Equality and equity are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two. 

“Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.” (www.onlinepublichealth.gwu.edu) Equality and equity, please. 

Annually, Oct. 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child (also called Day of Girls), first observed in 2012. It is a day declared by the United Nations to increase awareness of the inequality girls face and to support efforts and opportunities for girls to achieve gender equality and empowerment. Of course, we all recognize the fact that girls become women and still struggle against gender discrimination. Equality and equity, please. 

The second Monday in October (Oct. 11 this year) is annually celebrated as Indigenous Peoples Day. October 11th is also celebrated as Columbus Day in some states this year, a day to recognize Christopher Columbus for allegedly discovering America in 1492. However, there has been/is resistance to crediting Columbus with “discovering” America since Native Americans (Indigenous people) were already living on the land. The treatment of Indigenous people by the new European arrivals resulted in the removal of Indigenous children and adults from their homes; loss of their language and culture; disease; and death. Indigenous people still suffer from indignities, discrimination and harm. Equality and equity, please. 

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian at 3001 Central St. (847-475-1030; now open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays) offers an education on Indigenous people in the U.S. and beyond. Equality and equity, please.  

“This Land Is Your Land” 
by Woody Guthrie 

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me …

 

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