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University of Texas-Austin student group held an “Affirmative Action Bake Sale”

You read that headline correctly, and it’s just as disgusting as you are thinking it is.

Time Warner Cable News reports that the Young Conservatives of Texas – UT Chapter had an “Affirmative Action Bake Sale” on campus Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

ON. CAMPUS.

They were SO proud of themselves, that they posted pictures on Facebook and Instagram.

Christopher Shafik, a UT Junior, was one of the last YCT members to stick around and defend the sale’s goal. Shafik said his parents are from Egypt.

“The entire premise of that was to have a conversation about affirmative action,” he said. “We could’ve been better prepared in terms of who was doing the bake sale and coming in with the necessary information from admissions.”

Photos posted by the group on Instagram show they sold baked goods for different prices based on race and gender.

Asian males paid the most–$1.50 a treat–while Native Americans could get them for free.

Oh!

This was supposed to spark a meaningful conversation about affirmative action?

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There has been no apology from the group, which is fine by me, to be very honest.

I don’t want their apology. At all. In fact, I’m gonna go ahead and preemptively say their forced apology is not accepted.

It’s 2016.

What a time.

New Hepatitis C cure costs $1 to make per pill. Pharm company charges $1,000.

This morning on Morning Joe, one of the panelists, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs (Director of The Earth Institute), addressed the debt, and the candidates’ plans to deal with it. He mentioned Donald Trump’s plan isn’t a plan at all, while Hillary Clinton’s plan only scratches the surface.

But the biggest piece of information came when Dr. Sachs mentioned that the federal government isn’t allowed to negotiate the price of drugs.

The example he gave was a new drug that cures Hepatitis C.

CURES.

Hepatitis C, which KILLS.

The cost to make this drug is $1 per pill. The company that purchased the patent, Gilead Sciences, charges $1,000 per pill. Again, this company DID NOT make the drug, they PURCHASED the patent.

$1 to make, but charges $1,000.

And the federal government can’t do a thing about it.

Medicare is the federal government.

What would normally cost around $100, now costs $85,000 for the basic cure, $95,000 with the added medicines.

Veterans are being turned away (around the 8:20 mark in the video below) because they are being told they are not sick enough with Hepatitis C to afford paying for the cure.

Dr. Sachs goes on to say that they (Gilead Sciences) are making about $15 billion (!?!?!?!?) in profit, PAID FOR BY THE GOVERNMENT, but these profits are in Ireland….TAX. FREE.

Joe Scarborough suggests we call 202-224-3121, the U.S. Capitol switchboard, to demand our congressmen/women, senators, etc. to allow the federal government to allow negotiations with big pharma.

This entire segment is worth watching, but you can get the gist of it within the first 3-5 minutes.

 

Hurt.

Of all emotions, this is probably the one that I go out of my way to try to avoid.

Hurt.

But it still happened.

I’m sure there are people like me who want to avoid hurt at all costs, trying to find all kinds of ways to make sure it never happens to you. As much as I hate to say it (cause a nice part of me still doesn’t want to believe it), this only does two things. 1. Ensures you will be hurt and 2. almost guarantees you will feel it worse that you would’ve had you not tried so hard to avoid it.

Hurt is a part of life.

Sometimes you contribute to your own hurt. For example, in me “avoiding” hurt, I put myself in an unhealthy situation, which, in turn, gave someone who didn’t care if they hurt me or not, the permission to do exactly that. There’s a story behind that. I’m sure I’ll share it one day.

Other times hurt happens to you, whether you invited it in or not. I have a story about that as well. I didn’t deserve it (in neither this situation, nor the one I spoke of before), I did nothing to invite it, and I did not play ANY part in it. But it still happened.

Bottom line: Life is full of hurt.

But here’s the good news. It doesn’t have to destroy you. It doesn’t have to tear you up. It doesn’t have to leave you fragile and unforgiving. Hurt can grow you. And if you let it, it can expose those pieces of you that need to be worked on and improved.

I won’t pretend I have a perfect handle on all of this. I also won’t pretend that I am out here ready to face the world on and embrace every single hurt that comes my way. It’s not like that at all, to be honest. But, I’m learning. I’m learning how to deal with hurt. I’m learning how to let go. Piece by piece. I’m learning how to grow in the middle of the pain. I’m learning how to be a better Tasha.

Everybody has a take on how to deal with hurt. But to be honest, most of it boils down to trying to numb it. And while I do not make it a habit of telling people how to deal, I WILL tell you that numbing it does not make it go away. Drugs, sex, alcohol, etc. None of that is actually helping you. Acting like you don’t feel does nothing but set you up. Your hurt will show up in ways and times that will catch you completely off guard. Believe this.

So to anybody who is in the middle of dealing with hurt. Please know two things:

  1. It DOES get better.
  2. You CAN use it to become a better you.

These two things, I am sure of.

I am not ashamed to say I’ve been hurt.

I am not foolish enough to ask for, or expect, an apology.

I am, however, strong enough to heal, learn, grow, and move forward.

Peace.