Compared to the rest of the world, the United States of America is one of the most progressive places to live. However, as a young American female, I cannot help but feel misled by this statement.
While newly developed laws are taking away women’s bodily autonomy rights, powerful lawmakers are simultaneously throwing around ideas of criminalizing same-sex marraige and furthering gender discrimination. Regardless, the United States of America is still a progressive place to live in terms of the people who inhabit this country.
This can be a tricky claim considering that alongside the liberals in this country, there are many conservatives who are typically stigmatized to not be progressive people. From personal experience, I have had conversations with conservative-minded people, one of whom is pro-choice and bisexual, and this has opened my eyes to realize that we really do live in a progressive society.
Now, if we put two and two together, how would it make sense for a mostly progressive society to be burdened by laws and talk of lawmaking that disturbs the basic human rights of several different groups of people?
The answers we seek lie within the motives of individuals, such as the Supreme Court Justices, where a majority of these people have extremist values in their personal politics.
Neither liberals nor conservatives have escaped their own radical extremists. In the past few years alone, we have seen numerous examples of this stemming from the Black Lives Matter protests, where small portions of protestors would vandalize or cause destruction, causing those against the movement to delegitimize it.
On the other side, the so-called “storming the capital” on January 6th, where right-wing extremists went to interfere with the elections that took Trump out of office, caused an unprecedented act of violence and destruction as well.
Right now, Americans need to understand that extremist conservatives are ultimately a huge problem in our country. The majority of the Supreme Court is made up of extremely conservative and religious people who have obtained the power to take away basic human rights solely based off of their extreme religious “morals” rather than what is actually ethical. In my opinion, religious beliefs have no place in politics.
This should make every single American angry. People cannot be expected to abide by something that goes against their own morals. They deserve the right to choose, something that has been taken away from women. One can only wonder, how much longer till the next community gets targeted?
Ignorance and privilege will continue to deter this country unless its people start to educate themselves on what is happening within their home. Women, minorities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and so many others are now targets on an extremist agenda.
If you don’t want or need to fight for yourself, fight for others. Because if you’re looking to make a moral decision this week, helping others regain basic human rights is a good place to start.