A Rose Grew From The Concrete (Survey Results 14)

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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.

Q1
Please describe your race/ethnicity.

African-American

Q2
What is your age?
  • 25 to 34
Q3
Income Class
  • Middle Class
Q4
What does your ideal America look like?

An America where everyone works together to make our country stronger. An ideal America looks like a place where we don’t have to talk about equality because it’s just a given. Like… ‘what’s understood doesn’t have to be stated’. It would be nice if we could unite for the greater good of everyone. People will show empathy and compassion for EVERYONE else regardless of race, religion, etc. And when we unite, and truly come together, we will be the most powerful, profitable country in the world. Unstoppable and we will be able to share our abundance with other struggling countries.

Q5
What do you feel is holding us back from reaching your ideal America?

Greed, a feeling of superiority by some and inferiority by others, and a lack of empathy and compassion.

Q6
Is equality a core value in your life?
  • Yes
Q7
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?

First, I make it a point to teach my children that we are all created equal. This is two fold because I never want them to feel inferior to anyone else,, but I also don’t want them to feel superior to anyone else either. It starts as simple as the vacation bible school song: Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world… Red, brown, yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world!” So for me it starts there. I’m a firm believer that hate is a learned behavior, and I while I’m not perfect, I’d rather send a message of love, rather than hate. The next step would be with my employers of choice. What warms my heart the most about my current job is the company’s mission to serve the underserved. If I can’t change their situation and help elevate them to the same socioeconomic status of myself and my peers, the least I can do is to serve them with all my heart. The same as I would do for anyone.

Q8
What barriers exist in your life to increasing your involvement?

Honestly, time and and what I consider ‘resources’ are my biggest barrier. But in total transparency, I also struggle with ‘what to do’ that will truly effect change. I almost feel like it’s a problem too big for just little old me and it will take a clear shift in culture and bahavior change from the American people in order to really make a change. And I don’t see that happening because it honestly feels like we are so far gone, and so many people are ‘stuck in their ways’. So that intimidates me and I’m hesitant to get involved.

Q9
What role do you think the government should play in race relations?

Hmmm… I feel that the government should first recognize that we are ‘stronger together’ (and that is not a shout out for any particular party). I actually don’t have party loyalty, I really follow what I feel is right for our country and for the people. But seriously, as I stated in one of my earlier answers, we really are stronger together with one united force. But If I had to narrow it down, I think that the government has a responsibility to look out for the people of this nation. ALL PEOPLE! Not just the poor, many of whom we are supporting financially, or the elite who get to catch a break. Not just one race or another. But the government should make it their duty to represent the best for EVERYONE. And then they should own up to it and enforce laws when people are wronged or treated unjust for any reason. Make an example out of people who act out of hate and that will send a clear message that you stand for all people.

Q10
When you hear black lives matter, what does that mean to you?

I hear a cry for help from a race who is tired of being marginalized and wants fair and just treatment. I hear that people want other people to know and recognize that they matter too. Not minimizing the worth of others (whites, hispanics, police officers, etc), but an attempt to remind people that black people matter too. Just as much as the next person. Black lives matter, doesn’t mean black lives matter MORE, it’s just a call out to say ‘hey, don’t forget, black people matter too’. So I think black lives matters is saying that when you write a law, or enforce a law, or think about what parts of history to celebrate versus acknowledge, please don’t forget the black struggle and what it took to get black people where they are today. And please don’t forget about the rights and the feelings and the efforts of black people. I do feel like black lives matter is given a very bad rap because it has now become associated with violence and other outburst, when often times that was not their goal, and many times, the unpeaceful protestors or offenders are not even a part of the black lives matters movement. They are typically just another person with unaddressed pain, or displaced anger who doesn’t know how to clearly articulate their message so they break the law or hurt others in an effor to get attention and prove a point. But I truly feel that that’s not what black lives matter really stands for. I feel that if people would take the time to really dig into the the black lives matter movement and listen, then they will have a better understanding. And I firmly believe that once that happens, and as a culture we really embraced what black lives matter is attempting to communicate, then there will really be no more need for black lives matter and the movement will die down, becauase at that point people can be sure that justice will be served and there will truly be equal treatment for all.

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

– Benjamin Franklin

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