I've noticed recently that older individuals, people of color, and groups that have been oppressed seem to understand the concept and dangers of "owing to the man" while a majority of people in the US seem to be accepting less and less in terms of labor issues. They defend practices of inequity. For example, some young people I know recently defended the practice of sound engineers with engineering degrees starting as runners at minimum wage in an industry that is abudantly wealthly. Young people defend all kinds of behaviors that seem unjust and may be causing society to side backwards.
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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.
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.
"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.
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, 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.