The Reimagining of America

GQ Lewis
3 min readNov 4, 2018

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How Apathy is destroying our nation

I will premise this by saying that I am neither a sociologist or historian, but I am rather observant. America is perhaps one of the most radical social experiments known throughout the history of man, at least in the modern age. From the moment the colonizers landed on these great shores, it was decided that they (and they alone) would radically hold power over every other ethnic group between its oceans. Even if it means sacrificing any remnant of a soul they once thought they may have had. Lying, stealing, raping, and killing were just byproducts of losing all their humanity. The riches of the land grab for its resources and exploitation of people who were not caucasian were seen as inconsequential to their goals.

Fast forward 400 years and you see that many things (at least at a surface level) have changed. But, what the architects of this system would like you to forget is that the pillars of these foundations are strong. Their progenitors that maintain it under the guise of democracy, capitalism, and fairness are all but a sham. A great ruse to keep you lulled into a slumber that they have perfected across the centuries. It is a system of diabolical cleverness and takes both intelligence and energy an order of magnitude to counteract.

Many will say that there is very little that they (as individuals) can do about it. That is a blatant lie. I am mystified when people think that. There is so much we can do. We just need to feel empowered and creative enough to do so. Imagine where our society would be if individuals like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Muhammed Ali, or Colin Kaepernick had not moved outside of their comfort zones. They all used their platforms, their talents, and their cunning to move us all forward — the entire nation. We (modern society) have been fed a constant diet of lies and revisionists history to the point where we have forgotten the struggles that many minorities throughout this country face every day. That did not end with the civil rights movement. That is why I am disappointed any time I see people (of any persuasion) not run to the aid of their peers. If not for God, there go I.

Kayla Morris — San Francisco 49er Cheerleader

Recently, eleven people lost their lives as a heavily armed terrorist shot up their synagogue in Pittsburgh. This incident less than four years after another homegrown terrorist walked into Mother Emanuel church (where members of my family still attend) and killed nine parishioners in Charleston, SC. Many people have decided to bury their heads in the sand and told themselves that these incidents don’t affect me or my loved ones, so why should I get involved? The answer should be obvious — because they are your fellow man. In spite of whatever external differences you may see on the outside. You should help anyone you see in despair because if you were in their position — you would wish that someone would come to your aid. That God would show us mercy. That same golden rule principle we all learned as children still apply.

Far too often, many people feel too afraid or apathetic to get involved in situations where their well-being isn’t directly affected. If you see someone who is being bullied or exploited in some way — stand up for them, stand with them, let them know they are not alone. If you truly want to make our country great, this is a form of service that you can act out daily. It does not necessarily need to be a grand gesture, but you can act. You can educate yourself, teach, organize and lead others for worthy causes like social justice. Even the simple act of voting can help to make our society better. I appeal to the humanity within you for action before it is simply too late.

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GQ Lewis

American-born socialist & advocate for mental health, human rights, and the poor. Influenced by Douglass, Malcolm, Baldwin, Stokely, and Hampton.