Rock Your Freedom Of Speech Responsiblyβ˜€οΈπŸ˜Š

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"Freedom" by AmaSepa Jones
“Freedom” by AmaSepa Jones

By: Amaranthia Gittens-Jones, Guest Blogger

β€œFor to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

β€”Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) Former President of South Africa

Freedom is not so free. The right of freedom of speech doesn’t imply you should always say what you wish to say, no matter the cost. First, you should examine the circumstances: Is it hurtful to those receiving your words? Is it significant or only diminishing? Are people going to truly listen and hear your perspective? If there is a repercussion, will it be worth it?

Racial discrimination is a pitiable excuse for freedom of speech. I’ve witnessed instances of prejudice since I turned 8. When I moved to my house 6 years ago, my Mom and I were walking to the local post office when suddenly people from a truck yelled the n-word at us. A Caucasian girl at school called me a monster because of my dread-locked hair. When I went to public school, I heard the n-word and other deprecating language used habitually against minorities on the bus. To me, these are examples of irresponsibility with words or reckless speech.

Here in the U.S, we have freedom of speech, but how often are our words raising uplifting points? Do they consistently bring positivity into the world? The justification I often hear whenever mortifying words are used are along the lines of, “I have freedom of speech and I can say whatever I want.” Hearing this and even seeing it online constantly is similar to a heaving, mass pulling you down. Unfortunately, people who use the above excuse will probably never listen to you or listen to themselves, to realize how nauseating or degrading their words are….β˜€οΈπŸ˜Š

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Thank Your Obstacles β˜€οΈπŸ˜Š


"In positive" by AmaSepia Jones
“In positive” by AmaSepia Jones

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By: Amaranthia Gittens-Jones, Guest Blogger

β€œGreat character is forged through hardships.” -Eiji Yoshikawa (1892 – 1962)

People always thank their triumphs, but seldom thank their obstacles. If we didn’t have obstacles, we wouldn’t learn lessons that could propel us forward. One of my favorite quotes is something along the lines of β€œwhen you run into an obstacle, think of yourself as a bow and arrow. In order for the arrow to hit its target, it has to be pulled backwards so it can be shot in its goal.” To reach an aspiration, you might be held back, but eventually you’ll get to where you want to be if you keep trying.

Always push through obstacles by remaining optimistic. Having a cynical outlook won’t get you anywhere. Constantly putting yourself down and letting negative voices fill your head decreases your self-esteem. Be self-assured while confronting obstacles. Stand strong and keep pushing at walls until they crumble.

I was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition in 2013 after seven years of bullying. Teachers at school would scarcely do anything to resolve it. I tried to construct an anti-bullying campaign, but teachers and students rejected it. I left school for good, a week early in June 2013, after becoming ill and stressed. In August 2013 I tested positive with an auto-immune condition and further tests were planned to clarify a number of other health issues. My health issues were directly linked to seven years of trauma from bullying. I worked hard to take charge of my health with the support of parents and doctors….β˜€οΈπŸ˜Š

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