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    Posted March 6, 2014 by
    odessa, Ukraine
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Ukraine unrest

    bdroachesq and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Ukraine crisis as it unfolds
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    Ukrainians will argue that they took a stand against a corrupt, abusive, and autocratic governmental system. Nevertheless, whether it’s a post-Soviet government under ousted Viktor Yanukovich or a genuine newly formed interim government in Kiev, the mindset of most Ukrainians is still the same. The graft will continue, the homophobia will not change, the sexism and domestic violence against its woman will continue, and the ramped racism toward foreigners that exhibit a different skin color will not change.


    The American government can’t even come together to extend unemployment benefits for unemployed Americans or pass a budget, let alone plan for its future, but its quick to throw money away to other countries, like Ukraine, where not real form of democracy exists.


    I as an African-American would not want any of my tax dollars going to Ukraine in the form of loan guarantees. While living in Ukraine, I was denied rental housing because I was black. And I was told that I would have to move and find a new apartment because I was black and that residents did not want a black neighbor. Why should my tax dollars go to support a country like Ukraine that openly discriminates against me as an African-American and/or other people-of-color.

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