I've lived in the state of Tennessee for my entire life.
The landscape is beautiful. The people at heart are beautiful.
However there's some problems. Actually there's a lot of problems.
We're okay with being the home of Elvis Presley and country music. But we're not okay with admitting that we're the home of the KKK. We don't talk about it. We don't talk about how some of our historic landmarks are plagued with racism. We don't talk about how that racism has continued on and swept under the rug as "not a big deal".
We don't talk about how we have a large percentage of people dealing with substance abuse. We don't talk about the amount of homeless youth and veterans that we have.
But we do talk about religion. We talk about freedom. We talk about families. We talk about politics. We talk about all of these things but we don't talk about how these are connected. We don't talk about what these things are.
We don't talk about the truth and I'm tired of it.
I'm tired of being ashamed of my state. I'm tired of seeing people give me looks of pity when I say I've lived in my city and my state for my entire life. I'm tired of being the punchline of every joke that has to do about lack of education or lack of lack of intelligence in general.
I'm tired of watching politicians promote their biased agenda that would only spread their own fears and put more money in their pockets instead of doing things to help us move forward.
The people deserve the truth.
We deserve the truth about science.
We deserve the truth about other nations.
We deserve the truth about our government.
We deserve the truth about the diverse people that make up our country.
The people deserve more.
We need to stop being afraid of what we don't know and understand and educate ourselves on what's beyond the four corners that make up our state.