Equality vs Equity
Equality = Sameness - Same thing
Equity = Fairness - Access to same opportunities
Equality focuses on creating the same starting line for everyone. Equity has the goal of providing everyone with the full range of opportunities and benefits – the same finish line.
The goal of treating everyone the same way is noble and something we applaud, but it ignores the fact that people tend to differ in their abilities, resources and experiences. Those differences tend to actually become barriers; when we ignore the barriers, we end up promoting privilege. What we don’t do is solve the societal issues that have created such inequality – we feed into it.
Focusing on equity means that we recognize the system in place is leaving many behind and we actively dedicated resources to ensure everyone can catch up and succeed at the same level, barrier free.
I was looking at the pic above and was thinking, hmm, doesn't that mean bringing those with an advantage to no fault of their own be it genetics or other down a peg? How is that fairness? You took the boxes that were given to everyone (1 each) which is equal then applied equity where it gave the shortest person 2 boxes instead of 1. Doesn't that mean it uplifts the disadvantaged and brings down the advantaged so no matter how good you are at something, everyone is good at the same thing with no advantage? What's the point of even hiring skilled workers then if you can just uplift a non-skilled worker to the same level by bringing skilled workers down to their level or just saying low skilled workers are just as good as skilled workers? So we're not striving for the best of the best anymore? Or am I looking at this wrong? Again, just basing it off that pic.
If that's the case, I deserve a World Elite Black (no limit) Visa/Mastercard then even if I don't spend its minimum requirements or have the minimum household income. I should have the same access the celebrities have, you know, equity.