Your America has not changed.
What you see has always been there. Racial injustice is part of our culture. This is not new. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 didn't magically make being black in America okay. The KKK still exists for fucksake.
And the fact that #BlackLivesMatter
does not mean that all lives do not matter. It just means that when blacks serve longer sentences for the same crime compared to whites, or that when unarmed black men are 5-times more likely to be shot by a cop than an unarmed white guy, we have a gross social imbalance.
And not just for blacks. We just gave women a political voice less than 100 years ago. It still floors me that they could not vote until the 1920s. Yet they still make $.70 on the dollar compared to men. Oh, and that whole rape culture thing, that we perpetuate.
While I am on that topic, there is no such thing as consensual sex. There is sex and there is rape. That is all.
But America has not changed. No proverbial switch has been flipped. This America has always been here. These injustices, and the many others I didn't list, are part of our country.
What has changed is the media.
Information used to be fed to us by the guys in charge. Broadcasters, journalists, and every part of the news cycle decided what we knew. But the internet has changed that. Blogs started scooping the networks. And social media has taken that even further.
Now every person with a smartphone is a news outlet. We can post photos, videos, or even livestreams of what America is. Sometimes this is just a cooking show or a cute cat video, but sometimes it is so much more.
If you sit back, thinking OMG America is so much different now, you are missing the point. If you pin this on a politician or a group of politicians, you are missing the point. These flaws are nothing new.
But we can fix them. We are learning what they are. Information is a scary but beautiful thing.
I ask of you, please do not focus on what America was. As good as she is, we have some rough roads ahead.
Let's focus on what she can be.