We are all very immature

Why do we as adults point fingers like we are children? I’ve been on either side of this in my house two days in a row now. I didn’t realize how ridiculous it was until I noticed somebody doing the same thing with an actual issue (not, “why did I find x in this room?”).

The fact of the matter is, we’re immature. We just need to stand up and face that: society is immature. We pick and choose what we want to believe, and then we go ahead and believe it. We ignore all this other evidence that comes in and we just go on and believe what we already chose to believe. Is this how we define “maturity?” Because let me tell you, a child will ask and ask until they are satisfied, and sometimes they are never satisfied. That is how we need to be, we need to be HUNGRY for information; for the truth.

It blows my mind when I read articles and/or go on Facebook and see some people’s opinions. I tend to try to stay out of the line of fire with these because I don’t think there is any sense in starting an argument. I think there is sense in starting a discussion, and let’s face it, most of the time there will be no discussing. There will only be finger pointing and closed ears/minds. So, I generally try to stay out of any controversy unless somebody is saying something that I just cannot stand by and watch, which is what happened today.

And do you know what? I’m only going to summarize the issue:

  1. Colin Kaepernick did not stand during the National Anthem.
  2. Kaepernick said he plans to remain sitting, “until he sees real change when it comes to racial oppression in the United States.”
  3. Several (ha! understatement) people do not believe there is racial oppression in the United States.

Are you blind? Racial oppression has been in existence since this nation was disovered. Native Americans were kicked off their land. Africans were brought in to work the fields. Asians already living in America were put in internment camps.

African Americans and women were denied the right to vote, to go to school, etc. And today, even though legally things have changed, people’s attitudes have not progressed towards acceptance. People of any color other than white (because white is a color too, as we all learned in kindergarten; we also learned that people were not actually white or black and you had to color them peach or brown…) are judged far faster than white people. You make one wrong step as a minority, and your entire race is generalized to what you did. If you are the only person that is ______ another person has ever seen, you are their only point of reference. Now, this rarely occurs for white people which is why they are called the “majority.” I am the ONLY African American person working in my building the last time I checked. That means that I can be the ONLY African American person someone else interacts with in an entire day. Most days go by  and I don’t talk to another person of my color face to face. I try to never drive above the speed limit, because even with my tiny 4’11” frame, I’m afraid of what might happen if I get pulled over. I conduct myself with complete professionalism at work, because I don’t want anybody to get too quick to judge and say I am not good enough for something. Glass ceilings exist; why else would Hillary Clinton bring it up as a political piece? Caitlyn Jenner still isn’t respected as a woman and people talk down to her.

At the end of the day, neither racial nor gender equality is met here in America.

Please stop being blind.

Please realize that unfairness is still here.

Please realize that biases still exist.

Please be part of the solution instead of the problem.

Please discuss the issues instead of pointing fingers and calling names.

Please advocate for someone who does not have or cannot find their voice.

Published by She Got The PhD

A web-based soapbox of an Assistant Professor of color in Chemical Engineering; sharing my feelings on books, academia, and current events. I hope you enjoy reading :)

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