The “America” We Live In

The “America” We Live In

You know, America has always been believed to be the greatest country ever. We’re considered to be the most powerful independent nation as a whole. No other country beats our socioeconomics, cultural diversity, and leadership right? But yet, America lacks those things more than you ever think today. How is America really the “best” country in the world when we, as a minority are still struggling to gain our own rights and equality compared to non-POC?! This isn’t just a political issue, this is something that America needs to wake up to. We’re often told if we don’t like this country, then we should leave. Trust me, this isn’t your country either if it weren’t for the Indigenous peoples and Black slaves that had their land taken away first.

Let’s talk about the countless Black lives that have been lost and how the police were using rubber bullets, tear gas, and actual guns to target peaceful protestors that haven’t even took one step for violence during the Black Lives Matter movement. All of a sudden- Trump supporters and other White supremacists want to break into the US Capitol and start violence with the police. Apparently, Blue Lives Matter doesn’t matter to them anymore. What goes around comes back around. You could see that the police were only using pepper spray and batons as a defense. What happened to shooting people at a protest and making them go blind? This right here is an example of White privilege at its finest.

The year has only just begun when Trump finally gets out of office. The pro-Trumps don’t seem too happy with the Congress between Biden’s and Trump’s election. This violence is an act of terrorism and shouldn’t be categorized as protestors. Notice how some of the police officers have already gotten killed at the US Capitol, while not even one single police officer has ever gotten killed when activists were fighting over police brutality in the streets after the devastating incident of George Floyd. Even though some riots and loots occurred, there were also some peaceful protests. Compared to the US Capitol attack and the BLM movement- POC that tried to fight for justice and peace would either get hurt or killed unlike non-POC.

Many immigrants flew to the United States to live a better life, land jobs, and have more opportunities to live a dream they’ve always wanted for themselves and for their family. Sometimes they have to flee away from their country to escape conflicts. As much living conditions that are afforded and provided, America is not always what they’ve dreamed of to be. We’re still dealing with racial injustices, inequality, and lack of support in our economic system. If America is so educated, then why do we still have problems with racism and Americans having trouble locating the continent? Meanwhile- no one is ever taught how to treat racism or the reason for cultural differences in this country. Americans are whitewashed to believe that American is a race when we are supposed to be made up of different backgrounds ethnically.

The school system teaches their kids that Christopher Columbus was the first European sailor to discover America, but they never talk about how us humans have actually evolved from Africans that made the human race today. They never want to admit that the White Europeans stole the lands of the Indigenous peoples that set foot in America first with the Africans, and how they relied on them to help built this country for centuries. History has never mentioned that the Native Americans descended from East Asia via Beringia through DNA- making them the ‘First Americans’ next to Africans, or how Asian immigrants have also faced racial prejudice in the US. False teachings claim that Jesus Christ, our Lord savior was a ‘White figure’ when he actually had darker skin as a Jew from the Middle East. America likes to whitewash history from anything to make it seem like they rule the world. Many Non-POC claim to love God, but hate his creation.

According to the Bible:

His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.

Daniel 10:6

If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

1 John 4:20

The US government could honestly care less about its people. The rich will continue to receive better healthcare while the poor keeps struggling to survive in poverty. We’ve failed to act quick to help protect this country in the pandemic- leaving nurses and other healthcare workers overworked, underpaid, and exhausted. America still has the most number of deaths and cases in the world as of today. We cannot blame another country, especially China for our worst behavior and actions. Let’s not forget how millions of Americans got laid off and unemployed, and how difficult it is to seek another job. America only cares about the economy and not the lives of others, which is why businesses have reopened with lifted restrictions. The vaccine is out- not knowing how effective it can be for some people that have an allergic reaction, or for the new strain and mutation of Covid that has been recently found in Europe.

The UK, Canada, Australia all have a better healthcare and educational system. Canada tops the list of being the most multicultural and educated country. Not only do they have one of the best healthcare, they’re also widely open and accepting to everyone across the world- they believe that immigrants help their society grow as a whole culturally, economically, and politically. Their college may not be for free, but it’s affordable at a lower cost unlike many places here in the US. Most American students struggle to find jobs after getting a degree while being in debt- struggling to pay bills and make a living. Do you call this the American dream?

In America, it seems that non-POC will always have an advantage with more opportunities over POC. The majority of Hollywood shows, films, and movies that you see are mainly White actors with the most lead roles. What happened to shows that had only Black characters or shows that were racially diverse? Although POC may break into the entertainment industry sometimes, there’s still not enough recognition and representation of POC that they deserve because of cultural appropriation. If America is really under one nation, then everyone should at least be given a chance to succeed regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

This is the America we live in today folks, don’t forget that.

Sincerely,

Me that wants to seek change.