What’s next?

Donald Trump

Donald Trump swept to victory early Wednesday morning after becoming America’s 45th President, which caused many to react in a skeptical manner.

Over 80 million U.S citizens casted their vote early last week at local precincts out of concern for what this country has to offer.

“I’m really feeling neutral right now. I just take everyday as the same, but not necessarily for granted,” said Jabari Sherman, junior at Texas Southern University.

Even after all of the nuclear weapon threats that were made by Trump during each debate, last night he vowed to be President for all Americans.

Although, Hillary Clinton has several years of experience with political aspects under her belt, her chances were put at risk when majority of the states were marked red prior to the polls.

24- year- old Mathew Ezirike says that the election does not affect him.

“I mean at the end of the day, you’re gonna wake up, fill your gas tank, go to the same school,” said Ezirike. “What’s really going to happen? What are ya’ll really afraid of?”

Many Americans still take offense to the disturbing comments announced by the new elect-President out of fear of possibly returning to their home countries.

According to government authorities Donald Trump does not have the capability to deportation, but merely the right to advocate his beliefs.

Texas Southern University Political Science teacher Professor Kalan Laz says that Trump will go that extra mile to get what he wants.

“There is no way that he would deport all immigrants simply because it would cost him money,” said Laz.

Trump claims to that he was “reaching out” to U.S. citizens who had not supported him to bring together and “unify” the country.

Broadcast Journalism major Jazmon Gallien says that the voting counts still don’t seem accurate.

“I still think that the voting was rigged,” said Gallien.

Trump pleas for Americans with hit slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ by informing his supporters that his victory was not a campaign, but a movement that privileged him into the white house.

Shortly after Donald Trump’s win, President Barack Obama showed his respect by congratulating Trump and inviting him to the White House for conversation about what’s next to come in America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HBCU votes do matter

 

HBCU students fought for the right to vote in the 1960’s; today they demonstrated that black millennial do practice that right when Texas Southern University students marched down the Tiger Walk to cast their votes at St. James Episcopal Church on Southmore.

On March 4, 1960, TSU students unraveled the concept of the Jim Crow laws by doing sit- ins at restaurants, supermarkets; anywhere where they could portray that action spoke louder than words.

Texas Southern University Public Relations major, Valerie Madison says that the history behind voting is what gives her a drive to always get out and vote.

“I was inspired by my ancestors; I mean just knowing the history beyond the black votes and knowing where I want the black votes to be now,” said Madison. “If I didn’t do this for me, then I definitely did this for the people before and after me.”

Student Government Association known as SGA organized this march as a way to bring awareness to TSU campus as well as prove to the world those HBCU’s- black communities do use their right to vote freely.

The student had one simple quest and that was to make sure that African Americans voices were being heard on the ballots.

25- year-old TSU Broadcast student, Leslie Vasquez says that she is the voice for Hispanic people, considering that their votes were presumably high this election.

“Voting means a lot as a citizen because my parents might be immigrants and they might not be able to vote, so I think I do it for them,” said Vasquez.

When the students finally reached their destination at St. James Episcopal Church they applauded themselves and got in line to cast their votes.

Shuttle buses were also provided as a way of transportation to get students to and from their voting precincts.

 

 

 

 

 

Police in the Community

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Texas Southern University students held a community discussion with Houston Police Officers to bring awareness about the everyday stereotypes that are brought upon authority figures.

 

Police officers have been stereotyped in both good and bad perspectives.

 

“The public seems to stereotype us as officers, it goes both ways. But, I’m human just like everyone else; I go home, I have a family, a wife, a mother, kids, just like everybody here,” said Officer E.J. Reyes.

 

Most people see officers as the enemy of harming and oppressing the people that they are supposed to protect at hand.

 

A picture is painted of police officers from the everyday “norm” that is often seen on television, but brought back to reality from those who believe its accuracy.

 

“Just because I wear this uniform doesn’t mean that I am this person that you think I am. I’m a different person,” said Reyes.

 

Other accusations that are made about community police are more than likely based off of experiences that one has encountered; making someone else create false ideology of an individual without knowing for themselves.

 

Although, bad cops do exist throughout the nation, generally they do not fit this description.

 

The conception of the police force emphasizes the overall need for police officers to obtain the community by doing policing duties.

 

“Our job is to serve the public and in between those lines it’s a broad aspect, because we can go from being a police officer, being a good friend, being a good listener, a psychologist, psychiatrist, even though we aren’t educated in those areas, but we still go to the effective,” said Officer Charles Webb.

The study of police ethics highlights the importance of the roles and responsibilities of the police; they can be more than what others portray them as.

 

Police decisions can affect everyday lives of each individual that comes into contact with one.

“It’s just best that we all respect each other,” said Officer Erica Dean.

 

Smaller communities made up of African American and Latino (a) ethnic groups tend to feel threatened and more so as a target police authority.

The officers stated that they merely do not target those specific groups; it just so happens that, that is where the most crime occurs.

 

“We have to react according to the scene… Every scene is unique; every scene is different,” said Reyes.

The stats for Third Ward area from January to October shows that the increase of crimes mainly resides in homicide cases, but that the crimes alone have decreased tremendously.

 

“Crime here has really gone down compared to the city,” said Officer Michael Webb.

 

However, day-by-day people become better informed about the police and why an officer will take certain actions in a given situation.

 

“I got a lot more information about what exactly it means to protect and serve. Also in the moment of what they are thinking. I was raised thinking that police were there to help me and so this kind of just helped to reiterate that,” said Zakiya Jackson, Junior at Texas Southern University.