From ancient stories of slavery to the modern day struggles of the disenfranchised to the uncivilized civilizations to oppressive nations. What was once the job of historians, passing down via oral tradition, the stories of our ancestors has become an easy find for those who simply seek our past. We’ve learned the arguments of each era for and against each movement for progress. In each instance it’s been only a matter of time before the creative minority finally reached one milestone or another toward re-enfranchisement, toward acceptance and toward dignity.
Recorded history shows that we’ve forever been a world of struggle born out of differences, both physical and ideological, between us. The struggle itself has been one of power. It’s a veritable game of “king of the mountain”, and we all, to some extent play into this game.
We see this struggle in nature, and we all recognize it. The powerful dominant of the species is constantly challenged and whether he/she wins or looses will determine the course of history within the group.
In the human world, it’s never a one on one fight, it turns itself into the majority taking from the minority that which it rightfully deserves. When the minority rises up to take what is theirs by birth right, the majority begins to fight back. Unfortunately, the majority keeps the upper hand until members within the majority eventually find compassion.
Most of my blog and facebook posts are geared toward my particular struggle even though, on the ground, I fight for many causes. As Martin Luther King Jr said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. I live that phrase every breathing moment. I’m fighting to the rights of everyone, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), yes… that is my personal struggle but that is not everyone. There is injustice EVERYWHERE.
The leaps and bounds made, for instance, by the non white heterosexual protestant male sector of our society is great however, there are still major injustices.
Women and black Americans still make 20% less than average and get promoted 20% less than the rest of the population. Our politicians are still trying to tell women what they can and can not do with their bodies and our transgendered brothers and sisters are still met with injustice at every single turn.
I fight because I believe that this can change. I believe that we have within us the power and therefore, the responsibility, to make the world better than it has ever been. We start in our own communities. We start by talking to our neighbors about issues that effect us. We start by attending town hall meetings and making our issues part of the discussion. We start by educating the rest of the world where they are lacking understanding.
We can change this world… we must change this world.
From the mountain tops to the valleys, from the marshlands to the dry lands, from the cold tundras to the hot deserts, from the big cities to the corn fields of Iowa and from sea to shining sea, we must stand up as one unified voice and denounce any and every injustice, we must stand up for our brothers and sisters and for ourselves. We must yell from every corner of the Earth loud enough to crumble the walls that they have placed in front of us “I am somebody and I deserve full equality, right here and right now”
We can change this world, we must change this world… We WILL change this world!