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We are all Equal- Or are We?

Fatou Kambull Njie

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From the moment we set foot into school we are all told the common white lie; “We are all equal”. If we are all equal then how come some of us get a head start in life? How come some people are simply born into wealth while others have to work twice as hard to be able to earn a seat at the table? There is no doubt that we all should be equal, but the question is whether we actually are.

Life is a struggle for both men and women of all races, religions, and sexualities. In 2016 it was estimated that men commit suicide almost 4 times as much as women in the U.S. Men and boys are still plagued by society’s expectation for them to be ‘strong’ in more than one way. Women, on the other hand, are told to be fierce yet gentle and that it is not the outside that matters but the inside yet they are expected to constantly look good. Victims of sexual abuse are still asked the same questions like“What were you wearing?” as if the pain that would affect them for the rest of their life was their fault. A hijabi (a Muslim woman who wears the hijab) is still seen as weak, passive, and in need of someone to save her from her brother/father/husband and has to constantly defend her religion and explain herself in order to be tolerated. Even though it is 2018 black men are still stereotyped as being ‘thugs’ and somehow others get the choice of defining your identity. More teens now than ever have to face the expectation to be constantly perfect even though most of them have no idea what they are doing.

 

So no, the world is not equal. We have come a long way from the Age of Colonialism and Apartheid. But there is still a long way to go.

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