If the standards were different...

I pass through the ghettos of New York City on foot and there's garbage everywhere... I walk down 132nd Street in Harlem and the smell of urine is never far off...

I talk to my friends from the Bronx who say Harlem is dangerous because of all the Black people. "Everyone" seems to 'know' that Black people are more dangerous than Hispanics...

I call AT&T and am given ten different solutions that are seemingly all standard protocol for one issue and none of them work. I start the process over every time I'm transferred or called...

So I asked my boyfriend yesterday why he thought people littered so much in the hood and peed so much in the communal areas of the projects. His response was that maybe if the people raised there had always seen it clean they would respect it more.

Why is 'seeing' such a necessary part of human action? What about common sense?

At some point you need to recognize insanity for what it is and refuse to partake in it.

Segregation would still exist if someone hadn't recognized it and fought it for the bullshit it was.

Marketers might still SPAM people if there weren't laws in place to protect your privacy.

Women wouldn't be able to vote if not for people's change in perspective (i.e. we are not property).

At what point do we stop taking part in the status-quo because that's just-the-way-it is and initiate change? When is it time to be a different type of sales person, open to homosexuals, kind to our environment and to provide people with the time of day they deserve?

Now.

LifeLalita Ballesteros