In the United States, society is in need of change. Change all around. Not any particular community or ethnicity, but systematic, all around, change.
We need both white people and black people to view the urban community differently.
We need a new structure that teaches urban youth that they have value, potential, and a bright future.
We need to teach non-urban people that urban kids are just as smart, just as good, and can be just as productive as their non-urban counterparts.
I’m not here to argue about racism, who does what more, who’s fault it is. No, I’m here to start working towards a solution.
How do we change society to where we have a urban population that is strong and playing a vital role in the United States?
How do we help end the cycle of destruction that is going on in the urban communities?
I have an idea. Continue reading Urban Surroundings: How Could We Make A Societal Differerence?
It was the summer of 2009. I was 28 years old. I had traveled some around the USA and had moved from Michigan to Arkansas. Growing up in Michigan, it was common place to shoot over to Canada every once in a while. I never really considered going to Canada “going to another country,” since it was a 30 minute trip. Plus, they spoke English and there was no culture shock. So I considered myself not much of a traveler.
I studied German in high school and college and I also studied Spanish in college. I had friends that were different nationalities, so I was exposed to other cultures frequently. I was always the type of person who wanted to now more about a different culture and was not afraid to ask questions to find out more. Continue reading That Infectious Travel Bug: How It Got Me