Politicians, Education, Racism – Are you an American?


Today I decided to watch Donald Trump’s Presidential Announcement all 45 minutes of it while eating breakfast.  I don’t watch the news on TV and I can’t help but glance at the posts on Facebook and hear people talk about their issues with Trump and why they don’t support him or even think about voting him for President.  I watched his speech and even though he could have improved his delivery of his message people are naturally taking the words he was saying out of context.

He says, “The US, has become a dumping ground… for everyone else’s problems. It’s true – and these are the best and the finest.  When Mexico sends its people the’re not sending their best – they’re not sending you, they’re not sending you. They’re sending people, that have lots of problems… and they’re bring those problems with us.  They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people but I speak to border guards and they us what we’re getting and only makes common sense, it only makes common sense.  They’re sending us not the right people it’s coming from more than Mexico.  It’s coming from all over South and Latin America and it’s coming from probably, probably from the Middle East but we don’t know because we have no protection and we have no confidence. We don’t know what’s happening and it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.”

It’s so difficult to look past “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapist” but all else that he is saying there is truth to what he says in his speech.  There is no order at the border and people can get through so easily.  I suppose they can say this about Canada as well.  How can the US build a wall between both countries if it came down to it?  Sealing off the country is not the only answer to this border problem.   We need to improve our immigration system because right now it is inefficient, and people who genuinely just wants to live in the United States for a better future…they need to have to the option to go through the process.

Portugal has implemented a system where they legalize drugs and the population is not allowed to have more than a certain amount in possession – if they’re caught they are forced to go into rehab instead of being forced to go to jail.  Apparently it’s been working for them.  Will the US ever implement the same process?

He mentioned that he does not support Common Core.  Our educational system is flawed.  In my opinion it’s being treated like a glorified daycare and the students are no longer taught how to learn but just memorize.  If you were to search on Google “Where does the US rank in education?” you will find articles stating that they are ranked at 36 (Trump says we are ranked at 26th in the world). I’m not sure where those stats come from but I am sad to see that the US is no longer in the top 10.  I was born in the United States so I never had to feel like I was a foreign person.  My parents did move us to the Philippines for a couple of years just to introduce us to what life is like there. Although I was very young I still remember to this day the impression that I received from the neighborhood kids when it came time for us to leave again.  They were envious but were genuinely happy for me because they believed that I was going to a country where education was provided and we were viewed as rich because we were in a position to fly out of the country.

It’s sad but the truth is…. our education system is filled with too many students who are OK with just doing the minimum required (if that) and generally have a lazy outlook in life.  Too many people are OK with just earning the minimum wage and instead of trying to learn new skills or gain more experience to get promoted in their jobs they are content with just fighting for a higher minimum wage.

What is the difference between Pride and Racism?  Pride in your ethnicity or the country of which you were born in means that you are proud of your country’s accomplishments and you get a genuine pleasure of belonging to it.  Racism is believing that your race is superior or should be more respected than any other race; it is when one disrespects or judges another person simply by their race.

There was only one time when I personally felt like a victim of racism and it was not of the typical situation. See, the typical situation in my opinion would be between a white person and black person and usually it’s something that a white person is insulting a black person in some way. My situation was… I worked in retail where the employees were required to assist one customer until they leave the store.  I remember there was this sharply dressed black couple (I don’t know if they were from Africa or not) – I tried to give them information to help them the best I could but for the most part I had the impression that they just wanted to browse on their own.  After I gave them a bit of space I noticed they approached my Nigerian co-worker (who happened to be new at the time) I decided to get close in case he didn’t know the answer to their question.  The man noticed me approach closeby and he says “No offense lady, but we rather deal with our brothers and sisters.”  First of all, 9/10 times someone begins a sentence with “No offense” one tends to take offense.  Second of all, what makes him a ‘brother’ because he’s black? OK, my thing is – if you don’t want to be singled out or become ostracized for being a certain race why go out of your way to “stay with your kind?”  I remember being speechless, I mean, how does one respond to that?  My Nigerian co-worker was speechless as well and our co-workers didn’t know what to say either.  Somebody had stepped up and answered the couple’s question and they ended up leaving the store without purchasing anything.  It felt extremely awkward and I can’t imagine how a person can deal with that sort of thing on the regular basis.

When people ask me “what are you?”  I assume they’re wondering my ethnicity and I want to so bad to automatically say “I’m American” because I was born here and I am proud to be able to say that I can do anything that I want to do in life in this country and not be limited by my race, gender, or any other characteristic that other people in different countries might have difficulty in achieving. However, I can’t help but feel like I would sound like I’m being arrogant or viewed like some kind of smart-aleck for saying “I’m American” so my typical response is “I was actually born in New Hampshire but my parents were born in the Philippines.”

I still have a lot to learn about Politics but I know I no longer want to be ignorant of the topic.  I will also not just rely on the hearsay of others or what the news media choose to disclose about the people who are making critical decisions about my country.  I encourage everyone I know and you the person reading my blog right now to form your own opinion based on the facts that you see with your own eyes instead of believing the small truth that are easily blown up by other people’s perspective.  I don’t watch the news because 95% of it negative stories and 98% of it does not even affect me personally.  I think the only thing that could affect me is the weather but even that isn’t accurate!   We live in a country where we have so much to be thankful for and so many things we can do with our lives – it’s a shame that many of us are OK with simply doing the everyday grind until retirement.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wait until I’m seventy years old to start enjoying my life and the company of those around me.


One thought on “Politicians, Education, Racism – Are you an American?

  1. Maddie July 2, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    I just want to reiterate what you said earlier. There is some truth to what Trump said earlier. There are some of them that do that. But there are some people that aren’t immigrants that are doing it too. I’m not one of those people that believe that if one person is bad then the entire race is going to be bad. I look more at each individual person than I do a whole race. You are going to find a couple of people from each race, whether they white, black, asian, hispanic, etc, that are going to be not very good people.

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