You could have just said, the greatest problem we face is the “fear of other” and saved yourself some typing. And no I am not disregarding your very eloquent response.
And that is and always will be my point. Equality does not mean fair. It does not mean that everyone is entitled to the same outcome, and no, I am not suggesting that is the point you were trying to make. I am merely making the statement.
The minority will always be just that, a minority. We can’t will them into a position of power. Because no matter what gains they make, at the end of the day, there will always be less of “them”.
So the only way for “them” to not be in the minority. For them to not be subject to disparity based on their existence as “those people”. Is to make “them” as part of us.
But you can’t do that by blaming all of “their” ills on “the other”. Surely every mishap that befalls “them” cannot be attributed to someone else, can it?
Disproportionate does not automatically mean unjustified. And it certainly does not remove the responsibilities of a given group to address “their” own strife.
Do you honestly believe that a community rooted in family and ambition would be shunned or disregarded simply because of their skin color? Do you believe that urban centers filled with artists and musicians, pastors and entrepreneurs would be seen in the same light as thugs, murderers, and common criminals.
I don’t. And the reason I don’t is directly related to the choices I made to steer clear of all of that. Having a mother who worked hard as opposed to leeched off of a system designed to keep her in one place.
Was it as hard as it would be for some? Of course not. But it was not as easy as one might think either.
So regardless of the existence of systemic fnordism, regardless of the hurdles that may or may not face a particular group of people in this country. There is absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, stopping them from building their communities up and making themselves less “other” and more “us”.