We the citizens have heard the cry loud and clear. You’ve been ringing the alarm since 1776. How we will pursue “a more perfect union” is in question. From the United States Declaration of Independence: “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
What will our future look like?
Growing up in Wisconsin, diversity was rare in my small town. I worked through high school and college clawing for each step for a better opportunity. Not until moving to California in my twenties, did I truly experience on a daily basis interactions with people that did not look or think like me. These interactions provided depth, history, understanding, and most importantly taught a perspective of compassion outside of myself.
The change for America must be inclusive not divisive. Words do matter and have consequences. It’s easier to dismiss rhetoric when it’s not your community. It’s easier when words aren’t directed at you. It’s easier to say that my struggle is just like yours. By not condemning and ignoring racist and sexist words, it becomes an act of acceptance even if that wasn’t your intent. It’s not about political correctness, philosophy, or change- it’s about being human.
The moral consequence of indifference and lack of concern for the most vulnerable will be our failure.
White privilege exists in America. Good jobs are gone, Wall Street wasn’t held accountable, big money owns politicians, and change is needed. Add race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other factors to the equation and opportunity diminishes. According to Forbes from the Corporation for Enterprise Development: “It would take black families 228 years to amass the same amount of wealth white families have today, if average black family wealth continues to grow at the same pace it has over the past three decades. For the average Latino family, it would take 84 years to catch up.”
The Electoral College must go. According to Yale Law School scholar Akhil Reed Amar: “…the electoral college was designed to and did in fact advantage Southern white male propertied slaveholders in the antebellum era.” It’s outdated, doesn’t reflect current demographics and fails the morality of our society.
A vote in California should hold the same depth and responsibility as one in Wyoming. From William Petrocelli of The Huffington Post: “To put it another way, the three electors in Wyoming represent an average of 187,923 residents each. The 55 electors in California represent an average of 677,355 each, and that’s a disparity of 3.6 to 1.”
If all men are created equal then every vote must represent this right.
Thank you America for every opportunity you’ve provided me. My “American Dream” must be equal regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religious preference. The election kicked complacency to the curb. What we have been doing as a country hasn’t been working. Trying my best to understand.