America has some major issues, I think we can all agree on that. I have made a list of all of the issues that shouldn't be issues anymore in our country. Most of these issues have been legally resolved with past legislation, so why are they still cultural issues? Seriously, America, it's time to get it together.
1. Interracial Relationships
Of course, this is near and dear to my heart because I am in an interracial relationship, and I am the happiest I have ever been! No one is above anyone else. Period. The fact that racism is still an issue in our culture breaks my heart and it's honestly just childish. It takes a very elementary thought process to even DREAM that someone is less of a person than you based purely on the color of their skin or their heritage. Can we just start making it really hard to be racist in America? Like just completely shun the ignorant people that still have these attitudes. Seriously, racism is only still in existence because it's accepted. WE DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT IT. Sorry, rant over. :)
2. Gay Marriage
It's 2018! Can we all just grow up and accept that love is love? It blows my mind that we try to regulate people's feelings. Think about it, that's what all of that fuss was about! And for those of you that want to say that marriage is a church establishment and that privilege shouldn't be extended to individuals whose morals don't align with the church, I see your argument. BUT America messed that up when we decided to make marriage a state establishment. I promise, if we called every marriage a "civil union", this whole issue would have still been there, but not nearly as prevalent. LGBTQ couples wouldn't feel discriminated against because EVERYONE would have a civil union and Bible-thumping citizens wouldn't feel as offended because their holy institution of marriage wouldn't be defiled. Everyone's happy.
(Side note: I was raised in the church in the South and I still identify as a Christian today. But my parents taught me that everyone is deserving of love and kindness, and it's not our place as humans to judge anyone's behavior or decisions. So even as hard as it is, I will be kind to everyone I meet, even if I think they are the most ignorant, close-minded person I've ever met. It's not my job to judge them, it's my job to love them.)
3. No Means No
Forgive me if I go on another rant, but the fact that we even have to fight this anymore is ridiculous. I'm not going to demean you by giving you the definition of consent and I'm not going to frustrate myself by bringing up Brock Turner. Ladies and gentlemen, if you make sexual advances towards someone, and they say "no" or they make it clear they don't want any part of it OR if they don't clearly say "yes", STOP. Survivor after survivor shouldn't have to come forward to make America realize that we have bred a rape culture here. It's here and it'll stay if we don't educate people on these issues.
4. Women's Rights To Their Body
I'm sorry, but the fact that politicians are trying to regulate what a woman does with her body is absolutely preposterous and stunning, to be honest. While I personally would not have an abortion, it is not my right to tell someone they can't have one. It is an individual decision, not a country's, and DEFINITELY not a random man on Capitol Hill.
Also, it blows my mind that people are offended by women breastfeeding in public. Which would you rather have: a screaming hungry baby or a woman covering herself while feeding her baby? If it offends you so much, don't look.
5. Hating Someone Because of Their Religion
*long, exasperated sigh*
I'm mad I even have to go here. Someone's beliefs are not a reason to hate them. Period. Every single religion in the world has one common thread - love. So how about everyone just loves everyone and stop hating each other over stupid stuff.
6. Older Generations Vs. Millennials
WE ARE NOT THAT BAD! Yes, we've got our issues but do we really want to compare? Just kidding, just kidding, but really we are not the reason for America's demise and "moral deterioration". Without us, you wouldn't be blessed with beautiful, interracial babies, some of the greatest TV shows ever, and just an overall fun, upbeat attitude. Don't hate us 'cause you ain't us.
But in all seriousness, the world would be so much better if we accepted everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, etc.
7. Stay-At-Home Parents
Again, let people just live their lives. It is ridiculous that anyone thinks they have any say on how someone else should live. If a dad wants to be a stay-at-home dad, let him. Same for stay-at-home moms. My mom is a stay-at-home mom and she is a ROCKSTAR! I promise you cannot out-cook her, out-decorate her, or out-"mom" her. She has her Bachelor's in Accounting and worked in her field for a little bit, but once I was born, she knew what her real calling was-being a rockstar mom. And she is! So leave stay-at-home parents alone. They raise the future of America, and if I were you, those are the people I wouldn't piss off.
What I am hoping you take away from this article is that we part of what makes our country great is that it is diverse. All of these issues have to do with diversity in one way or another. If we as a country would just accept each other, learn to love our differences, and sometimes agree to disagree, we'd be in a much better place. I love America and the people in it! I just really want to see these issues dissolve because really, there's no reason for them to be issues anymore.