When social equity is not in everything we do, for many it feels like a…

a frame-up /ˈfrām ˌəp/

a conspiracy to falsely incriminate someone

Are we daring to say that society creates frame-ups? For some people, absolutely. Around this country, there are large parts of our community who live day-to-day in a conspiracy where the odds are stacked against them. They were born into a particular situation that creates challenges that are hard to overcome. For many, this is what poverty feels like.

In the longer definition of the word frame-up, they point out that the “framing” is a distraction. We know this all too well. Instead of fixing the many societal and structural inequities in our communities that contribute to their challenges, we are distracted with the personal contribution debate as to “why” they are poor, jobless, homeless, etc, and to be frank, it is easier to assume they are just lazy.

More plainly, we often are distracted by the why instead of owning to the fact that there are parts of the frame-up that we can fix. If as a community, we pursue social equity – pursue justice and fairness in our public policies and services, we would get further away from contributing to the frame-up that occurs in so many people’s lives today.

This popular quote from Thomas Moore from 1516 still resonates true over 600 years later:

“For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them”.

Sounds like a frame up to me.

There are things we can do to improve or help equity along, we just have to be willing to have the conversations and take the correct actions, and not be distracted.

So what are you distracted with that’s preventing social equity:

  • Politics and partisanship;
  • self-interest;
  • indifference;
  • willful ignorance;
  • bias;
  • lies about the motivations around equity; or
  • reluctant acceptance that the status quo will never change
  • …. so you do nothing.

Whatever the distraction is for you, we are here to bring light to the importance of social equity and push towards action.

Let’s turn the frame-up on its head.

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