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Opportunity For All

In protests around the world, one image stands out: The Joker

(CNN) In cities around the world, among the sea of demonstrators who have taken to the streets, one image has stood out: the stark white face and creepy red grin of the Joker. Their causes are different, their grievances varied. Proposed austerity measures. Threats to democratic freedoms. Deepening inequalities between ordinary citizens and the ruling elite.

So why are some protesters in Lebanon, Iraq, Chile, Bolivia, Hong Kong and Spain taking inspiration from a psychopathic killer from a controversial film?

Dressing up as the Joker is a response to how sick our society is, reflecting both how insignificant people feel and the rebellion that those feelings have awakened. Joker is a misunderstood character, vulnerable and abandoned. The ones who do not belong to the social privilege class – which is the majority – feel the same way. “Joker” elicits sympathy for its title character, presenting a cautionary tale about how neglecting society’s most vulnerable can result in horrific consequences.

If we don’t take a stand now. If we don’t help curve this inequality, the consequences for our children and their children looks grim and dark. This is our chance to turn things around. We can’t do it alone. We need to stand together and build a better world.

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