Elizabeth F. Virginia

Community and Unity in America

Are you proud to be an American?

Dear President,

       Everyday I walk down the same street; all buildings brick and concrete. All hardly varying in the slightest from each other. All sharing one thing in common, they are all incredibly bland. They lack any color or life in them. Viewing them leaves a sense of lacking, no longer a sense of wonder or happiness. Every building look exactly the same with no individuality nor community.

      One of the biggest underlining problems in america today is our lack of unity as a country. Most Americans aren't even proud to be American anymore. We've lost all sense of pride in our country. Which is due to our down spiraling sense of community. No longer do we know our coworkers and neighbors by their first name, or even wave at them and say a polite hello when passing them. We are so obsessed with ourselves and getting ahead that we've lost general common courtesy and what it means to be an American. We see each other as stepping stones we must use to reach the top and view ourselves as our ancestors. By this I am referring to our tendency to confuse our nationality to our past families. For example, if you stopped random people on the street and asked them where they were from, most would start naming off where they're great grandparents where from. Which would be false and humiliating as a country. Unless you are an immigrant to this country, your nationality is American. We're all American; no matter color, sexuality, gender, or religion we are all American. To which I believe is what we need to embrace to tear down the walls dividing us as a country. To fix the lack of unity, we need to rally around what unities us together, rather than what tears us apart. Start by painting the buildings actual colors and remind us what it feels like to feel happy and wonder walking down the street. To feel united. Get local artists to paint the sides of buildings to help create and rebuild that sense of community. And most importantly remind us what it means to be American.

Smithfield High School

SHS AP Lang Blocks 1 & 2

Smithfield High School, AP Language and Composition, 11th grade

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