And What About Us?

I ask the above question on behalf of all the people who are teens and below. Those persons in the most optimistic phase of life. Those who have ideals they believe to be universal simply because those ideals are buttressed by what they know is ethically right. Look to history, stare it, and pray that by the time you’re bald, grey, plasticised or poisoned, your faith is strong enough to bar the early onset of pernicious cynicism.

According to the World Bank Development Indicators been, “Almost Half the world -over three billion people- live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. More than 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.”

According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” http://www.globalissues.org They report that 20% of all humans generate 70% of the world’s income.

Why should this concern you? Because of this- it is morally and ethically reprehensible. It violates our highest ideals, and a neglect of our responsibilities. But that won’t move people to action. What would, is that the poor, the unhealthy and the ignorant have this incorrigible habit of moving, wandering and needing water, food and security. Plagues also migrate. It is in no ones interest to allow this deprivation.

Let’s flip the focus and take a look at what is considered as development. It’s all luxury and exclusively so. Hotels in space and undersea serve an ostentatious few. Are 90% of the world’s population destined to be serfs? It’s time to make a great noise asking, What About Us!

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Star Buck$, an Expression, a Piñata and Police

Today it’s Starbucks’ turn for caustic opprobrium. It’s their turn to be piñata of the day, because there were more decent customers than others, in the coffeehouse, and a woman was adroit enough to use the most feared weapon in America -a cellphone.

I’m not worried about the two Black men victimized. They are smart and doing well enough to take legal action to redress the wrong. Nor is there any sympathy needed for the Black police chief, who made himself so powerless that I don’t want to imagine the compromised, sectional existence that must be his. So all is well until tomorrow, when the world sees another America within a minute of the electronic upload. Worst if streaming. To come are the rest of the stories and American children are all watching and learning.

If this reads as uncaring, that’s not my intention. This is more about how I cope with institutionalized racism that pervades all life in America, and don’t ever think that the perpetrators and enablers are always White. I know that because of many experiences.

Starbucks would have us believe that firing a member of its staff and sensitivity training are good enough….to get by. Well, Mr. Starbucks, visit any of your stores and let us know if you see what your brand projects. Look the thing that you hatched, in the eyes. It’s not pretty and it’s menacing.

Your corporate culture is who you are. Your staff don’t need sensitivity training, they need leadership and good examples worthy of emulation. Just as nothing happens until something moves, people do what they believe is expected of them. They want to please you and maybe get recognition.

They are probably stunned by the swiftness of what corporate America and many governmental agencies rely on. Go to the most junior employee, publicly fire them and some people are satisfied. The latest script is, “that is not who we are.” I differ.

So my personal philosophy in coping with victimization is this: first, who needs whom; second, is the commodity essential to my comfort, and third, is it be available elsewhere? What cannot be changed from within can be changed from without. Starbucks needs me. I don’t need Starbucks. Problem solved.

Lastly, the employee fired and those remaining have learned something and that something would likely be taken to the next jobs. How, Mr. Starbucks, have you helped?

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