social equity

The Case for Reparations

I. “So That’s Just One Of My Losses”

Clyde Ross was born in 1923, the seventh of 13 children, near Clarksdale, Mississippi, the home of the blues. Ross’s parents owned and farmed a 40-acre tract of land, flush with cows, hogs, and mules. Ross’s mother would drive to Clarksdale to do her shopping in a horse and buggy, in which she invested all the pride one might place in a Cadillac. The family owned another horse, with a red coat, which they gave to Clyde. The Ross family wanted for little, save that which all black families in the Deep South then desperately desired—the protection of the law.

Redefining Mental Illness

Two months ago, the British Psychological Association released a remarkable document entitled “Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia.” Its authors say that hearing voices and feeling paranoid are common experiences, and are often a reaction to trauma, abuse or deprivation: “Calling them symptoms of mental illness, psychosis or schizophrenia is only one way of thinking about them, with advantages and disadvantages.”

The report says that there is no strict dividing line between psychosis and normal experience: “Some people find it useful to think of themselves as having an illness. Others prefer to think of their problems as, for example, an aspect of their personality which sometimes gets them into trouble but which they would not want to be without."

Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

By Matt O'Brien Not a day seems to go by where we're not reminded that inequality is growing in America. But it's not just outcomes that matter; it's opportunity. Last month, we looked at startling new research that showed that poor kids who do what they need to do -- go to college -- make just about as much money later in life as wealthy kids who don't even graduate high school. 

America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others.

That's because, in large part, inequality starts in the crib. Rich parents can afford to spend more time and money on their kids, and that gap has only grown the past few decades. Indeed, economists Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane calculate that, between 1972 and 2006, high-income parents increased their spending on "enrichment activities" for their children by 151 percent in inflation-adjusted terms, compared to 57 percent for low-income parents.

Combat Zone

Worth Motorcycle Company is not about motorcycles. We facilitate social and cultural equity by providing marginalized men and women an opportunity to acquire various skill-sets; skill-sets typically required to thrive in any environment- social, occupational, educational, and otherwise. In order to achieve this, we encourage students to broaden their worldviews by being amenable to something new. While this may not seem like much to many, the truth is, the better majority of us have not tried something new, nor attempted to do something different, in a long, long, long time. Unfortunately, this makes sense. It's hard to do something different, even when change is obviously needed. Different is hard because it's couched humility. In this context, humility can be described as an individual's willingness to acknowledge that someone else could be right. Also making different hard: hope. If you're changing, it's only because you're hopeful regarding the potential outcomes. And where there's hope, there's vulnerability, and vulnerability can be plain old dangerous for our students. With that said, nothing is any more dangerous than the way things are today for these kids.