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People Are Angry That The Trump Administration Has Time And Money For Notre Dame But Not Puerto Rico

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The Trump administration has been in one scandal after another since Trump took office and the scandals don’t seem to be ending. The latest controversy surrounding the president is his decision to send aid to France to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, which suffered a horrific fire this week. While the Trump administration has offered U.S. aid to rebuild the cathedral, Americans are asking about Puerto Rico, Flint, and numerous American cities and citizens suffering after natural disasters.

The world watched on in horror as Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames.

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The structure, which has been an iconic landmark in the heart of Paris since 1345, suffered serious damage from a fire. The roof of the cathedral burned and the iconic spire that rose from the back of the cathedral tumbled to the floor while on fire. Horrified spectators watched as a small fire in the cathedral grew in ferocity and started to cause structural issues.

Some people had some hot takes on the issue.

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All kidding aside, there are so many Americans that need assistance, real assistance. The border wall is not included in the outcry for the U.S. to take care of their own as so many continue to rebuild and struggle after natural disasters.

The announcement from the White House was immediately met with anger from Americans seeking justice for Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Ricans, who are also U.S. citizens, are still in recovery mode after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017. The Trump administration has been asked repeatedly about their slow and inadequate response to the natural disaster that killed around 3,000 Americans and left millions without power and water for months.

Some people are calling this a race thing.

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President Trump brags about putting America first but the optics of his decisions and policies speak volumes to the contrary. While Flint is five years into a health crisis tied to tainted water at the hands of a white, Republican governor, the Trump administration has time to help France. Now, there is nothing wrong with helping an ally in need. However, for an administration with a long history of saying part administrations never did anything for the American people, this move is coming off to some as hypocritical.

Not to mention, we recently had a racist man set fire to historically black churches in Louisiana.

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Holden Matthews, 21, is the son of a local sheriff and the man arrested for setting fire to the three churches in Louisiana. He is facing hate crime charges for targeting the churches in his arson attacks. Fortunately, shortly after Notre Dame burned social media directed people to the GoFundMe page for the three black churches and they have raised $1 million to help them rebuild.

The criticism from people that the Trump administration is operating based on race and religious discrimination is fueled by the lack of response to a burning mosque in Jerusalem.

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The Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem is one of the most important places of worship for the Islamic faith. The structure burned the same day as the Notre Dame fire but the attention has been minimal. In fact, nothing has been said by President Trump addressing the tragic and equally devastating loss of Al-Aqsa.

There hasn’t been a concrete number for the aid the U.S. is offering France but people aren’t letting the administration live it down.

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Only time will tell how much the Trump administration will send to France. Time will also tell how much longer Puerto Rico will continue to struggle as the Trump administration ignores the humanitarian crisis they created by ignoring the disaster from the beginning.

READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Unapologetically Bringing Puerto Rico To The Halls Of Congress

More Than 360,000 People Have Signed A Petition Calling For Trump Tower’s Address To Be ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue’

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More Than 360,000 People Have Signed A Petition Calling For Trump Tower’s Address To Be ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue’

There is something so satisfying about being petty or watching a petty situation take place. That is exactly what we are seeing right now with a petition asking for New York City to rename a stretch of 5th Ave. in front of Trump Tower to President Barack H. Obama Avenue. Obama’s name has been used to rename some roads in the U.S. already and people are pushing for that trend to land right on Donald Trump’s doorstep.

A petition on MoveOn.org is calling for NYC to rename a portion of 5th Ave. after President Obama.

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The petition started as a joke but it quickly gained attention and speed and has continued to grow. So far, more than 360,000 people have signed the petition and are hoping the Mayor Bill DeBlasio listens to their request.

Some are not sure if it will happen but so many people are really pushing for the change.

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“The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor,” reads the petition. “We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers.”

While the petition is being taken seriously by some people, others are just here for the show.

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We all love to see some next level pettiness and the people who created this petition, and support it, are giving people all kinds of life.

“I saw a comedian joke about how it would make Trump so mad if it was named after former President Obama and thought why not,” Elizabeth Rowin, the author of the petition, told Newsweek.

Some see this as a justifiable bout of karma.

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Yet, the request is already failing one key factor for a street renaming in NYC. According to ABC7NY, individuals honorees have to be deceased for two years prior to consideration for such a dedication. There is also a moratorium on street renamings in that part of New York City further complicated the issue.

Regardless of the viability of the street renaming, people are completely invested in this happening.

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It isn’t clear if the letter and petition will or will not be sent to Mayor Bill DeBlasio. He is running for the presidency right now and it might serve as a good way to grab some headlines if he pushes it through. Just imagine Donald Trump having to put “President Barack H. Obama” on his business cards, letterhead, and outgoing mail.

READ: Trump’s Building In Uruguay Is A Bust And It’s Not Even Completed Yet But American Taxpayers Did Pay A Price

A Homeowners Association Tried To Keep A Boricua Who Fought For Our Country From Flying Her PR Flag

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A Homeowners Association Tried To Keep A Boricua Who Fought For Our Country From Flying Her PR Flag

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When hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans came together to demand former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign following leaked chats that revealed political corruption and a series of sexist and homophobic messages, Frances Santiago wanted to stand in solidarity with her people. Living in Kissimmee, Florida, she wasn’t able to protest with her country folk on the archipelago but she demonstrated symbolically by placing her red, white and blue Puerto Rican flag outside of her home. 

Now, the Central Florida Boricua is facing a battle against her own community leaders. Three weeks after putting up the flag, the homeowner received a letter from the Rolling Hills Estates Homeowners Association requesting her to take it down. 

Santiago, an Army veteran who served 14 years as a medic, including two tours in Iraq, says she refuses to remove the flag.

“I fought for this, to be able to do this. So, I don’t see a problem with flying my flag here,” the woman told Orlando-area news station WFTV.

According to HOA bylaws, all flags are outlawed. However, the board made an exception for US flags, sports flags and flags used to honor first responders and fallen officers. Considering these edicts, Santiago is unsure why the group is asking her to remove the flag, as Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States.

“Puerto Rico is part of America. What’s the big issue with us having our flag there,” she said.

HOA president Norma McNerney told  WFTV that she’s not asking the Santiago family to remove the flag because it’s from Puerto Rico; however, she did not comment on the island being the colonial property of the US and, thus, meeting the association’s criterion. 

“We treat all owners the same. If you travel through our community, you will see the only flags are those regulated by the state,” McNerney said.

Puerto Ricans have historically been banned from displaying their flag. 

While many tease that Boricuas exhibit their bandera on anything and everything, from their cars and house goods to their clothes and accessories, owning a Puerto Rican flag wasn’t legal until 1957. Nine years prior, on June 10, 1948, la Ley de La Mordaza, better known as the gag law, made it a crime to own or display a Puerto Rican flag, sing a patriotic song or speak or write of independence. The legislation, signed into law by Jesús T. Piñero, the United States-appointed governor, aimed at suppressing the growing movement to liberate Puerto Rico from its colonial ties to the United States. Anyone accused and found guilty of disobeying the law could be sentenced to ten years in prison, be fined $10,000 or both.

Additionally, in Kissimmee, which locals nicknamed “Little Puerto Rico” because of its vast Puerto Rican population, there has been pushback from community members who are not pleased with the demographic changes. City-Data forums warn people interested in moving to Central Florida to beware of Puerto Ricans, who commenters refer to as “roaches,” “criminals,” and the N-word, while news of attacks against Boricuas has become more common. Florida is home to more Puerto Ricans in the contiguous US than any other state. Most of the population resides in the Orlando-Kissimmee area. The region has been the top destination for Puerto Ricans escaping the financial crisis since 2008 and displacement following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. But it is also the prime journey stop for diasporic Puerto Ricans from New York, Chicago, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Massachusetts. The area is among the largest and fastest-growing Puerto Rican communities in the country.

As such, Central Florida Boricuas have rallied around Santiago. An online petition created by the Florida Puerto Rican group Alianza for Progress is asking the HOA to cease their discriminatory practices against Santiago and is already close to meeting its goal of 1,600 signatures. At the time of writing, it is short just 51 names.

Santiago and her husband Efrain have insisted that they have no intention of bringing the flag down.

“[The flag] will stay there and we’ll deal with it; we’ll exhaust every avenue possible,” Efrain said. “We have our house, you see, up to standards. We’re not doing anything wrong. We’re not doing anything to our neighbors by flying our flag.”

While the Santiagos haven’t presently been issued any fines for the violation, they said they do have a lawyer and are prepared to take this fight to protect their freedom further. “I’m proud of my roots, who I am, [where] I come from. We’re not offending anyone. None of the neighbors were offended with us putting the flag there,” Efrain said.

Read: The Governor Of Puerto Rico Was Caught In A Chat Using Grotesque Homophobic And Sexist Language And The Entire Island Is Calling Him To Resign In Massive Protests

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