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After the March: A Fight to Move Forward not Back

Updated on April 11, 2020
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  


My Open Explanation

This is becoming a crazy world we live in today! The extreme negativity of what America is going through right now is weighing a little heavy on my soul. As I type this just three days after a crazy person-in my opinion- raised his right hand and promised to work for all of us Americans to make it a better place to live; I am feeling a bevy of emotions, and I’m not sure I know how to channel them to find some solidarity. My only way is to write out my feelings, like I have always done. So, let me take a deep breath and try to sort my thoughts during a confused whirlwind of power that is taking over.

Women's March through Washington DC 2017


It Was Global. We Thank You! We Are The World

A Few Questions: a Few Thoughts

It is January 22, 2017. The day after the Women’s March, a couple of days after a sick felt inauguration took place for most of us here in America. What I have learned on both days is this; January 20, 2017, was officially the end of the world as we know it, but January 21, 2017, brought hope for Unity in which this new governed establishment is trying so hard to divide. However, I still have burning questions in my mind of all sorts of things.

First, how are we to calm our conditions of frustration and grasp the reality of it, so we can continue to fight to get this man out of office? A part of me wants to believe that as much as I feel compelled to keep fighting, I don’t know if my life, as it is ordered on a daily, is impelled to make time to keep up. Will I feel guilty about this? How can I help, if I cannot propel myself night and day into the resistance process? Well, I can write. That is one thing I know I can do. I can write to get the word out. I can write to share information of lies that this government is spreading about different types of people. Types of people who may have an unlike religion or come from a different culture, but are still American in all the definition of what that means.

There are four documented ways you become or are considered an American Citizen

  • First, by being born in the United States or one of its territories.
  • Second, if you were born to parents who are U.S. citizens, then you may be a U.S. citizen yourself. This process is called "acquisition" of citizenship.
  • Third, you can be a citizen through the naturalization process, which generally involves applying for, and passing, a citizenship test.
  • Lastly, you may be a citizen if one or both of your parents have been naturalized. This is called "derivation" of citizenship.

Definitions of unknown/uncommon words

Acquisition - the learning or developing of a skill, habit, or quality.

Naturalization - Naturalization is the legal process through which a foreign citizen or national can become a U.S. citizen. To be naturalized, an applicant must first be qualified to apply for citizenship. Then, he or she must complete an application, attend an interview, and pass an English and a civics test.

Derivation - the obtaining or developing of something from a source or origin.

When you look at what is required in accordance to claiming U.S. citizenship, I don’t know too many that do not have these things, or do not possess the ability to obtain these things. So, what is the issue when our new President talks about deporting immigrants? Well, I believe he and so many others are still living in the ages of a white man’s world. They are disregarding the fact of America’s written rules, and instead are making up their own rules of conditions.

For one, I would like to put out there that the Europeans stole this land from the Native Americans. So, to claim that America started as a white man’s world is just an uneducated thought or expression. America was then established through mostly immigrants and promised to unite with all walks of life. Where did this get lost through history? Well, I believe we all know, or should all know by studying, this type of thinking all started with what I exactly stated. It all started when the proclaimed white man took land from the brown man, and then it just escalated to the wealthy plantation owners deciding that they were powerful enough to uproot African Americans from their home land, split families up, and afterwards treat these human beings like cattle. We have lived through many disgusting levels of unfairness, but starting with Abe Lincoln declaring The Emancipation Proclamation; we have fought through it all. It wasn't easy for every peaceful generation to fight against the ones that wanted to stay in a stagnate nation, but progress was being made in every decade.


Future Progress Indeed. No Back in Time Crisis For Me: We Must Go Forward

Unfortunately, this President who was just sworn in, is the epitome of the past. He has always been wealthy, and as a lot of rich born white Americans are, was taught that he is above the rules; even rules of government issue. So, now he brings in not only race war with black Americans, but he is targeting all culture which lives here, and he is using fear tactics to do so. He has declared all Muslims as terrorists, and all Mexicans as rapists. This is unsettling as the number is higher for American on American violence more than terrorists of different culture and religion. And basically, the gun issue is really the main thing that needs to be looked at here in America. However, this President thinks we all should be strapped with ammo and iron. I don’t understand, and I don’t begin to comprehend the people who would even think this is normal and not insane.

Before I Wrap...A Few Final Thoughts

This has been a long year. 2016 was a year of trying to sway racists and naysayers to wake up out of the trance they were in, change their mindsets, and join the majority of the human race. It was hard fought. Apparently, we didn’t succeed because the worst one is in the most respected position right now. Even so, we will gather strength somehow and continue our journey. To leave it be would just not be acceptable.

I wanted to write this piece not to complain. I wanted to inform of things we all can do to stop this tyrant and the foreseen downfall of our home; America. In addition, I really want to make a point of purpose in saying that America is here for all races and religions. Be encouraged not to throw off on differences, but learn more about them. I think it would be amazing if everyone woke up to the possibilities of peace, by really getting to know your neighbor. The neighbor who is a Muslim, or the neighbor who is gay. You are not going to change the world by disagreeing with everyone’s lifestyle by how you run your own. We are all unique, and we all should be! That is what America has always stood for. I ask the ones reading this that have not agreed with how I think, and how the majority think here in America, to wake up and realize where they are from and the true beauty of it all.

A Song Inspired by MLK, and Now His Message is as Important as Ever. IN THE NAME OF LOVE. Forward not Back!

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