We have a lot of growing to do as people mentally to understand the scope of what social media is doing to us. Being constantly aware of issues plaguing neighborhoods, cities, our own country, other countries and minorities across the world.
You unlock your phone and despite what social media platform you're on. You likely follow someone that is using their voice to raise awareness to a cause. Social media has enabled us to vicariously experience other people's culture and hardships. It's a constant reminder that the world we live in can be improved. Not simply for equality but understanding.
We have to understand our perception of equality can be different. An American woman can view a Muslim as weak for wearing a hijab, whilst the same Muslim woman feels empowered and wonders why the American has such a desire for wanton clothing and behavior.
Crisises have been the key to heightened awareness and the unification of struggles. You have pictures of Muslims wearing BLM shirts, Black people at the NDPL protest and all types of people united against Trump.
Is there a better way to raise awareness?
That's a question with many answers. I don't think it should take Muslims constantly telling people that they aren't terrorist, Black people proving to be articulate or women marching to remind you how unfair the world is.
There are stereotypes that exist because they have partial truths but many are the product of regimes and media catering to their own agenda.
"Never waste a good crisis"
Is a famous quote repeated by many political figures.
It means exactly what it sounds like. When overcome with fear or uncertainty. You are able to pass laws that wouldn't have been considered. People are willing to give up rights for protection even if it is simply a veil.
Bush and the patriot act
Obama and Marshall law
Trumps travel ban though through social media we see how this ban affects so many innocent people and the American people came together and pushed back.
People that believe most stereotypes simply lack life experience. The world is vast and extremely detailed. There isn't a right way to live. The more experience you have with various cultures the more you understand this.
Why am I talking about this?
Recently I went to visit family in Georgia and it's changed my view on many things.
One specific things I want to bring up is the gun culture.
All you need is a valid ID from any state to go to the shooting range in Georgia. I'm pretty sure it's the same for buying but I could be wrong but unlikely considering I could casually walk in with my cousin's shot gun and not get asked any questions.
While at the range I'm watching people walk in with their own duffles of guns. All types from hand guns all the way up to Snipers. I even saw a boy come in with his family and I could tell either he or his parents wanted him to be Carl from the walking dead so bad. I mean he had a knife holster on his thigh at a shooting range.
Before I go off on another tangent, let me get back to my point. I didn't have an actual understanding of the necessity of guns until I had conversations with people from the south and experienced how spaced out everything is. I can only imagine how long it would take police to answer a 911 call outside of Atlanta.
Guns are simply part of their culture like siestas in Spain. With proper education the negatives can be curbed. A lady even helped me with grip my first time shooting. Before you say anything she was shooting an AR15 she had newly purchased.
If you have negative views regarding anything that you have no experience with, Grow up.
We have to stop sexualizing Arianna Grande and getting mad at pedophiles. She looks like a little girl. I'm not advocating pedophilia but asking you to look up at the jig you perverts.
Also if you are a grammar nazi and you're tired of my run on sentences that have random commas please contact me so you can proofread and edit my stuff for free otherwise EAD.
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