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Deportation of Honduran Children

For my systemic injustice showcase paper I chose the topic that stood out most to me, and this was the story that I covered last week about over 2,000 Honduran immigrant children being deported alone without their parents. This story really hit close to home with me, and it even caused me to do more research on the issue. The U.S has been using the Covid headlines in the news to suppress this issue where they are sending thousands of children “home”, to a country where they have absolutely nothing. Some, if not most, of these children were even born in the U.S, so when they are being deported “home”, they are actually just as much as a foreigner in that country as we Americans would be. This is very impactful on the lives of the children because they are essentially just left to fend for themselves in their “home” country, where they actually have less than they did in the United States. After reading this last week and doing some more research, I truly do not think there is a possibility of righting this wrong. These kids have been getting deported since March and honestly who knows what has happened to them since they have been sent back to these countries with deteriorating governments and economies. This is also just an overall morally wrong action/law because how can someone just send a unaccompanied child into a country that is completely foreign to them? I also think this relates to the overall concept that we learned in this class of “one” and the “other”. In this example the U.S would be the “one” and the immigrant children would be the “other”. Just because these immigrant children are different and did not come into the country by the right way, by no means there choice, they are placed into that category of being the “other”, and thus have been deported back to their “original” country. This overall is just an unjust and unmoral issue and it needs to be stopped. This issue however has not gotten much attention in the media and that also confuses me on the issue. I just think this should receive more attention and also be fixed because this is a very unjust act of systematic injustice when examined.

https://apnews.com/article/ap-top-news-honduras-mexico-health-immigration-1144b498194cd6b6818acd04d7880e05

Diary of Systemic Injustice

After going to university, I have to face the problem of employment, so I will gradually start to pay more attention to some information about work. I believe everyone will notice that women consistently earn less than men, and the gap is wider for most women of color.

Analyzing the most recent Census Bureau data from 2018, women of all races earned, on average, just 82 cents for every $1 earned by men of all races. This calculation is the ratio of median annual earnings for women working full time, year round to those of their male counterparts, and it translates to a gender wage gap of 18 cents. When talking about the wage gap for women, it is important to highlight that there are significant differences by race and ethnicity. The wage gap is larger for most women of color. (see Figure 1)

The most frequent way of discussing the wage gap, in terms of dollars and cents, may unintentionally obscure the real impact on working women and their families. For context, a woman working full time, year round earned $10,194 less than her male counterpart, on average, in 2018. If this wage gap were to remain unchanged, she would earn about $407,760 less than a man over the course of a 40-year career. Again, these earnings gaps are larger for most women of color. (see figure 2)

It is recognized that there are some gender inequalities and even gender discrimination in the workplace. I think a common factor that contributes to the gender wage gap is the gender stereotypes at the job level, some positions and industries are considered more suitable for “male” or “female” jobs, resulting in a split in the labor market. In the construction, engineering, machinery, science and other industries considered to be male, higher salaries can be obtained.

I think it relates to “one” and “other”, “which de Beauvoir’s work discusses the actual effects of power relations on the lives of women and non-White people. Her book The Second Sex, from which this excerpt comes, talks about how being a woman is constructed in contrast to being a man, which most cultures have treated as the default fully human type of person. Woman is a contrast with man, and therefore defined by being “Other.” The Other is a really important idea in understanding how the combined forces of culture, politics, economy, and history shape identity and inequality”. If we want to change this, and truly bring the wages of men and women to an equal level, so as to promote the complete equality of the status of the two, this requires a very deep change. What is at work is no longer educational factors, but more erratic, elusive but ubiquitous things such as power and culture.

Citation
Bleiweis, Robin. “Quick Facts About the Gender Wage Gap.” Center for American Progress, www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/reports/2020/03/24/482141/quick-facts-gender-wage-gap/.

Diary of Systemic Injustices-Bianca Patel

I watched the Vice Presidential Debate, which I thought was very interesting in terms of issues involving systemic injustice. I watched the back half of the debate, but I got to hear the response to one question that was about the case of Breonna Taylor. Kamala Harris pointed out that during the first Presidential Debate that President Trump was not willing to condemn white supremacists, which I believe is a major systemic injustice in itself. Mike Pence replied to this by saying that what happened to Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were tragedies, but they don’t justify “rioting and looting”, although there has been a lot of data suggesting otherwise. The same thing happened when Pence was asked about the Corona Virus response, the Climate Change Crisis, and the President basically saying that science is wrong. The ignorance and unwillingness to look at facts is a major systemic injustice in my opinion. The President and the Vice President are trying to downplay and undermine the facts involving major issues that disproportionately affect more people of color. I think that there has been a lot of lying and downplaying from the Trump Administration about the severity of the Corona Virus, climate change, and racial injustice and I think that had they tried to acknowledge these properly, there could have possibly been some better situation right now.

 

Kamala Harris and Mike Pence in the First Vice Presidential Debate.

I also saw the way that Harris was being treated differently by Pence because she is a woman. Pence interrupted Harris multiple times and tried to silence her, but Harris was able to assert her equality to Pence by telling him that she is “speaking”, essentially telling him that she had just as much of a right to speak as he does. This was a major thing in fighting gender inequality and the fact that everything is catered in favor towards the male population. Her assertion of power in this example shows that she was able to overcome herself as being the “Other” and identifying herself as being equal to Pence.  The main thing that I learned from the debate is that ignorance is another form of systemic injustice and it is ridiculous to me that the leaders of this country are so ignorant to facts presented to them.

Kamala Harris asserting her position of equality to Mike Pence.

Diary of systemic injustice

Looking through my systemic injustice entries, I’ve settled on a topic that personally connects with me. Now that I’m nineteen and can vote, I’m more mature and aware of past and present racism and discrimination more than ever before.  Richmond Virginia (my city) made national headlines in the past four months. There has been a lot of noise around the confederate statues that stand tall in the city streets. After the death of George Floyd, the city of Richmond demanded the confederate soldier statues to be removed immediately from Monument Avenue. My question was “Why celebrate and honor these soldiers if they wanted to protect slavery?”. The statues were invaded with paint, profanity, trash, graffiti, and more in hopes of destroying the statues. A statue was even dumped in a river nearby by angry civilians. Now that I’ve grown older, it’s painful to realize that these statues have been up for over 100 years because of it’s symbolism. After previous research, Virginia had more than 220 memorials to the confederacy. The Governor, Ralph Northam, stated “These monuments tell a particular version of history that doesn’t include everyone. In Virginia, that version of history has been given prominence and authority for far too long”. I couldn’t agree more. After days of angry mobs overruling the ones who were resistant, some of the statues were removed. I hope that as a state and nation we can bring awareness to the issue and racism as a whole. By fighting for what’s right shouldn’t start a problem, it should unravel the problem that’s been suppressed for years. There can be no peace without justice and we need to come together as a city and country. The removal of the confederate soldiers is a stepping stone to equality in the future. This connects back to the concept of being the “other”. Being a minority myself, I felt that it was only right to eliminate the face of people that purposefully left out the “other” groups in past decades. Not to mention, these statues were located on public property that uses tax payers dollars to maintain them. Praising these confederate soldiers not only is a reminder of a brutal part of our history, but it slows down the progression of our country.

Here’s a picture that I captured back in June of 2020:

 

June 2020

 

Works cited and Referenced article:

-Ortiz, Aimee. “Richmond Removes Confederate Statues From Monument Avenue.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 2 July 2020, www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/us/stonewall-jackson-statue-richmond.html

 

Diary of Systemic Injustices showcase- Samuel Faber

For this week’s DSI post I would like to expand on a nationwide systemic injustice that has lived on for generations and that we have all seen throughout our adolescent and highschool years.  As children growing up in the United states  elementary schools, middle schools, or high schools we can all remember having the choice of selecting a type of milk in the lunch line during our lunch period.  We were a lot of times given the choice between regular white milk, chocolate milk, and if we were lucky a strawberry milk!  But did it ever occur to us that this could be a form of systemic injustice?  Particularly in minority dominant public schools?  Did you know that seventy-five percent of the African-American population living in the United states are lactose intolerant?

It was brought to my attention that this fact was not widespread knowledge and although I do understand, it hurts me that it is not a known truth and I aim to bring clarity and light to the injustice.  African Americans as well as many Asian American and hispanic American men and women across the U.S, for an unknown reason lack the digestive enzyme of lactate to break down the carbohydrate component in milk products called lactose.  Sometimes if one isn’t intolerant to dairy products they can be what’s called a mal-digester meaning they aren’t intolerant but they simply don’t digest it our experience the same health benefits milk products entail.  Given this, It comes to a great surprise to me that these products are regularly being served to children across the nation.  The serving of dairy products in our school system has caused great health complications that have had lasting health effects to ones who have no choice but to ingest these products.  It has now dawned on me why a great deal of my friends frequently brought their own water bottles to lunch rather than picking up milk during lunch period.  How is it that no accommodations were made?  And if accommodations were made, it cost extra to obtain something other than milk.  Children not being provided with a free alternative is simply wrong and is clearly showing a favor to white students who don’t have the same issues as minorities.  Or if it is a reason for lack of knowledge our education system must be educated to know better.  People can not simply say they “didn’t know” when this has been such a clear fact amongst African-American communities for centuries.  For communities of the poor this may be the only option, which is simply wrong.  The children of our nation should not have to worry about finding an alternative during lunch and it is completely preposterous that schools provide little to no alternatives.  American schools must take charge on this issue and create opportunities (in non-dairy alternatives) for our minorities in our society.  As there are an abundance of systemic racial issues in our society today, it comes to no surprise that no action has not been taken, but identifying smaller injustices like this, and actually making change will help us move closer to a true free world free world of equality.

 

 

Throughout the semester we have studied and seen examples of systemic racism and in addition we have read stories and papers about people standing up and fighting against it.  In MLK’s letter from Birmingham jail, king peacefully addressed the injustices his people, as well as well as individuals around the nation were experiencing. This was a moving letter that brought to fruition to deep systemic issues.  Reading this letter made me realize that we need more people with the recognition of MLK to address systemic issues that we are experiencing today.  If the people of America can little by little point out injustices, maybe we can cause change to better the world we live in.

 

 

 

 

Citations 

Kloberdanz, Kristin. “Lactose Intolerance FAQ.” Consumer HealthDay, 1 Jan. 2020, consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/food-and-nutrition-21/food-and-nutrition-news-316/lactose-intolerance-faq-647337.html. 

Johnson, A O, et al. “Correlation of Lactose Maldigestion, Lactose Intolerance, and Milk Intolerance.” OUP Academic, Oxford University Press, 1 Mar. 1993, academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/57/3/399/4715694.

Mills, Dr. Milton. “‘Dairy + Racism’ .” Youtube , Switch4Good, 15 Nov. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKzUD8eFb0E&feature=emb_logo.

 

Diary of Systemic Injustices Showcase-Yu Fu

In this society, there are many systemic injustices. In this article, I want to discuss examples of systemic injustices related to social status. China is a big agricultural country. Long ago, China’s main development relied on agriculture. This has led to many farmers who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Now, China is slowly developing, committed to technological progress, and is building more and more cities. But there will still be very remote rural areas, and those farmers who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods live in remote rural areas. However, many people in the city ridiculed and insulted the peasants because they had no higher education, low income, and low social status. This shows that discrimination against farmers is very common in Chinese society. If you use Spivak’s concept, these farmers are called subalterns in society, and they have no status or power. They do not have any right to speak, and even if they speak, they will not be heard by the public. Subalterns symbolize the bottom people of society.

I think the reason for this kind of prejudice and discrimination is that many people have been studying hard since they were young. If they do not study hard, they will not have a high social status. They can only do dirty and tiring things, such as farmers. I think the stereotypes created by such discrimination and prejudice are very bad. If people do not make changes, this stereotype will continue to exist, and more and more people will begin to discriminate against farmers and have wrong views of them. For example, as mentioned in the video below, people with higher social status will think that people with lower social status are lazy. This is a very wrong concept, which is also very detrimental to the overall social atmosphere and national culture. This will also cause more and more people to abandon agriculture and choose to go to cities to find opportunities to obtain higher social status, but this will lead to the decline of the agricultural industry, which will also affect the economy, and social development will also stagnate. I think that to change this institutional injustice, we should establish the concept of equality for all. Regardless of social status, everyone has their own unique value. For example, farmers can bring value to the agricultural industry, while university professors can bring value to education and other technological industries. Although the social status of university professors is much higher than that of farmers, they all have their own value and have made contributions to this society. We should not judge a person according to social status but should judge a person by behavior and contribution. If we change our original intention, this society will develop faster, and this systemic injustice can be quickly improved.

Image from:

“Tackling class-based discrimination in British culture”

https://www.culturematters.org.uk/index.php/culture/theory/item/3133-changing-the-law-to-fight-class-discrimination

Link to Youtube Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug2FXcEurOo

Diary of Systemic Justice Showcase- Wentao Liu

The injustices are around us. Prejudice from injustices is always negative and is sure to hurt others. When we cannot find any prejudice around us, we must have had a strong positive response to the prejudice and take it for granted. Today I want to discuss is what I saw a girl in primary school being bullied for five years due to prejudice.

I have forgotten her name, but I still remember the reason for her bullying is her ugly face. At that time, the class of people avoided her as if she were something dirty. I still remember that one day, her desk mate cheated her out of the name of the person she liked and could not wait to publish it. The boy she liked became the laughingstock of the class and are so furious that he turned over the girl’s desk. At that moment, she became the “Others”, and we are the “One”. As a bystander, I, because of my apathy, indirectly become a member of the abuser. I did not dare to take sides with her because anyone associated with her would be kicked out of the “One” and be a laughingstock. Now when I think back to those moments, I cannot believe how much of the impact that would have on her. I cannot imagine how much courage and trust a girl would need to collect to tell another person the boy she likes. After the betrayal of her friend, what a huge effect it would have on her whole life. Her appearance cannot be decided by herself, and for the ridicule from others, she did not even have the opportunity to contradict. Later, I lost contact with her and had no chance to say sorry to her again.

Figure 1 "School violence endemic, piecemeal solutions won’t do: experts" https://e.vnexpress.net/news/life/trend/school-violence-endemic-piecemeal-solutions-won-t-do-experts-3903491.html

People always show themselves by making fun of people, even for some inexplicable reason. Unfortunately, the prejudice of judging people by their appearance is still widespread. This phenomenon has been integrated into the social system and is very difficult to cure. As it said in speaking called “Bullies in School and The Golden Rule” by J.D. Daniel in the TEDx Talks, “Do not do to others as you would not have them do to you”. In the face of prejudice and discrimination, we should not use violence to solve problems, but with the heart of forgiveness, treat ourselves well, put down hatred, and blessing for each other.

 

Image from:

“School violence endemic, piecemeal solutions won’t do: experts” https://e.vnexpress.net/news/life/trend/school-violence-endemic-piecemeal-solutions-won-t-do-experts-3903491.html

Link to Youtube Video:

Diary of Systemic Justice Showcase- Daniel Garate

My Diary today consist of  systematic Injustice, My main concern right now are the families that are being separated at the border for coming into the U.S. illegally. I know this might be a concern for a few people but it is for me. I was listening on the radio on my way to work how 545 children were separated from their families, to me thats a lot worst than “Systematic Injustice”. What has this world become to be, families shouldn’t be forced to get separated the mental damage you’ll cause to these kids is insane, imagine yourselves getting separated from your family, the amount of hate there is in this society is insane. This really hit home for me, because I’m from El Paso TX and most of these cases are happening there. It made me think of the worst in humanity.

Our Government is very strong and shows what’s going to happen if you don’t follow the laws. Just like Recitatif, the kids were taking from their mothers and put into foster homes, but this time they’re getting put in to cages and not getting treated well.

It has past so many days and these kids have not yet been reunited with their families, they’re being treated as big time criminals who have just committed murder or something like that. This is an example of systematic Injustice, because clearly the government can take action to reunite this families together but nothing is being done, I feel like its our time to Come together as one to end such things because no-one deserves to be treated like that.  The media doesn’t really talk about it because of the debates that are happening right now, but this is something that can be hiding from the public and it needs the attention of the higher up. Therefore we deserve to treat everybody equal no matter the circumstances.

 

Children gettin separated Image

https://images.app.goo.gl/ioR1YM2sAjdJfBsK9

 

Youtube video of families still getting separated at the border

Immigrant families still separated face …pbs.org

Diary of Systemic Injustice Showcase- Emma Budzinski

At the beginning of the semester, one example of Systemic Injustice that I learned about was the painted rock at Kent State University. If you do not know, the rock that is typically used to show school spirit was painted over with violent and inappropriate things multiple times. I not only transferred from Kent State but have a lot of friends there that are students, and the Assistant Dean is a family friend. What happens at Kent State affects a lot of people I know, and I feel I am still tied to Kent State since I went there for 2 years and still have a love for that University. 

The inappropriate paintings included “White Lives Matter” written on the rock at Kent State University multiple times even after the University sent out emails to try to stop this. Since this, Kent State has considered removing the rock, fencing it or putting up a security system. There was also a protest at the campus because of the rock being painted over with “White Lives Matter”. 

This is impacting a lot of my friends and family at Kent State and the campus of Kent State. I believe Kent State is making the right decisions with what to do after these occurrences happened. However, I do not know what the students who painted the rock could do to make it right. Them painting the rock showed injustice and painting over “BLM” with “White Lives Matter” was wrong in every way.

This is impacting the campus of Kent State University and a lot of the students there. When I went to Kent State I never experienced racism and injustice like this from other students or the university in general. I hope Kent State can find the right way to handle this situation and stop the rock from being painted over like this again. 

After going back, now a couple months after this incident, I was able to find new information. Before school started multiple black students who attend Kent State painted on the rock with Black Lives Matter related things. At this time in the world we were and are still having a fight for justice and Black Lives Matter. However, after the rock was painted over with White Lives Matter related items a total of 3 times. I was not able to find out if Kent State has come to a decision on if they will remove the rock or not. I think they are still trying to decide what the right thing to do is for something that has never happened before. The rock started off as something for sororities or fraternities to paint on in 1987. It slowly became something anyone could paint for anything, but now students have taken it too far in an inappropriate way. This to me relates to Othering because obviously some students at Kent State feel as though they are higher up, and the “One” compared to other students and can do anything they want.           

White Lives Matter' painted on Kent State U. rock: a 'direct threat' to  black students | The College Fix

‘White Lives Matter’ Repeatedly Painted Over Rock At Kent State University

 

Diary of Systemic Injustices Showcase – Christian Bravo

The Systemic Injustice that I have chosen to expand are the cases that ICE are responsible for removing women’s reproductive organs without consent. All of the victims fall under the category of being immigrants and detained by ICE. While detained in these different immigrant camps its where the injustices have occurred. The primary cause of the procedure is based on these women going to the doctors for a normal routine checkup and end up waking up after a full surgery that removed their reproductive organs.

This systemic injustice can be clearly connected towards the term of “Subalterns” studied throughout this course. The term of subaltern addresses the injustice of a community that is treated as inferior having their voices unheard being fully powerless. The term can clearly be established with these cases in which the cases scaled to the point in which the women who complained were being placed in solitary confinement. The power that ICE officials have over other being able to decide what these women are allowed to do with their bodies shows the amount of control and no restrictions being placed on them. I see the case as a systemic injustice based on the point that these officials are allowed to commit genocide by restricting these women the option to have children. Voices that express their concerns and fight for change, but nobody with power listens nor makes changes to improve these cases lead towards them being treated as inhuman or subaltern. How can certain people decide what other women have to do with their bodies. Imposing these medical operations while violating human rights it is a topic that is not being taken seriously. In the New York Times article “Immigrants Say They Were Pressured Into Unneeded Surgeries” they state how one of the doctors confirms that while some women need some treatments there are some that did not justify being under surgery. These women by being immigrants and being held in these camps does not provide the excuse to treat them as inferior.

The options to help change these cases by restricting the officers and not allowing them with so much freedom that they get to decide fates of other humans. This systemic injustice shows how power over others can easily corrupt people and allow them to think they deserve to decide what happens.

New York Times Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/us/ice-hysterectomies-surgeries-georgia.html

Citation:
Dickerson, Caitlin, et al. Immigrants Say They Were Pressured Into Unneeded Surgeries. 29
Sept. 2020, www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/us/ice-hysterectomies-surgeries-georgia.html.