“Whether you're gay or straight, with a physical disability, your skin's a different color, it's absurd in this age to not be aware and be concerned of the inequity in rights.”
~ Carson Kressley ~
The Disproportionate Inequality and Oblivious Inequity
(Say that three times fast!)
I must first state that although inequity and inequality sicken me, I do not have a lot of personal experience being on the receiving end. Yes, I am guilty of being a straight, white, middle-class male, but please do not hold that against me. My soul and spirit are a compassionate human, and I believe that we are all interconnected and must support one another. You cannot possibly walk up to a person you know nothing about and make a judgment. You cannot see their story or know what they have been through. In some cases, their story or their feelings are none of your damn business.
There are countless people that suffer from inequity and unfairness in general, for a myriad of reasons. How can anyone think it is fair for laws being interpreted one way in a specific area and different in another? Laws that are enforced or interpreted differently due to the color of a person’s skin, or their economic level, can never be justified. People go many years of their lives without feeling safe or comfortable expressing their love for another because they are of the same gender.
People struggle because they do not identify with the gender that they were born into. Hell, I think if most of us were honest we would say that we don’t really feel like we fit in anywhere.
Housing projects have led to concentrated poverty and severe racial segregation. Many believe that “the American Dream” is possible for everyone that could not be farther from the truth. In what fairy tale rational is this feasible with people living in public housing earning an average yearly income of around $14,000, is beyond comprehension? An estimated 68% of people in earn between $5,000 and $10,000 a year which puts them in the extreme poverty category.
Why is it that it is easier for many to hate someone than it is to get to know something about them? We fear that which we do not understand, so take time and get to know people. Go out this weekend and strike up a conversation with a stranger. Revel in the difference and the similarities, while you learn something about each other.
Treat each other with peace and compassion, remember that no one is more or less significant than you.