Mantaya Nelson is a student at George Washington Carver High School of Science and Engineering
America is a country that was founded on the idea of freedom, justice, and equal opportunities on July 4, 1776. Lately, it feels like it has been turned into a country built on greed, bias, and hate. I’m happy and fortunate to be a young black man born in the late 1990s. If I was born any time earlier, my life would be completely different—especially if I lived during the early 90’s, which was a time when all races had it hard, especially African Americans. Since then time had changed. The diversity of the population increased and there finally was a black president. Sadly, with all that being said, I believe issues like racism and sexism play a role in controlling our government.
For example, the Black Lives Matter movement should never had been created. I mean, it’s 2017—why are black people still fighting for social justice when millions of people gave their lives to have the same advantages as other ethnic groups? Luckily, I have never been stopped by the police for any reason, but I do have friends and family that did, and I feel sorry for those who lost loved ones to police shootings. Just because people share the same skin tone doesn't mean they have the same agenda.