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“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.” – W.E.B. Du Bois
The problems we face today are real. And we do not need to know about them through politicians because we are living them. Because we live in a democratic country where we must elect a president every four years, we exercise the voting rights we all have to do just that, which makes us the most important piece in the political process. Anger can get in the way of how often and effective American citizens exercise their voting rights. Politicians support this anger by dividing Americans more often than helping. We have been told this election is a “choice” but is it really a choice? Maybe this this why so many American are so angry? we must be very careful with our anger because as Mark Twain puts it, “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” We would hope that the anger we are facing today is not regret tomorrow.
If the two women and the male minority who dropped off from the republican race were still in it, do you think race would be as big of an issue? We will never know now.
We have seen the headlines that race relations are worse in America despite the country’s first “Black” president looking out for his country. What I know is this this. If Obama was “unfit” for job, he would not be in office today. America may have moved past auctioning its “black” race and showing the world that it has been improving race issues, yet she has a long way to go of showing it. Speaking from an “immigrant” perspective more is always needed, but we do too little exploiting the great things America has accomplished on race. Some people in America did not expect this major improvement so quickly and are still stuck in the past. Sometimes we hope for something and when it is a reality, we either fail to see the good of it or try to undo it. This is why the media and so called politicians make race a huge issue and do nothing to help make it better.
While the majority of Americans fought to see race relations improved, the truth is hard to ignore when you watch political races, the media and people representing us in government and at work. The divisive words are hard for an immigrant like me to hear from the media, my politicians and bosses at work. I question what Americans, those who are over 50 (all Races) born, raised in this country all their lives truly feel. The improved race problem in America is no different than gender inequality women face in the country. America can try to eliminate its race issues. Before this happen, Americans (all the immigrants) need to be honest and work hard to eliminate gender inequality, which will ultimately minimize its race issues.
We have been trained to isolate one another because of our unique qualities (the way we think, do things, our race, gender, religion etc.). Too often than not, our unique qualities are use against who we are as human beings without knowing it. Sometimes we forget that some of us have no control how we came to this earth. Society seemed to find a way to divide us using every avenue, either to sale, control, discriminate or else and it seems to work. This became very apparent to me when I hear over and over, how the media question what the occupiers are after, who are they (educated, non-educated, poor, Asian, middle class, black, white etc.) and so on. The question is, why should this matter?
By Jeanose Lexima
Women are held to a different standard than men around the world. This is due to outdated laws put in place centuries ago by men. These laws however are still in place and the men in power have done too little to ensure these laws change. Women on the other hand, have managed to make great strides; making sure the laws change.