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The Power of Surrender

Surrender gives one the power of choice. A person can fight against systemic oppression by choosing not to partake in the system, in likeness to Sovereign Citizens. However, rather than refusing to accept that a passive lifestyle, makes one equally a part of the problem. I would implore the politically inactive citizens of America to give into the proverbial lashings society forces gives. Instead of avoiding issues and submissively accepting them, choose to wear the emotional, physical proudly, and psychological scars, from the constant beating, ‘s issued by inequality, as a symbol of strength and fortitude.

Choose to admit; there is a social hierarchy which places white American men as the front runners in society. A pyramid that makes it unlikely to climb higher than the station of ones family’s previous generation. Especially so for the underprivileged, people of color, women, and let us not forget the LGBTQ+ community.

First, realize that individual and systemic racism and sexism are still very much alive! Then surrender to the fact that anyone society deems unsuccessfully socialized, will face obstacles in their life, that the wealthy white male population will never have to deal with, at least not in the same magnitude.

Many citizens take issue with our systems in America. The criminal justice system, judicial system, healthcare, mental health, and foster care systems, all deal with apparent struggles. However, little to no action by individuals are being taken, in attempts to create change. Even the best intentions and ideas, on how to solve the issues of America, do little good without action. Understand it is challenging to decide where to begin.

Correcting one issue, many times, leads to observations of new difficulties, that is how the world works. Attempting to find a plausible way, to initiate positive change, without taking away or altering one’s civil rights granted in the Constitution, is challenging to say the least. To examine the idea of re-writing the Constitution brings about a million questions. Is there a better way for the government to run? How do we start to make changes, in a way that would create a peaceful environment? A society where people maintain all the freedoms they believe to be entitled to and to keep a balance. Many times, one man’s beliefs interfere with another man’s ideas.

The government’s job is to maintain a balance, while upholding the control of the people, all the while letting it appear as though the American people, are in power in the form of democracy. The only way to take part in the roles and rule making is to become part of the government. Once one earns their part, they will still need the help from the American people, and the mental strength to stay true to one’s original values, and determination, to join the legislative fight, to make a positive change.

Until one decides to surrender to the inequalities in life, they will never gain the power, to have a large and influential platform, to fight against those same inequalities, that oppress the American people. Surrender as a choice has power attached to it, with it being a decision. It could lead to freedom because any path taken by choice is going to be a more fulfilling path.

If having trouble with the idea of surrendering to authority, discrimination, and blatant disregard for civil rights, one must change their perspective. To surrender to the design, that a diverse human being, will never be as powerful, as their wealthy white male counterparts; without choosing to work ten times as hard, is to give in to the system, in order to fight against it, making it a conscious and informed decision to surrender. Making a choice is empowering. To surrender to the rules of the oppressive regimes in society, would be an act of free will. Though not as a victim, but instead as a participating party. Choose to overcome the obstacles and to join the fight. Eventually, taking part in changing the rules and in turn, fixing the issues by contributing to the correction of the process. Making improvements, to head towards a society, where every citizen uses their voice, and every voice is respected.

Give into the regulations of the system, and work hard to get in, to a part of the structural hierarchy, where one’s skills are beneficial. Fight to move up in the pyramid; it only takes one action to make a positive change. Fight, and then dig the proverbial nails into the ladders of life and climb. Read “The 10X Rule”-By Grant Cardone. The ascent of that social pecking order can change a person, do not let it. Work ten times as hard as one’s privileged counterparts. Become victorious against all the odds, and let the world hear that voice.

Survival of the Whitest

In 2017, there were 325.7 million people in America, and of those people,  39.7 million Americans lived in poverty. That is approximately 1 in 7 people that are living in poverty.   Almost 8% of the people in poverty were white, that’s 2 out of every 25. That means the other 23 out of 25 people were people of color. According to Herbert Spencer (English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era,) coined the Phrase “survival of the fittest” He believed this to be Social Darwinism, i.e., societies way of weeding out those who have defective genes and qualities, which prevent them from thriving in our capitalist society. My belief system is a combination of (The Structural Discrimination Theory, The Bias Theories, Functionalism, and The Conflict Theory).

I believe these theories do well to describe more than poverty, among the ethnically challenged; I think they also apply to gender and sexuality.

We know both nurture and nature have aspects that participate in the production of a trait. Therefore, I would have to agree partially with the “Biological Deficiency Theory.”  I approve of the cultural deficiency aspect of the philosophy.  When you grow up observing a specific type of behavior, from your parents, neighbors, and friends, the chances are higher, that you will subconsciously embed that practice into your persona. Even if the actions of your parents are behaviors they adopted, to survive in a world with institutionalized racism, it is probable that in turn, you will also take those behaviors, keeping you in a vortex of adverse reactions from society.

I also think that “The Bias Theories,” holds some merit, because if it were not for the prejudice attitudes continuously held toward minorities, then it would be simple to change the structural inequalities, faced by those minorities. I experience prejudice every day, and sometimes, I don’t even realize what is happening. I occasionally forget that other people see an ethnic female when looking at me. I generally think negative behavior from a person, is merely a side-effect of their own shortcomings.  I have come to learn that many people don’t realize they carry prejudices. Some fail to see that their behavior and language is ignorant and outdated. People spew thoughts, words, and information from their memory bank. You gather expressions, ideology, and opinions based on what you have seen and heard.

Finally, I believe the most significant value lies in the “Structural Discrimination Theory.” “Slavery is over. Why can’t you stop holding a grudge.”? I have heard this from multiple people during discussions on stratification. Had slavery never existed, then black people would be on an even keel, when it comes to institutionalized racism. It starts now of conception and follows you into adulthood. For instance, if your parents are lower class ethnic people, that didn’t graduate high school. Then most likely they have jobs which pay minimum wage, with little to no benefits. You are born in a hospital with sub-par care because your parent’s employer fails to provide insurance leading to a penalty in most states, which leaves them even further in debt. You are born, to parents living in debt, residing in low- income apartments to save money to provide food.  One issue is that the majority of teachers in these areas are lackadaisical, giving you an unequal education. You find you’re treated like a failure because you’re not rich or white, and the maltreatment from individual teachers, bullying, lack of finance and the inability to fit in coupled with constant failure, and  academic pressure causes you to drop out of high school, dooming you to the same fate as your parents.

 My idea of how stratification works is this: I feel as though American society operates with a “point system.” Gender, Race, and Class. The ideal gender being male, and the perfect race being white, and if you’re not a white male, you’re a good two points below at any given time. I, for instance, can never have as much power as my white male counterpart. However, an ethnic male can be as powerful as a white male, if the white male is poor, and the ethnic man is both rich and educated. However, even a wealthy, educated ethnic male can never be as affluent as an educated white woman. His precious, knowledgeable white male counterpart is a good three tiers above him. Since I cannot change my race or gender, I can only ever be as powerful as an uneducated, rich ethnic man, or a poor white woman.

 I feel equal rights for all sexual orientations is as important as women’s rights, or racial equality. Though we will not see equal rights in all aspects until being black or a woman doesn’t knock you down two tiers. Even then, I feel as though a gay black man can be accepted if he is wealthy and educated. A gay white man would only have to be affluent or trained, to get the same acceptance, and even then, the wealthy, educated white gay man will have more power than the black one.

In conclusion, if you want to be among the most powerful in America, it is simple, all you must do is be a rich white educated male or you’d might as well aim lower.