Our Choices~Movellas Gets Political

For the *Movellas Gets Political* Competition. It's about how our choices affect not only ourselves, but the future generations.

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1. Our Choice

When I decided to do this competition, it took me awhile to figure out what to write about. There were many things I could have written about. Discrimination, bullying, lying, abortion, rape, abuse, and even global warming could have worked. Then I realized, these all have one thing in common. They're all problems man created.

Our ancestors thought people of different races and genders needed to be put in a "social order". Between the 1600's and the 1800's, males were higher than women. The British settlers were considered higher on the social ladder than Native and African Americans. While everyone is now considered "equal", we still discriminate others based on their race and gender. This is because of a choice our ancestors made.

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred. BP was charged with the manslaughter of 11 workers. People worked tirelessly to try to contain the oil spill. The reports said the leak was capped on July 15, 2010. It was declared sealed on September 19, 2010. At least, that's what was said until oil was reported to still be flowing from the sight. It still causes animal and human health problems into 2013.

Today it is considered normal for someone to be bullied. Sure, people may have been bullied every now and again in the past but, the bullying rate has gone up.  In a national 2005 survey, 36% of sixth graders, 35% of seventh graders, and 30% of eight graders reported being bullied. The same survey was taken in 2007. 43% of sixth graders, 36% of seventh graders, and 37% of eight graders reported being bullied. Why? Because we glamorize it. If we really wanted to change it, we could.

And some of us do want to change it. Groups of philanthropists have been donating money to change these things for a while. Some of them don't help with the actual changing though.The sad part is, we are the ones who can change it. But we aren't trying. One choice could change our lives but, nobody seems to want to make it.

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