Dear Mr./Madam President,
There are problems within our society, some larger than others, such as police brutality, racial injustice, rising college tuition and immigration. While attempting to solve these larger dilemmas, we cannot forget the little complications happening on a daily basis. As a daughter and teenage girl living in this society, I have noticed one concept disappearing from society and even our families. This concept is respect.
As a teenager, I have explored the world mostly by media, being unable to actually travel the world and experience it first hand. While searching online and reading responses to videos or blogs I can see the decline of respect. Racist comments are made to others about their color and/or religion. Many racist comments are made on the media, for example in response to a comment on youtube this was said, “blacks are bad. enough said. dont/can’t trust a black” Respect isn’t just towards others; we need self-respect more than anything. Blackmailing and inappropriate sexual comments or pictures posted online show the lack of respect others have for themselves.
Home is an example of the lack of respect in our community. Many address their parents by first names instead of Mom or Dad. When visiting a friend’s home, children address their friend’s parents by first name instead of Mr., Mrs. or Miss. This is a trend that is stirring up some controversy. Some parents prefer to have their children call them by their first names to show equality, others disagree. For example, Barbara Greenberg a clinical psychologist in Connecticut said, ”Not only should parents set clear boundaries that they are the parents and not friends, but, by allowing a child to call you by your first name, you’ll lose your ability to have any authority. After all, friends don’t set limits like parents do. They don’t ask you if you did your laundry and whether you did your homework.” Some parents say to do whatever works best for your family. I agree but to a certain point. Parents need to expect respect for authority; without it the children will likely not do anything at all.
We have been taught in school that our country was known for our revolution, freedom and courage. What are we known for now? Please Mr or Mrs President lead this country that would be worthy of our respect. Set an example for the people of the U.S.
Sincerely Breanna Winkel