Dear America

I wish the world was a better place. As human beings, we try to distract ourselves from the turmoil that is happening around us. We never want to speak about violence, sadness or poverty. We distract ourselves with pop culture and technology for happiness while the real issues are ignored.

There has been a lot going on in the news and it just bottles my mind that some people are refusing to see it. Some people just wake up every morning thinking the world is okay. It pains me and makes me upset that the world is this way. There’s so much hatred and inequality going on.

Aside from that there’s so many issues within our own country. From school shootings to racial profiling, America doesn’t feel like a safe country. To be honest, I don’t think America ever was. There are a few things that have been on my mind over the past couple of days.

Police brutality going on is getting out of hand. However, it’s not getting enough attention. People, mostly African American men, are victims of losing their lives from the force of police.
Eric Garner is one of many who lost their life. He was accused of selling cigarettes and instead of being professional police officers, they decided to choke him to death.
The choking tactic has been banned since 1993 and yet, police think it’s okay to still put it to use. The sick part of it all is that police officers aren’t being punished for their actions. They take leave with sometimes paid or the issue is brushed under the rug.
Every day someone is a victim of police brutality and instead of taking a stand, places like Ferguson are treated like a war zone. I don’t understand how long they are willing to go. How many people have to die? It scares me that in our own country, at this very moment, rubber bullets and tear gas is being thrown at protestors that are trying to take a stand.
If you don’t know what’s going on, please inform yourself. Please learn about this and share the news because the people from Ferguson don’t deserve to be treated like animals. They shouldn’t be getting arrested and attack for wanting more information and better rights. Here’s some links and follow the #Ferguson trend on Twitter:

I’m all for donating and helping causes. So when I heard about the the ice bucket challenge, I was curious. The ice bucket challenge gives people the chance to either pour a bucket of ice over themselves (and record it for proof) or donate $100 to ALS Association.

ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a disease that effects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. When someone accomplishes the challenge they nominate other people and they have 24 hours to do it and the cycle continues. As a result,  the ALS Association has seen 4x the donations since last year.

I think that’s amazing, but then I still wonder. Do the people doing the challenge even know what they’re doing it for? It also shows that people rather dump anything on themselves instead of helping a cause. People are quick to do stupid things rather than helping others.

Now, I’m not bashing anyone who did the challenge. My favorite people Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake even did it. However, I feel like some people aren’t aware or even take the time to inform others about why they’re doing it. If people actually took the time to research or focus more on the cause rather than getting likes, then the ALS Associate would get 10x rather than 4x of the donations. Is it really that bad to donate?

(Cred To @eyeamsabrina)
(Cred To @eyeamsabrina)

On Monday, August 11, Robin Williams died. He died from a cause of asphyxia (a condition arising when the body is deprived of oxygen) due to hanging himself.

Robin Williams is known for his amazing movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Dead Poets Society. He made people laugh and smile with his jokes and personality. It surprised me because you watch someone on screen for so long, you believe that their life is happy. You never know what their life is like behind doors.

Robin Williams suffered from depression and committed suicide. It’s a scary thing to believe that someone is happy when they’re not. Depression is a serious problem that shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are too many people who believe that depression is temporary, that people should get over it.  Never make assumptions about another person’s life. Just because they smile and laugh with you, doesn’t mean they’re happy with their life.

I’m sadden at the lost of so many people who’ve committed suicide whether it has to do with being unhappy, being put down, etc. No one should ever feel alone. No one should feel like killing themselves is an option. I just may be a blogger that you read, I may be a friend or just someone you see on your social media website, but just know that you’re not alone. You can talk to me and I can listen. Don’t ever feel like you’re alone.

I know my posts are usually happy and fun, but I needed to get this off my chest. Everyone should be inform about what’s going on in your country. We need love and peace if we’re going to continue on being the ‘land of the free.’
Featured Image: Kayle Kaupanger
Until then.

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