Losing faith in the U.S.

by Aiden Moore

As a white male in the United States of America, I have never had to deal with racism or discrimination, although I have seen it first-hand in my life.

As a country, we are broken with our morals and ethics. The United States is supposed to be “The Land of the Free,” yet nobody is free. Your skin color determines your social status, your job, your vehicle, your lifestyle, your credit and so much more. We are far from free; whether we think it or not.

People are entitled to their own opinions, but whether they act on them or not determines their character. Just because someone doesn’t look like me does not mean that I dislike them or their heritage, culture, or language. No one chooses where they are born, who their parents are, and what conditions they are exposed to early in life; we are born the way we are, and hating someone for something they have no control over is completely immoral.

Hating someone because they dress the same as someone who was considered a terrorist is immoral. Not everyone who gets dressed in robes and a hijab is a terrorist. These are just layers of clothing for most.

There is strength in numbers, and right now, we are weak as a nation. If we were united, like it says in our country’s pledge, then we would be an unstoppable force, a tidal wave of people who really are all for one.

We have traveled down a troubled road as human beings, and the path we’re on will lead to so much hate that it could eventually lead to a disruption within our own country as in the past. Are we ready to accept that again? Can we endure this timeline again?

That day is far from today, but the idea is a valid one. This isn’t just about blacks and whites; it is about every single race in the United States.

My hope is that we realize where we messed up and fix what we are doing to our country before something happens that we can no longer change.

You only get one life in this world. Do you really want to spend it hating your neighbor, because they don’t look, act, speak, or worship the same as you?

I would rather live knowing that not everyone is going to be like me. That is okay. Being different is what defines us as humans, what makes us different and important. We were born to live our own lives with our own perceptions, our own ideals. This is what makes the world a wild, unbelievable, and exciting place to be.

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