What an “Okay” Time To Be an American

“IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN AMERICAN”. Sure; if you’re okay with living in a country that has everything from racism, homophobic prejudice, hate crimes, mass incarceration, and a President that has no earthly clue on how to run a country. In the past couple of years, Since Donald Trump has been President, hate, extremism, and nationalism (the negative kind) have been spreading rapidly and putting a divide in our country. This has caused me to have second thoughts on being a proud American; so much that I wish I wasn’t joking about moving to Canada when Trump became President.

Politically and Socially, it has been dissatisfying to be an American. For me, it started with the “I can’t Breathe Movement”; When a group of police officers harassed a black man, threw him on the ground, and put him in a chokehold while the black man was screaming “I can’t breathe”. And it doesn’t stop there folks. In 2016, a white supremacist shoots and kills 9 African Americans in a Charleston Church. In 2017, a clinically dysfunctional white man runs over a group of black counter-protesters, Which Trumps addresses the situation by saying “You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides,”. In 2016, a man kills 49 people in a gay club in Orlando, making this hate-crime one of the worst acts of violence in history. Even the topic of immigrants has racist motives behind it. The list of hate-crimes goes on and on and it’s making people of color fear for their lives because it seems that every white man is out to get them.

This is why I don’t have any sense of morality for my country because of how divided it is; and has been for a very long time. Our history of repression on minorities speaks more loudly than any other part of American history because unironically, minorities have always had a hard time in American history. It seems even after having our first Black President, America still can’t be united as one people. Instead, we have to face the irony of being called the United States of America, but not really “united” at all. As much as we like to call it that, our government operates as divided parties and they are in a war all by themselves. And Trump is too busy shutting down the government and leaving over 800,000 people unemployed and having to scrap for food just he can get money for a wall that no one wants.

As much as I want to have a love for the country that I was born in, there’s so much more improvement needed for this country to be “my” country (for one, a better president). During this delicate time of year, this is the perfect opportunity for reconciliation because the 2020 election is just around the corner. There are a vast amount of promising candidates like Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke, and Kamala Harris that could bring plausible change to our country. My only plea for this country is for the hope that we start making an actual change instead of focusing on hate and deciphering on who is our enemy.

My motives for writing this was in response to Jussie Smollet’s attack in Chicago for just being gay and Black. This is the type of hate crime that makes America stand out the most and causes me to be terrified of what the future has for black people and the LGBT Community alike. I hope for the best on Jussie Smollet’s recovery and that this attack is just a bump on the street on the fight for gay rights and acceptance of being who we are.

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