I think my largest disappointment with our country is the racism that we hide in our words and actions. Racism that prompted hundreds of thousands of people to question the birth place of our President. Never before had that been questioned and I felt it was disrespectful and prompted other countries to follow suit. I was not surprised when foreign diplomats slighted our President because as a country we didn’t show we respected our commander in chief. Then the same ones would make note of the disrespect received from other countries to make it a question of our President’s leadership ability. Voter system restrictions is another example of the subtle racism at work. I was horrified that in some places the measures actually were almost approved or approved.
Despite what people push, I don’t feel we will see an end to subtle racism, it is still too fresh. It has only been approximately 55 years since the Jim Crow Laws were deemed unconstitutional, which means we still have people alive who lived through that. The 13th amendment was ratified in 1865 but it took several years for the results to move across the States. I don’t think the U.S. is more messed up than any other country. I just feel that we still have a long way to go before the dreams of people like Martin Luther King Jr. are completely fulfilled. Freedom isn’t freedom when racism comes into play. When areas of cities are bought for renovation and prices rise too high for current residents who may be elderly or of ethnic persuasion to afford to live there. They are forced to move into more crime ridden areas of towns. I won’t say every time it happens its because of racism but even ONCE is too much.
Recent events like Baltimore have shocked and outraged the country. We have went through an emotional tornado that keeps picking up as more and more stories come out. I am beginning to feel that the only way to stop the cycle is for everyone to utilize their rights as citizens, file complaints, make the petitions to our community leaders (representatives,mayors,governors). Don’t let them forget they are supposed to work for us, not further their agendas/personal feelings! Check the facts and don’t just believe everything you hear on the news or social media. Check out this resource to begin.
“Much will be demanded from everyone who has been given much, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.” – Luke 12:48