December 22, 2000

First Person

Bush Presidency — Young People Express Fear and Rage



By Andre Baca

Say it ain't so, just say it ain't so. Okay I've got my breath back and I'm returning back to reality, after seeing the bold print on every newspaper in town.

To my generation, Generation Y, I say we should use George W. Bush as the fuel to get even more of us involved in our country's decisions. I don't know about you, but I'm ashamed to say I'm an American because of who will be representing us. Let's use him as our motivation to remain active on the streets.

We young people raised our voices when Prop. 21 was on the ballot, and with Prop. 187 as well. Now we have to keep our eyes and ears open because conservative folk are in control once again — not that they weren't before, but now they are really in control with one of their own on the throne.

At least he's not taking over in the traditional fashion. A large piece of the nation doesn't care for him and what he represents. He'll take over the White House with a large shadow over him — the shadow of missing ballot boxes, of large numbers of African Americans being turned away in Florida where the governor happens to be the brother of George W. Don't forget these things because they show what there is to fear about our own government.

By Angelika Gomez

President Bush is not a man of the people, or for most of the people. He is a man of the elite, for the rich. Those are my feelings, and they are shared by many students from Galileo High and Downtown High in San Francisco.

Ronnel Davidson, 17, says "Bush is going to mess up a lot of people's lives. He's going to cut welfare and some people need that. What about the people that work at these places that help people? They are going to be out of a job. That's hella wrong."

Priscilla Pizarro, 17 and a senior at Downtown High, believes whoever is president won't make an impact on her life. President Clinton didn't do anything, she says. "The only big news about him that I remember is about Monica Lewinsky."

Ricky Jefferson, 17, says, "I've learned a little about the votes, that they don't matter. What is the point of caring who the president is if your votes don't matter?"

Cai Feng, 14, a freshman at Galileo, is most concerned about how the Supreme Court decision will effect her education. "It matters to our family who the president is, because Bush will make us pay for our school and the money that we pay will go to private schools."

Yessica Chie Ching, also 14, is worried how a Bush presidency will affect young women. "He doesn't even know what's going on inside the city and the public schools and with abortion. If a teenager gets pregnant I think she has the right to do what she wants to do."

Unlike Priscilla, Yessica says, "It matters to me who the president is. I think Gore would've been better, he could have helped the second class people."

It is just a shame that George W. Bush will be president, and I ain't the only one who feels this way.


By Nelson Tam

Bush is coming. Can someone say "recession?" Most would say it's all on Greenspan, but my gut reaction is we're headed for some bad times. Perhaps all the spinning Gore's campaign made is working, because I'm very scared.

Initially, I wasn't too concerned with the election. I assumed that Gore would win — I didn't attend rallies, I didn't volunteer, I didn't vote. I barely monitored news coverage of the events.

But now, with college graduation less than two years away, I can already see a lousy job market. You'll see masses of us applying to graduate school hoping the credential and additional time in academia will translate into a better job in a better economy.

And yes, on the evening newscasts, we'll hear pep-talk and sound-bites from Bush. I don't think "the politics of inclusion" are going to help us on this one.


By Swan Gant

This election is all bulls%$t. How unfair and selfish can this system get? This nation says it's all for "The People" but then denies the people what they want.

It's going to be a very hard four years. I get scared when I look into my boyfriend's eyes. He's black, he's 19, and he is so sweet, but I have to wonder what will become of him in the next four years. I feel like he's a target.

I'm scared for all my young brothers out there. I'm scared for all my sistas and all the mothers and all the children that look like me. I'm scared for myself.

Andre Baca, 21, is a writer, performance poet, and a screenwriter. Angelika Gomez, 18, is a college freshman, a writer and photojournalist. Nelson Tam is a junior in college, majoring in philosophy, and a documentary filmmaker. Swan Gant, 16, is an aspiring rap artist.

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