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Friday, September 23, 2016

Deplorable memes



I've been seeing a lot of disturbing memes after the Charlotte shooting. So sad. People's reactions often deepen the sadness. I expect more from folks than this.

I am reminded of this and hope I can do something equally constructive with my disgust for civilization.



“Where do I get my ideas from? You might as well have asked that of Beethoven. He was goofing around in Germany like everybody else, and all of a sudden this stuff came gushing out of him. It was music. I was goofing around like everybody else in Indiana, and all of a sudden stuff came gushing out. It was disgust with civilization.” (Vonnegut)

So some claim there's no racism because they don't experience it - and when people call BS on that they say- hey, we're all ONE race, human. Nice thought for sure, but NOT reality, we still have much work to do before that is true on the ground. Saying this IS reality is that same old- racism doesn't happen anymore- line. It's a good goal, but conservatives are using coded language again for- I don't see or experience racism, therefore it doesn't happen. I agree that there SHOULD be one race and we SHOULD be living in a post-racial society, but we have work to do.

I mean, saying there's one race seems like an encouraging positive thing, right? But then the rest of the posts surrounding this are- 'I support cops not criminals (unarmed black men)'- 'no Quran in schools, send refugees home'- 'Hillary calls cops deplorable (did that even happen??) but look at these Hillary supporters' (referring to photo of riot)- 'If you follow officers orders, you won't get shot' (. . . ). 



So, you see, we get a different idea of what that phrase REALLY means. A little more bleak.

There's another meme- the photo is a cop, a lawyer, and what they want you to see as a criminal in court, all black, the text- 3 men in 3 different positions In America, color doesn't define your future, your choices do. JUST. NO. WAY. I don't know that I have the words to go into all the issues there and I sure don't have the experience of being black in America, but I know that is all kinds of false. (To clarify. . . some are going to deliberately not see my point, here . . . Not all false, of course, choices do matter, but the point is obviously that there is more to it than that, access to opportunity, living near the poverty line, discrimination and a host of other issues at play, it is most DEFINITELY NOT only just about CHOICES you make.)



And the last item, all the hoping and praying for Charlotte things I've seen, they are nice sentiments , but just won't effect change. This ties in with the point I made about Israel and Palestine when Netanyahu was trying to say that Israel wasn't in the wrong, in fact Palestinians were the ones doing the ethnic cleansing.

Like with Israel and Palestine, thinking people KNOW what the problem is and maybe have ideas to make it better, but the majority aren't willing to do what is necessary to address the sources of inequality that stops the resulting hopelessness that finds expression in violence. Until then, that's what we can expect. More violence. No peace without justice. The Pope quoted there also talked about forgiveness, but justice and addressing those causes is the only way to start down the road where you can hope for peace and be able to forgive. No one can forgive anything that isn't at least acknowledged (and that hopefully this translates to redress or restitution). Any effective dialogues and reconciliation and such won't come before that.

I tire quickly of hearing the word "dialogue." Maybe that is where people will find the answer- addressing the causes and not the effects, but experience and reading some of these dialogues doesn't bear that out. Dialogue when I read it means- oh both sides are wrong, we all need to work together, hope, peace, love. Mostly good things, but clearly NOT addressing the problems that will make the difference.

I don't know what it's like to be black in America, but I want to be an ally, part of the solution. Yes, this is internal dialogue and as such mostly crap, so take it as you wish.


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Edit, Jan 2017 on being black in America:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/12/04/the-exhausting-task-of-being-black-in-america/19894223/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HjkfzVuyGk

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Deplorables- given how Hillary's criticism took off as a point of pride. . . 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2016/09/10/clintons-got-data-supporting-that-basket-of-deplorables/#6a70efa53391

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2016/10/proud-be-deplorable


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