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Best Answer rjbatty says
THANK YOU, RJ, for understanding what I meant. I'm going to remove this question tomorrow. There are people as you say, "enduring all sorts of humiliation just to reach the age of retirement," and few understand that as "owing to the man".
Glenda. Thank you for your response! "Older people, people of color, and those who are oppressed," are 3 distinct groups of people. I have worked for 30+ yrs, always starting at the bottom, loving the climb. What I see is something different.
Glenda: Fighting one's way up the ladder has always been the norm. What I think you fail to realize is the rungs in the ladder have (perhaps) never been wider apart. The country has millions (millions!) who are totally unemployed -- maybe forever.
@rjbatty- And who do you think is responsible for that? I am well aware of what is happening as I am struggling through it myself.
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Gary R. Smith says
"Em," thank you soo much! I think I'm going to remove this question because my wording doesn't get to what I wanted. I've gone to workshops on the topic of "White Privilege"; it disturbs me that even my own children don't "get" power structure.
Obviously, I shouldn't have listed "minority" because people are misunderstanding my meaning. I should have said, do the MAJORITY of people have a hazy view of what "owing to the man" means? I agree with Totally that injustice is injustice.
Exactly right! The Stockholm Syndrome kicks in and we often identify with those who have power over us. I like your statement that rising to CEO level should create even-handedness; however, a recent study shows that once in power, empathy lessens.
Saire Schwartz says
Saire, just went to your short story and really enjoyed it! I agree, we all "owe to the man." (I just like to know who I'm owing to and why -tee hee) so I can better determine whether or not I want to be complicit in the process.