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?
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 disproportionately represent 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.