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What Has America Become?

What Has America Become?

Two women visit the memorial for the October 28th shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Two women visit the memorial for the October 28th shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

On Saturday, October 28th, 2018, an American white male invaded a Pittsburgh synagogue and murdered eleven Jewish individuals as an act of anti-Semitism. Naturally, all tragedies evoke emotions and sympathy out of me, but this one was particularly disturbing. There have been countless shootings that have victimized people more of my identity (African American, Christian, student, pedestrian, etc.), yet these casualties have resonated with me more than I can explain. This is not America. Americans do not send bombs to public figures for having opposing political views. Americans do not shoot African Americans in a Kroger as they grocery shop peacefully with their grandchildren for being black. And Americans certainly do not assassinate a Holocaust survivor among ten others inside their place of worship for being Jewish. America is the land of the free, and the home of the brave, yet Americans are not brave enough to reside among people different from themselves. This is not America, yet it is. 

But this can change. 

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Do not let this hate crime go unrecognized in politics and culture. Anyone who witnesses people become increasingly radicalized by our intense political climate (on both spectrums) and does not go out and vote is not a true American. If we commit to going to the polls and electing leaders who reject terrorism both domestic and international, condemn intolerance, and cherish liberty; we can make America great. We must vote for candidates we feel uphold the American dream of equality and opportunity. Early voting has began in a number of states, but all polls are open on November 6th only. Get out there and cast your ballot for a better America. 

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Would you like to take action beyond voting? Get involved in the election! Canvas, text bank, phone bank, carpool people to the polls, educate people about candidates and propositions, and so much more! I’ve been text banking for Gavin Newsom all month, and it’s easy, efficacious, and rewarding. Visit a candidate you support’s website to engage in available volunteer opportunities and get moving. We deserve a better America, and it starts with you. 

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