A Fortune of money is what you seek but a fortunate son is not someone like me.
A broken body, down on my luck, while you’re perched on top out of touch.
Running the business,
It’s always the same,
Making a fortune because you own the game
There’s always backlash.
Whenever an existing power structure feels threatened, you get backlash.
We see it in our world and, not surprisingly, we see it in the church.
It can be civil rights. It can be women. It can be the LGBTQIA+ community. Disability pride. It doesn’t matter.
In fact, it’s all of these things.
Wherever someone seeks equity and inclusion, you get backlash.
As we also often witness, you get cross sectional power players working together too. Think for a moment about how the powerful never seem to clamor for separation of church and state when they are colluding.
The power players all want to be in cahoots then.
It’s only when equity comes into play, such as when the church desired exclusion from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), do power players scream.
There are numerous examples here. Disability is my primary marginalizing experience but, it’s no different with regard to the other people mentioned initially.
You don’t have to go very far to notice the powerful orchestrating together.
I could name names, however, I suspect I don’t have to if you’ve read this far. They’ll even use us as tokens if we’re not careful.
Most of us won’t do this, of course, but it does happen and it only takes a couple for it to become some insulating justification for those in control. However, there is a better way forward.
When working within the existing power structure doesn’t work, and I believe that time is now, the rest of us need to build together too.
I’ve seen some of this, though, not nearly enough. In many cases, I’ve witnessed the opposite with divisions and factions.
The powerful know this and they’re happy to let it continue and even encourage it. If we minimize each other, they can continue their dominance over all of us.
We need to work across communities as allies for each other.
We need to lift up advocates in each their respective areas.
Whenever possible, we need to empower voices of those who are intersectionally marginalized. (Those who face more than one marginalizing identifier.)
I say this because I do believe you can be marginalized by one trait (as I am with my disability) while also being privileged in other ways (as I am as a white man.)
Yes, there will be times for me to speak. There will also be times for me to yield the floor.
There is time for both and too many times for all of us as it is today.
That’s the backlash to seeking equity. The truly powerful, the ones dominating our world today, will not go easily, quietly, or willingly. That’s where we are.
It’s also why it’s important for us to work together, building each other up. Because, they don’t have to tear us down if we do it for them.
Next time, I’ll look at how Jesus and his early disciples resisted the powerful in their time.
I hope you’ll check back because I believe this is an important lesson for us no matter if you believe exactly as I do or not. Solidarity.
Wherever you find yourself this day, thanks for journeying with me and remember in the world of Justice and Love, Love Accepts You No Exceptions.