“Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” —Brian Tracy
First email you opened this week? Start here.👇 Otherwise…
But, like, in the nicest way possible. Nothing but love for humanity here, see ya down below. ❤️
To everyone else – welcome. Let’s get you up to speed on this week’s format.
A few weeks ago, we announced the Dear America Project. The goal: discover what – if anything – ties us together as Americans.
We received close to 300 in-depth responses from all backgrounds and creeds regarding the long-term future of the country. (Kudos and many thanks to you all. 👏)
After crunching the data to figure out how to organize them for y’all, we landed on presenting five topics that were overwhelmingly mentioned: Climate Change/Environment, Social Equality/Help for Society’s Disaffected, Education, Healthcare, and Overcoming Tensions in Society to Find Unity.
How We Defined It: Any response pertaining to or containing mention of equality, racism (systemic or otherwise), disaffected, poverty, homelessness, misogyny, LGBTQ+ equality, equal rights, opportunity, protections, discrimination/discriminated against, judgement. For example:
”I would hope to see the elimination of racism and misogyny and homophobia in our country- basically any unjustified negative attitude towards a certain group of individuals to be vanished. I know this will not happen for a very very long time, but if we start taking steps now, it will happen someday.”
“To open doors for those who need it, for those who are wanting a better, safer, and happier life in America. And for those people who get discriminated against for their religion to be treated fairly like every other human on this planet. For people of color to be treated as fairly as anyone else on this planet.”
“The future I know I want for my children and grandchildren is a world where people can be anything or anyone they want to be without any judgment. I want a world where kids can be able to tell their parents anything about themselves and not be afraid of what could happen.”
By the Numbers:
Forty-seven percent of overall respondents mention Social Equality/Help for Society’s Disaffected.
Out of those respondents, 45% also mention Climate Change/Environment, 44% also mention Overcoming Tensions in Society to Find Unity, and 21% also mention Healthcare.
👥 Meet the Crew
Put Another Way: Over 85%are under 35.
Put Another Way: 40% have a college degree (likely due to the large under 18 segment)
Put Another Way: Nearly 89% are in the center or somewhere to the left of center.
↖️ Shout-out to Washington for the PNW representation.
🏛️ Architect: Imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything.
🤝 Mediator: Poetic, kind and altruistic people, always eager to help a good cause.
🧠 Logician: Innovative inventors with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
🎖️ Commander: Bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders, always finding a way – or making one.
🧙 Advocate: Quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists.
📚 Logistician: Practical and fact-minded individuals, whose reliability cannot be doubted.
🕴️ Executive: Excellent administrators, unsurpassed at managing things – or people.
💬 In Their Own Words
“I would like to see society place increased value on and recognize the dignity of the lives of those who are on the outskirts of society – the unborn, elderly, homeless, etc. I would like to see a country where are freedoms are protected – those of religion, speech, etc. I would also like to live in a country where people can disagree about politics and other issues, and still treat each other with kindness and respect.” –Emma from Plymouth, MI (18-25 years old).
“I want a U.S. that is committed to respect and equality for all individuals. I would love to see that reflected in our leaders from all spheres of influence – political, economic, those in media, ect. I believe the root of a lot of discord in America right now is the huge disparity of wealth distribution. I would love to see Americans commit their time, talents, and resources into lasting infrastructures that would help close the gap. I think that by improving systems like education, housing, drug treatment, and access to mental and physical healthcare, we would become a better country and a better people.” –Mary from St. Louis, MO (26-35 years old).
“I would like to see an increased focus on racial justice, immigration reform, and a world where policing is reworked to have different branches; some specifically for those with mental illness, those suited for handling dangerous situations, etc. I also would like a national mandate on policing training reform as well as a increased focus on closing both the gender and racial wage gaps. Minimum wage needs to increase every five years to match inflation rates and the housing crisis must be addressed. Larger focuses on science and decreasing the spread of misinformation. I can hope…” –Nate from Carlsbad, California (under 18 years old).
“My vision is for equality for all. No discrimination based on race, gender or sexual orientation. Inclusion and diversity needs to be addressed in a major way. Our country has been divided for a long time, and it has grown so much worse in the last few years. I believe that marriage is for anyone who loves each other, and it should be allowed for all people. It shouldn’t be an argument about who someone loves. I envision a kinder America. A country who comes together to lift each other up, not tear each other down. My vision includes a government who works hard for the people they were elected to represent, not just along partisan lines. My vision is for a country that we are proud of. A country that others look at for a model for being successful. We were once a country to be reckoned with, but we have become petty and insignificant, largely due to
partisan politics. Our division keeps us from being a success. Our upcoming generation need to engage in setting the stage for growth. We cannot grow, when all we do is repeat mistakes of our past. My vision is broad and inclusive of all people. My hope is for a better America. –Leeann from Eagle Grove, IA (46-55 years old).
“Dear America, My name is Colin and I am from the year 2020. Our country needs a lot of fixing, and here are some things I’d like to see happen in the future of our country. For starters, I would love to see more taxing on the wealthy, so that way everyone pays equally when it comes to taxes, and people aren’t paying more or less compared to others. Next, we should raise the minimum wage for workers to at least $10 an hour because where it’s at now is not enough. There should also be equal rights for everyone, ensuring life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for everyone of all backgrounds and pronouns. Radical groups should also be made illegal, so that way everyone feels safe to go out. Any false accusations against anyone should be taken with a higher penalty because some people have had their lives ruined because of false
accusations made against them. This is just the tip of the iceberg for most people, but I hope with at least this we should be closer to being a whole country and more peaceful with each other. –Colin from La Crosse, WI (under 18 years old).
📸 🇺🇸 The Big Picture
Given the responses above, are there any points you’re willing to compromise on when it comes to addressing equality & opportunity in America? Let us know here.
We made it. 2020 is FINALLY over… and before recognizing our team’s outstanding work this past year, we’d like to recognize who makes this all possible – you. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. We love and appreciate you all. 🍩 ❤️
579% – Our subscriber growth in 2020. We have yet to spend a penny on marketing or advertising, thanks to YOU!!! Y’all are truly incredible, we’re forever grateful.
253 – The number of Daily DONUTs sent this year.
5,060 – The number of news stories we covered…
… And we’ve boiled them ALL down to a few questions.
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