The Dilemma of Expression

The identity conversation has become more prominent and delicate in the United States. This fact has been demonstrated before and after the Oscars, for not only has complexion become a contested debate. But, identity (gender, complexion, beliefs, affiliations and so on) has become a sensitive topic.

An obvious indication of this is the current state of the political scene, which is a two-party system that is undermining each other. Then a less obvious one has been indicated by an article, "Number of Hate Groups Rose 14 Percent Last Year," in Time magazine written by Nolan Feeney that states, "The number of hate groups in the U.S. rose 14 percent in 2015, the first recorded increase in five years, according a group which tracks extremist organizations and activity." Moreover, the news writes in a perspective of race relations, which varies for each complexion. In addition, one must consider the recent bills that have been making headlines: for example, the recent bills on LGBT rights, religion, and women issues. These four indicators can be indications of a rise of an identity battle because each are expressing points of the many identities in the United States, and how we should express it in our daily lives.

There is another indicator that is important, popular culture. These are usual figures that have a great influence rate on culture: for instance, Beyoncé or the individuals who control the decision-making. An example of this can be explored by an article, "6 Facts That Prove That The Oscars is More Racist Than You Think," by Venngage, written Eugene Woo. He has indicated the film industry is filled with racist and stereotypical characters, which is dominated by a white boys' club. Even Beyoncé has taken a political aspect to her performance at the Super Bowl that has had a backlash from some groups. Also, the racist skit by Chris Rock, which was critiqued by the people offended by it. There are many other events one can point to that have been occurring in popular culture. Thus, another indication of the identity battle that begs the question of, "What can and cannot be said about one's identity?"

The question that seems desperate for an answer is complicated one to fully answer. Each schism that has been created by our ideas of self-erected massive walls between other groups. These walls are hampering any chance of effectively answering the question. Therefore, the United States is in a battle of identity because each group is fighting for representation and acceptation that needs another group to be suppressed. This leaves us with a few extra questions, "What is the limit of freedom of expression? When does private life end and public life start? What values should be held and let go?" These are few of the many questions that need to be reflected on.