A Rose Grew From The Concrete (Survey Results 3)

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Take a few moments and read the responses to our survey. We will be sharing each persons response separately so that everyone is able to digest the information. What you will see is that we are more similar in thought than you may have realized! Thank you in advance for reading, sharing and being a part of the conversation.
Please describe your race/ethnicity.

African American

What is your age?
  • 45 to 54
Income Class
  • Middle Class
What does your ideal America look like?

A nation of people all living together, loving each other, supporting each other and working towards common goals to advance our people and our country. We would have a shared love and reverence of God. A government that is acting in the interest of the PEOPLE.

What do you feel is holding us back from reaching your ideal America?

Hatred. Self centered thinking. A sense of entitlement. Competition and a need to “win”. The lack of God in many lives. Seeking of power.

Is equality a core value in your life?
  • Yes
If yes to the question above, what action steps do you take or have you taken to ensure equality in the U.S. and why?

Whenever I am able or presented with the situation, I try to ensure that everyone is on a level playing field. I always look for opportunities for inclusion. I teach my children and others around me that they are no better than anyone else and that there is no one else better than them. I pray for this country and it’s leaders.

What barriers exist in your life to increasing your involvement?

Time. We spend so much time working and trying to maintain our lives that we don’t have time to really get involved in our communities and even families. I sometimes feel that I don’t have a voice and am not being heard. Because we go with a majority vote,if I am not in the majority I have to live with and work with what I am given. The lack of support, often, leads to a fear of standing up. I can lack the courage to speak out.

What role do you think the government should play in race relations?

I think the government should be the foundation of bringing the races together and promoting healthy relationships. If we all come together there is strength in numbers. Those in government should remember that no matter who voted for them, they serve all of the people. They should represent all of the people equally. They should advocate for all of the people.

When you hear black lives matter, what does that mean to you?

It means that the attack on the black race should not be tolerated. That black lives matter just as much as any other lives in this country and this world. I do not see it as just a black person’s movement. It is the opportunity for all, people to recognize that all lives matter. It is just black lives that are under attack. There is question that white lives matter. There never has been. We just need everyone else to stand up and recognize that the lives of black people are just as valuable.


If you are interested in continuing this conversation please comment as well as click the link below to fill out the survey and share you own personal responses.

A Rose Grew From The Concrete Survey


Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

-George Bernard Shaw

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