On August 12, 2017, the United States of America encountered an attack that was unlike any other attack Americans have faced. Everyone felt and was targeted in some way. The events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA was a wakeup call to all generations and races. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Indian, Middle Eastern, male or female, everyone was indulged with fear and panic for where our country was headed.
The actions that were displayed that Saturday went against everything this great country was built upon. Violence, racism, Twitter wars, this is not the American Dream. In my opinion, President Trump was way out of line with all the things he said about Charlottesville, and the way the people of our country handled it was immature.
We are one nation made up of individuals who come from all different walks of life. Everyone has a story. Donald Trump is our president, but that doesn’t mean Americans always have to be angry with him. Every single American has a conscience and a gut to know when things are not right. Right now, things are far from being right, and it is our job as American citizens to make our society the way we want it to be.
Everyone has the ability to be kind to someone else. Being kind to others isn’t time-consuming, we, as a country, are lazy and come up with disturbing excuses to avoid interacting with others in need. Being kind can be smiling at someone who looks like they’ve had a bad day, or asking if a peer is okay or needs help when they look frantic and concerned. Being kind is a choice, and right now Americans are choosing violence over love.
Young children are color blind to skin color. They see no difference between an individual who is black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Indian, or Middle Eastern; everyone is equal in their eyes. Why is it that as we grow up we have to categorize people by their skin color or gender? People should be proud of where they came from and who they are, but our society has made it very hard to do so.
If we are one nation, why don’t we act like it? Why don’t we reach out to those who are hurting whether they are the same race or gender as us or not? We have the ability to know and do what is right. Being violent to our peers is as far from right as one can get. We need to be kind and respect one another’s decisions, even if we don’t agree with it. If we don’t agree with what another person says, then we need to stop and think about what we are going to say, rather than jumping into violence right away.
We have the ability to change the world, no matter how old you are, what gender you are, or your race. We can all be kind and respectful to others, and at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters.