To look at the world as an “us” and “them” scenario doesn’t do people much good at all. All this serves to do is incite distrust, fear, and even hatred for people for one reason or another. Andrew Barovick, Esq. has seen many problems rise out of a lack of inclusion and understanding, and this has seemed to have become even more problematic over the course of the last several years. However, it is nothing new. This is the sort of problem that has been plaguing humanity and causing hate to fester for a very long time.
The Day Laborer Dispute
Barovick has always believed that inclusion was important for a society to function properly and to function without hate and anger. In 2006, in a response to a letter that was published in the New York Times, he wrote his own letter to the editor entitled “Tempers Rising Over Day Laborers”. It pushed back against the intense fearmongering that was developing in Mamaroneck at the time.
There were a number of politicians in the area that were fanning the flames of fear when it came to day laborers. One of the politicians in questions went so far as to dehumanize these laborers by calling them locusts, saying that they were descending and feeding on the community.
Barovick was not having this, and it prompted him to write his own letter, mentioned above, to the New York Times. In his letter, Barovick disputed the notion that the day laborers were dangerous and that they were criminals, sexual predators, and panhandlers, as some of the politicians in 2006 – and today – might have people believe.
The letter talked about how these laborers were compelled to leave their homes and their families who were so far away in an effort to attain a better life for themselves and their loved ones. He went on to say that they weren’t taking jobs. Instead, they were performing jobs that other people did not want to do or would not do for the same cost.
Barovick recognized that these politicians were not merely talking about fear of job loss, but the arguments they were using would often have racial overtones, as well. He went on to say that instead of continuing with the fear and the hatred that people should look for better and more organized ways to recognize and help these people. He even went on to say that these workers put many “American citizens who would rather live off the public dole to shame”.
With changing attitudes and a less fearful outlook, he believes that it is possible to change the way of thinking that many people have about immigrants and day laborers. Of course, this is still a problem that people are facing today. There are many who are still arguing the same side as those politicians in 2006 in different places around the country.
What in Society Hampers Inclusion?
You would think that most people would want to be more inclusive, as it has the potential to build up a much stronger community overall. You would imagine that people would like the feeling that happiness, love, and acceptance made them feel more than what their anger and hatred caused them to experience. However, that is not the case with everyone, at least with the current state of the world.
Despite having written the letter in 2006, it is evident to Barovick and others who share his sentiments that the community, the country, and the world as a whole still has a lot of learning to do. There are still many people who are against being inclusive and who would rather have a secluded life where nothing changes and where they do not grow and experience other cultures.
What is it that makes this happen? Why do some people have these feelings? It’s difficult to know for sure because everyone is different, but often it stems from fear. In the case of the day laborers that Andrew Barovick was defending in his letter, it is fear of people coming and taking jobs.
Politicians will often look for the things that make people afraid and then they play on those fears just like any salesman would do. They make people afraid and then they tell those same people that they know who to blame, and they have the solution to the problem if only they are voted into office. It seems like a charade that would be easy to see through, but people fall for this again and again. This is because fear is such a powerful motivator.
What Will It Take to Break Beyond the Fear?
In order for a society to become more inclusive, it is important for people to speak out, just as Barovick did in his letter to the editor in the New York Times. It is important for people to help those who have unfounded fears to learn the truth. When the truth is brought to light, it can help to make those fears seem foolish even to those who espoused them for so long.
The Need for More Inclusion Today
Barovick and others like him see that the world has not made nearly as much headway in the past couple of decades as one might have hoped. There are still the fiery fears being fanned by those who fear inclusion for one reason or another. Those who are afraid and ignorant of the truth tend to have loud voices in today’s world, and that means that the voices that seek to provide more inclusion need to be just as loud or even louder.
With more inclusion, the world can be a safer place, a better place, and a richer place from a cultural perspective. To continue with the type of fear and anger that Barovick was advocating against in his letter will only end up causing more problems for everyone.