Captain America: The Trump Adminstration

Donald Trump has been the president for about a month now and the world should know that Captain America would not like this or him for that matter. Trump wants to silence the media because of their “lies” and he wants to spread his fascism all through America. He wants to ban refugees and Muslims. He wants to cut funding for art programs because apparently that will improve the budget (it won’t). He wants to tell lies and doesn’t want anyone to call him out on it because they’re just “alternative facts”. These are all things that Steven Grant Rogers does not stand for. These are all things that are unamerican. These all things that no one should stand for. 

Captain America would be on the frontlines with a well thought out sign and sunscreen for the rest of the protesters. He would be fighting tooth and nail for the qualities that will make America great because he stands for America more than America ever will. He will fight like he is fighting a war because that is exactly what this is. It is a war against hate and discrimination and it is a war that everyone should be fighting because this truly is the people’s war. This is the internal war. A war far more important than any other. This is the war that will decide what America really stands for. Do we stand for hate, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, islamaphobia, xenophobia, and ableism? Or do we stand for love, equality, inclusion, liberty, justice, and the truth? What would Captain America stand for? 

What is Immigration?

It’s leaving your home for a better world,

It’s learning a new language you will never completely know.

It’s living in a country that will never accept you.

It’s giving up a part of yourself.

It is pain and sacrifice,

the kind that I will never know,

but the kind my parents continue to hold close to their hearts.

It is hope that your kids will succeed.

It is hope that maybe one day you’ll be able to call this country home.

Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz

(SPOILERS SPOILERS BE AWARE)
Rating: 3/5

Author: Melissa De La Cruz

Title: Something in Between

It’s the book that we need, but not the book that we deserve. Something in Between is about Jasmine De Los Santos, a senior in high school who is perfect in every way. She’s the  captain of the cheer squad, has all A’s, participates in great extracurriculars, volunteers, and she gets along with her parents. She has everything going for her, she’s even a national scholar! Then she finds out that she and her family are undocumented immigrants and everything Jasmine has worked for comes crumbling down.

When I found out about this book, I was really excited to read it. I’ve been waiting for a book about undocumented immigrants and a book with a person of color as the main character (Not that there aren’t other amazing books with people of color as the main characters, there are). And yet, I was really disappointed when I finished the book. I really wanted to like this book; I was really hoping that I would. 

The book was way longer than it needed to be. There were so many extra conversations/arguments and extra scenes that the book just didn’t need. Also, I felt like I was reading a book from the point of view of a fourteen year old girl, not a high school senior. Jasmine would say and do things that I, a sixteen year old girl, would never say or do. 

“I like him so much, and if he doesn’t feel the same, I don’t know what I’ll do.” (De La Cruz 131)

The romance between Jasmine and Royce also became a problem through out the book. During multiple points in the book it felt like I was reading a romance novel, not a book about the issues that undocumented immigrants face. Their relationship took over most of the plot in the book. Jasmine also got jealous easily. She got jealous just by seeing him talking to another girl. Their relationship also moves way to quickly and they break up twice then get back together again.

I didn’t completely hate this book, there were some good parts in it. I loved learning more about the Filipino culture because I honestly don’t know much about it. I also loved the strong familial bonds that are present in Jasmine’s family. The book also shows that relying on other people isn’t bad, it can actually be helpful. And in Jasmine’s case, relying on other people really did help her. As I said before, this is a book that our country desperately needs, but just not the one it deserves.

Cold, Cold, Winter

It’s the crisp air, 

and the sounds of a busy street,

that bring me back to reality.

It’s the cold winds of the Windy City,

and the pitch black mornings,

that remind me I’m right at home. 

Nightmare 

It was like a nightmare, 

coming out of nowhere.

I didn’t think it would end like this, 

in tears, 

in pain,

and in sorrow.

Now here we are, 

standing so close,

yet feeling like we’re thousands of miles away.