I’ve been asked to give my thoughts on the highly publicized recent “events” in the media because of the pigmentation of my skin. Yes, I am “African American,” but I’d like to simply be referred to as an American. My ethnic background also includes white, black, and Native American. Now that that’s out of the way, here is where I stand:

– 15 million children die each year from starvation. (A third of these children live in Africa)
– A few months ago, we were all going to get Ebola. (My allergies did get a little crazy around that time.)
– 22-23 veterans end their lives each day. I’ve known and served with four.
ISIS was supposed to be at my door by now, still waiting… I need to test a few new cartridges on something other than ballistic gelatin.

– Over 113 officers have been killed to date this year alone.
– Approximately 40,000 women are expected to die this year from breast cancer.
– Oh, and some chick who is married to a guy named Kanye West posed nude and “broke the internet.”

Nick Irving, Ranger Sniper
Nick Irving: U.S. Army Ranger Sniper

I’m not sure if my way of thinking comes from my upbringing, or if it derives from my military background as a Ranger in the 75th, but I like to try to put things into perspective. What I believe we are seeing in the media is this big push that only separates our nation by using the pigmentation of one’s skin. Skin color does not determine how one should act, dress, feel, etc.