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What Determines the Value of Your Life?

Updated on June 26, 2020
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Social issues can only be remedied by a collective acceptance of those opinions we view as opposing our own.

To matter, or not to matter?
To matter, or not to matter? | Source

All the prejudicial and racist debate occurring here in America has made me dwell upon the topic of whether or not anyone's life actually matters in the scheme of things. I've asked myself many questions as it concerns how an individual, or group of individuals, could come to a conclusion as to the value of human life. Rather than keep these questions and speculations to myself, I figured I would do my best to bring my thoughts into the public light.

First and foremost, we need to be able to determine what value, life, and the value of life mean; I'm not about to shy away from being judge, jury, and executioner for the topic. So, without further ado, let's dig in and get a little dirty.

All lives matter, plain and simple; but what I want to know is whether or not you'll allow someone besides that life you're judging to dictate the value you place upon it? Are you letting the life you are judging determine its value, or are you forming a judgement without actually measuring that life through its own existence?

— Kyler J. Falk

What Are the Definitions of Value and Life?

I'm the type of person who takes comfort in solid concepts; concepts like definitions and observation of natural, physical, emotional, and other sorts of laws that dictate the reality of existence as we know it. As it concerns the definitions of value and life, however, I'm not sure the definitions of these things could be any more abstract, and circumstantial. How does one determine the definition of such colloquially contentious words?

Well, when everyone wants to argue over the value of life I suppose all we can do is opt for the cold and cruel conciseness of literal definition; but you see, I'm conflicting with myself because life is a state of being often argued about when it concerns the forming of said life. Therefor I'm not sure what the definition of life could be, when the literal definition is argued on the legal grounds that, "the potential for life is not the physical definition of life."

Alas, the argument for abortion is relevant here but for the sake of being concise we will just offer something a little less vague:

The definition of life is any living being which can perform any essential functions for, within, and throughout society as a whole.

A much simpler, and less contentious word, value is something that everyone can determine quite easily when it is separated from any other topic. Take for example organized religion; I can't stand organized religion in any way, shape or form. I detest organized religion and place no value on it other than as a tool for evil manipulation, and that is what it is used for more often than not.

However, if I take into consideration the opinions of others, and the value they have found within organized religion as it concerns their own lives; I'm more than willing to say that organized religion is extremely valuable. Yet, I sit here and try to do the same thing as it concerns lives and I reach a strange, insurmountable wall.

If I were to say, objectively, most people do not matter in the scheme of my life emotionally, that is a concept that cannot be argued. Objectively, I emotionally do not place value on the lives of those around me I do not directly interact with. This becomes egregious to my own mind when I look at things objectively from a logical standpoint, because obviously every single person matters and by extension every single life in the world, human or otherwise.

So what is the definition of value? Value is the emotional and logical perceptions of importance placed upon a person, place, or thing by an outside entity or group of entities.

These two previous definitions are highly generalized, and as such I wish to combine them into the topic of discussion. That's what we are all here for, right, determining the value of your life? Yet, speculating this way as many do seems a bit cruel to me despite the necessity of doing so, but I'll keep doing my best.

The value of life is measured by a series of factors both within and throughout life itself, essentially it is the end-all be-all definition of the importance of your life as determined by a majority opinion.

I'd like to explore some influencing factors of the majority opinion, the opinion that regularly devalues life as it claims to be enriching it. Let's start with the hot topic of skin color, somehow, being a valid tool for determining the value of a life.

We all live on the same rock, so why is skin color so important to you?
We all live on the same rock, so why is skin color so important to you? | Source

Does Skin Color Determine Your Life's Worth?

Seeing as it is a hot topic right now, one that has had my value determined as lesser by many individuals because of my skin color, I'd like to start with skin color as a way to determine the value of a life. Let me clarify before I break it down, I don't think skin color is valid to any other topic than discussing the color of skin and the scientific value of genetic differences; but many others seem to believe that skin color dictates the inherent value of someone's life. I can see why someone with inherently racist qualities would place so much value on race, that it could determine whether or not a life actually matters.

You see, we live in a society where controversy and sensationalism are more profitable and popular than honesty and reality itself. Under such circumstances you can get away with devaluing an entire race for your own profit, much like the Black Lives Matter movement does to push its racist agenda. Many individuals I have spoken to recently, all BLM supporters, have told me that it is not possible that I could experience racism as an individual with white skin.

This not only upset me, but scratched that part of my brain where I start to wonder where people connect and disconnect randomly, and without any logical grounds, from reality. To these individuals, I can only assume, my life is of lesser value because of my skin color; and speaking out about racism is only relevant when I do so for anti-black sentiments over any other racist behavior. To press the point a bit more, if my own stories about racism committed against me are of no value, then the black lives I stand up for must be worth more than my own if my voice only matters when standing up for them.

Conversely, let us look at the individuals who are standing up for only the black lives and receiving nothing but racism in return. The many anti-human individuals out there treating all lives as if they don't matter are dictating the worth of all people by their hatred of skin color as a whole. Though skin color isn't any deeper than the surface, people feel that it is okay to determine value and validity by such a shallow concept.

Skin color is a silly, racist, and immature concept to make a focal point for any determination of life's value. If you can't promote all lives, regardless of skin color, then obviously you don't value life very much at all. The government is one of the biggest culprits in devaluing life, not only because of skin color, but strictly for political gain.

Politicians don't have the luxury of seeing reality through people and their actions, they see it through high and low numbers. This necessary disconnect from empathy does not excuse heinous devaluing of human life, especially not when it is used for political and financial gain.

— Kyler J. Falk

Can the Government Determine Your Life's Value?

No one in their right mind will sit and argue against the fact that governments regularly, both willingly and as a necessity, devalue human life while also determining whether or not a life matters. That is an important concept to dwell upon, however, that the government can, will, and does determine on a regular basis whether or not, and how much your life actually matters. Doesn't seem fair does it?

I'd say it is actually very fair, and without considering the lack of any real choice but to adhere to some form of government and authority, it is also a valid source of determining whether or not someone's life matters by societal standard. Like we see with protests now and long past, the government will go out of its own way to value those who support it and prove how little life matters if it doesn't cast its support. Does that mean they are always right, though?

This is where the government's opinion thrives or dies, with the majority of those they govern. If the majority does not agree, then like any good long-term power holder would, the government will shift its views in favor of majority opinion. To such a concept I pose this further important question:

If the majority of the people that a government is set to rule over agree that a life does not matter, isn't that the community determining the value of the life and not the government?

Money, power, influence, desires... all things that often determine whether a life matters or not.
Money, power, influence, desires... all things that often determine whether a life matters or not. | Source

Is the Importance of Your Life Measured by Those in Your Immediate Community?

All too often I see people taking part in these silly arguments that divide the entire world on topics that rarely rear their heads, and they do so willingly at the behest of those who hold the power to sway the masses. I can't blame the ones in power for using a tool so readily available, but I can blame those who allow themselves to be made into a tool. That is what I am doing here, casting blame, but also stating that this might actually be one of the most important facets in determining the value of life and whether or not a life matters.

You see, I don't—and probably never will—get the chance to sit down with any of our political leaders and have a meaningful, in-depth conversation about the issues facing the common man they are so far separated from. In fact, I wouldn't want to because they'd just feed me nonsense to protect their own political standing. I can, however, be treated poorly by my immediate community and I regularly choose to open myself up to such treatment.

Take for example my many conversations with BLM supporters about the racism I have suffered, and before even listening to my story they had formed opinions based on the color of my skin. My value, and whether or not my life mattered, is regularly and readily determined by the communities in which I partake willingly. These communities, arguably, have more power in determining my life's value than any other entity in the world.

Aside from racism being directed toward me by self-proclaimed anti-racists, the immediate communities in which I am a part determining my life's value, my visible level of wealth often plays a part in their decision making. So, let's play with the final idea of money determining the value of one's life, whether or not it matters, because I feel like it is the root of most of the world's problems.

There isn't a problem that I've come across in life that wasn't easily solvable by obtaining or spending money, but that won't stop people from trying to devalue that notion with flowery ideas of noble idealism. Fact of the matter is, how much my life matters has more often been determined by my financial generosity than any other factor; and the same goes for those whom society seems to value most.

— Kyler J. Falk

Does Money Dictate Life and Its Measurable Importance?

All too often I find myself checking my bank account as it skyrockets and falls like some sort of flat-earther trying to prove the world is flat in a homemade space vessel, and can't help but feel like my life would matter more if I had the power to reach more individuals. Those with money pay companies that exist solely to silence those they disagree with or propel the voices of those who pay them, and often times those of a higher financial standing are viewed as mattering more. I won't argue this fact, they do matter more than me financially, but should my life be measured in financial value?

Societal standard, especially for males, values a man who has intrinsic value. Many of the men who run the world make up for their lack of any redeeming qualities with the ability to pay PR firms for their entire personality, which I'd argue is money dictating how important their life is. Let's take a low blow at the POTUS here, because I think he is a pompous ass, and say he is a great example for money determining your life's value.

If Trump were not the successful businessman he is, able to boast a fortune, I don't think a single person in his life would be associated with him. His friends, business partners, ex wives, current wife, children's marital partners... not a single one would be around in the capacity they are today. Trump has used his money and power to bring all these individuals together, hold them together through the fires of controversy, and if that money were to disappear then, I daresay, his life would not matter as much as it does now.

For an example a little closer to home, let's look at Tekashi 6ix9ine, a rapper widely accused of being a terrible person in every facet of his life but still revered as a saint by many. I'd argue that the only reason this man's life matters is because he has enough money to keep his PR firm working hard at maintaining his relevancy, but if we look at his past he has been accused and convicted of so many heinous acts that the world may be a better place without him. Money, his dastardly shield, is the only thing keeping his life from being deemed valueless, as not mattering in the slightest.

Despite money and all these other factors, I'm still resting easy on the fact that everyone matters, the fact that all lives matter.

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No matter who you are, I love you and you matter to me!
No matter who you are, I love you and you matter to me! | Source

No Matter What, You Matter!

It is a rough world we live in where you can't exist knowing without some level of questioning that you are important, and that you matter simply because you exist as a human being on this rock we call Earth. I'm sad that I even have to think of such topics where I'm made to question whether or not other people's lives matter. I want to live in a world where it is a given that all lives matter regardless of any circumstance that may deem the conclusion otherwise.

Wanting to live in such a world where we are all considered to matter isn't going to change the fact that we are all devalued for unreasonable perceptions, but that doesn't mean I have to be swayed by others. No, I can sit here strong in my opinions and know what it is that's true simply by observing the way I want to be treated in life. How is it I want to be treated, regardless of any misconceptions directed toward my value?

Each and every day I want to wake up and know that the majority of people around me value my existence, my story, and my life. There isn't a time where I want to feel as if I am alone, against a world that is shifting to ideals in favor of evil rather than constructive progress. Yet, I am made to feel the exact way I am battling against.

So today I ask you, wholeheartedly and with a yearning that I've felt for far too long, to support the idea that all lives matter and stand up against the forces that are driving us into divided corners of existence. Skin color, political party, religious idealism, romantic choices, cultural practices... these are all things we can immerse in with one another, and celebrate how much we all matter.

If I could stand on a mountaintop overlooking the world and reach the ears of every human on Earth, I would scream out loud that I love you all and I want you to know that you matter to me.

Won't you be the change that proves your life matters, that all lives matter?

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  • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

    Kyler J Falk 

    5 weeks ago from Corona, CA

    Thank you, Anupam, I greatly appreciate your compliment!

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    Anupam Mitu 

    5 weeks ago from MUMBAI

    Finally I could read this. Kayler you have penned your expression wonderfully sharing your personal experience and observations.

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    Rodric Anthony 

    5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

    Kyler, you are in the fray which makes your account all the more rare and important because you have a platform, as small as Hubpages is to the world media. Your involvement makes your viewpoint extremely valuable. I seek to be on the side of goodness, though it is not clearly manifest because our feelings can cloud our view of the good.

    My opinions are based on other people's experiences and reports. You have an extra layer in your firsthand experiences that make your perspective of greater value as I see it.

    I fear another civil war looms because of the media and the hurting hearts of millions all hoping for some semblance of just. Change needs to happen. I hope we avoid a war to move it forward that will destroy all the good that we've built in America. Even with all this hurt here, we have so much good that is worth saving.

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    Kyler J Falk 

    5 weeks ago from Corona, CA

    A symptom of the bigger problem, so we truly collide at a crossroads on this topic. I'm very happy we could come to have this conversation without arguing, it is refreshing and rare.

    I suppose when there are no other options, unfortunately, we have to support the options that are there and making some sort of change and impact within the world. From what I can see, the KKK has never done much good at all, and BLM is less radical in their history as of yet but still just as off-target. Nonetheless, I want exposure of the past and present transgressions and I guess I just don't know how to obtain that.

    Out on the streets, it has been a civil war and it has been disgusting. The media is cherry-picking at the expense of progress, and that cherry-picking is creating more polarization as people get silenced left and right. Hard to remain fair and impartial, even anti-racist, when those in power seem to be steering us to a race war.

    Keep being neutral, and hope that your neutrality bleeds further than my meager article, because the worst of what is happening is falling by the wayside.

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    Rodric Anthony 

    5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

    I think BLM has a place in society because it calls attention to certain issues. I, however, can not support the movement in its current form because I truly believe all lives matter and all oppression we should fight forthwith. I will not fight with that organization. I choose to support the little good that it does and move on to other groups like the NAACP that fight for the rights of all colors of people. BLM is not a reputable organization in my book. I do support its right to exist. That is where my support ends. I support the right of the KKK (with caveats, of course) to exist, but that is where my support ends with that group too.

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    Kyler J Falk 

    5 weeks ago from Corona, CA

    Do you see BLM solving more issues than it is creating? By their very premise, the things their leaders have stated and those they view as role models, it is all worrying.

    I didn't wish to discuss this publicly, so I'm going to dull it:

    The amount of hate crimes I've witnessed, and subsequently stopped during these riots and protests on all sides... BLM and the racist media are not doing justice for anyone. The poison is only setting in deeper, and I'm in a panic for the future as social and political policy continues to devalue all humans.

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    Rodric Anthony 

    5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

    I agree with you Kyler. We can not change how the system is currently without patience. So far, battles are won one at a time, one group here or there. Is it fair? No!

    That is how we must get justice; though, one group at a time. We should not pull each other down like crabs in a pot boiling. I wish we could help each other up. Someone or group will always be at the bottom holding up the others at the top until the ones at the top finds the strength to pull up those bellow. I believe ALM should be the natural outgrowth of BLM. Politics gets in the way of justice.

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    Kyler J Falk 

    5 weeks ago from Corona, CA

    It is so true that one person's pain does not negate another's pain, but movements for justice that only value a singular type of people do. I refuse to submit to the idea that we can't all have equality, fight for it, stand for it, and obtain it all at the same time. This George Floyd protest that was hijacked and branched into BLM, rather than representing all lives that have suffered from police brutality, silenced more people in the world at large than it gave them a voice.

    My people, your people, our people have probably had their paths cross. Whether it be my Italian family slaving in the mines, fields of crops, or in the bed chambers of wealthy individuals; or it be the Natives, Irish, Semitic Jews, and African Americans in my family throughout history being enslaved, facing genocide, and/or still suffering from the systemic racism bred by society. There is no reason that BLM should not be ALM, including every race into its powerful movement rather than calling for the disestablishment of things that many people, not just whites, hold near and dear.

    My cries are not because these groups exist, these racist and sexist and other -ist groups that thrive on exclusion and tragedy; my cries are because these groups regularly, institutionally, tacitly, and as complicit entities regularly stand on soapboxes made from sentiments that silence my people, my story, and my skin color wrongfully.

    Pain does not negate pain, but racism, sexism, any other -ism based in hate and propagated by resentment negates more justice than it brings; and I'm tired of watching history repeat itself, but being disallowed to express that notion. BLM should be ALM, and ALM should be born from BLM, because they are the ones being valued, given the soapbox to speak to the masses, and using such privileges to their full extent without considering how much more they could be doing.

    I can't stand at the back of an organization making no moves to become all-inclusive, and by their own leaders' words attempting to disestablish an entire country for its own racially-driven gains. If we want justice as a whole, we have to pursue it as a whole, all at once.

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    Rodric Anthony 

    5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

    Thank you for taking the time to put yourself on display to give me the opportunity to show human compassion. One thing I think we as a race of people can do better is learn to empathize with others.

    I understand why BLM started as a movement and why I did not agree with the political aspects of it. I also understand why the implications of BLM seem to manifest so offensively to others or rightly to some. American history as many understand it creates such things as BLM or Gay lives matter or any group lives matters to tell the world oppression has gone on enough. Those groups need to be heard. Now White lives matter is a cry because some of us feel like that group is now the victim.

    We need to let each group speak and be heard. Maybe then everyone will feel like he or she is heard and will be able better to listen. Someone has to care first and listen. I am listening. I care. I fight each day to avoid passing my limited judgment on people and give them the benefits I apply to myself when it comes to presenting a point.

    I hope that by actively doing this others will return the courtesy. We need understanding, and the only way we can get it is if everyone is allowed to speak. My ancestors who were slaves had hard lives because they were property. My ancestors who owned slaves had it hard because it is not easy to care for slaves and they had to worry about losing everything if a crop went bad or if too many slaves died, became ill, or if they had to sell them off. The struggles were different. Slavery ended, but the culture of racism that followed it infected America in such a way hat generation will come and go before the effects of slavery stop following many Blacks and Whites in America. As we work that out, other groups along the way will realize they have been in some type of bondage.

    One person's pain does not negate another person's pain.

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    Anupam Mitu 

    5 weeks ago from MUMBAI

    Sorry dear Kyle, since morning I opened this article to read it but couldn't do that so due to the professional work pressure.

    Will read it tomorrow.

    Blessings

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    Kyler J Falk 

    6 weeks ago from Corona, CA

    Just in case we have an ongoing conversation: I'm going to self-identify my auditory and visual processing disorder right now. If you feel I've missed something in our conversation, or didn't answer it, I ask that you repeat the question clearly and concisely because I'm probably unable to comprehend what is being asked.

    I want to keep this as short as possible, because I'm not sure how to respond to your amazing comment in any meaningful way while also addressing each piece. If you could reformat what you've said into questions I could answer that'd be awesome, but from my perspective you were exploring the duality of all this, the contradiction of remaining in a culture we could leave, and how our values don't always align with every one of the views of what we support.

    Due to being unable to fully comprehend your comment without shortening it out into questions, just to help my processing disorder but it may not be wholly necessary, I'm going to attempt to encompass everything your comment made me think of while reading it.

    To begin with, leaving the cultures and communities in which I partake for one that will accept me fully, this is like my spinal injury. I choose to talk about my spinal injury sometimes, how severe it is, and what it does to the lower half of my body. I also go out and climb mountains, charge big waves, and am overall doing things others cannot with the same spinal injury.

    People look down on me and think my spinal injury isn't real, and this is because I don't discuss the gruesome amount of physical therapy I have undergone and continue to undergo in order to maintain my physical prowess. Climbing mountains with my son on my back, surfing, and otherwise being athletic is part of my doctor-recommended physical therapy.

    Now, this seems completely irrelevant, but it comes back to those in our cultures and communities who make us feel the worst. It isn't the people who praise us who have the greatest effect, at least not in my life, it is the people who seek to tear us down at every turn that I dwell upon. For me, the boors are a majority rather than a minority, and thus my writing often reflects my sour feelings toward those who only want to see me hurt.

    Dwelling on these silly, bitter people allows me, as you say, to understand them and empathize with them. It allows me to, despite appearances, stay positive and even keep the door of discussion open so that these angry individuals have a chance to remedy our interactive relationship if they so choose.

    Alas, I think I've lost everything in translation, especially now that my son managed to take his diaper off and fling diaper matter everywhere as I was typing this and my brain is further scattered.

    To close out: When I go after BLM and its supporters it isn't because I want their acceptance, not strictly, it is because i don't have an organization willing to represent me and my plight. Now, that isn't that bad and not even the motivator for my writings. The motivator for my writings is people's willingness, even BLM itself, willing to support racism (evil in general) if it means advancing the agenda they wish to push, all the while creating the problems they're fighting against for others and calling for their silencing to keep pushing onward.

    I just see the problem of racism as solvable, but the willful decision to produce more problems based on race.

    As for the problems concerning the black community going unnoticed, I can't agree in any way. Growing up it is all I heard about, wealth inequality, class inequality, and just for keeping this concise let's call it African-American issues. I was taught to hate myself growing up, asking teachers questions like, "Why don't we discuss my ancestors, because my family was slaves too?" only to have the teachers and entire class laugh to the tune of, "But... you're white...."

    There is an unspoken, and even a highly spoken element of racism in America, against everyone. I want racism under my boot, and not the other way around; but I can't do that when everyone wants to wall off behind one issue, rather than attacking them as a whole.

    I wish BLM was ALM, not to silence black lives but so that white lives, brown lives, purple lives, red lives, and everyone else can come crawling on their knees to the voice that can cry to the entire world and make people listen. BLM could bring justice for all, but they expressly only support black lives and regularly promote propaganda that calls for the silencing of anyone else who may or may not be trying to mix their other-than-black message into the BLM movement.

    Too complex of a problem to explore without writing an entire dissertation, and in a comments section I'm begging to be misconstrued; but I think we both see where one another are coming from, at least fundamentally.

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    Rodric Anthony 

    6 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

    All lives do matter, but your premise is based on the misconception that people, in general, tend to think similar to you based on the logic you use to come up with this wonderful heartfelt plea to all of us.

    You chose the culture you want to be a part of and suffer when it does not recognize you as faithfully as it does others within that culture. I live in a culture where some view me in that same way, those mine is religious-based rather than race-based. So, I believe I may understand where you are coming from.

    In both of our cases, we can choose to leave our chosen cultural bases and go to another if we wanted. We, however, do not want to go. We want what we have and we want to be valued by most if not all within the context of the culture we choose. We don't want to have to seek another group with which to identify, even is we could.

    Understanding why people treat us a certain way does not make us like it better, but it does help us cope with it better because we can have empathy for those who have not reach a level of enlightenment that others have.

    I support the concept the Black lives matter within the context that all lives matter. In other words, Black lives matter too, but it doesn't seem like it based on the way I perceived society at present.

    BLMTBIDSLIBOTWIPSAP is too long an acronym to logically grab attention and convey a message. It is understood that all lives matter to most of intelligent people. What those who feel marginalized believe is that generally the nation is not aware of the things happening to 13 percent of the population does not seem important because the Black communities are devastated with crime and economic challenges, unlike others. Conscientious people are saying, "Wait a minute. Don't you see what is happening to this segment of America? Black lives matter too! Don't forget about us. If you do, you must be racist!

    What I see here is a failure of proper understanding because of assumptive context on the parts of the speakers and the listeners.

    Because you can fit into the majority culture of America, you have no problems is the complaint you get, I believe. If you wanted to, you could ignore your cultural leans and rebrand yourself and that makes people jealous of you because none of the others can.

    I want to point out that I mentioned that I BELIEVE when referring to my estimation of what you wrote. I do not know anything other than what you assert in your writings--even then I could have interpreted it incorrectly.

    I am feeling what you are putting down. I agree with your experiences, or I should say I believe that you are correct to feel as you do. I also feel that those who make you feel the way the do are responsible for their behavior and hopefully will one day change.

    I also say, I know why they behave the way they do. I believe it is because they are assuming that you already know how they perceive the world because, at least to them, it is come sense to see it their way.

    I believe that you perceive the world as you do with the same overestimation that those who should nurture you in your community also have the common sense to see it from your perspective and should know how their views affect you, but they do not care.

    I make this assumption because I find myself having to reevaluate my feelings about a person and his or her perspective based on understanding the limitation of my perspective and feelings.

    If I believe Trump is racist and you say you support Trump, then obviously, you want me to know you are racist. That is not true, however.

    I am a Trump support. I am Black. I don't support Trump for his racist, sexist, or asinine remarks, however. I support him for his policy that support American workers and religious freedoms in America. I am willing to put up with the things I do not like about him because the other things that I do like are important enough to me to do so.

    Just like the rapper you spoke of. I am willing to mourn his death, not for his horrible acts and example, but because he is the same color as me, he was famous, and it connects me to my larger Black community as a symbol that we will survive in this White-dominated culture even though we represent such a small part of it.

    I did not vote for Trump because he had three marriages, he is mean and self-centered, and he seems like a womanizer. He, however, stands with me on religious freedom and abortion.

    This getting too long. I hope you can see where I am going with this rant of mine.

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