Equality or Equity?

As many people who have had debates/ discussions with me know, I don’t believe in equality.

In my opinion, it’s a sham to think that everyone is equal at all times. Even your fingers are not equal, that’s why the gloves you wear are of different lengths.

Let me explain a bit. Equality does not cater to the differences that make us unique as individuals.

To say that any 2 individuals are equal and should be treated equally is tantamount to saying because hair is hair, all types of hair whether Afro or straight, oily or dry should be treated equally. Even the tax bands implemented are not equal so why do we insist on indulging in the fantasy of equality?

On the other hand, I believe in equity. The first time I heard this term was in my 2nd year as a Law student and it made so much sense to me.

I’m not going to bore you with the history of equity but it’s a concept that arose when Common Law could not deal with certain issues.

Basically, equity seeks to ensure fairness. For different circumstances, different rules apply. There’s no “one size fits all” approach.

I won’t deny the fact that this concept is subject to the whims and caprices of our selfishness as human beings but not in a million years should we think that equality trumps equity.

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