LGBT Concerns to America

U.S. Senator Harry Reid wrote an essay about newly elected President Donald Trump this week. Here is what Reid said.

U.S. Senator Harry Reid wrote an essay about newly elected President Donald Trump this week. Here is what Reid said:

“I have personally been on the ballot in Nevada for 26 elections and I have never seen anything like the reaction to the election completed last Tuesday. The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America.

“White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear—especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.

“I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics. Hispanic Americans who fear their families will be torn apart, African Americans being heckled on the street, Muslim Americans afraid to wear a headscarf, gay and lesbian couples having slurs hurled at them and feeling afraid to walk down the street holding hands. American children waking up in the middle of the night crying, terrified that Trump will take their parents away. Young girls unable to understand why a man who brags about sexually assaulting women has been elected president.

“I have a large family. I have one daughter and twelve granddaughters. The texts, emails and phone calls I have received from them have been filled with fear – fear for themselves, fear for their Hispanic and African American friends, for their Muslim and Jewish friends, for their LBGT friends, for their Asian friends. I’ve felt their tears and I’ve felt their fear.

“We as a nation must find a way to move forward without consigning those who Trump has threatened to the shadows. Their fear is entirely rational, because Donald Trump has talked openly about doing terrible things to them. Every news piece that breathlessly obsesses over inauguration preparations compounds their fear by normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans. Their fear is legitimate and we must refuse to let it fall through the cracks between the fluff pieces.

“If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate. Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try.

“If Trump wants to roll back the tide of hate he unleashed, he has a tremendous amount of work to do and he must begin immediately.”

What struck a note with me is how Trump seemed to connect with the LGBT community well before his presidency campaign. Today Trump chose Mike Pense, perhaps one of the most anti-LGBTQ evangelical Christian political crusaders to serve in Congress and as governor of a state. Then there is Ben Carson, who compared homosexuality to pedophilia and incest, is a vice chairman of the transition team and so is Newt Gingrich, who has attacked what he called gay fascism around LGBT rights. Reid is perhaps reminding America a great history lesson on what is to become possibly. After all, Ronald Reagan had many gay friends and came out against an anti-gay state initiative while he was governor of California before becoming President. But once Reagan became president all that changed not with Reagan, but with those in Reagans circle.

It will be tough to roll back many issues such as same-sex marriage and gays serving in the military. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided much of those laws. But Obamacare non-discrimination provision that includes gender identity and sexual orientation could change affecting many transgendered people. Perhaps the division of our nation will foster a carte blanche attitude to remove our politically correct filters a return to certain hate speech such a faggot, dyke, tranny, queer and so on. I must remember that words don’t hurt me but guns, violence and discriminatory legislation will. Members of the LGBT community are acutely aware that bigotry and homophobia are filled with dishonesty, deception, and predatory games. Ideology like Pense, Carson, and Gingrich provides latitude for judicial prejudice, police, and citizens hell bent on discrimination to continue.

I no longer fear being locked away for being a member of the LGBT community. I figured out long ago that free speech in America also protects dishonesty, deception, and predatory practices within homophobia. Americans desire to separate church and state but embrace religion all while excluding a commandment of “Thou shalt not covet.” When the United Kingdom, Germany, France and New Zealand issues a warning to its citizens traveling to the United States about homophobic behavior, then I know our nation is far behind and out of touch with the rest of the industrialized world. While I have a love for my country, I also have a concern that we are no longer global leaders of liberty and freedom. Our political ideals are no longer Democrat or Republican. Today we seem to be an a la carte society filled with particular vigilante behaviors and unfiltered choices.

I have watched eight years of Obama and witnessed the LGBT community thrive and challenge America to connect and catch up to the rest of the world. But America had a divided change of heart. Like any good roller coaster ride eventually, the ride gets old only to be torn down and replaced with a new rollercoaster. This time I will have to keep my hands and feet in the ride once in motion and pray I nor others get hurt along the way.

“President-Elect Trump, you pledge to Make America Great Again. As an American, Democrat and Army veteran I don’t want to be excluded, sidelined, or have to pretend to be somone else in order to participate in that plan. My hope is that you will count me in.”

Letter to NCSU Technician news

Chancellor Randy Woodson says he wants to protect free speech for all students. He claims that the current student conduct code prohibits the University from engaging in free speech. Perhaps Chancellor Woodson should begin to practice what he preaches in his leadership role at North Carolina State University. Woodson’s Univerity biography says “Equality and diversity are all our responsibilities. Working together [we] ensure a truly diverse, inclusive and supporting campus culture.” This is an incredible vision, but for people of color, Hispanics, and LGBT students this is an unsupported catch phrase.

First of all the university position on First Amendment rights is flawed and seems to preserve hate speech. The free expression tunnel and campus affiliated blogs have been a continual controversy sporadically making headlines usually with racial or homophobic slurs, yet suspensions or expulsions never occur. The same rhetoric by University leadership is “expect change.” The change will not come until administration challenges the First Amendment versus Hate Speech. Perhaps the University should take a step back and look at its leadership demographics. It may see a culture and pattern of habits and slogans such as ‘Students First” or “Embrace Diversity” In reality, the University just has no real vested interest in truly creating a diverse campus. Otherwise, it would not continue to repeatedly allow forms of hate speech on its campus each academic year. It would instead have a very clear student conduct policy backed by leadership with policy improvements on how to stay abreast with technology.

When I hear Chancellor Woodson speak to media outlets about “free speech protections” then why did the University 2015 expel African American students of Pi Kappa Phi? The University said the students were expelled based on racially and sexually offensive language? Why the double standard Chancellor Woodson?

Diversity should be the symbol and objective at N.C. State University. Loosely shielding what is defined as hate speech should not be a reason to defend it. So far, Chancellor Woodson, you had not put students first or listened to your African American student body. Instead, you passed up an opportunity to learn from your esteemed student body and display your leadership. You chose to hide behind your unchallenged interpretation of freedom and allow hate speech to continue for the next season.

Sam Daughtry

Technician Viewpoint Columnist alumni (’11)

Why Is Trump Leading?

Recently I have been questioning why Donald Trump is leading in the polls? Listening to the outrageous rhetoric every week is nearly similar to listening to a child have an irrational temper tantrum. What is most interesting is that Trump appears to have a broad support in what he is saying. I have tried to grasp why he has such a large following. I think in part to us; Americans are growing tired of terrorism in general. After all, it was terrorism that brought down the World Trade Center towers in New York. However, most interesting is that domestic terrorism seems to have outpaced international terrorism. For example, school shooting rampages, abortion clinic bombings or shooting not to mention continued GLBT crimes are still out there but not being reported at the same rate or provide a different marker to identify those crimes as terror related.

Clearly, when Trump speaks, he turns off any filter of his delivery and language. I think this is what is making him so attractive to the social media world. Social media and news media today are filled with buzzwords or headlines with little support to the facts. In fact, most of our news appears to be more entertainment based than credibly reported the news. This is where I think Trump has seized to moment to rally a large group of people. If you ever listen to Trump speak perhaps you should listen to a bit carefully to understand how he gains support. For example, Trump wants to build a wall along the Mexico/United States border. Trump provides no details on how to create it, time frame or any details on the program for the exception that Mexico will somehow have to pay for it. What is remarkable is that many Americans support his idea without any supporting claims except outlandish or disturbing comments such as “it should have been built long ago”.

Personally, I think Trump is attempting to rally Americans just tired of terrorism, outsourced jobs, undocumented workers, politically correct language and a weak economy. The notion that Trump will fix any of these areas is something that a vast majority of his supporters think will magically happen if Trump is elected. Perhaps Americans are so disenfranchised about our stale and stagnate political system is that Trump may fire Congress for getting in his way. This is because we as Americans for too long have been exposed to reality television programming that is not the actual reality of how things work behind the scenes.

The bottom line is that Trump cannot fix any of the domestic affairs set before Congress and the American people. This would take compromise, and that word alone is why we are in the mess we are in today. Trump is CEO of a rather successful corporation. Like Trump or not you must admit he is successful and very entertaining to watch. However, this is not the level of diplomacy and entertainment by Ronald Reagan standards. Reagan at least was governor of California before becoming president. Trump has never held any form of public office. Reagan had a natural appearance with carefully selected words and a script to address his audience. Trump never stays on script and sounds like a first-year college student presenting his political science class presentation without preparing notes or fact cards – or reading the Constitution. However, we watch and either clap, nod our head or shake in disgust or disbelief.

Trump may be a fad for politics, but he reminds me of Sarah Palin in some respect. She was very unfiltered in the middle of her campaign. After the McCain/Palin election, she became just as unfiltered as Trump, and she still has a rather loyal following today. I think that is where we are in politics today. We do not care about the facts anymore before perhaps we are too tired of trying to locate credibility in the process. Americans are tired of wars, terror, and diplomacy in general. At least that is the feeling I get. This is why perhaps we do not care anymore because politicians will do and say anything to grab a headline. After all, it provides a huge level of entertainment.

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