Episode #123 Everyone Is Equal

There is such tension surrounding conversations of equality because they often lead to uncomfortable questions with apparent but uncomfortable answers. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Barb Roose help us make the essential connection between what we value and how we live.

Show Notes

After George Floyd’s murder, that’s when there seemed to be a wave across the country were many folks who had blind spots said, "I see." They finally saw.
Barb Roose

Nine Problems

  • “Everyone is equal” is often misused in a way that minimizes or even rejects the realities of widespread inequality.
  • Actions that do not align with beliefs are evidence of blind spots in our perspectives.
  • Although every human being is of infinite and equal value, not every human being has equal opportunity in this world.
  • African American men in the United States receive harsher sentences than white men convicted of the same crime.
  • We tend to interpret reality through the lens of our own experiences, and we believe our own interpretation is more accurate than others’ interpretations.
  • Blind spots don’t make us bad, but they do make us blind.
  • Changing our mind is so difficult because it requires the humility to acknowledge we were wrong.
  • The belief that there is not nearly enough to go around is detrimental to a lifestyle devoted to the pursuit of equality.
  • Anger and fear shape our worldview so much more than we would like to admit.

Five Principles

  • Commitment to equality is only as strong as the choices that back it up.
  • Awareness of inequality may begin with a feeling of guilt, but it should not end there.
  • We cannot be blind once we begin to look around.
  • The belief that everyone is equal naturally cultivates the desire to level the playing field.
  • The pie always expands to the size of our generosity.

Three Practices

  • Approach every day with the belief that there are a variety of blind spots in your vision.
  • Familiarize yourself with the indisputable statistics about educational and economic inequity in the United States.
  • Consider the question, “What is keeping me from becoming more engaged in the fight for justice and equality?”