Friday, December 5, 2014

The Issue With America

Many have asked me recently about my thoughts on the Mike Brown case. My thoughts are that it is devastating. Mike Brown didn't deserve to die. Not for being big. Not for being black. But extends further to the Trayvon Martin case. And the Eric Garner case. We as a society in general have been in a slumber believing that this country is no longer racist, but that's only perceived as so because we no longer discuss race. Martin Luther King Jr even shared the follwing with Grosse Pointe High School on March 14, 1968. (This was 21 years before I was born.) 

"And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity." - MLK Jr.

Doesn't it sound very relevant today? Because nothing has change. We're still fighting to prove the same point. Black lives matter. All lives matter. Ferguson is more than a riot… It is more than a protest... Ferguson is a movement. 

Steven Anderson, a pastor in Arizona announced recently that he has discovered the cure for AIDS. This man, with nothing more than a highschool degree has preached to an entire conregation that "90% of AIDS would disappear if we killed off the homos like the bible recommends." Sounds a lt like the beginning of Hitler doesn't it? 

This is why education is key in saving our country. We are among the most advanced technologically… Why are we so apprehensive mentally? If this man has his way, I will be dead in 20 days. Start counting.

Our society is facing major moments in history. Civil Rights. Gay Rights. (To be clear they are the same thing.) Marriage debates. Racial Debates. The people fighting for their rights have no reason to fight other than the fact that they were born outside of the status quo. What side are you on? Love yourself enough to realize that we are all different in some way. Perfection is boring and you will be so much happier if you're able to share more love than hate. 

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