Perhaps in previous decades, accountability could comfortably mean less than it does today – demand less than it does today. Perhaps the world is ready and pining for a new standard of accountability. If our conception of accountability must evolve (which I believe it must!), then I want to evolve with it. Help me understand how.
Institutional racism upheld by strong capitalist markets have embedded inequity into the fabric of American society for centuries, disenfranchising entire communities of color; economically disadvantaged communities are therefore largely excluded from mechanisms that would contribute to creating healthier local communities and a more sustainable world.
Still undecided? Please vote for Joe Biden. It might seem like it, but I’m not trying to get political – I’m just trying to kindle a stranded, struggling ember of humanity in our democracy.
October 13, 2020
The United States of America: Land of the…Free? Sure, as long as you’re white and wealthy. Here’s the breakdown—the movement for racial justice and equality in this country should not be a political debate. Black rights are human rights. Black lives are human lives. Being black is not a crime. But in the United States of AmeriKKKa, blackness is criminalized and punished by corrupt, racist white police officers and their devout supporters.
One of the driving forces behind the racial crisis that we are witnessing in this country is inequity, an imbalance in the distribution of resources to which different demographics have access. Any solutions-oriented dialogue, therefore, must seek to address this inequity. But a sticking point for many when these conversations happen is the concept of white privilege. To be clear, white privilege is a symptom of inequity – it would be great if it didn’t exist because that would reflect an equitable society, and we should work towards that reality, but the treatment must be systems-wide; it requires dealing with the symptoms while targeting the virus of inequity.
In the wake of the brutal murder of George Floyd, protesters flocked to the streets of many major U.S. cities day after day. In some cases, there were individuals at the protests that incited violence and destruction; in most cases, the protests were pacific – a true reflection of our First Amendment right to “peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” But no matter how the protests went, there was one common theme among all of them: They were disruptive!