Before my junior year of college, I heard someone say that no one graduates from college saying they wish they did less and that’s what I wanted to leave college with in mind. It’s the way I approach life now and I’m glad, because that mentality forced me to get out of my comfort zone and I’m grateful for everything that has come out of that.
Sexual violence in our current generations has become too familiar. According to RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization, someone gets sexually assaulted every 73 seconds. It is not okay that “there are 433,648 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.” It is also highlighted that people ages 18-34 are 54 percent more likely to be sexually assaulted than any other age group.
Throughout the years, there have been more and more hate crimes against people of color. Some experiences have been worse than others and way too many people have gone through harassment because of their race and culture. Now you must be wondering what is the cause of this racism?
I wanted to highlight black men during this time, obviously cause of Covid but more specifically due to the protests of June.Due to the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, there was sort of reckoning of racism as if it has been embedded in. this country for the past four hundred years.
Systemic racism is something that runs deep into our country’s history. It is discrimination that is promoted through the policies in our government and create societal disadvantages to a group or minority.
Police brutality is a deadly use of force that corrupt police use to target minorities for the sake of what they call “justice”. Police brutality has been a problem in America since the 1960s. This form of oppression is nothing but saddening for the families of the victims of this kind of assault.
Police are firing off flash-bang grenades and spraying protesters with tear gas and pepper spray. Innocent lives are being taken by those who are supposed to protect and serve. New cases are being reported everyday. Sounds familiar right?
This new born anxiety in our youth, from school shootings to mass shootings, how is this gun violence-related trauma affecting our youth?