A University of Tampa professor recently suggested that Texans deserve the fallout from Hurricane Harvey because of their support for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
As Campus Reform reports, Professor Ken Storey wrote...
“I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas, Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them.”
Of course, after posting this disgusting comment, Storey faced a torrent of abuse on social media, and as FOX News reports, has apologized for his tweet (we suspect in an effort to keep his job)...
I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill will upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly— Ken Storey (@klstorey) August 28, 2017
Responding to a commenter who pushed back on the tweet, Storey reportedly wrote:
“Well, the good people there need to do more to stop the evil their state pushes. I’m only blaming those who support the GOP there.”
The commenter asked Storey if Trump supporters in Florida deserved a similar fate.
“Yep, those who voted for him here deserve it as well.”
Storey teaches Sociology...
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Because this story was so offensive, we felt like it needed a silver lining and RealInvestmentAdvice's Lance Roberts just provided one... I don’t often make political commentary in my missives unless it specifically relates to the financial markets. However, today I want to make an exception and tell you what I’ve witnessed.
As you are probably aware, I live in Houston where we are currently being hit by the worst hurricane/storm since 1986. Currently, I am one of the lucky ones. As of this writing, the rising waters have not yet reached the house, the power is still on and the family is safe. For all of this, I am thankful.
For thousands in the Houston area, they were not so lucky. I have dear friends, clients and colleagues reaching out to me with tales of complete loss. It’s a heartbreaking tragedy.
I do want to say one thing.
Since the election, the daily headlines have been filled with nothing but the ongoing political divide in this country between the extreme right and left. “Hate” has filled our airways, headlines, and social commentary. It is unfortunate that for many, it seems as if this is representative of the nation as a whole.
Let me assure you it isn’t.
If you want proof, all you have to do is turn on the television and watch the multitude of individuals that have leapt into action to help their neighbors and complete strangers. They have opened their homes, shared their food and helped in any way they can. They are raising money, making donations, and providing services where ever, and to whomever, they can.
There have been no debates over race, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, religion, political affiliation or wealth. It doesn’t matter. It has been nothing more than one human being reaching out to help others in need.
THIS is who we REALLY are.
In times of need, we have always come together to help others. To reach out and lift them up. It is the very essence of our “human spirit,” the same spirit which has defined the very core our nation.
As President Harry S. Truman once said:
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
That is what we see in Houston today.
But it actually happens every day, every where, all over this country.
You just have to step out of your personal “echo chamber” of social media and look. American heroes are everywhere, not just on our front lines. They are our neighbors, our friends and complete strangers that are there when you need a hand.
It is only a shame that it takes a tragedy for the media to show it.
We are Americans. Not some “thin-skinned” snowflake protesting for a cause they generally don’t understand, a history they have never lived, or simply want someone else to blame for their own personal mistakes.
We are better than that. There isn’t a fight we can’t win, a cause we can’t conquer or a pain we can’t endure. Those are the things which have always brought us together, made us stronger, and emboldened our resolve to move forward.
To quote Bill Clinton,
“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”
Being with what is “right” is the only side I am really concerned with.