My Thoughts on Inequality and Division, its History and Prevalence in Society Today

Has diversity transformed to division and is inequality a systemic problem in the United States?

By Rob Johnson

Sun Aug 09 2020

4 mins current events

I'm not claiming to be smart enough to undertsand all of the complexities to the challenging situation we find ourselves in today, but I don't believe that free speech should be silenced. We should better our own perspective. Civility and understanding should be the goal, not being "right."

The reason I write this, is because I don't feel comfortable simply linking to Black Lives Matter. I want to provide a more ernest reference and at the same time, better my understanding around the division and violence that is so prevalent in the news. This is my attempt at not outsourcing my opinion carelessly. I find this topic to be too tangible and painful to simply give it a link and a nod while I go on with my day.

We inherited this situation

Our present situation is not born from the generations living today, but inherited from generations past. Today, the living own the present, which if carefully enacted, will contribute to a better future for us all.

This is one of my basic tenets of life, as I'm sure it is for most. To create a better environment and foundation for future generations.

Data on incarcerations 2020

Truth isn't found in singularity

There is no monopoly on the "correct" perspective. So often what is true today, can be false tomorrow. Truth isn't found perfectly bundled in singularity. This is especially true with the emotions and pain felt by others. Dismissing others pain and emotions, regardless of perceived validity is not a valuable exercise. Seeking to understand should be the first objective. Listening and understanding others is the first step to healing and unity.

Involuntary servitude at a systemic level

The "War on Drugs" became a political platform that evolved inequality within the United States and purpetuated involuntary servitude at a systemic level, targeting Black families with terrible consequences for the generations that followed. Children need fathers, and so many were given extreme penalties which in-turn perpetuated the problem of social instability, while increasing the severity of caution and paranoia for both the local police and the Black community.

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

To be continued

This will be a living document. More to come.