Mainstream Inequality

Okay, so what’s the plan? What can WE do to stop this?

First of all, you can call Congress to get them to pass laws that prevent biased enforcement of laws, even if the laws themselves are racist, sexist, or any other -ist. Republicans or Trump himself may pass a law that targets minorities, but if enforcement can’t disproportionately target minorities, then they won’t be able to effectively implement those laws.

You can also join organizations like NAACP, and yes, even if you’re not African-American. You can join any organization. You can volunteer for campaigns. You can donate to any organization. Most of these organizations fund election campaigns and initiatives that sometimes become laws that improve the lives of many minorities. Therefore, you’d really be helping if you got involved in any way you can.

If you run a business or conduct interviews for a business, continue to interview minorities, read resumes without looking at the name at the top, recruit at diverse universities, and listen to the unique perspectives that minorities can bring to your organizations. You can do the same as an admissions officer. You can also ensure that no one’s employment or education status is terminated because of their minority status.

If you’re a police officer, it’s important work as a team but also to grow as a team. Whether you’re a lieutenant with years of experience or you’ve just entered the academy, you have the power to share your voice and encourage people to understand your viewpoints and adopt more unbiased protocols when conducting searches, arrests, interrogations, and investigations and operating prisons that treat inmates equally.

Finally, we can treat people with respect. No matter what policies are adopted and no matter how harsh the Administration is on minorities, we should all attempt to feel that pain. If someone is being treated unfairly by the government, help them out, take them in, give them shelter. Next time you’re clipping coupons, set some aside for someone having trouble making ends meet. Stand up for someone who is being bullied. Actually interfere in an altercation if you can take care of yourself and de-escalate the situation. If it’s too dangerous, hide, contact the police immediately (or someone you trust if you know the nearby cops aren’t trustworthy), watch the police interact with the assailants and victims to make sure no additional crimes are committed by the police, and record what you can. While I don’t condone blanket distrust of law enforcement, it’s important to note that there are bad actors in every group.

The last thing I really want to say is that I probably have the most white privilege that anyone can ever have. First of all, I’m white. So there’s that. However, I’m also male. I also grew up with plenty of money, and I was born here. A racist or sexist person would never think to discriminate against me.

I probably have some extra strength at the end of the day because I’m not too busy getting abused every time I walk outside or identify myself in some way. Therefore, I’m going to use my white privilege to take on any additional role that I can that minorities are just too tired to take on because they’re too busy getting hurt all day, and I ask anyone with any kind of privilege to do the same.

 

 

 

 

 

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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