Today's Wheatake takes a brief look at some of B. V. Islanders historical experiences of inequalities which have seasoned relationships across different generations.
Equality's mission is to ensure that every individual has equal opportunity to make the most of their lives, by using their God given gifts, talents, and abilities to the fullest without the obstructions of man made hindrances and/roadblocks. In other words, no one should have less chances in life because of the way she was born, where she lives, where she came from, what she believes, or whether she has a disability.
The true meaning of equality is a state of having equal opportunities to available resources, to live the life that God had intended for him. We claim that equality is one of the ideals of democracy but today that ideal has been falling like "Humpy Dumpy" The struggles to obtain moral equality, gender equality, equality of opportunity, equality in access ro resources, are increasing with every new day. These struggles for the basic equality of the absence of special privileges in society, the presence of adequate and equal opportunities for development for all, and equal satisfaction of basic needs of all, caused mamy to die before full term. These struggles are global in nature.
Here in this tiny corner of the globe, called the British Virgin Islands. the struggles have been on going for generations. The truth of the matter is that we were classified as commodities, thus initiating the ongoing fight to escape oppression.
Our swest had sweetened the coffee of our masters and that inequality has been driving some of us crazy. The crab mentality among the blacks has exhausted the energy of thousands of brothers and sisters, many of whom died before reachkng the promise land of equality.
As a youth, I observed family ties, skin colour,. birthplace, economic status, religion, education achievement, occupation, gender, and disabilities serving as filters to separate the preferred from the outcast. :"Kow your place," " 'mongst your sex," "he's crazy" were amd still are expressions identifying inequality among us.
So where do we go from here? Jesus told us to love your neighbour as yourself. That's a reasonable and attainable place to begin. If we achieved that we may be surprised to see how our lives can be changed, eliminating situations like the CoI and its derogatory effects on innocent people. Jesus also said if you seek God first all your needs would be met, full and perfect equality would be experienced. Why not give that approach to equality a try? You never know....
- Dr. Charles H. Wheatley