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Fox News Asks Why People Aren’t Proud To Be American Anymore And Latinos Gave The Best Responses

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As we enter the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the majority of Americans are not celebrating the way our president would hope. We aren’t jumping on the $2.5 million parade President Donald Trump is thrilled to be hosting in the nation’s capital. The country’s number one rated conservative news station asked that very question after a very troubling poll about who is proud to be American, which they found surprising, but we did not.

A poll shows that people in the U.S. are less proud to be American, and Fox & Friends could not understand why.

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The poll shows that “being American has been steadily weakening in recent years,” and the latest reading is the “lowest point to date.” The poll shows that the highest readings on the measure — 69 percent and 70 percent — were between 2002 and 2004, which was right after the Sept. 11 attacks.

So Latinos gave Fox & Friends a variety of reasons why they’re not extremely proud to be American these days. For starters, President Trump cozying up with dictators.

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President Trump has gone against the ideals of the U.S. since he became president. Not only is he actively trying to find ways to avoid following the constitution, he is praising the enemies of democracy as if they are somehow not attacking our way of life.

Just because our president has a mountain of allegations against him, doesn’t make us any less patriotic.

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People are really upset with the man in the White House because of his questionable leadership and willingness to go against most, if not all, American ideals. Namely, his willingness to lie to the American people to stir up anger to keep himself in power.

The issues in our country go beyond immigration.

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There are a lot of people suffering right now and it has nothing to do with the issue at the border. We have so many issues facing our nation and the president is turning a blind eye to them. Gun violence is something he has not acknowledged and he has made it easier to access guns in the U.S.

Russia should be celebrating the 4th of July now.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has become one of Trump’s closest friends. Trump has even pushed back against intelligence agencies in the U.S. and sided with Putin on the issue of Russia helping Trump win the presidency.

Hate to break this to you, Fox & Friends it’s you, it’s always been you.

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The country’s most popular conservative station is one of the reasons why people aren’t into feeling American these days. There are too many examples to get into on this one but let’s just say the “Fox & Friends” celebrates the most unAmerican “victories” to the detriment of the American people.

Why don’t we just list the reasons why?

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It might be shorter for some people to list all the reasons why they would be proud to be American. Apparently, the people in charge of immigration don’t even want the diversity in the U.S. to continue given them wanting to remove “nation of immigrants” from their mission statement.

A lot of people did agree that Trump is the biggest reason why people are not proud.

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Fox & Friends asked and people wanted to answer. The American people could not be clearer with what they are feeling. Trump is hurting the standing of the U.S. in the world.

It really does seem to be a trend here.

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Like, the American people are overwhelmingly in favor of policies and talking points from the Democratic Party on terms of abortion, immigration, gun reform, etc.

This unAmerican feeling has been inside people for a while now.

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It certainly did not begin with Trump, but he did make it worse. The crisis at the border has galvanized people. The moment people started to learn that babies and children were being subject to cruel, torturous, and inhumane conditions, heart broke and reform was demanded.

One person just went for it and started naming names of those who make people feel less and less proud to be an American.

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We’re pretty sure all of those people will be celebrating with Trump on the 4th of July.

Some folks are just unhappy with being lied to consistently.

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There are few things the president has followed through with and those promises kept have been hurtful to several communities.

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There Are Few Things Latinos Love In This World More Than Vaporú And There’s Good Reason For It

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There Are Few Things Latinos Love In This World More Than Vaporú And There’s Good Reason For It

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You know how *some* folks say there is no magic cure or magic pill you can take to ease life’s worries? They’re just missing out on the opioid for the Latinx masses: Vicks Vaporub (or, as our mamis call it, Vaporú). Just knowing that Vicks exists is a comfort to end all worries in our lives. Growing up Latino means being perpetually fear-mongered into thinking you’ll catch pneumonia if you leave the house without a sweater and doing it anyway because of Vicks.

All those memories of our abuelas and mamas rubbing Vicks on our bruises, mosquito bites and more are made more magical by the song they sang to us while they healed us: “Sana, sana, colita de rana.” Maybe the magic of Vicks is the “Sana, sana.” Who can say? All we know is that combined, it can cure anything. Hence, the idolization of medicine for Latinos:

1. Vicks can cure insomnia, so why not sleep on a Vicks-inspired pillow?

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The Barrio Shop sells this multi-use pillow for just $24.99. Rub Vicks under your nose and fall asleep to the eucalyptus smell that has been proven to help with sleep in children. 

2. Vicks also cures all emotional pain. Going through a breakup? Apply Vicks to it and continue to cry into this pillow.

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It comes with the pillow inside, but you can take off the case and wash it after a night of crying all over it. Todo bien.

3. Latinos have reliably used Vicks to induce crying for manipulative gain.

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Vicks not only cures emotional pain, but it can also help you fake it. Everyone knows that novela stars would rub Vicks under their eyes before a dramatic scene because the fumes are so intense, it makes your eyes water. Everyone also knows that every Latino child has used the same method to fake a crying spell to get what we want. We’re evil geniuses like that, gracias a Vaporú.

4. We all know that just having Vicks on our person at all times is like the evil eye to injuries.

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Making sure you have a tiny tube on hand helps ward off injuries. Plus, we’re ready for any bruise, blunt force trauma or freak accident, thanks to that tiny, pungent tube. Carrying mitú’s Sana Sana pin has the same warding-off properties.

5. Latinos also know not to go afuera during mosquito season without Vicks slathered all over our bodies.

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Is it the smell that wards mosquitos away? We don’t know. All we know is if you get bit by a demonic mosquito that is unaffected by the holiness of Vicks, you can just rub Vicks on the bite, too, and it will cure it.

6. We also grew up laughing at expensive acne-clearing brands because Vicks could cure that anyway.

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Doctors don’t advise it, but they actually don’t advise using Vicks for anything other than cough suppressant and aching joints. Puesss, what do they know?

7. Latinos grow up to be medical professionals that also swear by Vicks.

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Honestly, as a patient, seeing that pin would just bestow approximately 1400 percent more trust in my medical provider. Like, I don’t want to hear about how Vicks is destroying my sense of smell or that I can’t rub it on my throat for a sore throat. 

8. Instead of being cranky about a cafecito-withdrawal headache, we make more cafecito and rub Vicks into our temples.

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Latinos’ relationship with cafecito is a whole other story. Por cierto, blessing your forehead with the panacea of Vicks cures us of our headaches every time. And yes, we’re better for it.

9. Who needs an expensive podiatrist to cure foot fungus when we have Vicks?

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It’s hard to say whether we generally have fungus-free feet or not given that we’re never allowed to walk around barefoot, but the story goes that Vicks will cure toe fungus. The moms all say that the gel “suffocates” the fungus and it dies. Gross, but at least our feet smell great.

10. Vicks has also made Latina moms straight-up superheroes.

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Wow. It must be hard for other moms to not Latina-mom levels of confidence, sponsored by Vicks Vaporub. [This post is not sponsored by Vicks Vaporub].

11. Dare we say that Vicks offers, a menos, a placebo effect to our kind?

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Doctors have come out warning the Latino community that Vicks can actually worsen sunburns, acne and open, bleeding wounds. All we know is that our people are suffering less with Vicks in our lives, and pinned to our jackets, and that’s got to make us more fun to be around. :’)

The TSA Is Supposed To Be Protecting Air Travel But Some Workers Decided To Intimidate Co-Workers With Racist Displays Instead

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The TSA Is Supposed To Be Protecting Air Travel But Some Workers Decided To Intimidate Co-Workers With Racist Displays Instead

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On Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it had suspended two TSA officers for allegedly putting up a noose in a baggage screening area at Miami International Airport. The two officers that were suspended had put up an “offensive display” and the incident is now under investigation. 

According to NBC News, the “offensive display” consisted of a noose hanging from the ceiling with two stuffed monkeys attached. The photo of the display had allegedly been posted on Instagram with the caption: “Black People of the Gram.”

The incident happened on July 21. In a CNN exclusive, the publication reports that a TSA employee with knowledge of the situation said that the display was hanging from a “pole right in the center of the TSA workstation located underneath the airport where passengers’ checked luggage is screened before placed on aircraft.” 

Consequently, when other TSA employees caught a glimpse of the display, managers were notified. But according to one TSA employee, the manager didn’t act rapidly to address the situation. 

In fact, the TSA employee tells CNN that, the manager “tried to downplay the noose and gorilla display, saying it wasn’t racist, it was just a joke.”

However, the TSA employees who reported this to their manager became even more upset after their concerns were ignored and downplayed. This then prompted the agency to launch an internal investigation. The two TSA officers who are allegedly guilty of building the display have been placed on administrative leave, with pay. 

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez of Miami, Florida took to Twitter to address the incident as well. He tweeted that he was “aware of the offensive item found in TSA baggage area at MIA and pleased TSA took quick action to identify those responsible and place them on leave.” 

The Miami International Airport Twitter account also spoke out about the incident saying they “do not condone offensive behavior or material of any kind.”

Although Miami International Airport sent out this tweet addressing the issue, they declined to comment to media outlets, according to CNBC.  

Twitter users who replied to both the mayor and the Miami International Airport account called for them to fire the TSA officers responsible for the display, “suspending is not enough punishment.”

TSA also released a statement that echoed the sentiments of the airport and the mayor. “TSA does not tolerate racist or offensive behavior and those found responsible will be held accountable for their actions. Two TSA officers have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.” 

According to CNBC, this isn’t the first time we’ve read reports from workers about workplace racial harassment. Back in June, a black employee in South Carolina “sued the company saying it retaliated against him after he reported a noose hanging near his desk and that other employees urinated on his desk and chair.” In March, nearly two dozen UPS workers said they discovered a noose in their workplace.

Despite the alleged actions begin taken at the Miami International Airport to address the racist incident, many TSA officers are reportedly feeling “distraught” about it.

CNN spoke to a veteran Miami TSA officer, who chose to remain anonymous, about the incident. The veteran TSA officer said he was “upset about the incident, which he says has many of Miami International Airport’s black and Hispanic TSA officers distraught.” 

“The mood now at the airport is people are upset this hasn’t been properly taken care of yet. We want everybody held accountable for what they have done,” the same officer told the publication. 

In internal emails that CNN obtained, they found that the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security sent a letter to TSA on Tuesday and urged them to make sure the incident was handled promptly and thoroughly investigated. They also strongly urged TSA to have those “involved held accountable for their actions.”

Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson also spoke out about the incident at Miami International Airport saying that it’s unacceptable that those in charge of TSA didn’t take the incident seriously and that it leaves “TSOs to work in an environment where they believe they are not supported or protected.” 

TSA’s acting deputy administrator Patricia Cogswell also wrote an email, obtained by CNN, to other TSA officials and said that “given the number of emails and such coming in to HQ about the MIA situation, please pull together a message for SO (senior officers) to issue, and think about other information that should go out to all offices.”

Other administrators for security operations addressed the “troubling event” that “cuts at the very core of who we are and what we stand for as an agency.”  

The TSA officers involved in the offensive display have not been named or identified. 

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