How We Think We Can Improve America
America may yet improve in terms of equality for all by removing the social stereotypes that society has spawned forth as a result of a lack of knowledge upon specific topics as well as accepted prejudices and preconceived notions. What I mean by such is that there are many "unspoken statements" which would be otherwise condemned if said aloud, although in some instances they can be passed off as a fully accepted joke, yet are thought of within the mind. For example one such statement would be that women are inferior to men in terms of physical and physiological qualities. In the news there was recently this story about a woman who was able to start at the head of the line in a NASCAR race and that was apparently a great achievement because no woman was able to get that position before. The thing which interested me was that the woman who got the position was worried that girls would say "But mommy that's a woman driving in the car." and how their mothers would have to explain to them that women car participate in NASCAR races, too. That confused me in that I thought it completely normal that a woman would be able to procure such a feat, it was only after a bit of thinking that I realized, "Oh, right. Women are still considered inferior to men in some respects in this country." There is that prominence in even America where women have supposedly gained equal rights to men of a preconceived notion that has spanned for nigh upon the whole existence of humanity. Some other stereotypes and "unspoken statements" may include, Middle Eastern people are more likely to be terrorists (government itself sort of supported this "unspoken statement" in that their targets of suspicion are more as likely to be Middle Eastern) or people who or black are more likely to be dangerous. We can perhaps wear away at these stereotypes by fostering within our youth the thought that no matter who you are or where you live, whether poor or rich, black, white, middle eastern or any race, man or woman, you can all become anything you want to be. By reinforcing the foundations of our society, the generations which will make up the next parts of our country, we can make what may be thought of as uncommon in today's society common in the future of our children. We can do as such by showing them that there are people that have accomplished many a great thing regardless of social stereotypes and that they themselves can do so too, and that other, regardless of their backgrounds, can do so too, because they too are human. These messages we can relay to our youth through things which they experience on a daily schedule, whether that be school or sources of entertainment. In other words, merely teach the youth to be kind to their fellow people and let them know that they can be anything they set the minds to, regardless of who they are.