My mom's parents are very much conservative. It’s really just all over the place. I remember one time calling my dad and telling him that I wanted to write a book about it not mattering who you love. That was the time that they were talking about gay rights and everything and I was pissed off. It was the stupidest thing to me. He said he would help me write the book. My dad was probably the more liberal of influences, for sure. My mom is more conservative, but in a weird kind of way. She doesn’t like Trump, but also she waited until marriage. She’s this weird cross breed of it really depends on the topic. She’s always been really open to hearing my thoughts and what I have to say.
As far as political news, I guess I didn’t really think about it that much because I was constantly given so many different opinions that I wasn’t ever feeling that one way was more right than the other until I decided for myself. It's like if you have ten songs playing, you’re just taking them all in. Then when you start to decide what song you like and you go that route. That’s the only way I could probably describe that. I think that’s why I can appreciate people’s opinions. It’s also one of those things too that, there's no use arguing with somebody that’s just trying to argue. There’s not.
I’m going to be completely honest, I have a really hard time with politics because a lot of my knowledge is from social media because I don’t seek out the information. 90% of what I know is bullshit because it’s from social media.
I think the things that are important to me are just loving everyone. Peace and love. Those are my core values. This election, I wasn't even going to vote because I didn’t feel like I knew enough about either of these parties. I know what I stand for, but as far as those two. I don’t know.
I am more of an "I believe what I believe" type person. I believe in equality. I believe we should love each other. I believe that we should reeducate ourselves and our youth. Since George Floyd, I have been trying my best to educate myself on a lot of things. I’m slowly learning how much I know is false, but I think that’s good. I believe we should have correct history. I think we should stop being assholes to people that look not white. It’s absurd to me. I’ve become a lot more political this year than I think I ever have before. I hope that progresses and I think I am around people who will help that progress and challenge that.
At the end of the day, "love thy neighbor" right? If you’re a religious person, that’s rule number one. Be nice to each other and love each other.
I think our cops need more training 110%. My family was in a situation where my grandpa in his 60’s was taken down to the ground and spit on by a SWAT team member. My grandma was the mayor. That family was really known in the community, they’ve been there forever. They’re white and that happened. It’s not okay. It’s not an okay system if that’s happening to my wealthy white family.
I look at the kids I work with and where they come from and it’s absurd. I know it’s so much worse. You see it on the news, but there's a lot of stuff we don’t see. There’s so much happening that we don’t hear about and that sucks. It breaks my heart. It makes me really sad knowing some of these boys that I work with have to go to a specific barber in town to get their haircut properly. Why is this not taught? Why don’t we know about proper history?
I think the first thing that needs to happen is our cops need to get in check. They need more training. I don’t think they are necessary for the majority of calls. It doesn’t make sense.
There are hundreds of memes that are like, “I’m a nurse and if I do this wrong I lose my job.” Why can't it be that simple? If I am working and I hit one of my boys, I am going to lose my job. That’s not okay. Simple. We’re taught certain restraints. There are boys that are two feet taller than me that I have to use these restraints on with just my hands, no weapons. It’s possible. It’s totally possible. I don’t have a taser. I don't have a gun and I deal with a high risk group. You need proper people to handle the situation and there’s plenty of people trained to do that too that are looking for jobs and underutilized.
LGBTQ+ rights are as important as any white man's rights. We are all human and deserve equal rights in every aspect. Despite your race, sexual orientation, or religious views.
My knowledge is very minimal. I think we're in this time in the states where we should have more of a socialist community. We are way too divided. We hate each other way too much and the people who need the help the most can’t get it. I have a pretty well off family and I couldn’t afford my medication. Luckily, I was able to find other things that worked, but it’s messed up.
I don’t like the phrase "equal playing field" because that’s not necessarily true. You’re always going to have people that are harder workers. You are always going to have people that are more wealthy because they knew about investing or something more but we need basic stuff. I think we need basic healthy care, if nothing else. We need something to help people pay for medications when they need it.