Unfairness is when something is not based on or behaving according to the principles of equality and justice. There are so many things in the world that are unfair, and being unfair is not limited to a particular group of people.
Although some groups can be singled out for particular cases of unfairness, there has been and still is unfairness among people everywhere. Some examples of this are the way people judge others, the double standard for youth, and judging others based on their appearance.
People being judged because of the place they were raised or based on their parents and family. Another way people are unfair is when they judge someone by their past.
It is a prime example of how no matter the age, ethnicity, or gender, unfairness is among people everywhere. Whether the judgment is good or bad, it is made by people who think they know one’s past, or those with whom they have relations.
For example, many people assumed that because Whitney Houston was a famous singer, her daughter Bobbi Brown, would also be a wonderful and popular singer. However, this was not the case, and it was a very unfair assumption. As a result of the assumption, people thought Brown would be a star. When it was discovered that she could not sing, she received a lot of negativity. Brown was not the only young person wrongfully judged.
The Double Standard
The double standard for children and teens is another example of unfairness among people, however, directed at a specific group. When younger people have complaints about something, adults often feel they have no validity, and therefore, disregard their thoughts.
Adults feeling what young people have to say is not important seems to be a double standard. Considering a 12-year-old can receive psychiatric treatment without parental knowledge or consent, adults should give them more credit.
In a household, most parents make children do chores and tell them they are grown enough to clean and do work, but set a curfew because “the child is not grown.” Hypocrisy tends to take place, such as when the adult dresses a certain way but tells the child they cannot. In this case, the adult is unfairly stifling the child’s appearance.
Unfairness in Appearance
Appearance is something very important to most people. How a person looks is the first thing one notices when they see another person. An assumption is already made about the person: How they are, Who they are, What they do, etc.
If a person is wearing blue and khaki in a Walmart, the assumption is made that they are an employee. If a mother dresses her baby in a blue sleeper with dinosaurs, one would assume the baby is a boy. These assumptions could be unfair to make, and people have mistakenly said the wrong thing to a person based on appearance.
Although judgment could be very unfair, it is not the only unfair thing. For example, even equality could be unfair. If children in a class are reading a book, some may understand it in different ways; perhaps one uses an audio book, another reads aloud, and someone else reads silently. This would be equality because each student gets what need by reading differently. However, the fair thing to do would make each student read the same way.
Unfairness is something that comes in various forms, and everyone has been a victim or victimized someone, knowingly or unknowingly.
Opinion by Trinity Oglesby
Edited by Cathy Milne
Lifetime: The Houston’s on Our Own
The University of Chicago: WHEN A MINOR IS NOT A MINOR
Critical Social Justice: Why Equality Isn’t Fair: A Lesson from Fourth Grade
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