Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Possible Progression

To investigate how methods of progress and societal change have shifted since the civil rights movement and determine what they may be now, we must look to what problems have been recently called upon, and compare to those in the past. Issues civil rights have shifted from fighting blatant segregation to unseen discrimination in a seemingly "just" government.  A common idea between King's Letter From Birmingham and "I don't know what to do with good white people," is that apathy fosters civil stagnation. The current system is prospers benefiting those average American moderates who fail to stand for beliefs perpetuate the extortion of those underprivileged. By utilizing the average Americans apathy, the current discrimination has become a force unlike that faced before. To end this era of legally unseen discrimination, we must expose those moderate Americans reaping benefits from a systematically privileged society and being perceived as "progressive" for acknowledging its current state yet failing to act. Just as in MLK's time, societal change will come from inspiring the moderate; we must demonstrate that an equal society will yield greater benefit for everyone, allowing utmost creativity and knowledge to flourish without bound, freed from the grasp of discrimination. We must demonstrate that utmost equality must be demanded. Although the nature of issues in today's society may have become more subtle, avenues of pressure to promote equality still remain true. Life would be obviously less stressful, and more enjoyable in the absence of discrimination, we we must demonstrate its clear value regardless of personal opinion. Just as pointed out in Bennett's article, those privileged must be empathetic to those unfortunate and understand the nature of such privileged to be able to improve the conditions we all must live with.

1 comment:

  1. I agree completely with your blog post Dylan. I specifically like the connection you made between MLK's letter and the article written by Bennett. In reference to your proposition, clearly it is easier said than done, but I agree that reaching complete equality amongst the people is the ultimatum to stopping racism. In Bennett's article "I Don't Know What to Do With Good White People," she brings up how she'd almost prefer someone to be blatantly racist than promote equality just for self-gratification. I agree with her and also you, when you ultimately say that nothing will ever change unless equality leaves the realm of proclamation and becomes action. Shiloh has explained to our class multiple times that sympathizing is when you have compassion for someone but you don't necessarily feel their feelings, as opposed to empathizing is when you imagine what it'd be like to have the same feelings as someone else. The people on Facebook that Bennett talks about who are starting to make her sick, are sympathizers, the people that our society needs, are empathizers.