Why I refuse to call myself a minority
In the USA, a Democratic society, the word minority is used to best describe lack of power. If the Democrats hold the majority in Congress it makes the Republicans nervous. Why? Because they can pass legislation. They can override their wishes with the majority vote. They hold the power. Minority, in this political system, means lesser, fewer, not as powerful as compared to the "other guy".
And that my friends is a big crock of shit in terms of how we view ourselves.
This is why I refuse to identify on any level as a minority because in no way, shape or form will I ever identify as powerless. I will not put that glass ceiling or box around myself.
The word is ridden with negative connotations and old and rigid emotions. There's an underlying feeling of limit, of under-privileded or of lack. It speaks to being owed something.
And in a society as rich with opportunity as this one, I can't be bothered with limit. And I know that the belief that someone owes you something is self-destructive more than anything.
In so many cases hiding behind the word minority feels like an excuse. A big, fat excuse. Because if this guy can work with President Clinton and become a world-class motivational speaker, then we can all make something of ourselves. Period.
I don't argue that society is fair. I don't argue that there can't be pride in the word, but I rarely if ever have heard it.
What I am arguing is that people don't call themselves a minority with the same pride that they call themselves Mexican, Puerto Rican or Cuban. There is a subtle but extremely powerful difference that highlights the story we tell ourselves, one I believe to be seriously flawed and destructive.
It's just not worth it to me.
To use a word in society that inherently means less powerful is foolish to me. Because the day we view ourselves as powerless is the day we're dead. And the grave isn't calling me... not yet.