It has been one year since the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was walking home when vigilante and citizen George Zimmerman gunned him down. His justification for shooting the teenager was the stand your ground law which allows a citizen to take matters into their own hands. After countless investigations, we realized there were facts overlooked and an enemy from the past came out to plague us again..Racism. The racial tension among certain minority and majority groups remains one of ills we have to do deal with in America. Look around in your environment in some shape or form it still exists. Instead of the Jim Crow laws and outwardly expressions of hate, racism exists behind policies and hidden agendas set by the masses. For someone to say, ” Racism does not exist”, is a complete and total liar. If it does not exist, there would have not been a “peaceful protest” at Old Miss after President Obama re-election. What is the underlying issue for all racism is ignorance of other cultural groups. The media play an intricate part of reinforcing the stereotypes about the different cultural groups. We see examples everyday from the news, television, movies and music. The stereotype of the “Angry Black Man” is still portrayed to this day as did in the movie Birth of a Nation. Some media figures are taking the concept of freedom of speech and using to express their own vain ideas. From the infamous nappy headed hoes comment to now calling the nine-year old actress Quvenzhané Wallis a cunt, these examples are inhumane and definitely lack class in the journalism profession. Where are ethics in journalism nowadays? Is it there or just certain people killed it? After the 2012 election, the ugly head of racism was stronger than ever. My timeline on Facebook and twitter was loaded with comments that were completely racist. My generation witness racism like never before. Also, several states requested to be separated from the union. It bothers me why people cannot accept cultural differences and diversities? These are the factors that makes this country unique. It is foundation that keeps America strong. Does the concept of change scare some people? The fact of knowing old idealistic ways may soon become abolished and people figure out things for themselves. Citizens will seek the truth and expose the ugly and nasty lies taught to them. Do some groups still want to have control and not share their power? As a Fox News representative *coughs Bill O’Reilly* stated, “Whites are becoming the new minority.” When I was told, the America was first belonged to Native Americans. It was minorites from all walks of life who helped build the country today. (Please correct me if I am wrong.) Discrimination does not exist among black and white people but it is wide-spread among other groups.Even, the LGBT community have fight for their right live and marry (I said it) who they please. It irritates me when people justify their bias practices through laws and religion. When, these tools are used to keep separation among the people for centuries. Currently, my city, Memphis, you can see extreme examples of polarization among citizens. It is almost mind-blowing experience going into certain neighborhoods and being viewed at like ugly monkey in a zoo. After 35 years since the death of Martin Luther King Jr., the city of Memphis is still plagued by the curse of immense division among the races. Yet, the city decides to bring the most racist group, KKK, to hold this so called “peaceful protest” . Where is the logic in that concept? The city has bigger issues to work on than to be distracted by this clownish sideshow. As a society, we need to stop fighting with each other and work together to rebuild the nation. Our republic is slowly declining each day and we need to ensure every one has the right to live freely as they please. No matter what background, class, race or sexuality. In the end, no matter what people say or do one thing holds true:
I am entitled to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.