Today’s daily prompt: “Did you know today is Blog Action Day? Join bloggers from around the world and write a post about what inequality means to you. Have you ever encountered it in your daily life?”
As a Black person and a chick at that… yah I’ve had my “un”fair share of inequality. I’ve experienced inequality through racism, sexism and ageism and probably a few more ‘isms’.
The ignorant base their decisions and actions on generalized assumptions
I have had a few occasions at private functions (for a previous employer) where people looked at me and assigned to me a role that excluded ANY possibility that I was indeed working for the company (i.e. “can you check my coat please” or, “sorry the restaurant is closed for a private function”). I look back at those times, and in the moment it was nothing but the fact that I ‘looked’ really young, and I guess I didn’t fit the bill of someone who worked in that type of industry on many different levels…whatever!
But what gets me, is no one asked a question. Which means there was not even the slightest possibility that they could be wrong. For if there was, they would have saved face by asking a question. They all made assumptions and acted on their assumptions immediately without any thought that not all assumptions are truth. It’s unfortunate because they are the ones who are often embarrassed in the end when their assumptions are corrected…
…”I don’t work here, so I don’t check coats.”
….”actually I work for the company that is hosting this private function. Thanks!”
Think people! The only way to know how to treat someone is to look in the mirror and treat them like the person you see looking back at you. If you don’t like what you see, be nice to yourself… you deserve it!
As an adult I think more about how inequality impacts those most vulnerable.
Inequality sucks…especially when it hits those with the least experience living who are amongst the most vulnerable…kids. Depending on where you live if you’re a girl you don’t go to school. Kids bully others at such a young age nowadays sometimes just based on subtle differences. Some of it has to do with how society highlights differences…income disparity being one which is such a blatant measure of inequality. The inequality between the have and have nots is so far reaching it spans across generations. It is not exclusive to any one culture or people.
No child-and no adult for that matter, deserves to ‘feel’ they do not belong EVER! Children especially, have a whole lifetime to grow up and figure out this thing called life. A sense of belonging is integral to the developing self and it is injurious to the present and future state of health of the very young to grow up carrying any grief from experiences of inequality.
At a bare minimum we are all equally yoked as humans. That counts for respecting the ties that bind us all as one. We all need the same things to survive.