Challenging The Status Quo
I think it can be said that challenging the status quo is in our blood as human beings. Just look at history! Well before slavery was legally outlawed, slaves revolted often—some successfully and others not so much. The point, nonetheless, is that they went against the status quo, and often with grave consequences. Think of how their challenge to a system that had no regards for a slave’s life, other than its monetary value based on its ability to labor or produce more laborers, changed the course of human history and evolution.
We have even challenged the establishment when it was said only a select few could own property. The people who thrived in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921 were prime examples. They went up against a system that was designed to see them fail. Regrettably, it was all stolen from them. From that era on, minorities had to, once again, challenge the system to obtain The Fair Housing Act in 1968. However, housing was one way minorities lost ground. Between 1910 and 1997, African Americans lost about 90% of their farmland. This problem was a major contributor to America’s racial wealth gap according to a Propublica article.
When the rights of women, in particular, were marginalized, they challenged the accepted social norm. The Suffrage Movement gave a voice to women as a whole that is still reverberating throughout the world. Scented: The Status Quo will take you into a world where another type of barrier is placed upon the masses. Human nature, however, will rise to the occasion and challenge the status quo.
I’ve taught English for 22 years at NYC’s DOE. My first sixteen years were spent in the middle school. I’m currently, working with adults now. It’s mind boggling how an introvert like me could be teaching, but here I am.