As much as we would like to place the blame and pass the buck, fixing race and gender inequality in America will take all of us. Not just the governmental regulatory agencies at all levels. Not just legislative bodies at the local, state and national levels. Not just Civil Rights and Equal Rights organizations, functioning as watchdogs and filing lawsuits. Not just activists and protesters taking to the streets.
If America is ever going to make real progress to improve the plight of minorities of color and women, we all have to play our parts. It means doing some real soul searching in every aspects of our lives. From our attitudes, beliefs, training, and influences to how they impact and affect our daily interactions whether in person or through the media—we all can take time for some self-examination. Fixing race and gender inequality, and how it plays out in our daily lives, will require all of us doing our parts.
If the truth be told and acknowledged, we are all guilty of some form of discrimination when it comes to people who do not look like us, live like us, play like us, worship like us, eat like us, dance like us, talk like us, perceive the world like us, share the same political views—the list could go on and on. But are these difference really the point? When it comes to fixing race and gender inequality, they should not be.
Every American citizen is endowed with the same individual rights, and should be able to exercise them without facing artificial, discriminatory, and oppressive barriers and obstacles as they go about their daily lives, whether in the workplace, or where they choose to live and play. Governmental entities and laws can attempt to enforce those rights. But that only occurs when there is some visible and egregious violation. Fixing race and gender inequality where it really occurs will take all of us doing what we can to stop it.
Opportunities abound in the workplace, whether we are employers or employees across all business sectors; in our educational system, from pre-school to graduate school; where we live, whether in cities, suburbs, or rural area; where we choose to play, from parks and playgrounds, team sports, to all kind of entertainment venues—each of us encounters many opportunities to be about fixing race and gender inequality.
The real fix will be each of us being willing to change some aspects of our beliefs, attitudes, and actions. It will not happen until we do.