OK, I now get why we read all of these articles and books before we go out to change the world. It ignites a strong passion within to go out and be a change agent. The only lens I can ever see these writings through is that of a relatively privileged white male. Unfortunately throughout the class we take the brunt of blame for the treatment of minorities and mistreating others. And rightfully so. There are so many points to make about these topics but a few poignant ones come to mind. The first point is I feel like it takes an incredible amount of self control to be a minority or a woman and not hate white men. White people have a terrible habit of lumping entire races or religions together. Take the current racial/religious climate in the world right now. Our President has never had to face a day of adversity a day in his life. I mean true adversity, not ‘having many successes’ which he treats as a sacrifice…which still doesn’t make sense to me. The man started off with a small million dollar loan from his father. I use the term small there lightly. He ran on a platform of hatred and bigotry, painting Muslims, Mexicans, and people who didn’t look like ‘us’ (which is hilarious because no one looks like him in the entire world) but managed to convince enough people that he will unite this country and still bring us together. I still see MAGA hats around but mostly read about it online. He is tasked with making decisions that will effect ALL Americans, not just the ones who voted for him and I think he forgets that. Within the now secret dealings of the GOP healthcare bill it will allow millions of underrepresented Americans to not have health care and die because they don’t have insurance. Why doesn’t anyone blame the insurance companies. Insurance companies provide important services to Americans but at what cost. Insurance executives are some of the wealthiest in this country and have people who literally can’t afford their services. They get rich off of other people’s misfortunes and especially poor people who can only afford to have bare bones coverage and get hurt. That can ruin lives while they are sitting on fat stacks of money. We as a nation pay exponentially more than any other country literally just to stay alive. I write about this to tie it back to myself and how this affects me. My parents are about to retire and were both Trump voters, solely because he was on the Republican ticket. When they retire they will be on Medicare and his latest budget had huge cuts to Medicare. Guess who will be stuck with the bill if they ever become gravely ill because there won’t be enough money in Medicare to help anyone. This current administration is literally like the perfect storm for all of the topics we have read about and discussed and policymakers who can further divides that have been built up and for years have been slowly coming together. It is extremely frustrating to watch happen to people I love across the board with an administration that refuses to get proximate to any issues. I can rant all day about this stuff but these are the issues that are closest to my heart because they affect those who I love. The readings were great, thought provoking, frustrating, and SO easily translated to every day life in today’s world.