The argument I am presenting does not negate anyone’s hard work nor what they may have earned because of it.
My argument states that not everyone has had the same opportunities, no matter how hard they may have worked, and despite equally hard work, not everyone has earned the same.
It is as if a Wound of History.
Our present may clearly be more equitable than our past. However, the inequitable actions and policies of the past have caused such great social and economic damage that our present is still recovering.
Six years after the Early Millennium Depression ended, the millennial generation, and our nation, is still recovering.
Some of us belong to generations that have experienced centuries of social and economic damage.
If our recent economic recovery is any judge, it will take at least 300 years to recover only from the last 100 years of disparity.
We are all a part of the same society that is hurting but we must recognize that not all of our hurt is the same.
Many of us continue not to accept the part of our histories that caused the wounds that now impedes us all, and we ignore that it does not impede all of us equally. Ignorance and denial continue to separate us through the next day, month, or 200 years of pain.
But admitting and participating in responsibility can join us through the next day, month, or 200 years of healing.
I am thankful that there is that choice: one choice that allows continued impediments to be placed on some to spite us all, and one choice that acknowledges the harsh wounds of history in an attempt to address and heal.
And where there is a choice for justice, there is a hope for justice, and for that:
I am thankful.
A very Happy Thanksgiving, to you and yours,