Kwade is a freelance writer who is always in pursuit of education. He feels every subject is fascinating and worth studying.
Society Has Issues
From racism to toxic masculinity to authoritarian misogyny to mass killings, we have some problems in our society. While the truth of these issues is debated, not many question they exist. These problems rear their ugly heads and cause not just emotional offenses, but true danger and pain for some of us. There’s little argument to be had there are issues we can work on to be better as a society.
It’s not all bleak, though. Some darkness has lead to a light at the end of the tunnel, so-to-speak.
Feminism gained ground because of a need to free women from a perspective society held that limited women’s rights.
The LGBT community was formed and gained momentum because most of us started to see there was a clear bias causing harm.
Society has issues, but that’s not the whole story.
Growing Up With Injustice
In the eighties and nineties, I witnessed oppression pushed on people mostly by religious institutions and followers. Most atrocities were done in the name of God. Being gay wasn’t socially acceptable because God said so.
Your boss finds out you’re gay, kiss your career goodbye.
People were beaten and even killed because of who they loved.
Think differently from those in power, and be shamed into hiding.
Knowing friends lives could be in danger if the wrong person found out how they felt was horrible. One friend of mine suffered as he tried hard to be a good little Christian and date girls to “set himself right.” Someone else I knew well, committed suicide because he felt dying was easier than living with all the pain from an unforgiving society.
Fortunately, we’ve largely moved past that ideology and most of the time people are accepted regardless of sexuality.
What We Want is Empathy
The poor treatment of minority groups is what led to social justice movements. The atrocities being committed started to be noticed by others and we recognized a need for change. As the depth of the problems became better understood, leaders from all walks of life started to join in. Now we’ve broken through some of the greatest injustices of society and influential people are taking minorities seriously.
The greatest leaders promote empathy.
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
“People respond in accordance to how you treat them.” — Nelson Mandela
Among other great leaders, both Mandela and King understood unification is about reaching out to others with kindness. Study any line of psychology, or talk to enough people and it becomes plain that we humans don’t react well to poor treatment.
With empathy shifting to minorities, all of us are starting to see how we are all better by uplifting each other.
Is “Social Justice” The New Battle-Cry For Oppression?
In a way, minority groups are united in power and influence. With the changes in society, influential people and groups are throwing their weight around to make changes for the better. While these changes are mostly good and acceptance of minorities is on the rise, there is a downside.
Unfortunately, oppression happens in the name of “Social Justice” now. The media and celebrities are the ones who peddle oppression. If you don’t agree with Social Justice Warriors, there’s hell to pay. Questioning ideas makes you a horrible person.
Wonder if giving hormone treatments to a child is a good idea? Kiss your career good-bye.
Wear a hat and you cause such an outrage media and celebrities will call for your death. Even if you’re a school kid.
Think differently than those in power, and be shamed into hiding.
Are Social Justice Warriors Destroying Society?
Social justice movements may have started as an attempt to stop injustice. Now, the loudest voices don’t seem to care. Those who should understand what it is to be persecuted are now being heard. How do they use that voice? To persecute others.
You’d think someone who was treated horribly because of how they felt would have a little empathy. Instead, people calling loudly for equality are condemning those they seek to change.
White men are being told to shut up because their opinion isn’t worth hearing.
SJWs couldn’t take a more divisive approach. They’re showing the world that it was never about equality, it was about being the one in power. As a result, it’s harder for the rest of us to take SJWs seriously.
If it’s truly about equality, we need open conversations, not the shaming of those who don’t agree. If the aim is equality, we need to have honest discussions that address questions, not shame pointed at anyone who doesn’t agree or doesn’t understand.
When we refuse to listen to each other for any reason, it can only lead to a breakdown in society.
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kwade tweeling (author) from USA on September 28, 2020:
Thank you for the feedback and compliment!
Especially in regard to education, I agree.
There have been more recent cases of disturbing racism than most people seem to know. Look up "Black Wall-Street" for one of the craziest moments in US history I've read about. It caused one of the strongest reasons for economic disparity in black communities there ever was. I'd point to that as one of the worst atrocities "white America" is responsible for.
That said, it wasn't a decision made by the majority of whites in America. It was a decision made by greedy, rich, selfish monsters. Blaming everyone else for the problem doesn't help the majority of us. The same attitude is still in place in some government and corporate interests who aren't interested in peace. I'd point to them as the minds behind most of the dissension in the US.
Though we can call that me placing blame. While finding sources of problems is important, placing blame doesn't do any good. It can be hard to find the balance, but if we focus on positive action, and caring for each other, I think we'll be alright.
EyesWideOpen1776 on September 20, 2020:
Good article! There are bigots and sad truth is there always will be bigots.The laws need to insure that everyone is treated equally.That being said
We would not expect a sales clerk to build a rocket to the moon or a football player to perform open heart surgery, and we cannot expect our government to legislate peoples hearts. You cannot legislate people's hearts.
What is wrong in our society isn't a problem with the system it is a problem with people's hearts and minds. Hearts have hardened and become selfish and people's minds have been filled with a bunch of BS from a media and and education system that has been infiltrated by Marxists.
One that promotes the rhetoric that America as evil and promotes it to American citizens. The truth is while we have some spots on our past, America has worked to make a "more perfect union" As unfair as people think America is, we are more diverse and tolerant than other countries.
The Floyd killing was horrible crime. No one disputes that. That it was racially motivated there is some dispute.
Although blacks only make up about 13% of the United States population they make up over 50% of the violent crimes, A cop is 18 times more likely to be killed by a black many than a black man is to be killed by a cop. A white man is almost twice as likely to be shot and killed by a cop than a black man. Blacks commit hate crimes 6 times more than whites do. The congressional hearings on "white nationalism" would have you believe otherwise. But the data doesn't lie.
The problems in the black community have little to do with white suppression and more to do with a culture that romanticizes violence. With fewer fathers in the home, the breakdown of the family unit although prevalent throughout the country is a little more so among blacks.
We are finding more and more everyday how important having a strong father figure is to a child.And we are seeing the results of fatherless homes throughout our country.
These are conversations that need to be had, and people need to leave their hatred and "right to be offended" at home.Stop blaming an entire ethnic group for your problems. No white person living in America today has owned a slave and no black person living here has been enslaved by a white person. Drop the hatred, no one living today had anything to do with it.
Another ethnic group may have caused problems for blacks a few decades ago, but overall it is no longer the case. In fact the fact that you cannot even say" all lives matter" is a serious red flag that would warn of "black supremacists"! I don't know everything but I know that the color of ones skin should not have any bearing on your future. I think many of the disparities are economic rather than racial. Poor white people have little opportunity just as poor minorities have little opportunities .
School choice and making sure that the people have transportation to the school of their choice.would go far to solving many problems if enacted. It would take a few years to see a big difference, but studies show that the people we are around are where many opportunities come from. Stop chaining people to the failing schools in their zip codes and allow school choice. It would not fix all the ills but it would go a long way.