(8/1) Even before the
election of Donald Trump as President of the
United States, there were a number of cultural
issues facing America. Many of these issues
have slowly developed over several decades, in
which people have gained more access to public
communication than ever.
With people being able
to more openly and strongly voice their
opinions, the budding cultural issues have
become almost impossible to hide from and
Below is just a small
taste of a few of these issues that America
has been dealing with.
1. Racism Gone Wild
The protests at
College were just another reminder
of how sensitive the racism issue is in
a new term used to describe cases where
someone says something, usually not malicious
or offensive, and another person chooses to
take offense for whatever reason. Some say
that was the case at Evergreen State, though
others would gladly disagree.
Outside of the college
scene, racism has really blown up within the
justice system. Look at how many different
stories you see daily regarding race and
officers making arrests.
Wherever you stand on
the matter, racism has become an extremely
sensitive topic and is one of the top cultural
issues facing America.
2. Not Wanting to Feel
Another big issue is
the very real addiction many people have after
taking prescription narcotic pain medications.
These medications include drugs such as
codeine, fentanyl, and hydrocodone, to name a
Doctors in recent
years and years past have been handing this
stuff out almost like candy. Yes, pain relief
is an important part in making patients feel
comfortable and cope with post-surgery
discomfort, but the drugs prescribed are
causing long-term addiction effects that rival
not taking them at all.
Prescription drugs to help deal
with narcotic addiction have seen a spike in
popularity, especially recently. At what point
do you start looking at the real issue of
needing to take drugs to get off of other
Itís not just the
doctors at fault, either. People have grown up
to simply not want to feel any pain, be it
physically, mentally, or emotionally. Thereís
a problem with needing to distract and numb
instead of deal with and feel.
3. Ignoring Science
Global warming has
been an issue for quite some time now, well
before the most recent election of President
Donald Trump. That said, his rise to power and
the decisions he made in the first few months
of office have certainly helped bring this
issue to the forefront.
But itís not just
global warming. People, for whatever reason,
have been choosing to ignore science and fall
back on their own beliefs and ideals.
The science for
global warming is there. Itís happening and there are
actions we can take to help the cause.
Fossil fuels are
another related case of science ignorance.
They are a dying source of energy. And they
probably need to just be left that way.
Theyíve been proven to harm the environment
and other more reliable fuel sources are
evolving to take their place.
Having your own
beliefs is one thing, but flat-out ignoring
proven science is another, and itís just one
more of the cultural issues in the spotlight
of America today.
The three issues you
just read about are a mere fraction of those
America faces. Wherever you stand, no one
would argue that these are problems that must
be addressed in a fragile, yet sensible