I wanted to write a bit about something I continue to see and experience in life and what I refer to as the “Minority Complex”. The MC is a perception of life that is always limited, is constantly under threat, sees his own uniqueness as a fault or problem mostly in their unknown subconscious and ends up acting this out in a cycle in reality. To put it simply, I believe the MC is why there has never been a female president in the U.S, why there are so few to none gay male pop culture artists and politicians, and why ethnic politicians and ethnic pop culture icons (Chinese, Indian particularly,) in North America are still rare.
How is this so?
Well, we have a tendency to “blame society” or the “white privileged male” for the status quo. But im here to offer a different reality. Sorry but the truth does hurt sometimes. The MC is a huge problem why minorities don’t get ahead; it’s not ALL because of the greater society (the obvious), it’s also because MINORITIES DON’T OFTEN HELP THERE OWN CAUSE by supporting and encouraging and PHYSICALLY acting to help their fellow minority members and mostly THEMSELVES.
Example, if all the U.S women voted for a female president it wouldn’t matter what the “white privileged male” did at all, we would have a female president. Example, if every gay/bisexual/trans man and woman came out of the closet tomorrow the stigma of homosexuality would be gone almost over night as everyone would become aware that these issues affect them and their families personally.
A recent character that shows this MC in a very nasty way is Samuel L. Jacksons’ character Uncle Tom in the movie Django Unchained .
How does this MC happen?
The MC lives in our subconscious. Because you may feel you have a weakness or don’t live up to societies standard in some shape or form, you set limits on your own life and what you realistically can and cannot achieve. Because of these limits, when you see others you perceive as in the same minority try to move into new territory or a new job or place of perceived prestige- you may also believe that they too cannot “make it” in this new territory based on your own personal fear, beliefs, experiences and expectations. This in turn causes you to think they are either wasting their time or you could even think they are downright stupid or crazy for even trying!
The MC can be even sneakier. Sure maybe a gay man might set up a meeting for a friend to get a job and then at the last minute could say “hey make sure you act straight otherwise they might not hire you.”
Being an out and gay artist I have literally seen this MC over and over again. People in the community seeing my talent and saying you are great for this or that role or that my music should be played on the radio or you would be great for TV “but can you pretend to be straight cause we don’t see a market for you even though I personally like you.”
The “I don’t see a market for a gay artist” makes me laugh still to this day. Not only do we live in a digital age where you can sell music worldwide, we have notable (straight) pop icons SELLING and MARKETING TO GAY SOCIETY (Lady Gaga and Madonna anybody?) Clearly they see a financial benefit to targeting this market. Because of the MC though, believing a gay artist can actually market to the SAME group of people and have success in pop culture still seems impossible to some.
My point is to give consciousness and light to a new limitless way of thinking for a better life for you and those around you,