Something I’ve noticed recently in our western systems is a lack of empathy. A willful blind eye turned to ignore the reality of others.
When considering this question I started doing a bit of research. Simply to give context to my concerns. What I found was something truly astounding, but somehow unsurprising. The system in which we live says that white American males constitute only 33% of the population. Yet, they occupy approximately 80% of tenured positions in higher education, 80% of the House of Representatives, 80-85% of the U. S. Senate, 92% of Forbes 400 executive CEO-level positions, 90% of public school superintendents, and 97.7% of US presidents.
It’s no wonder minority communities are feeling marginalized and misrepresented. People who aren’t us, nor understand who we are, represent us. And this is a problem of high magnitude.
So, with this knowledge, rather than sitting back and allowing the system to wrongfully reflect values we don’t uphold nor agree with, why don’t we take responsibility and encourage our children to stand up; engage our voices. Immigration laws, foreign policy, financial entitlement, and fear mongering would encompass the ideals of the colorful masses if we pushed ourselves towards a different transcendence. Imagine, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) having a faculty that reflected the diversity of its undergraduate body. What a wonderful time to be alive.
We must stand up and reclaim our narrative because now, more than ever, our communities are suffering, and our brothers and sister overseas are feeling the implications of a hegemonic power turning the blind eye to their suffering. An institutionalized violence and detachment.
No. An institutionalized violence and a glorified detachment…