As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The other day I wrote about the idea of the majority populations aiming to work and live alongside each other, trying to solve the issue of in-equity together. When I say majority this word pertains to the largest population segment which is, European Americans. Although there are also anglo Americans, this category has been downplayed. Anglo American, or European American settlers are segments whose ancestry is derived from Europe which was largely Spaniards, and the British. However, at present day any one who lives in America with European or Anglo ancestry is called American.
I thought about this history, the majority populations, and how these ideas intersect with the formation of America as a nation, indigenous histories, along with Spanish, French colonization, and the minority segments such as: African Americans, present day Hispanic / Latino migrants, which could also include refugees from other war- torn countries as: Syria or Palestine. We can actually think of every other minority population segment. How can majority and minority work / live alongside each other so that brutal histories are not repeated? Or vulnerable individuals who have escaped harsh circumstances to find a haven in America? How could they feel safe, without feeling a sense of displacement? For this to be achieved, it really means to go beyond what is expected, to form a welcoming stance for all. Of course these rhetorics have to dwindle from top down, such as leadership at the macro level; from the national level, to organizations and systems, and eventually to the micro of the home. But it also takes a willingness, a willingness to learn, live, and also trust.
Sometimes trust between population segments or "race" is broken. This could be due to harsh histories, or even present day events. We can think of topics such as: police brutality, where there have been incidences of intentional harm, but we've also seen police who risk their lives to serve and protect. We've also seen the racialized often attacking those from majority populations. We've heard of systemic discriminations where racialized students, or students with a particular ethnicity, or even if the skin is white are moulded into failures. Sometimes denied the opportunity, because professionals did not inform them, or abused their professional position.
There are many examples that we can think about. But I think that we have reached a time in history to realize that populations of minority and majority are better together. Just as the minority populations, immigrant, or refugees came to America to seek a better future, so did the europeans, and the anglo's. Whilst there are instances of brutal history, we cannot ignore that European Americans were integral to the formation of America.
America as a nation has its own identity and history, just like other nations do. Whilst diversity, minority, harsh histories have to be embraced by both minorities and majorities, the distinct identity of America should not be mantianed through divisions and divides. Or using policy to create divisions. Policy and power should be harnessed in such a way, so that the identity of America as a nation can be maintained and where divides are lessened or even diminished. Sometimes this does mean to go back to the table, or have some reflective discussion about what the identity of America is. What is important to America? How are the objectives of a nation going to be strategically achieved, to serve the changing dynamics of the population / nation?
We could think of a recent example such as elected officials to demonstrate these thoughts. The election of diverse candidates to congress, and governors, the rise of women in leadership roles, and within the political arena. These are a macro-reflection of shifts pertaining to changing population demographics. Whilst these are important milestones to recognize within Americas development, I once again say that to achieve a seamless nation, pluralism, and cohesion, even where we don't have to use the dichotomy of majority and minority, there has to be a willingness to build trust, repair what might be viewed as broken, and invest with engaging with individuals of difference, with a genuine common best interest for the nation of America.