"One nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL"
This past Monday we all put our flags at half mast in honor of all those who have served for us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has fought for our great country. As many of you may know, numerous of innocent lives have been taken leaving us questionable about how great this country truly is. I want to change the topic to what it really means to live in a country that grants "justice for all."
On the surface, America truly is a great country. It is a land where we can cook hamburgers on our grills and hear the fireworks from the comfort of our own couches. On the other hand, tens of thousands of people in the United States and millions in the world hear those fireworks in fear that a gunman is down their street. What else that is not shown at the surface, is that society is blatanly racist and xenophobia controls soiety including businesses, towns, and media. Media is playing a vital role in our lives with millions of people online at once. I have seen the hastags advocating for justice and spreading the awareness about the situations of many people. I find this a great first step to solving the issue, but more steps need to be taken to solve these crises. During quarantine, parents are teaching their younger children in replacement of the school settings. I believe this is a perfect opportunity to teach our future generation compassion and acceptance without limits. One thing that should not be taught is tolerance. You do not "tolerate" people's differences, but you also should not see everyone as equal. There has to be a happy medium where each of us can recgonize and celebrate our differences while lifting each other up. It is an idea that seems so unachievable and no one knows how, but no one knew how quarantine and COVID-19 would affect us so much, but nevertheless we adapted. Our society must adapt to the syncretism and combination of every single person.
As a 16 year-old, I have grown up seeing the unfair treatment because people are "different." My fear is for the future generations who will view this as a "normal" way humans interact. During quarantine, I have seen the world from a stagnant point of view. If you know me, I am contantly on the move, but sitting still and really taking in the current events is just disgusting. I worry that seeing people's deaths on instagram stories will become too frequent and we will soon forget the names and stories.
On a final note, every life that has been taken from us too soon is depressing and my heart goes out to their loved ones and communities they belonged to. How many more lives will have to be taken before we take action? Going out into the world with the idea that all policemen are bad is wrong. In fact, that debunks everything I have mentioned before. We can't go into society based off what has happened by classifying groups as a whole based off of a few a individuals and their actions. That means every action, stereotype, and function stems out of each individual, so it starts with YOU!!
At the end of the day, you make up this country. That means you decide how great it can be, so stand up, speak out, and be a catalyst of change. It is up to you!
Sincerely and with a smile,