Beyoncé says girls run the world. Economists and politicians say the U.S and China run the world. Women and ‘non-white’ people say ‘white’ men run the world. The working and middle-classes say the elite, governments, and corporations run the world.
I say you run the world. Yes, you. Regardless of who you think runs the world, they wouldn’t be able to do so without your buy-in and cooperation. Just because you aren’t rich, ‘white,’ male, educated or influential, you’re far from powerless.
Constructivism in political science says we create and shape the world through our actions, beliefs and interactions. For…
Meritocracy tells us that those at the top are there because they’re objectively the most competent and hard-working. It convinces us that those at the bottom deserve to be there because they had the same opportunities and resources but were too lazy and incapable of making the most of them. However, society is built on discriminatory policies and practices which cause social inequality. Therefore, meritocratic thinking minimises injustice and maintains and perpetuates social inequality.
I want to start by saying that I don’t say this out of trauma, nor out of self-hate. I don’t think I’m ‘white,’ nor do I wish to be ‘white’ (or any race for that matter). I like the way I look and who I am. I also don’t dislike ‘black’ people. However, I do have a problem with being systematically racialised as black. I have an even bigger problem when these racialisations are treated as facts that we identify with and use to categorise and understand ourselves and others.
At the same time, I don’t blame anyone for identifying…
I care about fostering diversity and inclusion and have joined diversity programs because I want to bring attention to the needs and concerns of marginalised groups and share my insights and ideas with the relevant people.
If anything, being part of the diversity programs has highlighted some of the reasons why they fail:
Black racists might seem like an oxymoron because black people are usually shown as victims of racism and not its perpetrators. In addition, many believe that black people can’t be racist because they’re black and don’t have the systematic power necessary to do so.
I believe anyone can be racist. In my view, anyone who conforms to racist ideology that causes them to intentionally or unintentionally uphold, reinforce, reproduce, or perpetuate racism and white supremacy is racist, unless or until they become aware of their racism and are becoming anti-racist.
In short, anyone who intentionally or unintentionally adheres to racist…
As someone who’d inherited an enviably slim and toned body, I didn’t think too much about the problematic nature of the beauty ideal. I could ignore it because I had what many considered the ‘perfect’ body. I didn’t realise how deeply ingrained and ruthless it is until I gained weight, developed cellulite, and found my first grey hair and varicose vein.
From then on, I became consumed by the idea of falling short of the beauty standard because I know how much society values, upholds, and enforces it.
Until that moment, I didn’t realise how vital beauty or desirability is…
The Cambridge Dictionary defines bureaucracy as “a system for controlling or managing a country, company, or organization, that is operated by officials who are employed to follow rules carefully.”
The dictionary also gives another definition of bureaucracy that many of us can relate to: “complicated rules, processes, and written work that make it hard to get something done.”
Other than rules, processes, and paperwork, bureaucracy can be recognized as contracts, hierarchy, official duties, qualifications, and an impersonal approach.
Although the police force as we know it is a relatively new invention, policing itself began over 5020 years ago in Ancient Egypt.
Within schools, students are believed to be equal. Yet, by treating students in an unequal society as equal, schools and teachers recreate social inequality and are symbolically violent.
Recently, news surfaced that Brandon Mitchell, a juror in the Derek Chauvin case, attended a Black Lives Matter march wearing a t-shirt written: Get your knee off our necks.
Many saw Mitchell’s t-shirt as a clear reference to the murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin.
The incident has raised concerns about a possible mistrial and juror bias.
According to the American Juror website, juries are vital because they “guarantee all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury. …