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Why I’m scared (and why you should be too)

March 10, 2017

For those of you who dread reading but are interested in the title, I’ll summarize what this is all about in four simple words: the world is ending.

Got it? Great. If you want to keep reading, I congratulate you for your common sense. To everyone else: bye; have fun with your ignorance of our impending doom.

Okay. Let’s get down to business. 2016 was a dumpster fire. I think we all agreed, 2017 couldn’t possibly be worse. Boy, am I glad David Bowie isn’t here to see this mess.

First things first, our president is an orange. As a Florida native, I should better appreciate the place of power our state’s fruit has gained. Unfortunately, I don’t. He’s wreaking havoc. But he’s not alone! He brought the whole bloody grocery store with him. Yay…?

I don’t want to go too much into the Trump administration because there’s much more going on, but I would like to mention one thing that irks me. As a transdude who happens to be attending a public school, I’m upset about Trump’s wanting me to use the girls’ bathroom. This is because 1) I am a boy and 2) I am not a pervert. President Trump, I understand it’s your dream to go in the ladies’ room, but it’s not mine.

Europe in general is a mess. The original immigrant, Britain, “took its country back” (in quotes because it never went anywhere) and now it’s most likely going to fall. Really no one knows the fate of Brexit, but we all just know that it very well could destroy us all. Greece is going into another economic breakdown. Countries such as France and Italy are being dominated by conservatives, which is problematic because now the world will lack political equality. Oh, and how could I talk about problems in Europe without mentioning Russia. I would elaborate, but I don’t want to get killed.

While I’m on the topic of the rest of the world, it couldn’t hurt to mention China’s recession, North Korea’s nuclear missiles, Cuba letting Putin open a base close to Miami, too many Mexicans being denied access to the U.S. causing a recession and ISIS still exists!

Along with immigrants, any person of color, the LGBTQ+ community and women, another group has been rising to the top of the hate crimes list. That’s right everybody, anti-Semitism is back! Neo-Nazis and generic Jew-hating people have begun to destroy Jewish cemeteries. I send a collective prayer to every God for this to stop before it gets any worse.

On a lighter- but still disappointing- note, there’s what happened at the Oscars with Best Picture. Funny how more people care about that than everything else on this list. Puppy mills still exist, but sure, carry on with the Oscars; I don’t know.

I’m going to go watch La La Land. Sorry, wrong card. I meant Moonlight.

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