Growing up in Miami, I could easily tell that without a doubt my hometown was extremely diverse, and probably one of the most diverse in the nation. I had the privilege to live in a community where my culture, language, and ethnicity were more than loved, which many people across the globe can not say the same. As a current student of Florida State University, I have learned to be open minded and tolerant to new ideas and people. I have accomplished more than just meeting people from different backgrounds, but instead worked to unify my school into the true melting pot of our communities.
Being part of the Social Justice Living Learning Community has taught me the importance of being involved and of the strength of my voice. They say not to bring up politics when meeting new people or even around your friends or family but unfortunately many human rights have become political debates. Whether you are a woman, Jewish, immigrant, or transgender, the majority of us are being affected on a daily basis by the decisions of a powerful few. While issues may not affect you directly, this does not mean that others around you are not being affected as well. I say if we want change, we must demand it. We must not be afraid of judgement and start seeking the justice and equality we all deserve. This why I strongly acknowledge human rights as the most pressing issue in our society.
There are forces who are proudly announcing that people like me do not belong here and how we should go back to our countries of origin. But as a first generation Hispanic student, I am glad to have made it this far enough to prove to this nation that we are not going anywhere. We have so many students living in constant fear everyday just because of their legal status. Therefore, I strongly hope that from the time I have spent in the welcoming student body at Florida State, I can one day make everyone feel safe in not just this country, but the entire world.
So many lives are being taken away because of skin color or sexual orientation, such as the events in Ferguson. We have children being treated like criminals instead of students and women being victimized by the length of their skirt, with a justice system that makes it all okay. Our human rights should not be a controversial topic. That is why I am so willing to improve our communities as much as I want to help those who do not have a voice.
Before I affiliate myself with any political party, I support human rights first, which should be applied to every individual and community, locally, internationally and all. If we keep our minds open to new ideas and people exactly how we have been doing, we will progress into a better society. As long as we promise ourselves to be better, trust me change will occur. Believing in a near to perfect future does not make me an optimist or unrealistic, it just makes me human.