other names because they don’t agree with someone’s beliefs. Stop that, we aren’t children. I am a firm believer in voting according to your values. What I am saying is to  love one another, just as He has loved us. (John 13:34) Don’t judge people because they live their lives differently than you. More than anything, please for the love of all things good, stop saying “you can’t a good Christian & a democrat.”

This Mexican-American’s view on Black Lives Matter

I wrote this for my sociology class and I got a lot of positive feedback on it, so here it is:

I stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. No, I am not saying that only black lives matter, because I believe that we all have the right to live. This is a basic right that should never be taken away from us based on creed, color, occupation or orientation. But the Black Lives Matter movement brings to light the countless lives being lost due to police brutality. Black Lives Matter is not an anti-police movement, because not all policemen are bad. Just like in everything, there is good and there is bad. The Black Lives Matter movement is a way to say we will not stay silent as countless black lives are being slain for little to no reason without the killers receiving adequate punishment. A black person should not have to worry that a normal traffic stop could turn into their last moments. A black child should not have to worry if their mom or dad will come home every time they leave their house. Yes, all lives do matter, but right now is the time to bring focus on the fact that black lives matter. I saw this on one of the countless social media discussions and I believe that it accurately shows what I mean by that “Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter is like this, Bob is sitting at the dinner table. Everyone else gets a plate of food except Bob. Bob says “Bob Deserves Food”. Everyone at the table responds with “Everyone Deserves Food” and continues eating. All though Everyone Deserves Food is a true statement, it does nothing to actually rectify the fact that BOB HAS NO FOOD!!” All lives matter takes away from the focus that black lives matter. We as society need to pull together to ensure the safety of all individuals. That way all lives are able to live despite their creed, color, occupation or orientation.