We live in a perilous world, full of unforgiving folk and prejudice perspectives. In a world where anyone straying from the mainstream, is often criticized, put in danger and perhaps even persecuted, we must learn how to address the current issues without becoming one of the offenders we are trying to deter. Racism is a very prevalent issue in today’s society. With occurrences ranging from sideways looks given in majority white establishments to unconstitutional and controversial killings of minorities and majority racial groups alike, the severity of racism can be felt in every walk and department of life.
As a part of Americas upcoming generation, we have a responsibility to each other and to the world we live in, whether it be upstate New York, or inner city Philadelphia, to protect the world we live in by becoming competent and active citizens.
I am blessed to be able to attend college and experience new things and new people. This experience exposes me to people from all walks of life and what I have observed from many of us college students, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, all of us – is that we are politically unaware. We are ignorant to what is going on around us politically and socially. So often, as college students we believe the small bubble we live in away at school is the only world relevant enough to acknowledge but, that is not so. We are members of this nation and have a responsibility to know. We have a duty, an obligation to be a part of the knowledgeable and learned percent of the population, not only in regards to academics but most certainly in what is going on in the world. We cannot be ignorant – we simply cannot afford it. We will be the next generation to propose new ideas, movements, legislation, and perspectives upon our great nation. We are surrounded by people who will very soon be depending on us to impose a greater change. We will not be equipped to do that if we do not familiarize ourselves with the history of our nation’s struggles and acknowledge the current issues as well.
We have to acknowledge. Too many of us read about and witness issues but refuse to attempt to defuse them. We refuse to become a part of something we have deemed too far from home to affect. That is where we as young adults are mistaken. How many of us have acknowledged the racism today in the media, in the streets, in schools and have done something about it? How many of us have used our talents to promote awareness and prevention? Not enough. Stage a sit in, a die in, write a song, write an essay – use what you already have to promote a world of peace and equality.
Lastly, we as America’s young adult population need to stand together when facing problems one demographic should not have to handle alone. This means when the gay community is under fire, do not shy away, do not fight from behind a protected curtain. Instead, stand side by side with our gay brothers and sisters, supporting and fighting with them. When the Latina community is facing strife and fighting for rights and equality do not fight from the sidelines in a concentrated group, stand side by side with our Latina brothers and sisters and fight the good fight with them. When police recklessly kill and attack black citizens all over the globe, do not fight from behind the quiet and comfortable confines of your race, stand hand in hand, side by side with your black brothers and sisters and fight with them. The power of many is always greater than the power of few.
It is time for us to make a difference, to not be quiet, to not lie down – to fight back.