“What I Want to See for the Future,” by Amaya Madarang

By Amaya Madarang • 


Every older generation says,
“Remember how we thought
there’d be flying cars
in the future.”

And everyone laughs
and nods their heads.

“Look at us
now!”
the adults reply,
mockingly.

Again,
everyone
laughs.

But, really what’s funny
is that people still think
that there will be flying cars
in the future.

Why not?
The air force is working on one,
and people still want to grow:
economically,
technologically.
So, why not?

Here’s why:

That’s not me.
That’s not “my generation.”
That’s not what we
want to see for the future.

What we want to see
is a world
that has genuinely changed.

That’s genuinely
“the future.”

Because when I look
to the past,
at slavery.
And I look back
at us today,
I still see
my Black brothers and sisters
trapped.
Except instead of slavery,
it’s called “jail.”
Because the Black people
in jail
disproportionally represents
the Black population in this country.

And that’s only the beginning.

I still see
immigrants
treated like aliens.
Locked in cages
like animals.
Except today,
discrimination against immigrants
isn’t called “exclusion acts.”
It’s called
border control.
It’s called
ICE.

I still see
women
treated like second-class citizens
to their male counterparts.
Except now,
it’s not seen in unequal suffrage;

it’s seen in the 80 cents
even the highest status women make
to every
man’s
dollar.

And still
that’s only
the beginning.

Because I’m just a sixteen-year-old,
African and Asian American girl
from a small town.
But, even I,
with my glasses and all,
cannot ignore the problems of today.

So why do others
still look for flying cars?
We should be looking for shooting stars,
because right now
the world needs a miracle.
Right now
is the beginning.
Right now
is the future.
And
if others won’t act
we will.


Amaya Madarang is passionate about helping people been seen and heard, so they don’t feel alone. She wants others to be represented no matter who they are, and know that they are valuable as they are; they are equal as they are.