Opportunity Hunger Games

It’s so often that people from disadvantaged demographics are made to believe that there’s only one spot, and this culture breeds discord among them. This culture creates a climate where a company having one person of colour in management is massive, or having a disabled staffer is deemed a success in equal opportunity provision.
We need to sow a world where representation is normal. It’s funny that the people who don’t see colour are the exact same who shut their doors to people of colour, and those who don’t hate women don’t hire women to key management posts. Qualifications be damned.
I believe this is an age for the uncomfortable conversation. I’m here for it. I’m also here for my own problematic stances to be challenged. The spirit of competition amongst othered people to suckle at the nourishing tit of privilege should not make us afraid of each other.
(I went off on a tangent there)
I came across this powerful speech Kerry Washington gave at the GLAAD awards. An excerpt:
“Women, poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, we have been pitted against each other and made to feel like there are limited seats at the table for those of us who fall into the category of ‘other.’ As a result, we have been afraid of one another. We compete with one another. We judge one another. Sometimes, we betray one another. Sometimes, within our community, we designate who among us is best suited to represent us and who really shouldn’t even be invited to the party.”