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Farewell to Decency

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One of the things I hate the most is being told what to read and for that reason one of my least favorite books that I’ve ever been forced to read his Farewell to Manzanar, the story of the Japanese girl whose family was placed into the internment camps and living through the internment camps. Now, I think part of the reason I hated it so much is because it made no sense that the book would be relevant to my life in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2011 (all years I had to read the. Book). Boy, was I wrong … and, of course I was wrong, because why would anything that makes any sense be the norm with Donald Trump as our president. He is literally pushing an agenda that forcibly removes children from their parents. He is pushing an agenda that decided that it is okay to remove infants from their parents WHILE THEY ARE BREASTFEEDING. These are asylum seekers trying to seek refuge in the United States from being victimized, killed, raped in their home countries. Yet the President continues to demonize these asylum seekers.

To make matters even worse, the prison guards at these facilities are refusing to allow our elected officials entry to the detention centers and witnessing firsthand what is happening at these gross, unconstitutional prison camps. I cannot believe that this is happening. I cannot believe that we live in a world where 44% of Americans are in favor of this principle. I used to wonder how this could happen, how America would sit back and let a whole group of people be imprisoned for merely existing, and now I know. It’s not that people aren’t speaking out against this. All four living First Ladies, many politicians, and advocates are speaking out. The problem is that people are supporting this egregious human rights violation and letting it go.

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty states “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, the tempest – tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden doors.” I grew up in awe of the Statue of Liberty, the hope it meant for millions. It no longer holds that hope, that promise, the American Dream. It represents an idiocracy, a racist, misogynist, xenophobic nation.

At this point, I’m willing to give Donald Trump his wall, if only for keeping families together at the border and for DACA. I know the addage that if you give him what he wants once, he will keep asking for more, and who cares. I’m more concerned with the torture that is happening at our borders than with the ego of a “man” who leads by the advice of Nazis.

I used to think that Farewell to Manzanar was no longer relevant to my life because it could never happen today. I wish that was case in 2018. Unfortunately, it’s not, and thus, we have lost all decency.

The Dark Culture Rises

This was a paper I had written for my film rhetoric class nearly a year and a half ago. I just found it.

The Dark Culture Rises

What happens when the inmates run the asylum? This question has been asked for a long time, and one film that really examines the possibility of this is the final installment of the Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Batman series, the Dark Knight Rises. The cultural impact that this film has had, specifically in the ever growing superhero genre, is huge. This series of films, but especially The Dark Knight Rises, really opened the doors into what the superhero genre could be, giving way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to take the genre to where it is today, most recently with blockbusters such as Captain America Civil War. Furthermore, the film examines some deep rhetorical questions, such as who culture belongs to and whether or not you can assimilate into a culture and be on the same field as someone who was born into that culture.

The film takes place eight years after the events of the Dark Knight and the death of Harvey Dent, whose death lead to the Dent Act, granting the Gotham City Police Department the ability to essentially eradicate organized crime in Gotham. However, Commissioner Gordon shows that he is feeling more and more guilty about covering up the heinous crimes committed by Dent in the Dark Knight. When the time came to reveal the truth about Dent, Gordon decides that the timing is wrong and changes his mind. This speech would have happened at the mansion of Bruce Wayne, who had become a recluse following the death of Rachel Dawes in the Dark Knight film. He had retired from wearing the cape and the cowl as Batman. The first time seeing Wayne in the film, it is after Anne Hathaway’s character, Catwoman, or Selina Kyle, breaks into his room and steals his fingerprints to give to Wayne’s business rival John Dagget, through an assistant. In return, she was supposed to be given the software to give her a blank slate, a rather significant subplot of the film. However, Kyleis double crossed by Stryver, the assistant, and he attempts to kill her, but makes the mistake of using a kidnapped senator’s phone, which brings he police to the bar where they were meeting. The resulting gunfight had police, along with Commissioner Gordon, follow the criminals who were with Stryver down into the sewer, where there was a gunfight and explosion, leading to Gordon being captured and brought to Bane,t he leader of the renegade group. Bane finds the speech regarding Dent’s actions on Gordon’s body before Gordon is able to escape. Gordon is found by John Blake, who is then promoted to detective by Gordon. Bane uses the fingerprints attained by Kyle to drain his account in an attack on the Gotham stock exchange. As Wayne is contemplating what he should do, whether he should return to being the Batman, his butler, Alfred Pennyworth, explains that Rachel had intended to marry dent prior to their deaths in an attempt to convince Wayne that he should not return to his role as the Batman. In regards to his company,  had discontinued a clean energy project after discovering that the reactor for the project could be turned into a weapon, and the asks Miranda Tate, a board member for Wayne’s foundation, to take over the company. She agrees, and in doing so, opens Wayne up to Bane’s trap. Bane reveals to Wayne that he is going to fulfil Ra’s al Ghul’s mission to destroy Gotham, armed with what is left of the League of Shadows. Wayne and Bane engage in a one on one fight, where Wayne is left crippled before being transferred to a prison that is practically impossible to escape from. The inmates of the prison explain to Wayne that only one prisoner had ever escaped, the child of Ra’s al Ghul. Wayne assumes that the child is Bane. In another underground attack, Bane is able to lure the entirety of the Gotham police department, minus Commissioner Gordon and Blake, underground where he traps the police department before killing the mayor of Gotham and having Dr. Leonid Pavel, a nuclear scientist, turn the reactor core from Wayne’s clean energy project into a nuclea bomb, which he uses to take Gotham hostage and is able to isolate Gotham from the rest of the world. He uses Gordon’s speech about Dent and reveals the secrets to Gotham, causing them to develop deep mistrust of the government and the police force. Bane releases the prisoners of Blackgate Penitentiary, which then turns to anarchy. The rich of Gotham have their assets seized and are put on faux trials by Jonathan Crane, who was the Scarecrow in Batman Begins, the first film in the trilogy. Crane sentences all of them to death. Meanwhile, in the prison, Wayne spends months recovering and training, eventually escaping from the prison. He enlists Kyle, Blake, Tate, Gordon, and Lucius Fox to assist him in stopping the detonation. Wayne tasks Kyle with getting people evacuated from the city and instructs her to save herself, but Kyle refuses since Wayne will not go with her. Wayne dons the cape and the cowl and returns to fight Bane as Batman, where he overpowers her, at which point the plot twist occurs, revealing that Katherinee Tate is actually Talia al Ghul, Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter. Bane is merely her security who helped her escape from prison. She uses the detonator for the bomb, only to reveal that Gordon was able to block her signal to keep the bomb from detonating. The film concludes with Wayne flying the bomb over the bay before it explodes, making Gotham think that he is dead, but he’s not, as he moved to France with Kyle to live a normal life.

There are a few reasons that this is a significant cultural film. First, it draws similarities to terrorists being thrown in prison, in terrible conditions, without being convicted of any crime. There are a few similarities between the prison that Bruce Wayne is put into and the prison that is used in Captain America Civil War. According to Brian Sanford’s article “The Death of Captain America: An Open-Ended Allegorical Reading of Marvel Comic’s Civil War Storyline,” the prison that was designed for prisoners in Captain America was made so that escape was virtually impossible. However, the Guantanamo prison is also made to make it so that escape is virtually impossible and uncomfortable. This is the same as the prison in the Dark Knight Rises. It is made to be virtually inescapable, but Wayne, Tate, and Bane are the only three people to have escaped the prison. This draws the similarities to Guantanamo Bay because the people imprisoned in Guantanamo are done so in very uncomfortable conditions, as well as in ways that are in blatant violation of basic human rights. Because of the way that the prison is designed and set up in The Dark Knight Rises, it is clearly not designed to ensure that the prisoners are comfortable in there, but rather to be locked up and forgotten as an enemy of those who put them there.

Even more so than the disregard for human rights aspect of this, the prison in the Dark Knight Rises draws parallels to Guantanamo Bay because, as the article states, the people directing the prisons, whether the CIA in Guantanamo Bay or whoever is in control of the prison that Bruce Wayne is put in takes great care to ensure that the  prisons are outside of any legal jurisdiction, so that any laws that would govern prisoner rights can be avoided and ignored to do what is best for the prison, rather than ensuring that basic human rights are being met for the prisoners.

Another rhetorical conclusion that this film is able to draw is that of dealing with grief and depression. The reason Batman is Batman is because he is scared of bats. He dons himself with the image of that which scares him the most so that he can use that to scare the criminals of Gotham, who he targets after his parent’s death. Christopher Nolan, the director of the Dark Knight series, explains that Gotham is a realization of Wayne’s grief. This is shown through the dark colors palette of the film. Alfred Pennywether, Wayne’s butler, even states to Wayne in the film, “I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you except pain and tragedy.” Because the film series takes place in Gotham, and nothing happens for Wayne that is positive for his life. Even the conclusion of the film, after the nuclear bomb explodes is a scene that I originally thought was a copout for the director, but now realize why it is so important. The film ends with Bruce Wayne happy, going to the café that Alfred talks about in his fantasy, married to Selina Kyle (Catwoman). The significance for this is that the happiness takes place out of Gotham. It is in France. He leaves Gotham. According to Benjamin Winterhalter in his article “The Politics of the Inner: Why The Dark Knight Rises is Not a Conservatory Allegory,” Winterhalter explains that all of Gotham, all of the memories and all of the structures, are meant to be a representation of Wayne clinging to his grief (Winterhalter, 2015). This resonates rhetorically because it explains that, after experiencing a traumatic experience, such as the loss of a parent or a loved one, you need to be able to move on. That could mean so much as leaving the area where the grief occurred, especially if the place you lived at is a large part of the grief, like Gotham is to Wayne, considering the amount of influence his father had on the city.

Finally, the question remains about what happens when the inmates run the asylum. As stated before, the Dark Knight Rises shows this occurring. It shows what happened when the criminals who were locked up in Blackgate Penitentiary are released and take over the town. The results in the film are obviously negative, as shown with Crane being the judge, sentencing all of the rich to die. This is going to reign true any time that there is a direct representation of those who don’t know how to lead end up leading, similarly to the current reign of Donald Trump. He and his croneys have no experience leading, and that is showing in the leadership style. Trump and his cabinet are acting like the criminals from Blackgate Penitentiary getting out and attacking anyone who thinks differently from them, trying to seclude the United States from news organizations that question him, and keeping non-Americans out of America. This rhetoric cannot stand.

The Dark Knight Rises was definitely influenced by culture in a myriad of ways, but most importantly the influence was that of a culture that is willing to accept those who tout justice when they really are only out for blood and revenge. Culture is defined as “Culture is the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual, and emotional features that characterize a society or social group. It includes not only arts and letters, but also modes of life, the fundamental rights of the human being, value systems, traditions, and belief” (Buhmann,  There is no adequate reasoning why the people of Gotham accepted the organized crime associates, including the police force being accepting, other than being complacent. The crime did not directly affect them, and so they don’t need to worry about it. This is the same as the conservative mindset that we see today. Trump’s policies aren’t affecting them, and thus they don’t care about the impact. When the policies do impact them, then they will learn to care, but as of now, the culture of not caring what is going on as long as it does not directly affect you is clearly the influence of the film. When the culture does impact you, such as it did with the murderer killing Wayne’s mother and father, he started to care about the injustice in the city and took it in his own hands to make sure that the city became safe and that the organized crime took a major hit.

However, a major criticism of the genre that I agree with is that the superhero movies make us rely on others to make the world better and that we have no choice other than to rely on them. In his book Global Entertainment Media, Artz argues that superhero movies, while entertaining, enforce the hegemonic view that the government needs to stay supreme and that we need to rely on the government to make our lives better rather than working for ourselves (Artz, 2015).

Despite having a clear and concise definition of culture, there is not one for pop culture. However, pop culture can described as what we view as in and has an influence over our culture. Superhero movies are absolutely a large part of pop culture. The influence they have had on our society is clearly shown by the success of the genre, from the Dark Knight series to the Avengers series to the X-Men series. All of these movies are clearly evident that the Dark Knight series opened up the genre to be a large aspect of pop culture, influencing us by showing that we need the superheroes to make our lives better rather than make sure that we are working to make the world better.

 

References

Buhmann, A Hellmueller, :; Bosshart, L. (2015). Popular Culture and Communication Practice. Communication Research Trends, 34(3).

Artz, L. (2015). Global Entertainment Media: A Critical Introduction. Chickester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons.

Nolan, C. (Director). (2012). The Dark Knight rises [Video file]. United States of America:          Warner Bros.

Swafford, B. M. , 2008-11-20 “The Death of Captain America: An Open-Ended Allegorical        Reading of Marvel Comic’s Civil War Storyline” Paper presented at the annual meeting                     of the NCA 94th Annual Convention, TBA, San Diego, CA Online <PDF>

WINTERHALTER, B. (2015). The Politics of the Inner: Why The Dark Knight Rises is Not a             Conservative   Allegory. Journal Of Popular Culture48(5), 1030-1047.    doi:10.1111/jpcu.12339

Top Books of 2018

It is so easy to get caught up in the nitty gritty of politics. Sometimes, we just need to sit back and read a good book. While I don’t read nearly as often as I used to, nor do I read nearly as often as I would like, I still think I can adequately make a list of my top books that I have read this year.

  1. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
    1. I read this to assist my girlfriend with an assignment she had, and I got so sucked into the book. I loved it. The portrayals of police brutality and how racism can be so ingrained in some people make this book the top of my list. Together, we need to take action against police brutality.
  2. Fantasticland – Mike Bokoven
    1. This novel about a theme park after a hurricane and the violence that ensues is reminiscent of the Lord of the Flies, and shows that even today, this thirst for violence and protection still exists in our society.
  3. 14 – Peter Clines
    1. This novel is simultaneously creepy and intriguing, and brings to light the question about whether or not we are alone, and if ours is the only dimension in the universe.
  4. The Rooster Bar – John Grisham
    1. I am a huge fan of John Grisham, and this novel about law school dropouts still becoming lawyers and making a mark in their community is an absolute must read.
  5. A Higher Loyalty – James Comey
    1. Say what you want about Comey, but the man can write. I don’t really like James Comey. I think he was influential in ensuring that Trump secured the presidency, but, after reading his book, I can understand his reasoning for his actions.
  6. The Pen is Mightier 1 and 2 – J.A. Capriani
    1. This light hearted comedy series follows the protagonist who gets his hands on a magic pen, and he does what any guy would do with it, makes himself look good and has a lot of sex.

Clearly, my tastes are very ranged. But I hope you’ll take some time and read one of these books. And if you, let me know.

Again and Again and Again

Last night, in Thousand Oaks, CA, 11 people were murdered in the 304th mass shooting incident in 2018.

Today, there is a flood of mental health posts, again, on Facebook and Twitter. Again, it’s because of mental health issues. If only we could do something to help people with mental health issues. If only we could do SOMETHING to stop these mass shootings. If only there was some kind of common sense law that could pass or something.

Except that there is. But the reason that congress won’t do anything, the reason that America won’t fix this issue, is because it’s easier to blame a non-factor than it is to face the multi-million company that funds campaigns. This isn’t about saving lives, its about saving funds. Congress won’t do anything because they’re cowards. I can’t even name every mass shooting in my lifetime.

I remember as a child, after Columbine happened, being taught what we would do if a shooter came onto campus.

I remember as a child, after Virginia Tech happened, being taught what we would do if a shooter came onto campus.

I remember as 22 year old, after the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, going to see the Dark Knight Rises, and seeing the increased security, ensuring that a repeated attack doesn’t occur.

I remember in 2015, after the Roseburg, Oregon shooting, while working at a high school library, asking about what we should do in the case of a mass shooter, the chilling response the Assistant Principal told me, that we should get as many kids as possible in a small storage closet, and leave the rest to fend for themselves.

In 2016, the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

In 2015, San Bernardino.

In 2017, Las Vegas.

In 2018, Marjory Stoneman.

In 2018, Santa Fe.

In 2018, Trenton.

In 2018, Jacksonville.

In 2018, Pittsburgh.

In 2018, Thousand Oaks.

This is disgusting. We need to fix it. And we need to fix the problem. The problem isn’t mental illness. There are millions with mental illness who have no desire to kill anyone (myself included). The problem is guns. But, again, it’s easier to blame the non-factor than it is to blame the money.

Scott’s Voting Guide

You’ve asked for it. Now you’ve got it. Here is my voting guide:

Governor: Gavin Newsom

Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

Attorney General: Xavier Beccera

Treasurer: Fiona Ma

Controller: Betty Yee

Superintendant of Public Education – Tony Thurmond

Commissioner of Insurance – Ricardo Lara

Senator – Kevin de Leon

House of Representatives – JrJamar Jefferson

Propositions:

1 – Yes

2- Yes

3- No

4- Yes

5- No

6- No

7- Yes

8- Yes

10- No

11- No

Sacramento County:

Measure K – No

Measure U – Yes

The Hate U Give

This will contain spoilers for the book/movie The Hate U Give.

I just finished reading the Hate U Give. Well, I finished it yesterday, but there are a lot of pieces of the book that have required me to really sit and contemplate what it means to me. The Hate U Give is about a young black woman, Starr, who witnesses the murder of her friend Khalil, and she has to decide how she goes on. Does she remain silent? Does she tell her story? Does she tell her friends at her majority white school who could never understand? I’m not going to give away a lot of the story, but there are some things that really resonated with me.

I will start off saying that had I read this book even 5 years ago, my reaction would be totally different.

First off is Khalil’s death. The way that the police treated Khalil, literally doing nothing wrong, asking why he was pulled over, was ridiculous. An realistic. The way that the media and the police treated Khalil after his death was heartbreaking. The way that Cruz’s (the cop) dad was able to go on and give an interview about how his son was a good boy was way too realistic. We, as a society, raise up those who look like the majority, and shame the others. They made Khalil out to be a gangbanger, that he was a drug dealer (which was true), but he had nothing on him. That he was going to kill the cop, which is utter bullshit. The way that everyone other than Starr and her neighbors responded was heartbreaking.

Secondly is Starr’s friend Haley. We all surround ourselves with people who could be beneficial or detrimental to our lives, and Haley proves herself to be detrimental. She makes racist remarks repeatedly, and doesn’t own up to them. She jokes about racial matters, but gets mad when everyone reacts. She unfollows Starr’s tumblr because Starr, a black girl, posted about Emmett Till, and showed her picture. I know so many people who are Haleys, and very few who are Starrs. That should be reversed.

Third is when Starr’s father was confronted by the police. He was trying to help his neighbor, who had just snitched on a local drug lord, and needed to get some sense talked into him. When the police pulled him over, since he was a younger black man, even though one of the police were black, they immediately reacted as if he were a thug. They forced him on the ground, and only let up when they realized the neighborhood was watching them and would fight for him.

Finally, the race dynamic between Starr and her boyfriend Chris. Starr is black, and Chris is white. This is the same for my girlfriend and I. She is black, and I am white. And I don’t care about that. However, she has taught me a lot. I remember when the protests in Berkeley were happening, that turned into small riots, I called her, scared, as I was in Berkeley with no way home, and she told me that they were rioting because their voices weren’t being heard. When Starr tells Chris the same thing, I remembered this event. The same night in the book, Chris asks Starr and her brother and their friend why black people have such weird names. I’ve thought the same thing in the past, and when they respond it’s only weird to him because he’s not used to it, it clicked for me. My normal is not everyone’s normal. My experiences are not everyone’s experiences.

I’m glad that I read this book now, and not when it came out. I don’t think it would have have the same impact on me. I don’t think that I could have appreciated it the way that I do now. I highly recommend reading it, and, if you do, let me know what you think.

Brock Turner, Brett Kavenaugh, Donald Trump

I think this is the shittiest Pokemon evolution ever.

The Brock Turners of the world (young, white rapists) turn into Brett Kavenaughs (old, white rapists. Once a rapist, always a rapist) who then are supported by Donald Trumps of the world (old, white rapists in positions of power) and are able to protect Brock Turners of the world.

It’s the shittiest Circle of Life I’ve ever seen, and it needs to be stopped. Congress has an opportunity to block Kavenaugh, but that would require Republicans to have a backbone, which we all know they don’t.

Basically, we’re all screwed. And it’s not pleasant.

Men Suck

There can be little doubt from the past few days, watching what is happening in Washington, DC with the Brett Kavenaugh hearing, and hearing these old Republican men defending him, that men suck.

We live in a time where men feel like they are absolutely free to do whatever we want, and the truth of the matter is that that time is up. It has been for a long time, and it never should have started.

We treat women like garbage. We take what we want and don’t care about anything else in the process. We hurt people to advance our own goals, and it’s time to end this, because we, as a whole collective, suck.

Even when we are not the ones actually doing the harm, we do just as much, if not more, by not sticking up to the bad apples in the group. We joke about women and no one stands up for them.

I’m sick of hearing stories about my female friends expressing their stories of abuse and rape because no one would stand up for them.

Whenever we criticize men on the internet, there are bound to be #notallmen arguments coming up, but, as a man, I’m saying that yes, all men are responsible in this sham. All men have done something to perpetuate this culture, and all men are responsible for fixing this problem. We must work together to ensure that our friends, family members, and all people are safe from harm.

Brett Kavenaugh simply exists as a face for the issue. He is the visual representation of our problems.

Join me in fighting against this. Let’s make the world safe for women. Let’s make the world safe for people who come out tell their stories.

Believe the women. Believe the victim.

Caliphate

On Wednesday at work, one of my friends told me about this podcast that she was listening to that had her completely sucked in. The podcast is called Caliphate. By Thursday, she had finished the ten episode podcast. I downloaded the podcast and was going to listen to it when I had time, but didn’t expect to be fully engrossed with it like she was. However, on Friday, I had to make an emergency trip to my alma mater, Cal State East Bay, and decided to listen to the first chapter of the podcast, so I could get a feeling for it. I got hooked.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, the podcast is about reporter Rukmini Callimachi and her journey meeting a former member of ISIS and vetting him, as well as her interview with him, his experience as a member of ISIS, and her experience in Iraq, specifically Mosol, which had been under ISIS rule. The connection she has with ISIS, Abu Huzaifa, details his experience, from how he was able to make it to Pakistan so he could join ISIS, to how to made it to the training camp in Syria. His story is detailed in such a way that only someone with firsthand experience in the acts could have known them, such as what it is like to stab a man in the heart repeatedly.

The podcast presents us with some ethical questions. Should Rukmini have turned her source over to the Canadian justice system? Should she have been required to cooperate with their investigation? Normally, I would say that she should have. However, as a journalist, the job is to get the story. If she betrays her sources, then she could be jeopardizing her career as a journalist. She could struggle to find sources to speak to her in the future. The podcast ends with Huzaifa cooperating with the authorities, and what he is currently facing in Canada. I strongly recommend the podcast, as it is one of the best ones I’ve listened to. It’s not scripted, and it flows. I finished the podcast by the time I got home from work yesterday, and I look forward to hearing more from Callimachi and how her experiences influence her worldview, as well as seeing if there will be any follow up with Huzaifa.

A New Low

It has been a long time since I have written two days in a row, but today, the imbecile in the White House has reached a new low. He tweeted, with no evidence, no explanation, a clear and blatant lie:


Not only is this factually incorrect, but it is dangerous. He stated yesterday that he had done a great job in Puerto Rico, was criticized, and is now saying that the death toll is a lie.

The Southern Poverty Law Center tweeted out:


I cannot believe that this is happening. I don’t know where Trump got this blatant lie, but it is dangerous. Thousands are dead, and he doesn’t care. These are Americans, and he is trying to downplay their deaths. Maybe if they were white this would be a different story, but that’s not the case.

Trump needs to be held accountable for his actions, and he needs to be held accountable. Luckily, even Republicans are calling Trump out on his bullshit.

However, when I searched Mitch McConnell’s twitter, nothing has been said.

I will continue to watch the situation, but this is sad. I can’t believe that this is happening. I can’t believe that he will get away with this. Republicans are cowards, and will do nothing to stop their dictator.

In the Face of Tragedy, Racism Prevails

According to CNN, 1 million people have been told to flee the East Coast in the upcoming threat in Hurricane Florence. This is a Category 5 Hurricane, the same intensity of Hurricane Katrina, which I witnessed the aftermath 10 months after the hurricane doing Hurricane relief. Hurricane force winds are expected to hit North and South Carolina tomorrow, with the rainfall expected Friday morning. There are a million people at risk here, and we know that not everyone is able to evacuate, for various reasons, whether economic or health reasons, there are going to be many people whose lives are either going to be lost or severely impacted by this storm. (1)

On Twitter, Donald Trump stated:


However, the death poll in Puerto Rico hit 2,975 (2). Trump is deliberately lying about the job that his administration has done in Puerto Rico. Remember him throwing the paper towels like the people were lucky to get them?


If this is the way that the President thinks that help is coming for the people who are going to impacted by the oncoming storm, then I truly hope the people of North and South Carolina, as well as Georgia, and any other state that is in danger from this storm, are ready to take care of themselves.

Why do they need to be able to take care of themselves? The president diverted $10 million dollars away from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and gave it to ICE in order for them to detain even more immigrants (3). The attention the president gives to ICE is nothing more than fuel to continue to engage his personal racism and the racism of his party.

There are so many people whose lives are about to be changed by this storm, and the President has decided to take money away from assisting them and put it in the already egregious ICE budget. In the face of tragedy, the President’s racism is the direct motivator for his actions.