ALL EXCLUSIVITY: THE REAL FACE OF AMERICA’S INCLUSIVE NATURE

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“We are all created equal, yet access is not.”


In American society today, we always preach that we are this fair and balanced nation. We are all created equal in the eyes of God. And we push the idea that we are an all inclusive nation. Yet, we have so many signs of exclusivity in our society. These exclusivity aspects of America exist in the education environment, workplace, among genders, and when observing Related imagethe income disparity. So my question is, are we really this all inclusive nation? Do we push one ideology and stand behind another? And if we do push these ideologies, what is the main reason for doing so? Why have we taught an up and coming generation that life is about everyone winning? 

Well, one main reason we may push one ideology and stand behind another is so that those who are in a good position don’t have to worry about being replaced. You might say, how so? Well, if we are telling a generation that everyone gets a trophy, then flip it on them once they become adults, they don’t attempt to rise through the rankings. They become discouraged and won’t attempt. They’ll wind-up being content with their current position. That content behavior is detrimental to them because they are not continuing to learn. All the while life is moving around them. Your position at the top is now solidified.

So now that we have some idea as to why we push a separate agenda that we actually don’t live by, where do we see it taking hold? One area of interest to look at is in the academic world. We tell children to go to school and get your education. But what are you learning really that you actually need. Image result for degreeBecause chances are, you’ll never use this information again. Yet, if you look into the past, a college degree meant something. You were actually getting training for the field you were entering. But now, since everyone is going to college, how important is a college education. America is an exclusive nation, what’s the value in something every person can easily attain.

It’s the difference between owning a bicycle and a Rolls Royce. The Rolls is worth more because few people can have it. And the bike is something anyone can own. If everyone could afford a Rolls Royce, there would be no real value. Now you might think, that’s a car, this is school. But the same exist with a college degree. How valuable is the degree if every year millions of kids are getting one. So now, you must have more going for you in life, than just a degree. A degree is like baking a cake. The degree is the icing on the cake and a graduate degree is some sprinkles. Everything that goes into that cake is ingredients; which is you as that person.

Another exclusive area of America is the wealth disparity. There are so many things that the small 1% have, that the rest don’t. And not only don’t have, can’t gain access to in life. If we’re so inclusive, why is it that a kid born in poverty can’t have the same great education as a kid growing up in Image result for the 1%Beverly Hills. Because we are not inclusive where it really counts in life. And that’s the moral of the story. We are all inclusive, except when we really need the essentials of life. Food, education, housing; the basic needs for a human survival is exclusive, but the wants outside of needs are inclusive. It’s a false sense of collectivism.


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UNAPOLOGETICALLY ME: FEELING BEAUTIFUL IN A BLACK BODY

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“Have your pigment ever made you feel less than?”


As a Black male growing up in the United States my mother taught me at young the uphill battle of dealing with a certain demographic of people. A certain demographic that might not like simply because the color of my skin. But what is not talked about as much is the lack of representation in me being seen as an exceptionable image of affection. Not just Black men, but also Black women as well. The images I saw of Black men and women were either overly sexual, or shown from a space of shame and unattractive physical appearance.  But who makes those decisions regarding on what’s beautiful in our society?

Well, since I was young the fashion industry was strong in promoting the image of that beauty to society. An image that has effected more women than men. The body type is expected to me lean and thin, while the woman is supposed to be tall with symmetrical facial features. The ethnicity of the woman is typically a White girl, 18 – 25 years of age. This image effects so many girls, excluding even more Black women, then it leaves Black women to look to other images. It’s why Essence, Jet, and Ebony have been so pivotal in the Black community.

So how has this effected me, or others that look like me? In reality, it has not done much to effect in how I see myself. But I have seen the effects on the attitudes of Black women in society. Verbal comments regarding any other woman’s appearance that is easily dismissed is elevated when directed toward Black women. So who’s to blame? Should it be the job of an industry or should it come from the people who are effected? Me personally, I have my own view on this topic.

As much as we want to blame fashion and entertainment, I don’t see these mediums changing anytime soon. So to say this is the reason only, then a group of people are in trouble. It has to come from the person/people because who are effected. Because I don’t think the people you want to care actually cares. So you have no choice but to take back your identity. If not you’re going to have a generation of males and females who lack self-esteem. Especially if you’re looking for other ethnic groups to validate your physical. To me, in the end, it has to come from you as the person. No one is going to care because it doesn’t effect them. So what happens in positions of duress; adjust? Adjust, and carve out your own identity.


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BIRDS OF A FEATHER: WATCH THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

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“Is it true that you are what you associate yourself with.”

“Watch the company and the crowd you bring.” If you’ve never heard this before, I’m sure you’ve heard of this one. “Birds of a feather flock together.” These are a couple of the statements of advice people are given about the people they choose to hang around. But, are these statements of advice always bad to live by in life? Is there ever a reason to flock with the same group of people? Well, in my opinion it’s all about the context of the reasoning behind flocking. What are some of the goods and bad of flocking with a group?

When looking at flocking in the same group of people, what about your career circle. If you are a professional in your field, you are far more likely going to hang around those in that field. Or you might even find yourself associating with people in a related field of interest. For example, a Nurse Practitioner and a doctor could be found hanging out in a group with other physicians. Maybe even top level physicians might associate with executive heads of the hospital. The executive may not be a doctor, but a top doctor is in the same realm.

What about flocking in the same group of people into the same or similar interest. If you are into traveling, you are more than likely going to find yourself associating with people who enjoy hiking, biking, and other leisure activities. Or let’s say you’re in a group of people who enjoy the single life of dating in a big city. You’re going to most likely hang with people who love the nightlife of clubbing and going to bars. But what about the opposite. What about the negative connotation that comes with flocking in the same group?

This is some good advice for a young teen or early adulthood male or female. When you’re young you think the people you’re hanging with can do no wrong. That’s until they start to engage in behavior that is harmful to them and those around them. As a young child you make friends and each of you take on these different personas as you age. So the person you know at 7 years of age won’t be that person 14 years, as they will at 21 years, or even at 30 years. So flocking in the same group might not last from childhood through adulthood. People who maintain these long term relationships are few and far between.

Why is that? Why do we move on from people we were once close with at one age, but not now? Because flocking with the same group might have to change. You might even flock in a group that you didn’t get along with during childhood that you do as an adult. Meaning the group you didn’t associate with as a teenager, you might learn to like as adults. A lot of changing your flock has to do with maturing and taking on different interest and viewpoints.

And that’s what it all boils down to, viewpoints and lifestyles. Flocking in the same group can be good if you are all headed down the right paths. But if you’re in a group that is not going anywhere in life they might be a burden. And hanging with them will further hinder you from growing.