Hate in America

There is so much hate in our country.
Everytime I turn on the news,
Another incident of police brutality
A hate crime
A mass shooting.
A homegrown terrorist attack

This whirlwind of bad things that somehow spin our moral compasses so that we can’t see straight anymore.

Good is bad and bad is good?
Police are shooting us instead of protecting us? Eric garner
We lower gun laws after mass shootings?
Even after parents appeal for better laws, a father is tearfully asking why the right to own a gun is more than his son’s right to his life. Sandy Hook Elementary

We throw around the words racist, rapist, yellow, nigger, dirty Mexican in people’s faces
And it closes the bridge of connection to another human being. We isolate ourselves and others.

We compare people to bags of candy and peanuts
As if life is not sacred, a living thing.

In this cycle of hate, that never ends.
Where humans infallibly seem to repeat history. Jewish refugees to Syrian refugees. War after war after war after war. The root of it, greed.

I live in a generation where we make videos on who is going to fall asleep first while watching the Vice Presidential debates. Because it’s really not a big deal who is going to take over of our country if our future president dies.
I keep asking myself what country do I live in?

We cry democracy, rights for the people
While at home we are buried in a dichotomy of republicans and democrats a system where we drown out the rest. There’s no chance of bringing a third party candidate to the presidential debates.
I can be gassed, shot, beat in ways not even allowed in war while I’m protesting peacefully on the street UNARMED.
Edward Snowden reveals how the government is violating our privacy and some of us think he is the creator of Wikileaks? A man who risked his life for our freedom is hiding in Russia.
Oh yes, listen to America, we have democracy we’ll teach you how to run your country.

We’ll take down your governments and implant our own dictators.
AS LONG AS IT ISN’T COMMUNISM. GOD FORBID.
And oh a war starts? Oh yes, we thrive on that. Hate.

In this age of general confusion, it’s hard to see the truth.
I don’t have the solutions to everything
But stay informed
Don’t ever lose sight of what you believe in because that is what this country was built upon
And once in awhile, restore your faith in humanity by talking to someone who shares a different view and look at how they are human just like you.

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