…ct of fighting for existence, because to do so is necessarily to deny someone else their existence. But if one does not fight for existence, then one is left with a greater shame still, that one could not even do that much. Playing the game of contesting one’s existence, one can only end up in one of two places: a greater hell, nonexistence, or a lesser hell, inhumanity.
I agree with the first sentence in my highlight of your write up, but disagree with the second.
I know it is not easy to maintain dignity of existence when we have to fight for relevance of that existence. The outcome, however, need not be inhumanity. I am confident it is possible to maintain dignity of existence in midst of having to fight for relevance of very same existence.
I agree with you that we are engaged in a fight for relevance of our existence because when a study shows minorities are less likely to get prized jobs whenever only 1 minority candidate qualifies in midst of say 4 to 5 non-minority candidates, this in a sense is fighting for relevance of our existence.
If we will refuse to adopt underhanded ways, short cuts, evil responses etc. in the fight for relevance of our existence, we can maintain dignity of our humanity in midst of the fight for relevance in American society.
Let us look for new ways, innovative ways, yet untried paths, whatever we think will work, but let us look with wisdom and goodness, not rage. When we look with rage, we enable dehumanization. We are better than that.