Growing up, when I thought of corruption I thought of countries across the ocean where governments openly suppress the people, military members use the power of their position to get what they want, police brutality is displayed in the public forum and rape is used as a method of controlling females. While scrolling through the internet, one can find many websites that offer opinions/facts about corruption in the US: the government, the police, the judicial system and the list goes on. As an adult, I soon observed that corruption is not just a term used to describe other countries, it is happening in this country as well – on a daily basis. Perhaps what is different about America is that the corruption is often masked; yet with today’s social media, that is changing and bystanders are becoming more vocal about what they see taking place around them. In my opinion, it feels like corruption is becoming more of the norm and less of the “rare occasions.” This leaves me feeling pensive. Though I’m sure the list is much longer, here are some examples:
– The police officer who uses excessive force with a compliant individual. Children are watching your actions! They see you responding in an aggressive manner. They begin to develop a sense of distrust for the police force and that creates barriers in the community that lessen your ability to solve future cases. Just because your job places you in an authoritative role does not mean that you should abuse that power. Your duty is to protect the community.
– The school administrator who does not get the proper services for a student due to the cost. I was under the impression that a main point of schools was to help children to grow and become productive members of society?.? How can they do that if you restrict services because it will cost more money? Do you really care about the welfare of the children if money controls your decisions? And do not tell me about the budget. More often than not, there are cuts that can be made in other places such as the snacks for staff or the expenses paid for sending staff members to workshops/conferences. The top priority should be the students and getting them what they truly need.
– The judge who hears testimony from a detective and has a copy of previous transcripts where the detective’s story significantly changes. Who you are friends with, or who helped you with another case, should not determine which facts you listen to and which you ignore. This is not a matter of opinion. The transcripts are in black and white. The sentences you give can completely alter the life of an individual. You are to deliver an unbiased judgement based on the facts.
– The doctor who prescribes medicine to a child because the parent won’t stop requesting it, even though your evaluation proves the child does not need it. It is your job to help people make healthy decisions. You must stand strong when opposition is against you. Medication is not to be used as a babysitter, nor as a form of income through street sales. Stating diagnoses and prescribing medication often has long-lasting effects on the individual. Your job is to provide an honest medical evaluation without allowing others to dictate the outcome on paper.
– The insurance company who withholds allowing proper treatment to be given due to the pressure of the one who pays for the insurance. Should we, as humans, not want to see people get the proper treatment and medical care that they need? Why does money dictate what services are provided? Yes, services do cost money, but shouldn’t the well-being of the patient be the top concern!?! Just because people commit insurance fraud does not mean that every single person is out to do that. It is not just numbers on a screen, it is people’s lives you are messing with. Insurance carriers should orchestrate the billing nightmare, not purposefully seek to avoid proper treatment for a person simply because it will cost you more money.
…to be continued…