We all can agree that America is the best country in this universe and that the freedoms we take for granted here, are freedoms that the rest of the world envies. Knowing this sometime brings with it more suffering than necessary because with this knowledge often times comes a major case of arrogance.
A feeling that we are better than everyone else not like us so why bother trying to understand their way of life. All we really need to do is force our will upon them and they will soon see things our way and become the type of society that we want them to be. What we tend to forget or choose to ignore is this population will only be contained and controlled for so long before they grow tired and fight back. Then comes this feeling of how dare they fight back after all that we have done for them. Plainly, oppression has never been and will never be an acceptable way of influencing people. In our haste to impose our will on the world and within our own country, we seldom take the time to truly understand a problem. We search for the simplest answer to why things are, instead of the right one. We label the entire group of those who are different and even when we are shown the error of our ways; some still refuse to accept each individual as just that, an individual. It’s easier for us to stick with a simplest definition of a people. It happened to the Indians during the settling of the west, blacks during the time of slavery, Asians Americans during the forming of the railroad and the World War 2, the German Americans during World War 1 and now it continues with Muslims because of 9/11 and the wars of Iran and Afghanistan.
Not all that shines is gold but to some this will never stop them from their quest to keep the unjustified labels attached to all of that particular class. Until we began to see that each person is similar but not exactly like another and accept that individual actions and manners are not indicative to all of that race, creed, color, sex or national origin. We will never be able to just get along. This defiance to adapt is not solely the burden of just one segment of society, it exist in all segments. Many African Americans proceed through life thinking that they are owed something from the many years of slavery. No one should ever have to be responsible for the sins of their fathers. This is why we all can’t just get along and if we truly wish to live as one nation, we are all going to have to grow up and realize that only the person who commits a crime is guilty of that crime and not the race or ethnicity to which he/she belong