A Rose Grew From The Concrete (Survey Results 7)

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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.

Black/ Afam

What is your age?
  • 35 to 44
Income Class
  • Upper Middle Class
What does your ideal America look like?

On the one hand it would look similar to what America looks like today. We are a part of a country that is built on the principle of freedom of speech which is integral to my ideal America. I want racist white people to be able to believe the way they do, and Muslim Americans to worship as they see fit etc. On the other hand I want people to value their journey. Michael Phelps’ opponent in the 2016 Olympics was a prime example of what happens when people spend too much time looking at their opponent instead of focusing on their own race (see what I did there). White people are afraid they won’t be as awesome as they historically have been and black people are afraid we will never be awesome. Not true. African American’s have a rich culture of strength and triumph over adversity and it is no less valuable than one of economic and societal privilege that white people have held. White people aren’t going anywhere – Period so they should just chill. Once we recognize and value our cultural strengths and weaknesses we will be so busy maintaining and succeeding that we won’t have the capacity to worry about what others are doing.

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

#1. We are being held back by the media. The nightly news is constantly telling us that we are going to die either by not eating the right things, by going in certain neighborhoods, or even by our nutty presidents latest tweet! Our social media feeds are telling us that we aren’t skinny enough, or if we are ok with not being skinny then we aren’t proud enough of our fat. It tells us that we “haven’t made it yet” while all of our peers have. We are constant victims of invisible measuring sticks that really shouldn’t matter. We guide our lives by the size of our bank accounts, houses, and driveways when really it should be based on the love in our hearts and the number of lives we have impacted. #2 Socialist thinking is holding us back. We are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights – Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. People mix people being created equally with thinking being treated equally and they are just not the same. This country didn’t promise equal treatment and we should stop asking for it. We are a capitalist society which is fundamentally unequal. There has to be someone on the bottom in order for someone to be on top. By definition we breed constant unrest by striving toward an unattainable goal. The sense of entitlement from our younger generation is going to leave our country in shambles. They don’t have an understanding of why things are the way they are but they want to destroy them just the same.

Is equality a core value in your life?
  • No
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?
Respondent skipped this question
What barriers exist in your life to increasing your involvement?

none – I am very involved

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

The government is just a representation of the people so it should and I believe does just that. If people want a new program and vote for it….they should implement it.

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

A leaderless movement that has an opportunity to make an impact and I hope that they take positive advantage of their platform. Currently it has a negative connotation and I hope that they take the appropriate measures to change that.

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


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