Yes, I’m young and yes I’m white. That doesn’t mean I don’t seen the struggle minorities have faced day to day. In fact, some of my closest friends are of color. They have different views than me politically, yet we still all get along and respect each others’ opinions.
But this post isn’t about me, it’s about the crisis America is facing right now.
In the past couple weeks, events have happened in our homeland, all in different locations. You would think America, what has been known as the greatest country on Earth for years would come together. You would think that is would bring us closer rather than tear us apart, but you would think wrong.
Instantly, we fight. No civil discussions, just insulting one another over the internet because someone doesn’t believe in the same points you do.
Here’s what we know:
-On the early morning of June 12th, Omar Mateen invaded Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida. He then proceeded to commit the deadliest mass shooting in AMERICAN HISTORY. Instead of mourning the loss of the 49 victims, the controversies began. Uncivil debates about gun control and LGBT rights filled our social media, as well as debates on terrorism.
– Soon after, Police stopped a man armed with an automatic rifle at an LGBT Pride parade in California, and debates continued.
-Fast forward to this past week. On July 5th, Alton Sterling was killed in a struggle with police officers. A civilian pulled out his cellphone and began recording the event, which the video eventually ending after Sterling had been shot and killed.Sterling was selling Cd’s when a homeless man approached him asking for money. Sterling denied the man multiple times, as the man was persistent. Finally, Sterling showed the man his gun and said “I told you to leave me alone.” The homeless man than proceeded to call 911. This is all according to a source from CNN. Sterling struggled with police officers as they brought him down, and we hear one of them yell “GUN!” A few seconds later, gunshots go off as the camera turns away,and when it comes back we see a motionless Alton sterling lying dead with an officer lying down with a gun pointed at him.
Debates once again flared as “Black Lives Matter (BLM) vs All Lives Matter (ALM)” was set for another round, and it was the same old arguments, except this time, guns were brought in. Should Alton Sterling been able to have a gun with a prior record? Both sides use that question to further their agendas. BLM say we need more gun control and ALM says he shouldn’t have had a gun in the first place.
-Then last night, Dallas happened. 12 police officers shot, 7 wounded, 5 dead. They were protecting a PEACEFUL PROTEST, when to snipers took extreme measures to what I guess you could say “exact revenge” on the police from what has happened. The debates now are getting ugly, as we have many people who have known each other for years attack each other with words because they believe in different solutions or because they hate the other point of view so much they are unable to listen to the other sides arguments. Keep in mind, according to a journalist covering the protest, it was in fact a peaceful protest that was starting to wind down before gunshots were fired. There was no violence between police officers and protesters.
Yes we are young, and older generations can claim that we are ruining this country all they want, but in reality, we have the key to fix what was once a great nation. It’s time we start making America beautiful again. Instead of fighting with each other and insulting each other, lets have civil discussions that are actually going to get us places. I can see minorities have their struggle in this country, and many BLM supporters are in fact not violent and want to bring change that helps our country grow.. I can see most police officers serve and protect the way they are supposed to, and are in fact not racist.
But the saying “One bad apple spoils the bunch” could never be more true in this day an age. The minority of a group always tarnishes the reputation of the majority. When we have extremists for each group yelling hate towards the other group, they provide a false narrative to what each group stands for.
Like I said, it is time the younger generation steps up and leads by example. Let us bring civil discussion back and let’s improve our country to the best it can possibly be. We are the future.
We whites are not the majority.
People of Color you are not the minority.
We are all Americans, and it’s about damn time we started acting like it.
Lets make America the Ugly into America the Beautiful again.