America The Beautiful and Ignorant

Last night, an Indian American was named Miss America. However, not every American saw this as something beautiful. Very racist tweets were posted about Miss. Nina Davuluri, 2013 Miss America, soon after her crowning. Because of her Indian descent, some decided to make the 7-11 jokes, some said she was not really an American and others went as far to say that 9/11 was days ago and we let her win. Try to fathom for just one second that there are actually adults who believe that someone is not American just because he or she is of Indian descent. Those too, are most likely the same people that believe race was not a prevalent issue in the Trayvon Martin case. This may be a news flash to some, but we do not live in a post-racial society. Yes it is 2013, but race and diversity issues are still running rapid.

As Americans, we are allowed to be ignorant–ignorant to and about so many of the basic concepts of humanity. So many are oblivious to the forever lingering race issues that will continue to plague this country because everyone is afraid to discuss things that really matter. It is disheartening to know that a lot of people could tell you more about their favorite sports teams and television shows than the issues taking place in Syria. WE ARE A SPOILED PEOPLE! We can choose to not pay attention to the news and what is really going on in the world around us. There are not enough people willing to educate themselves. Why?

For once, non-white skin color was not a strike against a person. She instead was judged on her performances, her speaking skills, and other talents. Oh my! What if we lived in a society that did not judge people based upon the color of their skin and instead judged them on what they have to offer? Did we not just celebrate the man who had that ‘dream’ 50 years ago? Do you understand that a woman of Indian descent being crowned Miss America is exactly why this country is (supposed to be) so wonderful? That’s Martin Luther’s dream coming true!

Yeah I am proud to be an American, but I would rather not be associated with so many of us [Americans]. I am not discounting the great strides we have made as a nation, a country and a people. However, there is still great progress to be made and it seems to be moving at a snail’s pace. Ask yourself what you can do to educate yourself and those around you about any of the prevalent issues. You never know who is listening or who you will encourage to do their own research. “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” Don’t let it be you.

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Honestly, Just Be Honest

Why do people not believe in being honest with one another? The first thing that comes to mind is that the truth is scary. It doesn’t always feel good or sound the way we would like. Usually, it’s something that stings your whole being and takes a little while to comprehend and maybe even some recovery time is necessary. Because let’s face it. It’s hard to see yourself. I always say, “The easiest place to see yourself is in the mirror and even that doesn’t show everything.” In other words, we need and have friends and family members in our lives who should tell us about ourselves, in order to be the best person possible.

Just think about it. What if our guardians and elementary teachers never taught us how to share? We would probably not have many friends or significant others in our lives. For example, in college you share a room with a roommate and maybe even one day share a life with the person God created just for you. So thankfully there were people in our lives along the way being honest with us about the importance of sharing. Sharing is the foundation of many, many things in this life. Am I making sense?

There have been plenty of times where I have tried to go around the mulberry bush in order to say the truth, so that it didn’t ‘sting.’ But I try my best to tell the truth because even if it hurts, honesty trumps being untruthful. There is a way to tell the truth without being hurtful or harmful to someone. Be mindful of your words and how you would want someone to say make you aware of something. Being untruthful comes with more baggage than simply telling the truth. Untruthfulness comes with lies, hurt feelings, and maybe even a loss of relationship/friendship. And instead with truthfulness comes, true feelings, and an overall better understanding of that person or persons.

So remember the rule you have heard thousands of times: Honesty is the best policy. If you care about someone, whether it’s like or love, be truthful about your intentions with him or her. Emotional scars can last a lifetime. Don’t be the person that someone regrets befriending or even worse, loving. In order to be better than the person we were yesterday, we have to be honest with each other and more importantly, ourselves.

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The Reaction of The People

I’m poking around Tumblr and find this video. A woman named Ayana decided to do a project. She wanted to wear an “eye-catching” outfit and film the reactions of those she passed at this art museum. It is beyond interesting to watch how people react to her.

We all have phones that have cameras on them and if someone is doing or wearing something out of the ordinary, we have to capture whatever that may be. In this video and others she has done, people mostly gawk at her. For the most part, people try to slyly take pictures. When they are asked why they took the picture, white lies spew out of their mouths.

Projects like this are absolutely eye-opening and should be done more often. Kudos to Ayana for taking this on. It is through the eye of this lens that we see the objectifying of a woman left and right. A great dialogue happens throughout the video and at the end as well.

Take some points from this. Next time you dig your phone out of your pocket or purse to take a picture/video of something, ask yourself if it’s truly necessary. There’s always a bigger meaning.