New Episode of Millennial Logic: A Call for Unity and Action

 

Millennial Logic Episode 8: A Call for Unity and Action

After a brief hiatus, we’ve returned with a brand new episode of Millennial Logic!  We discuss the current political climate in regard to the transition of power. In addition, we provide strategies on how to move forward in sustaining our human rights. Furthermore, one tactic is coming together as a group and organizing. To learn more, tune in and feel free to comment here, Spreaker, or Soundcloud!

Millennial Logic Episode 7!

Aftermath of The 2016 Presidential Election: Love Vs. Hate

In this episode, we discuss the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, our opinions, and where do we move here from now.

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Check out Millennial Logic Episode 7: Aftermath of The 2016 Presidential Election: Love Vs. Hate

In this episode, we discuss the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, our opinions, and where do we move here from now.

Minimum Wage

If you have been exposed to the media at all this year, many topics have been brought up during the Presidential Primary Season. One of those topics has been the debate on increasing the minimum wage. Currently in the United States, the federal minimum wage is $7.25/hr. There are many states that have their minimum wage set higher than the federal minimum, but many states have it set at $7.25/hr.

The basic issue with the current minimum wage is that it is simply not a living wage. People who are paid at $7.25/hr and even a little more than that, cannot afford to pay rent, buy food, take care of their families, etc. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), to afford a one-bedroom apartment and two-bedroom apartment requires you to make $16.35/hr and $20.30/hr respectively. Even with the proposed increases, you will still struggle to afford a standard apartment. Many groups are being affected by the low minimum wage and it is not just the groups you would expect. You have adults, both young and old, without a college degree who are struggling due to the low minimum wage. You have adults, with college degrees that are struggling. You have those who are living in impoverished areas that are struggling.

With the proposal of an increase, comes big debate between the last three 2016 presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump. For the most part, each of them have differing views on the idea of increasing the federal minimum wage. Sanders proposes that we increase it to $15/hr; stating that nobody should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty. Hillary Clinton supports the idea of increasing it to $12/hr while supporting the efforts of the “Fight for 15” to increase it to $15/hr. Donald Trump (as flip-floppy as he has been) believes that wages are fine where they are; stating that competition on wages is good.

The biggest question now is: Is increase the federal minimum to as high as $12 or $15 feasible? We are all arguing on what is feasible or not. I think we can agree that it can be increased, but will come with some varying consequences, based on the thoughts of some. Increasing it will place employers in difficult spots with handling the forced increase in wages. Options that have been brought up for them is: cutting hours or jobs and also increasing the prices of their products. Some argue that this negative effect of the increased wages would actually harm those who need the increase in wages more than it would help them. They would be in a position where they would have no job or will still not be able to afford the necessities that they need.

In my opinion, this is honestly a tough problem to figure out. We do have to be realistic and understand that an increase in minimum wage may cause some people to lose hours or to lose their jobs; while not increasing it will keep people stuck in the same situation of not being able to afford the basic necessities of living. I would understand keeping the minimum wage as is if many of the people with these jobs do not have major responsibilities, such as bills, housing, families to take care of, and more. But honestly, the people that would more than likely would fall into this category are teenagers and college students. I know there is the thought that if you do not like how your job pays, then you should go to college or a trade school to become qualified for higher paying jobs. I might sound a bit biased here, but as a millennial, I do not think a person has to go into debt to get a degree or qualification that does not guarantee them a higher paying job anyways. It would open doors to jobs that will pay well more than the current minimum wage, but it is still not easy out here to get a job. We still see many college grads stuck at home with mom and dad because finding a job is difficult. But, enough of that rant.

I believe that minimum wage should be increased because it is just too low for anyone. However, we need to look into other ways to make living more affordable. For example, housing is very expensive nowadays, and if you are not working full time and making at least three times the federal minimum wage, you might be able to afford your own place. That does not even factor in if you have a family to take care of. Also, even with more jobs being created in this country, we need them to be more accessible because many people are not feeling that new jobs have been created in this country. If the argument is made that an increase is not a good idea, we need ways to help those who are stuck in those jobs. Remember, do not assume that everyone that has a minimum wage job does not have any skills, qualifications, or degrees.

All in all, if we can increase the federal minimum wage in a way that will not cause more harm than good, let’s please do that. If not, let’s put more focus on addressing the high price of living that is making the current minimum wage an issue in the first place. People want alternatives, not a just simple “NO” if increasing is not feasible.

Those are my thoughts.

Rebel out.

The States Where Minimum Wage Workers Struggle The Hardest To Make Rent

Minimum wage can’t pay rent

Los Angeles City Minimum Wage Increase Set to Take Effect July 1, 2016

Thomas Sowell on the differential impact of the minimum wage

Hillary on Minimum Wage

Bernie on Minimum Wage

Donald on Minimum Wage

Video: Labor Markets and Minimum Wage: Crash Course Economics #28

Raise The Minimum Wage Website

Do All Lives Matter or Are They Feeding Us BS: Kenya v.s. Paris

Why Didn’t The World Say ‘We Are All Kenyans’ Last April?

When you search for #ParisAttacks, you get nearly 2.2 million results on Google. When you search for #KenyaAttacks, you get about 300. The Parisian response is a reaction to the terrorist attacks last Friday, which took 129 lives and injured far more. People around the world have expressed solidarity.

Last night, a co-worker and I were talking about the tragedy that happened a few weeks ago in Paris and she brought to my attention a similar terrorist attack that happened in Kenya earlier this year. I was so embarrassed that I was unaware of that event while simultaneously angry that it wasn’t “globalized” like the Paris tragedy. I went home and googled Kenya terrorist attack and was more upset because I recalled hearing about this on NPR for about a week and then nothing else after. It’s like it pretty much blew over to be another terrorist attack in Africa, go figure. Seriously??!?

In case you’re reading this and unaware of what happened in Kenya this past April, here is an article about the tragedy. Briefly, “148 people were killed and many wounded at Garissa University College by Al-Shabaab militant group.”

Before I get into what really upsets me, I would first like to say that I am not in any way making little of what happened in Paris and my heart and prayers go to those who have lost family and friends in that tragic event. That being said, it disheartens me that reality once again hits me square in the face, that is, black lives aren’t valued as much as white lives. All over Facebook people changed their profiles to show support for Parisians and made a global statement that they are not in this fight alone. Where was the support for Kenyans? For all of those who believe racism and classism are a thing of the past, well this circumstance is a perfect example its existence. I thought all lives matter? Quit shoving bullshit down our throats!

Democratic Candidate: Bernie Sanders

While the newspapers we read, the radio stations we listen to, the social media websites that we frequent, and the news shows that we watch are so fascinated with the idea of Donald Trump or Ben Carson becoming president and the reputation of Hillary Clinton, there is another candidate from Vermont, that is trying to make some noise. That man is Bernie Sanders. I would like to shine a little light on Bernie Sanders and give him the time of day that the media has unfortunately denied him.

Being that there are a good amount of issues in which Bernie wants to address, I am just going to mention a few of the issues AND solutions that I support and that I believe many others, especially millennials, would as well:

  1. Income and Wealth Inequality

Descriptions: The income and wealth inequality in the U.S. is the most of any developed country. The top 0.1% own just as much of the U.S. wealth as the bottom 90%. The U.S. child poverty rate is 32.2%, the highest among any developed country.

Solutions: Increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2020; investing $5.5 billion  into youth job programs to create 1 million jobs for disadvantaged  young Americans; signing the Paycheck Fairness Act to address women making less than men, $0.78 to $1.00; free tuition at public colleges/universities; universal healthcare.

My Response:

In a country with a plethora of wealth, it is quite alarming that damn near 50% of the wealth is in the hands of those in the top 0.1%. If that does not alarm you, then I do not know what I can say. If you watched the few times that Bernie has gotten media attention, on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and CNN, this is an issue that he consistently talks about that needs to be fixed. We can all agree that all the candidates see this problem, but Sanders seems like the only one that puts significant emphasis on it, and truly throws out ideas on how to address it.

  1. Women’s Rights

Descriptions: Women are being denied control over their own bodies. Women are being prevent access to vital medical and social services. Women are not being paid equally for equal work.

Solutions: Pay Equity for women; expand and protect the reproductive rights of women; quality childcare and Pre-K available for all Americans; increase minimum wage; make healthcare a right.

My Response: We are entering into the last quarter of 2015……….how is this still a thing? Oh right, the patriarchal society that America continues to be. Women have been contributing TREMENDOUSLY to American society. They should get equal pay, access to medical and social services, and then some. I am happy that Sanders is bringing this issue back to the spotlight, because it seems like everyone stopped talking about it.

  1. Climate Change & Environment

Descriptions: Changes need to be made so that in the future, this planet is habitable for all people. We need to be more energy efficient. We need to invest more in wind and solar power generation. The U.S. should lead this global initiative.

Solutions: Establish a gold standard for climate change legislation; oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.

My Response: This is one of the most underrated issues I have seen. Let’s be honest, all the other major issues are important, but we need to bring Climate Change to that level. People are not just ignoring it, they are flat out denying that it exists or is happening. Yes, probably the major effects of Climate Change can cause may not be seen in most of our lifetimes, however, we need to make sure the earth is habitable for our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and beyond. Even with that, we are seeing the effects today with pollution, rising sea levels, and more. Bernie knows this and knows we need to address this issue before it gets way out of hand.

Some other major issues that he goes more in-depth about is Racial Justice and Immigration Policy.

As you can tell, I am endorsing Bernie Sanders for President. He is speaking to pressing issues that the middle class care about and that millennials care about. All in all, I could go on forever describing Bernie Sanders, but I will let you go learn about him yourself. I cannot wait for the Democratic Debate on CNN on October 13. I believe at this debate, the country will all finally see what Bernie stands for, and his numbers will go up. So before that, check out his campaign website to learn more. FEEL THE BERN!

Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign Website 

Goodbye White Majority

Pew Research Center recently published a report on individuals within the United States who are multiracial. This survey focuses on their personal experiences, as well as their influence on society. I have to admit I was extremely excited to read this report, primarily because race has been such a significant part of my life, good and bad. In addition, it is interesting to see statistically how our nation is growing and different cultures are intertwining. I’m looking forward to the day when race is ambiguous and we’re all just visibly a mesh pot of color and culture. That being said, after reading this report I came across one element of concern in which I’ll address if you choose to read further.

Firstly, I do find the statistics useful in some sense but not very shocking or of anything new. I’m sure it’s for several reasons, one being that I consider myself to be multi-racial (Black, Creole and Creek Native American). In addition, I know so many bi- and multi-racial people; most of my friends can list 3 or more races contributing to their identity. Who’s ever one single race these days and why is it such a big deal?

Given that, I believe it’s important to define exactly what race is and how it came to be. Race is a social concept established sometime within the late 1700s and early 1800s. This concept was a mechanism to solve the growing African antislavery movement; resulting in the creation of a social hierarchy based on physical attributes with whites at the top, blacks at the bottom and Asians and Indians in between. This concept would ensure that blacks would forever be the lowest class of citizens (primarily in the United States). On the contrary, over time migrations and colonization have diminished the concept of “pure races” yet we’re still fixated on white and black. This is for the most part due to bogus scientific research (Dr. Samuel Morton) and literature (Types of Humankind by George Gliddon) reiterating this concept over and over again and some even referring to blacks as a different species altogether. It’s entrenched in the history of our country and culture.

Keeping this in mind, as I read the report I came across something somewhat surprising to me: Latinos aren’t considered a race but instead an ethnicity in reference to the U.S. Census (i.e. data that’s used for pretty much everything). So wait, there are “white” and “black” Latinos? I’m so confused. I have Latino friends and never once have I heard them say I’m white Mexican or black Cuban and if they did I’m sure it was followed by some stereotypical punch line. Now, I’m fascinated on why this is. I searched for answers and found nothing really; at this point I can only speculate.

That is to say, my most intelligent guess would be that the majority (white people) does not want to face facts that they’re a dying breed. This will happen over the next few decades according to United States Census Bureau’s report analyzing the U.S. population over the next few decades. The idolized “single-race” concept will be a memory of the past. By 2020, ethnic and minority children will outnumber white children. 

Moreover, I can honestly say that history strongly supports my assumptions. When black slaves began to outnumber whites they created laws to control them and make them feel inferior in order to hold on to their dwindling power. So, how does this relate to the U.S. Census and Latinos not being considered a race? Well, for one researchers and data analysts can manipulate data, choosing to count Latino as white, black or neither. This in turn influences policy and the social demographics of the United States. Those who have the most power in the country and want to keep it will surely use this technique.

Nonetheless, I’m torn on the issue of whether Latinos should be considered a race. A part of me believes Latinos should be represented appropriately, especially when legislation is in consideration. On the other hand, if included as a race they will fall victim to the stereotypes and oppression just like blacks, Asians and Native Americans. Unfortunately, the latter has obviously happened already. Above all, is it really up to us (non-Hispanics) to decide? How do Latinos identify themselves?

Of course I asked a few of my friends and they choose to identify with wherever their family originated from, makes sense. Furthermore, enabling Latinos to correctly identify their race on the U.S. Census would give us great insight of how our country is growing and we could apply that data to other areas of great concern such as unemployment, income inequality and immigration. Overall, I see it being a win for everyone.

Want to learn more? Indigenous Inclusion/Black Exclusion: Race, Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship in Latin America

Southern California Public Radio is also doing a report on Latino identity and the possible omission of the question of Hispanic origin on the U.S. 2020 census. If you are Latino and want your voice heard of how you identify feel out their form.

 

Sources

Pew Multiracial in America

Should Latino be a Race?

Race – The Power of an Illusion