Equality can never be obtained so long as those who have the superior position believe that yielding any amount of that position is persecution or otherwise unfair. Look at white males (me) generally, Christians, the upper class, and other cultural majorities in this country.
- By finally upholding the First Amendment’s Endorsement Clause, many Christians are claiming that it is a religious persecution.
- Many white people believe that #blacklivesmatter means that white lives don’t.
- There are men who believe that feminism is about putting men in their place.
- Wealthy people believe that having a stronger middle class will strip them of their thrones.
These are all generalizations, but very common ones we see on a day to day basis. Our world should be the opposite from these generalizations. We should all want to pick each other up. We may temporarily lose some footing when we do, but we all gain in the long term by eliminating cultural and systemic discrimination.
How do we all gain? It’s easy. Systems run more efficiently when we can have the best information to employ the persons with the best strengths. If there are preconceived notions of inferiority, someone who is best fit for the task at hand will be passed over for someone who has the preconceived superiority, thereby more often than not, putting someone who is not the most qualified in a position.
In order to have a stronger nation and a more efficient world as a whole, we need to start accepting everyone’s ideas and contributions based on the value of those ideas and contributions and not on the notion that a person’s sex, gender, skin color or other immutable traits would somehow impact the value of a person’s ideas. The purpose of this article is to hopefully impact at least one person’s understanding of how systemic discrimination happens, so that hopefully we’ll move closer to equality.