President Obama and members of Congress made sure this week that business will go on as usual with Saudi Arabia while disregarding the victim’s families of 9/11 and their pursuit for justice. The Saudi government blackmailing the U.S. by threatening to dump $750 billion in U.S. assets if it were to declassify the 28 missing pages of the 9/11 Report not only shows the precarious state of our economy, but it sheds light on the complicity of the two governments in the worst terror attack on U.S. soil.
Interestingly enough, I just finished studying a United States civics lessons manual in preparation for my naturalization test this week. I came to the U.S when I was two years old from apartheid South Africa which my family was trying to flee from. Like many of my peers, I grew up always thinking of myself as an American with a proud background, but I on the other hand had to experience life without basic rights in adulthood—voting, working, driving, obtaining identification, obtaining higher education, and traveling to name a few hardships. I know what it feels like to watch life go by from the sidelines and the scary feeling of not being protected under our constitution, which in the above mentioned manual’s first page states, “establishes a government called ‘representative democracy.’” A nation where the people are to elect our government officials, not political party insiders and rigging of the system.
Hi. My name is Maalikah. I decided to start a blog. As a college graduate and part-time restaurant server who has been searching for steady work for months now, I thought starting a blog would help me obtain a greater peace of mind.