I normally don’t post opinion or antidote pieces but it was a remarkable weekend. I attended the CG annual training on Civil Rights, which on the whole wasn’t that bad. But it always elicits interesting conversations. Conversations which I struggle not to say “right now you are being a racist!”
The conversation started with a discussion about the inequality in wages for women and men. For those that don’t know, women make 75-80 cents on the dollar for the same work, according to the research. We spent a brief amount of time chatting about this. I moved on, primarily because I’m not well versed in that research or situation. I could talk more about violence against women and the amount of violence perpetrated by men against other men as well. But we didn’t go there. I steered the discussion to issues of race.
And to be sure, when someone starts asking “have you read…?” You can guess the conversation isn’t going any where productive.
His statement: personal choice!
In this great country, and I do believe it is amazing, people are free to create as much success as their own choices will allow.
I struggled to address the particular fallacy of his argument. Because I do believe we are free to make our own choices. I missed the point… Those, generally white, hetero, males, in positions of power are free to make their own choices as well. If my Black and Brown brothers need to apply to 10 times as many jobs to get the same position as an equally qualified white person we’ll never find equality.
Addressing the particular issue of personal choice, what are your thoughts?