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Equity has Become a Four Letter Word


We are in the age where our language, and the meaning of words, is changing at such an alarming rate, that it is hard to keep up for the average person. People today, especially the left, have taken words and phrases and attempted to redefine them in order to make their agenda more palatable. As President Bill Clinton once famously said “it depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” One of the key words the left is redefining is “equity.” The word equity has become a four letter word.

Many words have been redefined or coopted by the left in order to further their policies and to reach their goals. There is the change of the word “gay” from “having or showing a merry or lively mood” to meaning “of, relating to, or exhibiting sexual desire or behavior directed toward people of one’s own sex or gender.” The left have attempted to remove the words “husband” and “wife” from the law, to replace it with words like “spouse” or “married couple.”

The left has even made up terms for fictional weapons, such as the word “assault rifle.” And I could go on and on highlighting the words and phrases they have attempted to redefine, but the word “equity” likely is THE key word which defines what the left wants to do and what its goals are.

Webster’s dictionary defines equity as “the quality of being fair or impartial; fairness, impartiality … something that is fair and just.” Well, how could being fair and just be a bad thing? Shouldn’t we all be for equity?

The problem is, like the other words I mentioned, the left has taken the word equity and modified the definition to suit its needs. Instead of equity meaning being fair and impartial, the left now define it as the government treating people differently in order to achieve equal results.

You see, this is the same Marxist agenda the left have always had. But what they have done is to take a simple and harmless word like “equity” and turn it into something which is evil and unAmerican. Based on the definition being used by the left for this word, no American can be for equity.

Let me dig a little deeper here. In America, we are to work for and to make sure that every American has the equality of opportunity. Our laws, our programs, our entire society is to be based upon this truth. People who are free and support each other’s unalienable rights, understand that we all must have opportunity. To not be hampered by government, or anyone else, in our “pursuit of happiness.”

But Americans also know that equality of opportunity does not mean there is equality of result. In fact, equality of opportunity means that there will NOT be equal results. And that is a GOOD thing! Liberty cannot be advanced, excellence cannot be achieved if the results must be that everyone ends up at the same finish line, with the same stuff, at the same time.

You see, equality can largely happen by people just staying out of other people’s business. You do you, I’ll do me. But equity requires force. It requires tearing some down, or limiting them, in order that others can cross the finish line at the same time.

Equity in Reality

Several years ago, there was a study of affirmative action (equity on steroids). And that study found that Asian Americans had to have SAT scores 140 points higher than white students, 270 points higher than Hispanic students, and 450 points higher than black students in order to be accepted into some universities. This meant that Asian Americans were penalized for their race, in order for others of a different race to move forward.

If we were seeking true equity, in its traditional meaning, the case of the students above and the SAT would mean we would work to raise the scores of blacks or Hispanics or even whites to be on par with the Asian Americans who are excelling. What we wouldn’t do is penalize Asian Americans for excelling.

A free society would abhor such obviously racist and tyrannical actions by the government. But many Americans have been conditioned to this “fairness doctrine” of equity, and now accept racism in the name of fairness. How far we have fallen from Dr. Martin Luther King’s words: “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men – yes, black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Pursuit of happiness… NOT result of happiness.

It appears we must now use the term “equity” to mean what the left have changed it to. Okay, I can do that. But that means any thinking American MUST now be against equity, and fight against it as hard as they would fight FOR equality.

We must not be fooled into believing the word “equity” means fairness or impartiality anymore. The left means to be partial and unfair, and to be equitable in its administration of tyranny. And you are meant to ignore the man behind the curtain, pulling the levers.

Author: Jay Shepard

Jay Shepard is the Executive Editor of Committed Conservative. Jay is currently a security analyst and business owner. Jay served 21 years in the U.S. Army, mostly in the infantry. Jay also served as an Army inspector general for four years. Jay has a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from James Madison University, and a Masters of Public Administration (concentration National Security) from Troy University. Jay has run several successful state-wide political campaigns, and has been an outspoken advocate for the Constitution, the core American principles, the Convention of States, and military policies. Jay’s passion is everything to do with the founding of our country, and with baseball. Jay has coached over 30 years at the youth to prep levels.