Something to think on: Equality and equity

In the society we live in, equality has been constantly fought over. In government, politics, social norms, religion, gender, and education, inequalities have and are still prevalent to this day. Many civil right protests and boycotts have been initiated to try to sidetrack these shortcomings but it seems as if the efforts put toward stopping these acts of negligence or disrespect are in vain. Progress is being made towards a better, more equal society but the impatience of the people effected has been and will be a constant hinderance to progression.

Clearly stated in the late preacher Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham, there is a very fine line between protestors of the wrong cause and aggressive martyring. Sometimes the people who have been oppressed become to impatient to wait for change to happen. In contrast though, sometimes those who have been oppressed have “molded” to the norms of oppression, leading to a disliking of anything from the faux ways of life they have been living thus far. The “Uncle Tom” complex is a very accurate way of describing this effect. While King was in Birmingham, not only did he have to deal with the racisms already in effect there, but he also had to deal with the skepticisms of the black community and other supporters that weren’t of that race as well.

I reference to equality and equity, they are two strategies we can use in an effort to produce fairness. Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality is treating everyone the same. Equality aims to promote fairness, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same help. For example, if a man with small legs is given a stool and a man with long leg is given one too, that would be equality. If the man with smaller legs is given a stool to help him reach to where he wants to get to and the taller man isn’t since he doesn’t need one, that would be equity. This government believes equality is the answer but, in all actuality, we really need equity in society.

Once America realizes this, there will be a brighter future for all the people that live in this country. The majority of the populous realizes that we have made obvious changes in how racism is handled, but all in all there is still progress to be made. Not only is the way we get to that stand point important, but the patience needed to get there is required as well. We as Americans do have a very long way to go until peace and equity is prominent in this country but the road there definitely isn’t as hazy as it was 50 years ago.