How the Recent Events Make Me Feel
The world has always had bad. But these days, all of the bad is on a stage for everyone to watch, instantly. And just because we’re all watching the show doesn’t mean that we all understand it. Some people—even those in high positions, those who had the opportunity to pursue a great education—are blind. Some people are watching but not seeing; they're hearing but not listening.
Philando Castille was shot and killed right next to his fiance and her daughter in his own car two days after Alton Sterling was tackled, shot, and killed at a convenience store. Imagine being a witness, the recorder, the owner of the store, the child in the backseat, the woman promised to a man who was then shot right in front of her, the son and mother without a father and husband, the best friend.
All week on CNN, there’s been talk of the murders of these two men and what it means for America. A lot of people think it's just a societal problem. A couple of commentators on CNN, including former NYPD detective Harry Houck, believe that the reason black people see more police brutality is because minorities are more crime-prone. Some people think the problem would be fixed by more government control or changes in the system. Maybe that would help, but what people like Van Jones were trying to get across is that the problem goes deeper than that. You can put laws in place, but real change happens in the mind. "Change your thoughts, change the world," as they say.
Growing up, I knew that the world could be a scary place and that sometimes we experience scary things. It’s been even worse these past few months. It’s very easy to feel lost—just generally lost. On the outside, I’m not scared, but the back of my head is ringing with anxiety. And I’m not alone. But young people in particular can’t be scared of the future. Most of us have yet to build our lives or accomplish our dreams. Still, it’s hard to know what to do with myself, especially when every bump I hear and every person looking in my direction has me in panic mode. Though people will still go out and still have fun, there’s a nervousness in the air.
Maybe this is a call for action for the younger generations and for people who need a purpose to find one. The world has seen tragedy before, but this time, everything feels too close to home. So where do we go from here? All we can do is actively spread goodness and positivity while taking action. How else can we fight hate if not with love?
By Ameerah Nikya, 17