There is so much injustice occurring in our American democracy within these modern times. We, as a people and a country, have come a long way in our journey for equal rights for all citizens of this great country, but there is so much more work that has to be done.
Our country’s beginnings was a journey to secure freedom of religion, freedom from inequality, financial freedom and freedom of expression. Yet, we forgot the rights of the indigenous people of this country, the rights of the people brought here in slavery, the rights of women and children and the rights to pursue the American Dream. The people who came here to this country were immigrants looking for safety and freedom because their lives were at risk. Human being’s lives matter and we must remember from whence we came.
Within these modern times, black people’s lives are at risk, LGBT people lives are at risk, immigrants coming to this country for safety and freedom their lives are at risk, women’s lives and bodies are at risk and the elderly, the homeless and poor people, their lives are at risk. There are too many lives hanging in the window of greed and indifference.
Feeling angry and shameful does not change the issues or does it allow the issues to be solved. We must be proactive as a people in order for the people to see and feel the changes in their individual lives. Making these changes could only serve the individuals at risk and the entire society we are trying to uplift as a unified people. If one of us is enslaved, then all of us are enslaved.
Silent anger and resentment regarding the unfairness within the society only serves to erode the entire society.
Black Lives Matter and the Me Too movements are two examples of a rising of resistance to unfair treatments within our society. At the base of these movements is the basic want to achieve the American Dream and the positioning within the society to be to exercise their human rights of equality, as stated in our Declaration of Independence.
Selective issuing of human rights has been a practice of American Life. While immigrants, people of color, LGBT and women have contributed to the growth of this country, they still have not been given their full rights to live freely in this country. Too many years of unspoken slavery have been in place, a slavery that allows these segments of our society to seemly flourish, but not be fully fed and supported as equal citizens.
The power struggle of the acquisition of money has been at the base of these acts of enslavement, whether it be about black slavery, Japanese internment camps, laws and actions to restrict women from achieving equal power or the explorative use of immigrants to enhanced the quality of American life, while not giving them full access to be an accepted member of our American society.
We cannot change the history of our country, but we can change the future of our country. We, as human beings and a country, have made mistakes in our growth, but we can change the outcome by changing our actions of how we treat our citizens and the people coming to America in attempts to acquire personal safety and freedom.
We, as a country, should look into our prison systems and how they have continued a modern slavery, our banking practices which have allowed inequality in acquiring loans for business and housing, our housing practices which have continued a modern Jim Crow society and how they have impacted our American citizens and their lives. These practices have had an impact on black and brown citizens of America.
Having only a chosen few being able to profit from business practices, housing practices, and job opportunities can only drive the divide wider and cause unity of the country to almost become an impossibility to accomplish.
Without a conscious attempt to change our unfair practices of treating our citizens with indifference, we will weaken the strength of our American nation. As long as we ignore the cracks in the American cup of plenty we may not be able to stop the leaks that could soon leave us begging for the liquid of life to stay alive to nourish our country.
If we acknowledge the transgressions and willing to correct them, we won’t have to figure out who is to blame. If the problem is address, we will not have to receive the complaints in the mail, in our media, and in our streets. America should be listening to the dialogue and the cries for equality and human rights.
We, as a people, are responsible for the solution of our problems. We, as a people, should want equality for all of our American citizens. To achieve a balance of power in American society, we must fix the problems and there would be no need for blame or shame and it would be a step forward to the true United States of America.