Social stratification is the result of the systems in place to distribute the social, political and economic power in our society. There are things I learned from growing up in the inner-city while having the privilege of navigating multiple social circles that I want to share with all those who live on the margins of society or who work with those who live on the margins with the hopes of enlightening perspectives.
I put off watching Fresh Off the Boat, nervous about how the show would make Asian Americans look. A look back on the first season.
Initially, the ideas which gave rise to racism were upheld by the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny – two documents which the Church signed off on which made it theologically permissible for whites to exploit others. While we are centuries away from these blatant acts, Western (American) theology has been thoroughly shaped by them.
At the time, I needed someone who I felt like understood exactly what I was going through. To discover that a high profile punk icon who I had shared the same sorts of experiences with offered me the same sort of self-acceptance I had experienced when I was a teenager.
All my life I have been painted by numbers. As though my whole soulful self could be measured. As though the dollar signs and thumbs up and number on the scale could tell you what exactly I’m worth, let alone who I am.
I often find myself wishing that there was some reservoir of 1’s and 0’s that told held the stories from the older generation. Tweets about what World War II was like and Instagram #nofilter proving that they really where at Woodstock. But if we are going to learn the stories of their generation we are going to have to work a little harder than we are used to. We can’t passively hang out with their Facebook timelines.