Advice

YOU ASKED IT: WEEK 9

So I’ve read about the whole Charlottesville issue, and it makes me so sad that the fighting and disarray in this country has led to a death and multiple injuries. I really want to help this cause but I don’t live right in the middle of all the controversy. What can I do to contribute right now while I’m miles away from where it would help the most?

Just a recap for anyone who is behind on the news, on August 12th, in Charlottesville Virginia a “Unite the Right” rally was held by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, all gathering to protest the city’s removal of General Robert E. Lee’s statue, a symbol of the city’s Confederate past. In counter-protest, groups of people from local Black Lives Matter groups, the Democratic Socialists of America, and even students from the University of Virginia took to the streets. The death of Heather Heyer and at least 19 other injuries resulted from a car that sped into the crowd during these conflicts. Now, a few days later, if you search any news source, you can see that a certain Drumpf of ours has not done a great job responding to this tragedy, taking 48 hours to actually call out and condemn the white supremacist groups that were present at the rally. Understanding the background of the story and the effects of President Trump’s words on this issue can really help you in deciding how we can best move forward from this. Educating yourself is key.

Understanding the background of the story and the effects of President Trump’s words on this issue can really help you in deciding how we can best move forward from this. Educating yourself is key. As for taking action, attending demonstrations and any protests you can find near you. You can find a list of upcoming anti-racism protests that have been organized in wake of what happened this past Saturday on usatoday.com. Donating and helping out at local activism organizations can also help out, not just in this particular catastrophe, but in the ongoing resistance to racist violence.

I just embarrassed myself LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE in front of a bunch of people I was hoping to make a good impression on today. I don’t want to get into too much detail about what actually happened, but just letting you know, these are people I am spending the next four years with. How do I get them to forget that it ever happened???

This is such a relatable problem for literally everyone who has ever stepped foot outside their home. The easiest thing you can do right after your incident is just to forget about it. I guarantee that these people who witnessed are far less likely to remember what happened than you are. Next time you see these people, they probably won’t bring it up unless they’re trying to poke fun at you. Even so, if that happens, it gives you a chance to laugh at yourself and show people that you have a sense of humor and that you’re an overall optimistic person. Remember, in maybe a couple of weeks, this incident can turn into a really funny story.

In a case where the witnesses were your superiors, like a teacher or your boss at work, make sure you apologize if needed and learn from it. Your teacher or boss can probably relate to whatever happened since a long time ago, they were in your shoes. And don’t forget to laugh with them!! They, like most, will probably forget about this soon and won’t hold it over your head.

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