Be the Change

UEI College is committed to supporting racial equality.

We stand in solidarity with the African American community for social justice. 

Danielle S.

Stockton Campus Finalist

First and foremost, I want to thank you, for taking the time to read what I have written out. I also want to state that I love everyone equally and really hope to get your attention, and HELP!! I want to put a stop the ignorance and oblivious ways that others show too often. In my honest opinion, a difference or positive impact is really what is needed in this life. We can all can agree that when we are all born we have pure innocence, there is no right there is no wrong. But always keep in mind that we all are not born the same nor do we have the same opportunities in life. Some maybe fortunate enough to grow up and have both parents and come to a healthy home, others are not so fortunate enough to even meet their parents. Perhaps your parents are drug addicts and don’t want to take care of you, beating you and your siblings every day until you were 15 years old. A majority of what happens is that the government portrays your parents to be monsters that can’t take of you or love you because they need a little help. Either way it goes, you don’t get to choose YOUR life. You just DEAL with the cards that you are DEALT. Can I ask you to try to use your imagination? And try to come up with answers to my questions I have in this essay. What does social justice mean to you? What is the color of your skin? Just imagine one day you were the victim of an incident and then the next day you were the suspect and wanted for something that probably did not even do. How would you feel?  What would you do? What can you do? Especially if you are from poverty. How would you get a lawyer? Can you imagine how it would feel to one day wake up to having light complexion skin color? Always having the privilege to be picked first or deal with less confrontation. Not having to worry that there is a possibility of you getting stopped by the police because you are black and now labeled as a suspect and looked at as a threat to others safety. If you were a black male, you don’t get a chance to mess up or it's over. So, looking at my question about what social justice means, in my opinion it’s a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society, as measured by the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges. In Western, as well as in older Asian cultures, the concept of social justice has often referred to the process of ensuring that individuals fulfill their societal roles and receive what was their due from society. In the current global grassroots movements for social justice, the emphasis has been on the breaking of barriers for social mobility, the creation of safety nets, and economic justice. In the political and social movement originating from the “Black Movement”, equality and human rights are emphasizing the basic human right and racial equality for black people and campaigning against various forms of racism. It has been proven that African Americans lives during the great depression worsened in the 1930s, it was a bleak economic situation. They were treated differently because they were one getting laid off first from their jobs and suffered tremendously in the unemployment rate two to three times than Caucasians. In the early public assistance programs African Americans often received substantially less aid than whites, and some charitable organizations even excluded blacks from their soup kitchens.

What is social injustice? Social equality is a state of affairs in which all people within a specific society or isolated group have the same status in all respects, including civil rights, freedom of speech, property rights, and equal access to certain social goods and social services. However, it may also include health equality, economic equality, and other social securities. Social equality requires the absence of legally enforced social class or caste boundaries and the absence of discrimination motivated by an inalienable part of a person's identity. For example, sex, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, origin, caste or class, income or property, language, religion, convictions, opinions, health or disability must absolutely not result in unequal treatment under the law and should not reduce opportunities unjustifiably. I can honestly say that social injustice happens to me all the time. When I go to the store, I walk in just trying to purchase something but the workers are always staring at me like I'm going to steal, they do it every time to a black person that goes inside the store. The crazy part is that I will have my money out for them to see but they still look at me like I'm going to steal something. Another time I felt that it was social injustice was when I was on my way home from work. At the time I was an in-home caregiver for my mother because she had two strokes in the past year, she has bone to bone arthritis, and needs me severally. I was staying with my fiancé in French camp and I took the wrong exit and was trying to get back on the freeway, but before I could I was at the underpass waiting for the light to turn green, and it started to drizzle so I politely rolled my window and turned my heater on. I noticed earlier that there were 2 policemen in a patrol car behind me, but it didn’t make me nervous or anything because my car was insured, registered, and everything was legitimate. I was just on my way home from work. As the light turns green, I then proceed to go, literally 3 seconds the patrol car behind me begins to turn his lights on, so I pull over to the gas station. I waited as 2 white police officers approach me, they asked was my car insured and registered, I show him my paperwork, they asked me if I had any drugs or marijuana in the vehicle, did I have any weapons, or was I on parole or probation? I said no, they began to ask if it was ok to search my car. I let them they found nothing. I told him I'm on my home to my fiancé and his kids. I am coming home from work, what did I do? They said do you have licenses and I told them the truth no but, I have my paper that says I partially have my licenses, I just had to take the driving portion. They made me step out my vehicle put handcuffs on me, and I told them to call my fiancé, and they did luckily, he came but long story short they said my tail light was out and needed to be fixed, but since I had no licenses they were taking my car. Even though it had insurance and registration and I had partial licenses, they clearly were messing with me because I was black, stereotyping a young black female alone in a nice car!  Being African American makes it easier to be a target for the government and justice system. My sister goes through hell every day with CPS, they love to target young African American women and make them seem like they aren't good enough to take care of their children. They say they are going to help you but don’t give you help and they stop you from seeing your kids. Next, they will make sure you get your rights terminated and then make it impossible to get a lawyer because they know you can't afford one! The commitment that I will bring to support racial equality is that I will support black-owned businesses and talk with my community and donate to the less fortunate.

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