Words of the Day: Unfairness/Challenges
She informed us regularly and matter-of-factly that we had to be twice as good as white children in everything we attempted in life. “That way you got half a chance of making it.”
~Bebe Moor Campbell, from Sweet Summer
Who among us has not heard this bit of wisdom? We may hate the unfairness behind it, the prejudice that accounts for the validity, but can we ignore it? Not if we aspire to making it. On the other hand, “making it” implies amassing wealth and living high on the hog. But if, in doing so, we frustrate our true impulses and fail to find fulfillment, we have not “made it” but lost it.
Racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and ageism are challenges. When we force ourselves to work twice as hard as others, however, the rewards are ours to enjoy. We and future generations are the beneficiaries. The important thing is to be working at something we find meaningful and worthwhile.
Excerpts from Black Pearls by Eric V. Copage