My mother is a first grade teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. As a young adult, I had the opportunity to help her teach during my days off. “Teach” is a relative term when you are dealing with 7 year olds, however, because I would spend most of the day resolving disputes about who broke who’s crayon. It is obvious to any adult that these arguments are not constructive, nor will they result in anything other than leaving both children crying. In most cases, although both children were upset that the crayon is broken, they were too busy blaming eachother to realize a new box of crayons sat right between them.
The United States of America was founded upon the idea of equal opportunity, something that most all Americans can agree with.
In principle, we can agree that equality is a good thing. In practice, we argue like seven year-olds over a half broken crayon.
Scott Olson / Getty Images It has been a little over one year since the police involved death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and John Crawford have all garnered national spotlight and ignited the conversation of race in America. It gets worse; race isn't the ony topic that divides us. Our political system is becoming polarized and candidates thrive off of controversy rather than intelligent debate. Police involved shooting deaths have reached an all-time high. These conversations aren’t new, nor are they going away anytime soon, no matter how much we try to ignore them.
Lets talk about another thing that isn’t going away anytime soon: the internet. Recently, Time Magazine posted an article about Millennials, proclaiming them the “me, me, me” generation; a group of technology obsessed narcissists who just might save us all. Although they may be self obsessed, disrespect authority, and take too many selfies, something they’ve become great at is leveraging technology to change the world.
So why haven’t they tackled the issue of social injustice? There has to be a better way to engage the masses in a constructive way.
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