I believe that fairness should be blind

Alex - Chicago Heights, Illinois
Entered on October 22, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today” is a great quote that has a very deep meaning. We all want the world to be successful and the economy to grow and the government wants to satisfy the people, and we want to put our knowledge into the children because, like the old cliché, “children are the future,” but what about the children in the present that are suffering? I think that it is safe to say that a large percentage of the kids who are born into poverty in the U.S. will live the rest of their lives in poverty, and that is not right at all. Imagine a kid; born into a family where the father is long gone and the mother has to work two low end jobs just to make it through the week. When he gets older, he has to stay at daycare from 9am to 5pm, and when his mom finally picks him up they both get scared because of the local gang members that hang around the apartment complex they live in. Once they finally make it through the frightening feeling of getting past the gangs they get into their small apartment, and when the child begs his mom to feed him the only thing that she can give him is the same box of Cheerios that they had for breakfast because there is nothing else left in the refrigerator, and the rest of the kids childhood consists of being in daycare for numerous hours and eating the same food repetitively throughout the week.

After many years of this the kid is a teenager and gets a job at the local McDonalds, where he has to work over 6 hours a day to support himself and his mom. He gets into high school with high hopes of one day becoming a doctor, and studies as much as he can when he is not busy working. He and his mother discuss how they cannot afford college tuition, and the kid has no choice but to not attend any of his intended universities. He ends up keeping the minimum wage jobs because it is the safe thing to do and that is they way the rest of his life goes; working a couple of jobs just to survive and never being able to live his life the way he planned.

I don’t think that anyone who works hard their entire lives and continue to fight to make it in the world should ever get left behind. It turns out that things like this situation do happen to a lot of kids in the ghettos of America, and if we do just remember that there is a kid right now who needs our help, we can in some ways save his life and make sure that he becomes someone that can help the world tomorrow.