The difference of thinking of inequality as a system
Thinking of inequality as a system has made the society accept inequality as a part of life. It is due to how a society thinks of the existing differences between it and other societies that make it accept inequality as a natural phenomenon in the human race. Every system is controlled by certain forces that tend to resist any changes that may be enforced to the system. In a system there those in control and those controlled. This forms the basis of oppression, exploitation and discrimination in the society. It is difficult to bridge the inequality in the society for the society itself consists of several systems (Johnson, p15).
Certain cultural and religious orientation has anchored inequality in their systems. Religion has certain individual with privileges that are not accessed by others, such as; certain individuals are not allowed to the pulpit. Such privileges create inequality and restrain anyone from questioning the authority on inequalities. Moreover, every religion perceives itself as superior to others creating religious inequality. In a society there are rulers and those to be ruled. The system operates in such a way that, there persons who rule others thus the genesis of systems of inequality in the society and every member of the society has accepted these systems of inequality as a way of life. It is integrating inequality in the society’s way of life that makes part of the society. Otherwise individual would identify inequality and eliminate it in the society (Johnson, p15).
The society mindset of inequality as a system promotes discrimination in the society. Every individual, society and group of persons that share something in common strives to dominate others groups. As groups fights for superiority and eventually dominate others, they create a barrier that forms the systems of inequality. In most cases, especially in societies systems of inequalities have placed made some communities to dominate others. Dominance of one group by the other creates an avenue for exploitation in the society. Racialism has been one of the earliest systems of inequality, which has been the basis of exploitation of minority. Stereotypes have been developed to demean other. Such systems are the basis of racial discrimination (Tatum, p6).
However, besides challenges in fighting systems of inequality, thinking of inequality as a system has also united allies to stand for their position and fight to be recognized. Managing inequality as a system enables these groups to consistently and consciously break down these systems. It takes time to break down systems but systems are constantly changing. It is therefore possible that, what is at one time rejected by the system may be accommodated by the same systems in due course. An example is the discrimination of homosexuals and lesbians which have been eminent; however, overtime there has been acceptance of gays and lesbians by the same systems that had resisted before. Discrimination is everywhere and has no boundaries. It is therefore impossible to view the world without systems of discrimination (Hardman, Jackson, and Griffin, p27).
In conclusion, thinking of inequality as a system poses a challenge to those who would like to challenge inequality in the society and therefore necessary to differentiate the systems of the society and systems of inequality. By doing so, it will be easy for proponents of change to resist systems of inequality but adhere to societal systems. It is necessary to note that instability is systems of a society pose a danger to existence of societies. However, thinking of inequality as a system is a better way to push for equality in the society.