It happens to everyone, slowly or sometimes suddenly; you grow up and find out who you are, what you want, and then realize that people you’ve known all your life don’t respect who, and what, you’ve made of yourself. You slow down, give your loyalties more cautiously, and find yourself moving on.
What are the pros and cons of being an African American in America in your opinion?
What would you change about our society in order to make it safer and healthier for our generation?
B. I believe that the wheels of progression are already in motion. American society is undergoing a shift that will inevitably lead to a healthier nation. Population statistics already suggest that every day the nation is becoming more culturally diverse and interconnected, which will create a less divided country. Society will continue to evolve, and change will be inevitable, the question has become, how soon.
Topic #2: Unification
A. These days, there seems to be a lot of civil unrest within the African American group, from violence against one another, to police brutality. What do you think are the issues and reasons why these problems are persisting and aren’t being solved?
A. My belief is that many civil issues stem from an unequal access to proper employment. I believe these issues are persistent because of a fundamental and systemic displacement of tools needed to access capital and higher education. These problems are proving to be difficult because they are historic in nature, when put into perspective, only for a short period in history have African-American people enjoyed the most simple of freedoms.
Topic #3: Police Brutality
A. What are your thoughts on the recent chain of events involving the gunning down of innocent African American teenagers by Police official?
B. What can WE, as a nation do to prevent and ultimately stop events like these from reoccurring?
A. I, like many others see the recent events of police misconduct extremely concerning and deeply troubling. These situations, much like the principles of “strop and frisk” only perpetuate negative stereotypes about a marginalized people. It appears that many young men of color are not afforded the luxury of the presumption of innocence.
B. When the country realizes that civil liberties must be protected for all of its citizens, real and significant change will occur. When society unifies itself in the understanding that justice is a universal principle then these events will stop.
Topic #4: Inspirations
A. What inspires you as an individual to get up everyday and live life knowing that you have a purpose?
B. Who inspires you?
A. I try to find inspiration in the simplicities of life. I try to appreciate everything and everyone that passes me throughout a day. I appreciate new sights, new sounds, and old friends. Purpose comes from knowing that there is always opportunity to grow, create and build.
B. My family has, and always will inspire me. They are the most creative, passionate, and unique group of people I will ever know, and because of that, I want to be the best version of myself.