Throughout my life, there has been an expectation of perfection. Grades, tests, careers, relationships; everyone expected it all to meet a certain standard. I had fallen victim to the model minority myth.
A public health risk declaration draws attention to an issue and, more importantly, indicates funds should be allocated to its prevention. After scores of trending hashtags, of neighborhoods and cities becoming synonymous with tragedies, the right time to declare gun violence a public health crisis has long passed.