Mainstream Inequality

Society

As touched on already, racism is on the rise. It’s always been there, but now it seems Trump has ordained it. You’ve seen David Duke way more than you ever have. That’s one piece of evidence. There’s a rise in police shootings of unarmed African-Americans. That’s not new, but it’s getting worse. Even the NAACP issues a travel warning to minorities thinking of going to the entire state of Missouri. Yeah, that happened…I know. What is new and not just rising is a large group of angry white nationalists created organized protests. In Minnesota, they called it the “March Against Sharia.” Even several members of law enforcement, who are there to keep the peace, plainly identified themselves as being split as to which side they agreed with. As you probably guessed, a fight ensued, people got hurt, and the chasm has grown.

Interestingly, Trump’s views on women haven’t yet proliferated to the point of worsening the situation as much for women as for other minorities (FYI most of the states have more women!…get over it). Now, it’s gotten worse, but it seems that we haven’t seen the full effect of his misogyny just yet. However, I’m expecting more cases on sexual assault, unfair employment practices, a growing wage gap, a enforcement of gender roles.

What is definitely visible is the view that people with disabilities are inferior and that a physical disability implies that you are somehow less intelligent, which had been almost completely eradicated more than a couple decades ago. Additionally, mental illness is being marginalized. For example, depression being called weakness, anxiety is being called a lack of experience, and most other illnesses are being defined as crazy. They simply don’t care what’s wrong with you: they know you won’t be as effective at work as the next person so they cast you aside. They’re viewing disabilities as both a drain on the economy and a drain on federal funding. Betsy DeVos thinks funding programs that help students with disabilities is like babysitting and shouldn’t be part of a federal program.

Law Enforcement

Recently, Trump told law enforcement in Long Island, “please don’t be too nice” with the people you arrest. We already have issues with police brutality and false arrests and racial bias, and now Trump is telling police to be worse?! Just like most people are good people, there are some people in every group that aren’t so good. Some are absolutely horrible. The same can be said about law enforcement, as much as I respect them as a whole. The other day we saw an instance of what looked like Baltimore police planting evidence of a drug offense. Police are being very rough when subduing possible assailant, very often when the potential suspect isn’t even resisting. Trump also wants to turn the solution to the Opioid Epidemic into a crime-and-punishment operation, hurting those who are addicted, and I’m sure he’ll insist police rough them up, too.

Oh, and then of course Trump said he wants Muslims to carry ID cards. Seriously! I don’t even want to comment on that, but the abuse of Muslims in this country has gotten out of control. 99.99% OF THEM ARE NOT TERRORISTS AND NEVER WILL BE AND NEVER WANT TO BE! DO YOU WANT ME TO ASSUME YOU’RE THE UNABOMBER?!

27 comments

  1. Great article! In comedy the rule is always punch up not down. In other words never pick on the marginalised. Comedy is a great tool to satirise the ridiculousness and inequality in society.

  2. So as a straight, white, Christian, male, who was born here (I’m assuming your talking about the US right?) I find your viewpoint interesting. In the interest of constructive feedback here are a couple of things that I noticed:
    1: Why is it so ridiculous that people are getting mad that through programs like Affirmative Action, members of minority groups are getting unfair advantages over, as you yourself stated, white people?
    2: Could you explain how it is not racist to discriminate against whites? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, Racism is defined as: “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race.”
    So wouldn’t that things like Affirmative Action fall under the definition of racism? I’m specifically wondering how someone can condone such blatant, government endorsed, racism.
    Keep the good articles coming, while we might not agree on some (or most) things, I do enjoy seeing someone else’s viewpoint.

    1. Thank you, Ethan. I’m sorry you’re frustrated with the way diversity is being implemented.

      1) I don’t think it’s ridiculous to have an emotion about Affirmative Action. Emotions themselves cannot be wrong, and I will defend that claim throughout my lifetime. That said, I’ll address the notion of unfair treatment, as well. In short, you could summarily reject an application for a job interview because the applicant is a member of a minority group, and you could also reject admission of the same person to a university. You could also reject their application for affordable housing or at most put them in a neighborhood where they can’t go to the same public school as the majority, which means you’ve rejected them as 5 year old children, not just as job applicants when they’re in their 20s and 30s. Given that this has happened countless times, I look to the effects of this behavior. When minorities are given exactly zero chances to succeed and then they are blamed for that, I look at both the ability for America to succeed and also America’s ability to defend itself against the growing population of people worldwide that have been excluded. You put a target on your back that I don’t think you want.

      2) Of course discrimination is wrong, and if it’s targeting a particular race with the intention of targeting that race, then we call that racism. However, I don’t agree that Affirmative Action and other diversity programs are racist. You could make the claim that it’s okay to pay African-American people less than white people in the same job because the employer would have to pay for extra security cameras and security personnel in the building because that African-American person and all of his or her friends are more prone to criminality. You could make that claim, and many more preposterous claims have been made. That doesn’t make them correct. My point is that there are numerous excuses that people make to claim they are not acting in a racist manner. I certainly don’t think that diversity programs are run by minorities with the intention of committing ‘white genocide,’ but that doesn’t stop people from claiming that while also claiming that excluding minorities on the basis of their is also not racist. See? The issue is not based on some dictionary definition. It all starts with how you feel about other races and your motivations to be inclusive or exclusive in your treatment of them. All the other words and studies atop that are just words.

      As far a “government-endorsed racism,” I will refer you to this article that states that women and minorities only make up 20% of Congress. Therefore, they wouldn’t have enough votes to do this anyway: https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/slideshows/the-115th-congress-by-party-race-gender-and-religion

      Last but not least, I’m glad you’re interested in my writing. If you have more to say about this post or any other post, you’re welcome here and your input is important.

  3. You write very well. It’s a scary time where in something I’ve think we experienced so overtly in my lifetime. Trump is setting us back more years than I can count.

    1. Thank you, Bruce. I’m also an author so your compliment is what we hope for.

      It’s definitely a scary time. If you have any “privilege,” use it. Take care of your neighbors, support minority-owned businesses, and rebuke anyone who supports any concept of supremacy.

      Since you have experienced this before, I’d be very interested to hear your story.

  4. “These are scary times if you’re not a rich white male.” Said the racist.

    1. The sad part of your commentary is that its all backwards. Christianity is a joke today and has been shoved out of the public sector. Most Presbyterians don’t know what it means to be Presbyterian. Baptist means “as long as you dunk them, you can believe anything you want.” I’ve actually been pushed aside for minorities, women, illegals and refugees in a largely Republican state and I know why. I hate to tell you this, but the Democratic Party has never changed since Thomas Jefferson caved to Southern interests. The sad part, its the same bigotry, the misuse of language, financial corruption it always has been from before the Civil War, the New South, Tammany Hall, William Jennings Bryan, the Spanish American War, Joseph Kennedy, LBJ and the Great Society and so on. I am a United States citizen and I have to take a back seat to those who are not or who claim to be victims of what and whom? Dare I say it? The DEMORATIC PARTY and I’m not a Republican.

    2. Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry that you’re having a hard time.

      However, I think I understand your confusion here. This post was about minorities. You’re certainly allowed to have your viewpoint on this. It’s not just minorities that have had economic hardship, but this issue is larger than that.

      Corporations refuse to pay a fair wage, but they do pay more to people who aren’t considered minorities, and that’s very different from just low wages.

      I’m sure you have more to say, and I’m happy to have a constructive dialogue about any of my posts.

    3. Fair wages are ruined by inflation. Go back and look at inflation over the 20th Century. It mostly occurs during Democratic administrations. Why? Jimmy Carter was the perfect example. No, minorities don’t claim the Democrats cause their problems. Quite the opposite. I do. Why? The road to Hell is lined with good intentions and false hope. I was born in 1962. I’m from a long line of Democrats, union members, laborers, small businessmen, even a Democratic Congressman from the state of Pennsylvania. Most of us won’t vote for a Democrat right now. Republicans are bad enough, but I can tell you stories about Democrats that would curl your toes, but I’m not going to. Jobs and people have been destroyed! I’m going to let you find out yourself. On my Dad’s side, I’m Czech-American. I know the lie of Socialism, Marxism and Fascism first hand. I still have relatives in Czech Republic. Talk is cheap, actions only prove how true or false the talk is. Democrats are good at talking. Republicans are only good at status quo or caving. Its coming and it isn’t the end of the world. I’m living in the Great Regression. I’m waiting for the New Dark Ages. It will be like World War II all over again. Bless you regardless, you’re human.

    4. I actually wrote about wages last week, and I think you might be interested in reading it. I explain that there isn’t a perfect relationship between inflation and an increase in the minimum wage. When workers have a lot of personal debt, there is a very imperfect relationship. In my post, I explain the reasons why there will be no significant increase to inflation if done in 2017, given the current economic conditions of so many families. Take a look: it’s called “Wage Theft.” Let me know what you think about it. Thank you!

  5. Thanks for the follow of Seeking Delphi. By my informal survey at the recent annual meeting of the Association of Professional Futurists, the percentage of futurists supporting Trump is…ZERO. His view of the world is regressive. You can’t fight the future, you can only hope to mold it to a more favorable state.

    1. Thank you, Mark. He’s emboldened groups that want to harm so many people.

      We need to teach them the right way forward.

      If you have additional information about this post or any of my other posts, I’d be happy to hear from you.

      #Charlottesville

    2. Exactly. What happened today is not over. They came to Charlottesville, and they could keep coming north to D.C., and Trump hasn’t clearly stated that they’re not welcome here.

  6. President Trump is doing a great job, though it is rarely reported accurately, and we as Americans should support our elected President and especially the unity of America at all times. God bless America! God bless every politician and reporter supporting God and American unity! God expose and punish every politician and reporter against God and American unity! ❤

    1. Thank you, Tonya. I’m glad that you are happy with his performance. With such high disapproval, it’s encouraging to know that some people still have hope. Unity is very important. I hope we can find some common ground.

      If you have additional information about this post or any of my other posts, I’d be happy to hear your opinions.

    2. You sound open minded, and I commend you for that. The article was maybe less so and it would perhaps help the journalistic integrity to present both sides, the facts, etc. as journalists of integrity have done for a decades but not the decade recently. It is an observation, not a criticism,… a suggestion really. But that being said, everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions. And I respect you and your opinion. I caution against accepting others’ opinions as your own, considering the climate now and everyone’s propensity toward disunity. Unity in America is always the goal and God holds things together. Whatever promotes disunity is perhaps better held? ☺

    3. Thank you for your advice. I agree that people tend to watch the news that supports their views, and I hope that can change.

      I’ve spent years studying the issues and hearing viewpoints from all sides. I grew up in a swing state so I knew someone would disagree no matter what side I was on. Rather than adopt someone else’s opinions, I wanted to learn for myself.

      Can you explain what you mean by “whatever promotes disunity is perhaps better held?”

    4. I mean that sometimes in the interest of solidarity the facts/the truth should be presented without personal opinions or biases. That way the truth is being shared without rhetoric that divides. So opinion should be kept to one’s self and only facts/truth shared in the interest of American unity and solidarity. Opinions which would divide should be withheld in the best interest of unity. Just the facts/truth. You can never go wrong with truth. Let it speak for itself. 😄☺

    5. Thank you for the advice. I agree that we should all come together. Each side spends so much time attacking each other, and I hope that can change.

      There’s so much information everyday, and I think someone should sort through it so we can understand what’s going on here in D.C.

      I hope I’ve helped you. If you have additional information about this post or any of my posts, I’m happy you’re here.

    6. Love the dialogue. Unity and truth should always be our focus and they are powerful to unite and help build up our amazing country. God bless! 🙂

  7. Hi are you connected to Young Turks? I’m sure they are always looking for good writers. Did you know when the student that got passed up for the Univ. of Texas went to court because she felt she had been passed over because she was white…I did some research . She was backed by a very rich white billionaire (forgot his name) who had his own agenda. I keep waiting for all these white old men to transition because their belief systems are just pulling us backwards. It’s funny I knew this one kid that went for Harvard-his dad’s alumni. Straight A, strong background ..student government …white…rich…father’s a big lawyer…didn’t get in. Instead of complaining or suing he spent the whole summer working on reapplying and he got in. He also told his parents not to lift a finger -it was his gig. Totally different scenario. I knew Trump would be bad for the country from the git go. It’s about money and greed. I don’t think he cares for anyone else. I’ve also been thinking he could be a narcissist. That’s one of the reasons Scaramucci is out -the cameras weren’t on him for 11 days and he couldn’t stand it. So he just made some more outrageous decisions to divert the attention back to him. Weird. Glad I found your diaries.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I’m not connected to TYT, though I’d like to be.

      I heard about that case. I can see this whole issue from their perspective, and I totally get it. However, the opportunities that exist for white people like me are still going to be higher than for most minorities throughout their lives even if they go to college and I hadn’t.

      A major issue I saw with the financial crisis is that so many old men would’ve retired, but now we’re stuck with their outdated thinking until they let us make decisions for ourselves.

      Thank you for your research. We can all benefit from it. If you have more information, I’d love to hear from you!

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