What is going on in this country? Why over the past 20 years has there been an increase in violence among young people? Why does there seem to be an increase in racial profiling? Why after fighting so long for equal rights are women now using sex to promote themselves and products? I find it disturbing that we seem to have taken a giant step backwards in this country in many ways.
If you look back 30-50 years youth were not gunning each other down. While there may have been fights, young people were not going into schools armed with guns and killing fellow classmates and teachers. We did not have the drive-by shootings and gang violence we have today. You could walk into a McDonalds, shopping mall, and most importantly, a church or school and not have to be concerned about the possibility of a gunman coming in and opening fire. Today no where is safe, even those locations designed for children. Children are innocent, they do not see color, they are not violent, and yet they are growing up to be. Their beliefs are shaped by the people around them, the adults they watch and learn from, and they are learning to be violent and racially discriminatory.
What I find very disturbing is the number of incidents in which police officers act violently against citizens, especially those of a non-white race. The officers seem unable to maintain control of a situation, there have been many shootings lately of unarmed persons, including teens. Then Grand Juries refuse to indict those officers and this serves to fuel further anger and violent acts. The fact that the majority of those incidents involve white officers and people of African American descent ads fuel to the fire. There are other acts of violence based on race, the most recent being the fraternity in Oklahoma caught on video degrading those of black heritage. Why all these years after Rosa Parks sat on a bus, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a Dream” speech, and numerous other acts to equalize the rights of blacks in this country are we experiencing so much racial violence?
We seem to have taken a turn backwards, we are no longer a country in which people are achieving equality. In the 60’s and 70’s women battled for equal rights in the workforce, they changed the way they dressed to allow themselves to fit into a “mans world” and achieved great things. Women can now obtain positions that were once considered exclusively for men — women now serve in congress, they work as attorneys, judges, doctors, police officers, airline pilots and serve in the military. The accomplishments have allowed women to once again display their feminine side while maintaining power. However it seems to have fallen overboard and we have gone from showing a feminine side to using sex to sell anything and everything on TV, in the radio, on the internet. Why are women allowing themselves to be degraded in this way after so many fought against it?
The United States is a melting pot of cultures, beliefs, and religions. It is a country developed on Christian beliefs, but willing to accept those of all different religions. Its founding fathers were white, but established guidelines so people of all nationalities could immigrate legally and become citizens. We have overcome sexual inequality. We have taken great strides in overcoming racial inequality, but still have farther to go. This country has accomplished great things, but is now on the decline. What we have become is not a county that is accepting of other peoples and beliefs, but a county that is allowing itself to be destroyed by allowing those standards and beliefs to be eliminated under the guise of acceptance. The morals, beliefs, and religion that this country was built on is what has held it together for centuries, but if those standards are not re-established this country will fail.