40 thoughts on “Equality

  1. I believe that the phrase “Liberty and Justice for All” isn’t what it seems to be. Coming from a generation where a black man is not recognized as often for their efforts the way the white man is. Since the beginning of the era of Black people living in America, we have had little opportunities due to the oppression we have faced, what we do face, and what we will continue to face everyday. Since the early 1600s, the time when African Americans were forced to hop on some boat to Jamestown, Black People were treated as a lesser individual. Forwarding to when slavery was abolished, we were still kept down because since we were considered nothing but a waste of space in America. Continuing into the 21st century, young Black men are having their lives taken by local police department, the people who we are supposed to entrust to uphold the law and keep us safe. Not to mention the courthouses and investigator who are suppose to charge these police officers for killing Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Sandra Bland, and so on and so forth. This shows to the Black community that the only people looking out for us is ourselves and God. Now this is not the case for every white person because my best friends are white, but the point of this is that my friends should be the only ones showing me the respect that a normal human being should deserve, but that America as a whole should. We have a “President” who wants to prevent Mexican immigrants, looking for a better life, by building a wall. We have a woman calling the cops on young black kids, trying to make some extra cash by selling lemonade, because they didn’t have a permit. We have stupid racist white men, and I do mean stupid, harassing a young woman for wearing a Puerto Rican shirt, even though Puerto Rico is apart of the United States. There’s a saying that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. How can a nation further prosper and come together, if we keep playing “Top Race”? This is why I believe that the phrase “Liberty and Justice for All” isn’t what it seems to be.

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    • Dear Albert, You raise important concerns and a poignant question about what it means to be treated equally–here and globally. My hope is that we continue to recognize and reassess the ways we treat others and that we move toward a “kindness-first” approach that allows us to see the humanity in each other.

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    • I feel this is a major problem in the country but if someone doesn’t listen to an officer or doesn’t follow the laws set forward obviously something will happen. Laws are made to be followed and if some people (of every race) doesn’t follow them than it opens a can of worms. Like on Live PD this weekend an officer reported to store where some guy was trying to steal liquor and the officer told him multiple times stop moving get your hands out of your pockets. The cop held steady and didn’t shoot then the man pulled out a gun and shot the cop 6-7 times. Everything in this country needs to go both ways one side can’t be held more accountable for what is done. If you break the law do the time.

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      • Too often, police officers are abusing their powers and commit murders and face no time in jail or prison. We need to address the imbalance of the criminal justice system and make sure cops are being properly prosecuted. It isn’t always a matter of someone breaking the law.

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      • Geoff I completely understand where you going from us. Most of the time in cases that include the police vs. the people we tend to only see one side of the story and run with it. At times we do not know what lead up to these events that the news is reporting. Sometimes the police are just doing their job and it may lead to the suspect getting injured. But, at times the police are in the wrong

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    • I completely agree with you. In regards to this country’s racism, people think that “not seeing color” is a good solution but it’s not. That mindset can cause more problems rather then solve them. This country isn’t all that folks make it seem. White people have always had the upper hand in everything. Black and brown bodies don’t have liberty in the United States. Equality beyond race such as gender and sexual orientation is still being fought for. If everyone was given the opportunity to bloom, our country would achieve the greatness is claims to have now.

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    • Albert, I agree with you, this couldn’t have been said any better. America was built on immigration and it’s crazy to think how messed up it is because it’s basically being ignored, and the superior claim to take the spot all the time.

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    • Albert, I loved the the fact that you decided to make a point on “Equality” by using a reference about African Americans. How they have faced racial discrimination in the past and even till now. Also how you referred to your friends being white, they respect they have given you that America isn’t giving everyone else. We cant grow if we can’t learn from our mistakes.

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    • I believe that one day I would go to a store and people would not look at me like I came to steal something. I would walk on the street at night and people wont cross the street just because I am walking on the same sidewalk. Being an African American in America is really hard. From time to time I see in the news that there was a black man gun down by police, and every time I am thinking whether I am next or one of my family members. At school people I do not even know in my life started calling me the “N” word like I was there long time lost friend. Whenever you see a police officer you should feel protected. Not anymore for me because the fear that I am going to be next African American laying on the ground shot by police is still in my mind even if I am not doing anything bad. According to The Guardian, in 2016 black males were nine times more likely to be killed than other Americans by law enforcement officers. They also said it’s going to rise up. That is why I do not think that equality really work in America. Because I know that not everyone is going to see the good on people. As long as they see how you dress, the color of your skin, they will always think that they already categorize.

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      • As a caucasian woman, I will never be able to truly sympathize with what you go through in your daily life, but as someone who tries to be a sensible person, I can understand that it is a horrible world to live in, fearing for your life when you know you’ve done nothing wrong. There are disgusting people in this world who will never truly understand how wrong it is to treat someone with unbridled prejudice just because of there skin color, but there are also people who do understand it how awful it is. These are the people you must try your hardest to surround yourself with. Bringing together like-minded people like that, people who think that everyone should be treated properly and without prejudice is a strong weapon. The more love you put out into the world, the more you educate those who are just ignorant and not truly prejudice, the more you surround yourself with that energy, the more love will be in the world and eventually, there will be fewer people who have these horrible beliefs in the world.

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    • I agree 100%. I’m glad others can recognize the systematic injustice minorities face. I think once people come to realize the true consequences of privilege and power, we can excel as a whole.

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    • Dear Albert, you make valid points that show America does not follow its promise of freedom and justice for all. The minorities are sometimes stereotyped and treated with hate. I agree with you that racism is a major issue in this country and that we should challenge the people in power to fight for everyone’s God given rights.

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  2. What I believe has come from many places, boy scouts, my faith, my family, my friends, my experiences, my teachers, and a Vsauce video. No, this is not an essay on social media and its effect on me. This video (to the best of my memory) was about how much we pass judgement on other people and try to put them in a box. Our brains don’t really have the capacity to truly understand other people in their entirety. Our brains cop out and become lazy when thinking about other people, because we only have so much room and a lot of it is dedicated to ourselves. An example (that came from the video) is you are at Dunkin Donuts and the person in front of you takes forever to order and you think that they are stupid and annoying. However, when you take forever to to order, it’s not your fault, the menu is super confusing, the cashier is not being very clear and is super slow, blah, blah, blah. I just described all of your interactions with people, kinda. I’m not saying that you look down on other people constantly, I’m saying you pass judgement on other people and put them in a box. People are complex, full of contradictions, are equally unique, and deserve a fair chance. There is nobody who is an absolute monster that doesn’t have good qualities, and there is nobody who is purely good. Except for Mister Rogers, that man is amazing.

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  3. As a human race, we are insecure. I know this for a fact. We are uncomfortable with the things we have, we are uncomfortable with the way we look, we are uncomfortable with the lives we have been given. As dark and pessimistic as all of this sounds, it’s the very ugly truth. There are positives to it, though.
    The human race, as a whole, has been through massive social revolutions and developments to become more accepting, open, and free to everybody all over the world. There have been rebels that fight against these social revolutions, trying to keep things the way they have been, but they haven’t succeeded. The human race is a very powerful race and I believe that it is our duty, as a self-expressive and self-conscious species, to make the world a better place for all walks of life. Despite the self-awareness we possess that can lead to insecurity, we have to fight for what is best. We all grew up on this planet, so why not be friendly to it and all others on it?
    After learning about the discrimination and hateful attitudes of those of the past and present, I have come to realize that “sitting on the fence” about controversial topics can and will give advantages to the wrong-doers, create even worse situations, and hold back the much needed advancement and freedom of the human race. Negativity, narrow-mindedness, and unawareness have to come to an end in order to pursue these freedoms.
    I am committed to being human. I will fight for what I believe will provide a better future for myself, others, and the future generations of the world.

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    • Bryan I want you to realize how good this is. Not only how it’s written but what it’s about, I don’t even know where to start. This post makes me feel called out, scared, powerful and reassured all at once because it is one of the most truthful things I have ever read. This affects ALL of us. Not a race, not a religion, not a country. This affects all of us. And you’re right. We should be just as committed to being human as much as we are committed to being ourselves. I think that’s where the messy bits come in. Our insecurities about who we are individually come before who we are as human. And I just want you to know I think everyone should read this, it will do a lot of good.

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    • I agree with what you have to say. I too am committed to being human and helping others, because that’s what make us human. To rise abouve our bad tendencies and embrace our better habbits. One human isn’t all that powerful, but 7.6 BILLION people is almost like a force of nature itself. I’m just saying that if we stop fighting each other and start working together, the things we can acomplish are unlimited and unfathomable. I, for one, am exited for that possibility becoming a reality. Thank you for your time, and thank you Bryan for you beautiful post. Even though it is obvious, it’s something that must be said and acted upon until it becomes true. Stay human my friend, stay human.

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    • Bryan, this writing is so powerful. It sends a unique message to others and I think EVERYONE should read it. I agree 100% that we should make the world a better place for the people following. You should try to help everyone you possibly can.

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  4. A lot of people know America as the “Land of Opportunity.” The great American dream where people are offered opportunities, they can’t find anywhere. A place where different ethnicities welcome themselves to share a piece of their culture with others in order to become a part of a community. Being an African coming to this country from Ghana, I thought I was going to live a better life with my family. Over the years, America has shown its true colors, making false promises to those who feel hope about living a new life. My life didn’t improve when I first arrived in America. I had difficulty speaking English although I spoke a little bit. During my first few years in school, I was bullied in school because my African accent is thick. I learned immigrants that came to the United States face challenges such as racism and discrimination from native-born Americans. Racial prejudice is one thing I know will never die. For example, African Americans are looked at as savages and chaotic, that some whites fear for their lives leading to their deaths. Muslims being branded as terrorist, especially by a president, whose suppose to protect and honor us. The world we live in reflects its insecurities upon us, which causes more hate in the world. We should all be able to come together as one to accept each other’s differences. This is what makes use unique and valuable to others, I fear for the lives of humans, because we can’t look past others differences and look beyond the lies others spread. I want to live in a world where I feel like I’m accepted. Be treated as any other person born in America.

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    • I agree with you completely. even having lived in America for all my life, we are not the country that we say we are. We have made so many false promises and I don’t even recognize it here anymore. It’s not a country that I am proud to live in. I love how you wrote your essay,

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    • I totally agree with your statement and where you’re coming from. Even being an African American actually born in this country comes with consequences just because of skin color. It’s like we can’t win no matter where you’re from or what you do. I hope for change in due time. Great post.

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  5. “Treat others the way you’d want to be treated”, a golden rule taught to me from day one, is something I will never forget hearing. Engraved into me by my mother, growing up, it was a sentence I took all too lightly, as most children do. I knew the concept, but it was quite a long time until I truly understood the meaning. As I passed through my elementary, middle, and high school years, the phrase quickly developed a new meaning.
    The world I lived in when I first heard this expression was seen through a pair of innocent child’s eyes. At a young age I had already faced many hardships, yet I continued to live my best life possible. As I started to grow into a young woman, I saw this motto through a different pair of eyes. Through my eyes, the world we live in today seems to have never heard of this phrase. Hate crimes, racism, walls, families being separated, and children dying? With each day this world, my world, becomes more and more unrecognizable. I remember growing up in a world where we were taught to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, no matter what color I saw on their face. Yet now, instead of helping people up, we are tearing them down.
    Being told this phrase as a child, it likely went in one ear and out the other. Though with growing up, and having my eyes opened to the world and its many point of views, this golden rule now means something far more powerful. When I find myself questioning my actions or my words, I pause, take a second, and think; is what I am saying or doing to this person, something that I would like said or done to me. Most often, it is not. I am and always will be thankful for having been taught this motto growing up. It is something that has made me a much better person, and I believe, that if we all do our hardest to really live by this motto, our world might just be a better place to live in.

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  6. This I believe in a world where people can put their differences aside. Too often in our society do we focus on what makes us different than those around us when we instead should focus on the things that bring us together. We should not fear each other’s differences but rather embrace others’ cultures, points of views and ideologies. I believe that every home, workplace, and business should be a safe place for self expression and is without lingering fear of judgement from others. Everyday I try to remind myself to not get wrapped up in the societal norm of judging another person based off looks or predetermined ideas. It is a challenge to break away from the habit of judgement that has been formed unconsciously by the media and the general ignorance of the society we live in. I believe we all have the ability to look past the physicality of each other and dig deeper into understanding what truly makes us who we are. We are all unique and we are all different, but that does not mean we cannot get along. Such a simple concept of mutual understanding and respect has been such a hard task to overcome in our modern world. I am hopeful for a world of peace. Not only peace, but a world of deep understanding that starts on the individual level. No one is exactly alike and the differences between us are the only thing that keep this planet interesting. We must learn to love each other and that starts with loving each others’ differences.

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  7. I believe in inclusivity. An inclusive environment is a place where everyone can feel comfortable and confident sharing their thoughts, ideas, and opinions without fear of ridicule or judgement from others. Without a doubt, attitude is one of the most important factors that goes into creating an accepting environment. In order for a community to be inclusive, the attitudes of each individual person must be focused on acceptance and the success of the group as a whole. If you go into a situation with a pessimistic attitude, you’re destined for failure. It’s those who are open to change and mature enough to accept conflicting viewpoints who really can gain something from a situation. If everyone is open minded and willing to respect others’ ideas and beliefs, successful collaboration is possible. As someone who has experienced what it feels like to be outcasted, I believe acceptance and open mindedness are key to creating a place where everyone feels welcome. The people who are the most judgemental and unaccepting of others are people who are insecure of themselves and scared of change. Accepting others with differences from yourself should not be viewed as a negative thing. In a diverse community each person can bring something unique to the table, which is one of the reasons why inclusivity in communities is so important. The negative social views on diversity must shift to focus on acceptance for the benefit of society as a whole. Diversity is just as important on a smaller scale, such as in a university, as it is in the world. I believe in inclusivity and I hope that UMASS will hold people that have similar beliefs.

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  8. I believe in open-mindedness and acceptance. Growing up having a gay dad has greatly impacted my life. At a young age I realized my family wasn’t like my friends’ family. When making friends in the first grade, I would ask them if they were okay with me having two dads. I had to make sure that my friends would be accepting of my family. When my older brother was in middle school people would say things to him about my dad. I would see him come home upset. At 6 years old, I had to come to the realization that not everyone will show acceptance and be kind to others that aren’t like them. I also realized that other children might not understand because of the way that they were brought up or the people they were brought up around. Not everyone was introduced to homosexuality so young kids might get confused when they first see. Fortunately I grew up with two strong dads and a beautiful mother, who stayed strong and didn’t let the negativity get to them.
    Being openminded has made it okay for me to accept people for who they are not what society thinks they should be, who they should love, how they should live their life. Being openminded has made it okay for me to not care what others think anymore about my life and I have accepted that I no longer have to explain that I have a “different” kind of family dynamic.

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  9. At the time I’m writing this our nation and this generation is at a crossroads of importance. We stand at the brink of political divisiveness that has split a nation in two, a nation which has not seen an issue like this for 157 years. And it is my belief that the growth of political divisiveness has caused an almost dehumanization effect among Americans. Whatever party you support, whatever politician you volunteer and donate for, it doesn’t matter. It matters when how you view the other politician, the rival. Do you treat them with the same respect you would treat your own politician, or do you think it is okay to harass and belittle them based on their own political stance? We are seeing more and more headlines of political attacks, which do not help foster the growth and unity of equality. We do not treat opposing sides with respect and nor do we even try to humanize with their viewpoints. For example, in the 2016 Presidential Election, both the presidential elects attacked each other in a fashion that is most comparable to an elementary school recess fight which has continued to today. Trump calling Hillary a “loser” and Hillary calling Trump supporters “deplorables”. The fact America has reached this point in the political sphere shows the problematic case of equality between each other. We must bring back the discussion that involved everyone and not one-sided debates because someone dislikes the other viewpoint. If we continue to ignore this issue the nation will not fix itself, it will only continue to divide and harm. To fix this issue, we must realize that others will always have a differing opinion and that is okay.

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  10. My belief in equality is that it’s something that although it is believed that around the world in places like America, everyone has an equal amount of opportunities and justice to thrive and prosper. However This is not the case at all as over the course of history there have been many accounts of situations of inequality for people to the point where it’s debated whether it actually exist or not. I believe equality is something that is needed everywhere in order for the world to not be in chaos. Despite this belief it is hard for me to believe that equality is distributed amongst everyone. In fact Many people have suffered from the effects of inequality in various of countries to the point where it leads to death. Here in America many people of color are often discriminated against to the point where they are either shot and killed by police officers or they are unable to get a job due to employers refusing to accept them. Even in the education system many schools that are made up of mostly people of color receive low funding compared to schools that are made up of mostly white. Resulting in kids of color to receive old textbooks and are unable to have certain classes provided to them due to lack of space or money to pay a teacher to teach it. Although there isn’t equality for everyone it does not mean it does not exist in the world. I believe in order to obtain equality for everyone, people must fight and protest for it in order to obtain it. Certain rules must also be changed in order to ensure that everyone has the same equal opportunities. Whether it is making things such as college more affordable so that people who come from low income backgrounds can attend. As well as even ending the negative chains that limits equality such as racism.

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  11. EQUALITY
    I believe that equality has been taken upon as misunderstanding by the way it being shown all around the world. Seen as mistreated by how the forces of law are coming that have been affecting many innocent people at a high rate of danger and has been shown as so much cruelty by the videos has been surfacing all over social media. The suppose people that are protecting our life and our rights are the ones making us fear of what’s coming up next from so many years of so much hate by the color of skin from race to etc. The equality has never been measured the same there’s always one that privilege in a way then everyone else is , the discrimination is a big concern towards the meaning of equality only because it’s always been an issues for many years and yet there’s so much that hasn’t really been done to help unite more. The Equality towards everyone has caused so many protest and being concerns all over the world from decision being made that are splitting families apart from their loved ones and taken as a criminal when they were just trying to come to america to improve their life and be successful and safer from a place that did not offer that the country of “opportunity” that’s what a lot of people say about the united states and that its the best because of the freedom the justice the independent of the whole nation sounds so magical.The reality is a complete mess between the changes for not only yourself but our family. Another example that has been an issue is how people are getting killed innocently and without a reason of death the justice of their lives are being a big situation causing a lot of time to be devoted towards the person that have harmed them and fight for there juscie that wasn’t shown before many protest and recognition have been going on especially against the force of law making them look bad for not doing their job and not protecting us like they said they are the equality right there seems to be lie where is our “ liberty and justice for all “ standing under those words and pledging for the same respect is not much to ask for fighting for equality is all we want and that’s what i believe in get rid of the hate and help stand with others we’ll be the new change of world.

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  12. I believe that when should be regarded in the same manner as men when if comes to sex and sexual conquests. When men have multiple partners on a regular basis, they are given this “player” title, and when it comes to a female, she is easily labeled a “whore”. I believe that women should not be shamed for engaging in the same sexual activities as a man. We should be looked as equals. The fight for sexual equality has a long history dating back ti the nineteenth century and The Cult of Domesticity. This is the belief that women were expected to have four qualities: domesticity, purity, piety and submissiveness. Because of this, women still struggle around having the same sexual freedom as men. I believe that sexism natural, and should not be a measurement of someone’s self worth. Especially if females are not respected in the same way men are. I believe that sexual freedom includes all of a female’s rights to her own body, (as if a female should have to ask permission to her own body). This includes women’s rights to abortions, birth control, even the right to wear certain clothes without the threat of being slut shamed or even raped. I believe the words “hoe, whore, easy” should be used identically between men and women, and not used as a tool to degrade women while simultaneously uplifting men. Women and men should be equal when it comes to sexual activity. I believe we as humans need to recognize and help change slut shaming culture.

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  13. I believe that everyone, regardless of their past, their background, their race, their creed, or their beliefs, is good in some way. There is not a single person that I’ve met who didn’t have a positive quality, who hadn’t done something good in their life, or hadn’t contributed to another’s life in some way. While I may not believe that humans are basically good, since we are a species that naturally look out for our own interests as a means to survive, I do believe that there isn’t a single person who hasn’t or can’t do something good for others in their life. I say this not because I think that everyone can be Nelson Mandela, but because everyone has something positive to contribute and they may not be given a chance to give that to the world. Where I come from, though it’s nothing compared to many other places, there are a lot of people who have been given a bad rep because people have passed judgement on them before they had a chance to see what drives them to live their life the way they do, or what causes them to make the decisions they make. Because of this, I’ve seen many people get cast aside by our society and when this happens, many lose their chance to contribute to the greater good. I believe everyone deserves a chance to be better than they are. But if everyone isn’t given a fair, equal chance to do that, then we only have ourselves to blame when the same thing happens to us.

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    • Dear Josh, wonderful statement. What really stood out to me is where you said that every human has a positive trait, and I agree, I think you should always try to see the good in someone before you judge them.

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  14. Casey Freeborn
    8/13/18
    Equality

    In today’s society people are much more open to accepting who they truly are despite the backlash they still go up against in the fight to express their true self. Communities have been brought together to support one another in the battle to raise awareness for the LGBTQ community all around the world. Parades have been organized for society to come together and allow people to express pride in their true selves. They are a great way to show love and support to those who are afraid to be as open as they want to be.
    I believe people should be accepted for who they really are and not be brought down by the shame this generation has portrayed. Everyone is a person and is deserving of love and that shouldn’t be determined by their sexual orientation or how they chose to identify themselves. People chose to discriminate against things they don’t agree with or understand. Some may say it goes against religion but in my opinion God loves all his creations and if doing or being what you love isn’t causing harm to anyone then I don’t understand why people don’t accept it. Not all people need to agree with everyone’s life choices but they should respect it.
    In conclusion, I believe all people should be loved and respected as long as their choices are causing harm to anyone. There is so much anger in the world for no reason and if everyone just accepting each other for who they are it would be a much more peaceful environment.

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  15. Independence to me is being able to provide and support yourself on your own terms and basis. Growing up in a portuguese household as a girl was one of the hardest things I’ve gone through. That being said my independence was something I valued more than anything. I grew up with an a brother that was two years older than me and we got along pretty well. When I reached my teenage years I wanted to go out more and be with friends instead of being home all the time. When my brother would ask to go to concerts and parties it was an easy yes. Although, when I asked he was very hesitant to approve and wanted all the details. I started to realize my parents had a lack of trust and were a lot more protective over me than my brother. I wasn’t able to do everything he was because I was a girl and I didn’t know better. All throughout grade school to high school I was a very good student and I was very honest with my parents but sometimes it wasn’t enough. I value my independence because I know that someday I will be making decisions for my own and this is crucial because my decisions will impact my life. I believe there should be no double standard whether you’re a female or male. Females should easily be able to have independence and not need to depend on a male for any sort of support. Independence is a partial reason why I chose the nursing field because I want to be able to provide for myself and make an impact on a patient’s life. This experience shaped me into a much stronger person that is able to take criticism and face the social pressures of woman.

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    • Hi Serena! This was really great to read! It’s interesting how you experienced limitations in your freedom from your parents, and how you tied that in to what you want to study and do for others!

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  16. As a young adult I have several beliefs but the most important one to me has to be equality for all. I am not simply referring to gender equality, but racial equality as well due to the fact that they’re both major issues not just here in the united states but also worldwide. I live in a heavily sexist and patriarchal society and as an African woman in this country I am at a double disadvantage for both social injustices. I have come to the understanding that there are still many places in this country that I can go to and feel completely unwelcomed simply because of the color of my skin and ironically I could see a police officer and suddenly feel unsafe, not because I’ve personally committed any sort of crime but it is due to the multiple cases of cops racially profiling black Americans and senselessly taking away their lives. But it doesn’t stop there, as of right now women are only paid an estimated 80% of what men are paid on average, creating a 20% wage gap and for minorities that gap is even further. The worst part is we have a president who openly seeks to take away rights from anyone like myself and push us even further back from the progress we have already made. And although this generation is much more open minded than the previous ones, there is still much more work to be done for us to actually achieve true equality .

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  17. I believe that equality is sometimes an overlooked problem in the world. While there is definitely concern for the equality of others, the value of it is not always noticed. Equality makes people feel like they’re all part of one team, or like they are all working towards the same goal. Much more would be achieved in the world if people were treated as equals and we could all work together. Racial and gender equality has recently been a big topic in the news and a problem for a long time. I believe that as a society, we are doing a good job reprimanding the police and other public figures that do not treat people equally based on race or gender etc. Many of them lose their jobs and some of them go to jail. While we are doing a good job fixing the problem, there are still many steps we could take to solve it. More body cameras on police officers and better training if it is needed. These are not problems we should be having in this modern world. In my opinion, everybody deserves to be treated as an equal. While you may not agree with their opinions they may not agree with yours. Just as someone disrespects other peoples views or opinions because it goes against the social normality, the same could be done to any opinion. These opinions that go against the social norm. have no less credibility and deserve no less respect and equality than other more common opinions. This strong belief that I have about the equality of others comes from an experience that I had. I have never been treated terribly by anyone before, but I find that people, including myself, feel much better about themselves when treated equally and with respect. They will express themselves more and open up to you. This can help people make friends and connections with other people that make things run more smoothly. While I haven’t ever been bullied, who hasn’t been the butt of a joke a few times. From what I am sure everyone experiences, this is not fun. This is why I strongly believe in treating everyone as equals. Whether it is racially, due to gender, or for any reason, everybody likes and deserves to be treated equally.

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    • I completely agree with this. So many people get pushed aside by society because of gender and race, and it kills me to see so many people with so much to offer get to do nothing with their life because they aren’t given a fair chance, and while the problem is clearly not solved, I do agree that we are finally beginning to work towards equality and a brighter future with this generation.

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  18. Life has always been known to be a roller-coaster ride. The constant ups and downs are always keeping people wondering about what their future holds. Personally, my life has been nothing but a roller-coaster. I have moved 15 times across three different countries; I essentially spent every new school year at a different school. I felt like my whole life is forever changing, I never had a steady source of happiness. But, through perseverance, my entire life changed last summer, when my friends became my second family. That incredible summer rewarded me for the struggles of my years in school. I learned that whenever a person experiences a constant trend of bad situations, they are bound to experience the greatest happiness they have felt in a while. I consider as a way of life rewarding you for persevering through the hardships. However, after a long period of happiness, a person will face a greater struggle but the reward will also be greater. Hardships are needed to appreciate happiness. They teach someone to live in the moment, stop worrying about the future. People always miss their chances at happiness due to constant stress about what’s next instead of focusing on what is going on for them now. There will always be a light at the end of the tunnel. Perseverance is what separates people incapable of seeing that light and people who always have their eyes set on the prize. People who persevere will tend to always get the higher reward.

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  19. I believe in equal opportunity for everyone regardless genders, races, ethnicity, sexual orientation and all backgrounds. I believe that if there is an opening for a job that anyone who is qualified for the position should be able to apply to the job itself. Anyone who discriminates based on skin or because they think that a certain gender could do a job better is someone who shouldn’t be in control of who gets the job. My personal belief is that anyone with the chance to give out a job or opportunity shouldn’t be looking at the person but who the person is and their ability to spark change in the workplace. Being judged because you’re looks or the background you come from is something no one should have to go through because it scars you. The more it happens the more you believe that’s all anyone will see you as. That isn’t a good way of thinking because it stops you for going for jobs you are qualified for. For example if an african american male and a hispanic women both met the requirements to be the president or a manager of a company. And there was a white male who barely met all the requirements. The person who was administering the job could give it the white male because of the way we have taught society to look at things. And that company has now missed out on two amazing people who could have made the company better and give new ideas and looks.

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  20. Dear Irony,
    How foolish you are, my dearest Irony, in this last and latest twist of fate.
    How foolish must I be to follow your lead, rendered from the person I ought to be into Moses’s lamb, following you to the end of the Earth, prepared to plummet off the edge?
    Yet I allow my brain to stray into your trap: Whenever I am given the opportunity, opportunity becomes all that I can think of, the opportunity we have lost.
    You see, had more people had access to education or immunization or the civil rights supposedly given to all men, is it so hard to believe they would have been able to fight as one, slaying so much of what we face?
    You see, Irony, in the face of the hydra of diseases plaguing humanity, I cannot believe that there is no cure. However, what a wonderful trick you have played- because in each opportunity we slay, we lose thrice as many- we lose the fire of unison that might have been the flame to burn the stump.
    Isn’t it wonderfully funny, Old Friend, the way that it’s quite possible that in the oppressed might lay the answer to our every woe, but we remain too bound in our vicious ways?
    Wouldn’t it be simply hilarious, if it was in the Suffragette, denied her rights and education, that there lay the woman who might have ended the Revolutionary War?
    How humorous would it be, if the poor man scorned and sent away into homelessness, might have been able to cure cancer, if only given the chance?
    And how wonderfully, fantastically, entirely ironic that you might argue that if everyone had equal opportunity, there is no telling how they might utilize it? That we might produce the next Adolf Hitler?
    Yes, I imagine you must be laughing up a storm- because had Hitler not faced the oppression outlined in the Treaty of Versailles, would he even have risen to such horrors? Would the citizens of Germany have followed him, waiting for him to part a Sea of Blood?
    In fact, Irony, I dare wonder if you are not bent over in giggles at a society that continues to oppress all that rise up against it, yet dare to complain when they lack the manpower to fight each war they strike up.
    I am glad you think it is funny, Irony, glad that you have brainwashed a whole world of people, a wealth of societies that you have bent over your knee and made into your mindless slaves. Nothing delights me more.
    There remains only flaw- you see, Irony, I am not laughing. No, you have taken even that, in your unquenchable thirst for a laugh that only you may delight in, a laugh that always fails to overpower the sound of the screams that brought it on.
    No, Irony, I am not laughing, and I suspect that few of my peers are, as well.
    So instead, Irony, I hope- as I look to the children I have yet to be had, I hope. I hope that one day, they will create a world in which your laughter will be defeated. One day, they will create a world in which people can stand, side by side, hand in hand, the colour of their skin and the people that they might love and the genitalia they possess and the wealth they were born into, all of it will be forgotten, left to the wind.
    When they do, I hope you stand there and stare in astonishment and regret, grief dripping down your face in the shape of the teardrops that have been on mine, on my mother’s, on the face of every last person you have so gleefully brought destruction.
    In the meantime, Old Friend, I will wait on bended knee, fighting tirelessly to build upon the foundation that has been lain for my generation, building it up more and more.
    One day, we will have built ourselves a fortress, one with which we can thrive, side-by-side and hand-in-hand, within while you remain expelled from our walls.
    Until then, I expect that you will remain joyful, positively giddy with sadism, self assured in the fact that because it has not happened yet, it will never happen, oblivious to the way you render yourself useless…
    Truly, Old Friend, there is no greater irony than that.

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  21. Equality
    I believe everyone deserves to be treated equality, doesn’t matter what your ethnicity is or what color you are. I believe that people, don’t know anything about anyone. It is wise to believe that there are some things to learn from everyone you meet. Everyone has a story, and we shouldn’t assume we have read them all and we are in no place to judge or set people into categories. I believe it is time for us to stop beating around the bushes and start treating people as who they really are not what we ought them to be. We as a human race can’t accept the ugly truth sometimes. We are all human being carrying one common thing in our veins which are blood. It is our duty as self-conscious species to raise awareness and to try to make this world a better place for all of us to walk in. We ought to forget we grew up on this planet. We call this planet home, yet we still treat our dear brothers and beloved sisters unfairly. I sincerely believe we failed to learn from history, from the past that’s the reason why we are condemned to repeat it. We turned hatred, discrimination, favoritism into a cycle. I think it’s time we put an end to it. Humanity is greater than status, and we must fight for what we believe in, so the succeeding generations won’t have to suffer for our negligence. I have concluded that peace can only be achieved through love and understanding, not by violence or discrimination.

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