Posts tagged: the new robber barons
(Unpacking the Snowflake - Kevin M. Hemer)
In 1962— before Civil Rights legislation, when Black people were literally having their houses bombed for moving into white neighborhoods, and Black neighborhoods were being bombed in entirety for having nice houses, white people were literally releasing dogs on Black children (my parents) for walking to school, Black children and teenagers were literally leaving school to protest and then being arrested for demanding to be treated equally, police commissioners were driving through Black neighborhoods in tanks to instill fear in them for wanting to be treated equally, everything was separate with Black people getting the shittier end, they literally had lower education standards for Black schools and Black people were still getting lynched and the KKK was strong—
White people when surveyed said “there is equal opportunity“… So don’t think it’s weird that 93% or so of white people still think “there is equal opportunity” today. They’ve literally always been wrong and still are.
This post isn’t about welfare, but it beautifully illustrates a point I’ve been making (or trying to make) since I started this blog:
Privileged people do not understand the realities of people who lack their privilege.
White people assume PoC have the same education and job opportunities.
People with permanent addresses assume homeless people can just fill out an application for McDonalds or Burger King, be hired, and immediately use their paychecks to secure housing.
People who don’t receive welfare assume people on welfare are lazy and intentionally having multiple children and not looking for jobs.
This is why I am always, always asking people if they’ve ever considered that maybe, JUST MAYBE, they don’t have the whole story about their cousin/neighbor/friend’s sister. Because people in privilege tend to ascribe their own circumstances to everyone, even when that’s the exact opposite of reality.
Dom Hélder Câmara, Archbishop of Olinda & Recife (Brazil), 1909-1999
“The Bishop of the Slums”
BP asks PM to help curb US leak cost http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22549710
aw, poor babies.
French economy returns to recession http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22536197
Eurozone economy still in recession http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22536201
Rich-poor divide ‘picking up speed’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22545210
Nikkei surges past 15,000 mark http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22535635
one of these things is not like the others.
Good for you. Now get out of here with your non-problems.
Why did I click on this?
“i have twenty eight thousand dollars in savings and i am twenty nine years old and my parents paid for my top shelf education but i am being a shitty baby about ‘responsibility’ bc i literally do not understand the connection between my life opportunities and my parents’ money, let alone what life is like when your parents //can’t// give you all these advantages no matter how badly they want to, so if you bitches could stop whining about austerity all the time please that would be great. we all have to make sacrifices you know, the first car my parents bought me was //used//.”
Emergency chief: Detroit ‘insolvent’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22514588
deficit of 150 mill so they’re going to slash into obligations of fifteen billion. sorry detroit, that’s just how it is. if you miss a mortgage payment we get to repossess your house. but our new delta city initiative will change everything.
Minimum wage jobs are absolutely harder than a well paying desk job. I work 40 hours a week at Fazoli’s, and I endure so much physical pain that I must go through a bottle of over the counter pain killers a week. I spend anywhere from six to ten hours on my feet, I get charlie horses multiple times a week that prevent me from sleeping through the night. I have a pinched nerve in my back but have to wash dishes over a sink that is so low my back will hurt badly enough I get physically sick. - unapologetically-abrasive
Before I had health insurance, I had crippling back pain. I was less productive at work because of it. Once I was able to get back on my parents’ insurance (THANKS OBAMA - no really, thank you), I saw a GP and a chiropractor and it turns out it’s a pinched nerve in neck, radiating pain down through my shoulder blade. A couple adjustments and regular visits, and the pain is intermittent and manageable. I get a lot more done now than I used to. Accessible healthcare = workplace benefits in productivity. WHO KNEW.
Pain is such a huge part of low-wage work. If you haven’t read “I was a warehouse wage slave,” you need to. The people who need health insurance the most are the least likely to have access to it.
motherfuckers all are there no poorhouses, are there no prisons.
Water is wet. My President is black. George Bush doesn’t care about black people. 1+1 = 2. Fog is a cloud. Tumblr’s search function is butt. I’m left handed. Garrett Morgan invented the traffic signal.
Thissssss is fucking commonsense. Stop studying DUHHHHH level shit AND START FUCKING FIXING IT
trufax: //i have never earned 35k//. my last job topped off at 24 and didn’t survive the recession. now i’m an unemployed college student and my primary income is a loan.
thirty five k a year would be //luxurious//.
Dow tops 15,000 as world shares gain http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22430955
if the dow and the nikkei are at record highs WHY ARE WE STILL #AUSTERITY.
FUCK YOU GORDON GEKKO.
soooo tired of cracked articles all ‘instead of being a poor slob have you tried being a starched collar yuppie bc it’s not nearly as bad as 80s movies made it look’ and i just can’t with this frumblebirch ‘oh the proles just don’t //understand// me’ bulltrue.
pretending that your fantastic career is something most people can attain is cruelly false, and whinging about how nobody understands your problems then laughing at the end about how you hope most people don’t shape up and turn into your competition is DOUBLY SELFISH YOU FUCKING ASS.
YOUR PROBLEMS ARE NOT REAL PROBLEMS. MOST PEOPLE WILL NEVER HAVE THE //OPPORTUNITY// TO HAVE YOUR PROBLEMS. SO HAVE THE COMMON FUCKING DECENCY TO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND BE ‘NOT RICH BY ANY MEANS, BUT COMFORTABLY WELL OFF’ IN SILENCE.
it just gets uglier and uglier and uglier—i have never in my life seen such circumstances in michigan. utterly disgraceful, shameful and fascist.
public universities and community colleges mostly serve working class people and wayne state and community colleges in particular serve communities of color.
republicans in michigan are making working class people bear the burden of their outrage. they should all be impeached. every. single. one. of them.