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

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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A White Woman Is Going Viral For Saying That Broadway’s ‘Slave Play’ Is Racist Against White People

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A White Woman Is Going Viral For Saying That Broadway’s ‘Slave Play’ Is Racist Against White People

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Black playwright Jeremy O. Harris’ buzzworthy Slave Play, has been both revered and abhorred by audience members. The show has received much critical acclaim after opening a month ago but a recent tirade, caught on camera, of an audience member alleging the play was racist against white people shows just how uncomfortable stories about anti-blackness and white supremacy make viewers. The broadway comedy tells the story of three interracial couples during the Antebellum-era who use slave role-playing as sexual therapy. 

Harris believes the white woman’s rant, which lasted several minutes, was merely life imitating art. The video of the woman’s confrontation went viral. Many people dismissed her expletive-filled rant as “white fragility,” according to the Washington Post. 

Harris shared the video on his own Twitter account.

Harris and an actor sat down for a Q&A after a show. That’s when the white woman got up from her seat and began shouting. She asked how the play wasn’t “racist against white people?” She claimed that there was “a whole bunch of stuff about how white people don’t get how racist they are,” in the video. 

The audience begins to murmur but Harris explains that the play is about eight people and can’t reflect every single person. He told her it was all a metaphor, and if she isn’t like the white characters in his play then good. 

“I never once said that you as a white woman were not a marginalized person,” Harris responds. “But if you heard that in my play, I don’t know what to tell you. Perhaps read it or see it again.”

Harris joked that she gave the audience an amazing second play. Despite grumbles, the woman persistently tried to yell her point until finally storming out of the theater. The audience applauded her departure. 

“The plays shows the unconscious ways that white people take up space, that they don’t leave open for black people,” Harris told The Washington Post. “This play doesn’t necessarily have to be about her … but she did just create her own character.”

Twitter users continued to point out the irony in the woman’s behavior. 

“My fave part of this is that she’s standing up to yell in a theatre about her white oppression. It’s my favorite because 1: oppressed people don’t get to do that. A black man would’ve been arrested for this behavior or worse,” one user wrote on Twitter. “2: she’s sitting in a seat a black person wouldn’t have been able to sit in half a century ago.”

Harris told the Washington Post he didn’t want to be dismissive of the woman, instead, he’d rather engage in a conversation with her. 

“It would have been hypocritical of me as someone who said from the beginning, I wanted this to be a play that sparked conversations,” he told The Washington Post.

Many people thought it was outrageous that the woman’s complaint was that white people were portrayed sympathetically in a play about slavery in the Antebellum era. 

“A play about slavery, and her complaint is that HER experience wasn’t represented? Makes me ashamed to be a white woman,” another user tweeted. 

Slave Play has received criticism from white and black audience members alike. 

There is currently a Change.org petition with over 6,000 signatures to shut down the broadway show. The creator of the petition claims it is anti-black. However, by her own admission the sentiment comes from the predominantly white audience’s reactions to what was in it.

“This past Saturday I attended Slave Play for the 8 pm showing. I wanted to verbalize that this was one of the most disrespectful displays of anti-Black sentiment disguised as art that I have ever seen,” the petition reads. “As a Black woman, I was terribly offended and traumatized by the graphic imagery mixed with laughter from a predominantly white audience.”

Broadway audiences tend to be largely white due to the high cost of tickets. Slave Play hosted a “Black Out” night where discounted tickets were provided to a black audience of 800 — a rarity in broadway. 

“We can succumb to a fear-based culture really easily, especially when bad people are in charge. That’s when we should be the loudest and the most individualistic because that’s the only way to actually combat fascism,” Harris told The Guardian of some of his black critics. “When I speak to artists – especially artists from oppressed groups – I see them necessitating this self-censorship. And I’m like: “No, be free! The only time you can be free in this world is when you’re writing.”

Cheerleader Wins $145,000 Settlement After She Was Booted From Team For Taking A Knee

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Cheerleader Wins $145,000 Settlement After She Was Booted From Team For Taking A Knee

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Back in 2016, American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick made waves and history when he protested against racial injustice and systematic oppression. During the United States national anthem, the star football player took a stand against the injustices by taking a knee. The act of protest set off a wave of similar acts with athletes from other sports including soccer, baseball, basketball and ice hockey taking similar actions. The acts of protest have not only sparked debate about using sporting events to highlight social issues they’ve also sparked talks about patriotism and respect. Moreover, they’ve also caused lawsuits.

College cheerleader, Tommia Dean, recently received a $145,000 payout after she was punished for her silent protest back in 2017.

The now 21-year old had been a cheerleader for Kennesaw State University, Georgia and had been inspired by  Kaepernick’s similar protests and decided to take a new during a game. In response to her protest, her university banned Dean and four other cheerleaders, known in the media as the ‘Kennesaw Five,’ from the football field during the Star-Spangled Banner for the next two games.

Dean hit back at the college who has recently been ordered to pay her $145,000. The school was found to have violated her right to protest. For the payout, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services will have to write Dean a check for $93,000 and another one to her attorneys for $52,000.

According to Marietta Daily Journal, “Dean listed KSU’s then-President Sam Olens as a defendant in the civil suit, alongside Scott Whitlock and Matt Griffin who worked for the KSU athletics department at the time.”

The agreement, which was signed by Dean and representative of the Georgia state department says that “a compromise has been reached… The intent of this agreement is to buy peace of mind from future controversy and forestall further attorney’s fees, costs, or other expenses of litigation, and further that this agreement represents the compromise, economic resolution of disputed claims and, as such, shall not be deemed in any manner an admission, finding, conclusion, evidence or indication for any purposes whatsoever, that the KSU defendants acted contrary to the law or otherwise violated the rights of Dean.”

In her lawsuit, Dean accused her school of violating her rights.

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Speaking about her decision to protest, Dean told WXIA-TV in Atlanta that at the time, she had felt moved to take action through protest. “Before we went out on the field, we all prayed. Together, we all prayed. I felt like this was something I needed to do here, in Cobb County, as a Kennesaw State cheerleader.”

The issue escalated when the local sheriff publicly slammed the cheerleaders for their act of protest. Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren said at the time that t his wife cried when she first saw the protest. “We were both shocked to see such a lack of respect for our flag, our national anthem and the men and women that serve our nation, Neil Warren wrote in an opinion piece published by Marietta Daily Journal.  Dean claimed in her lawsuit that Warren and former state Rep. Earl Ehrhart were racially motivated in making sure that the school kept her and the other four cheerleaders from taking part in national anthem protests.