Opportunity and Inequality

Opportunity and Inequality

When I look at the picture at the top of this website, I wonder what the future will look like for these four Ghanaian boys from Putubiw. I know that in all likelihood, they will not have the same opportunities that I have in life. They will not have access to the same quality of education or healthcare. They will not have power and influence equal to mine. My mission is to ask why

The "Winning Lottery Ticket"

Why have I been blessed, through an accident of birth and a lot of good luck? I know that I have every opportunity in the world. I have enough social and cultural capital to do anything with my future. I have power and thus I have opportunity. Why is this my reality?

I once heard a classmate describe his birth certificate as a "winning lottery ticket." That phrase has always stuck with me. In so many ways, because of my nationality, my skin color, my education, my family, and my friends, I have a winning lottery ticket in life.
But what of those who are not so lucky? How many people have the opportunities and power that I have? How do I make sense of this inequality of opportunity?

In order to process and understand these questions, I provide background information on Ghana and New Orleans, and then focus on the following themes:

Power and Opportunity

Here I discuss questions of power and opportunity (in both Ghana and the United States) in the context of social and cultural capital. I also highlight my lingering questions on power, inequality, and prospects for change. 

Structural Violence

Here I focus on how structural violence reinforces inequality and provide examples from the United States and from Ghana. I conclude with my thoughts on making sense of structural violence.

Cultural Difference

In this section of the website, I discuss my understanding of culture and share some of my experiences with cultural difference from my time in Ghana.

Looking to the Future

I conclude with my thoughts on the prospects for social change. What is the relationship between power, structural violence, and cultural difference? Can the unfortunate reality of inequality be combated? What can be done?