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!

www.designboom.com/architecture/worlds-first-undersea-residence-conrad-maldives-rangali-island-04-27-2018/

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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We All Should Get Behind Trump

Won’t keep you with a lot of insincere reasons. Trump is now standing on the edge of a precipice and appears to have all his options closed. Behind him are a small group of unprincipled fanatics, who are determined to hurry on apocalyptic occurrences. Trump in his naivete did not foresee his predicament. All he wanted was to ride an emperor’s horse.

I think that we ought to follow the pleas of Republicans and get behind Trump. I figure that a bump or a push from us, reasonable forgiving folks, would be more that enough to get him and Bannon’s marionettes over the edge, hopefully to a river of fire below, compliments of karma.

 

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The Big White Ghetto: America’s Useful Secret

Today, while preparing some notes on another subject, it occurred to me that the state of Kentucky, U.S ranks near the bottom of human well-being scales on every measure: adult literacy, higher education, household income and others. Thirty-two percent of the families live below the federal poverty level thus qualifying for federal assistance.  Welfare.

http://theweek.com/articles/452321/appalachia-big-white-ghetto

How could this be, given the fact that ninety-five percent of the residents vote Republican?  That their Senator Mitch McConnell has been serving them in one official capacity or another, all of his working life. A person Kentucky voters have kept in the Senate for over thirty years consecutively. One who began in 1985 making $75,100 now earning $174,000. His average wealth of $22.8 million.

How did Mitch McConnell’s net worth soar?

http://www.google.com/amp/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml//news/fact-checker/wp/2014/05/22/how-did-mitch-mcconnells-net-worth-soar/  

So, since the White ghetto sees the Black Ghetto in distant, negative terms, it seems to me that our system, beneficial to neither group is maintained, people will continue to deeper poverty.

I tried to keep this short because the two links explain so much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  It was Sojourner Truth (1787-1883) who, her patience worn thin, famously said “If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them and not be talking about it”.
This is usually the place where the debaters, soi disant theorists  and the attention starved, step in to impress us with demands for a definition of what power is; what is meant by rights and so on. I am quite satisfied with Stokley Carmicael’s answer when called to the rabbit hole by a certain radio journalist, “Everybody knows what power is, let’s not waste time on that”. Stokley said, his frustration barely not showing.

I am writing this in the conviction that one has to be very naive to not notice and be concerned about conflicts occurring across the world. For me, I’ll limit myself to  what’s happening in America, where the fissures grow and the edges crystallize.  I believe that the rot in government started way back in the sixties. The Civil Rights Movement tore away the the illusion of the Kings’ clothes, and new boogeymen could not be manufactured fast enough. So they settled for “Morning in America”. Some parts of the country were told that they were happy. Fast forward to 2008 audacity of Obama.

More damage was done to this country by the powers behind the Republican Party leadership than an enemy could have ever done. Racists held fast, vilification of the elected president amplified and then out jumped people who had no business running the politics of the United States. Said thirty-year Senator Mitch McConnell, (GOP) Ky- then Senate Majority Leader, “Our goal is to make Barak Obama a one term president”.  Black people and Liberals said, hell, no you won’t and the chasm moved wider. Think about it. That is a policy statement of one of the most developed countries.

When a power base is threatened it marshals its forces. First and best to use are propaganda, courts, then bullies and thugs, the latter in or out of uniforms. They are permitted to do unspeakably atrocious violence. Are we there yet? I think so. Unless one looks at the surge in police murders with no consequences as disparate actions. It cannot be happenstance that all across the country state attorneys give away get-out-of-jail-free-cards as certain demographics cache armouries in their homes. Now at the same time, where are the men? In prisons. I might be wrong. We’ll know sooner than later.