Facepalm. Yep. Facepalm. It’s one of those moments where covering your face with the entirety of your hand, and lowering your chin in embarrassment, defeat….exhaustion, is the only suitable response. How does one begin to respond to something like this? Our country is turning backward, or it has finally revealed exactly what has been seething beneath a carefully orchestrated veneer meant to display unity to the world. America, your face is cracking. The high and mighty do fall. America appears to be in decline.
However, what if the reality is, after all these decades of bigotry and power struggles, the world is facing the issues it needs to face for survival sake? No, of course that doesn’t make what is happening right, but it is going to take us there. Voices are rising up, calling on the absurdity of racism and intolerance in this late age. There are things like Climate Change, which will affect world hunger in devastating ways we cannot even calculate the depths of yet. Bees are dying out. Birds are literally dropping from the sky. The far right is excited that these may be the end times, and we allow them and their ministers of destruction to continue to stir the pot, and draw our attentions away form the bigger picture of the manipulations and struggles that are happening. Allow me to redirect your focus.
Racism is not dead. Gender equality has not yet happened. The environment, our only habitable space, is poisoned and destroying itself. Economic greed has rendered and sustained all of these issues. It’s tools are manipulation, manipulation of values (most often in the form of religion) and cutting off education.
What is the reasoning behind such a plan? Those who are not educated pose the least threat to those who wish to use them–whether it is for money or something else (think about the decline in wages for workers as opposed to the rise in income for CEOs). Thus, the finer points of diplomacy and finances are misunderstood. People cease to speak civilly to one another, and seek understanding. They additionally view the garnering of wealth, and the success in doing so as celestial proof of ‘betterness.’ The fact that someone has substantial wealth does not mean they’re better than someone who is scraping by. Trust me on this, I used to work for an elite hotel and the moneyed class is a slovenly perverse crowd–exactly what they accuse the poor classes of being. And, there is no lack of ignorance and blatant stupidity. If you’re looking for a supreme ass hole, you’re more likely to find it among them than other groups. Privilege certainly does equate to entitlement to them–the world is their playground and all of you are chattel for using. It’s a pretty slimy view, but they think they’re justified–because money.
In addition, the masses take for granted that the American culture is the only culture on the planet, and that its face is white and its history 6,000 years old. No other stereotype is so pervasive as the Ugly American–the rube on vacation is almost always an American from the South on vacation with more money than brains, in shorts, socks and flip flops (the wife wearing a terrible boob-job in a halter and the man hiding beneath a straw hat and ray-bans). They talk loud and are simpletons, classless gas bags lumbering through crowds with pink sunburn, yelling English at the natives until they understand. Facepalm. They celebrate that image. Dear stars in the sky…
The reality is that a few elites (no, not the Illuminati–the corporate billionaires, yes) are controlling the majority of the money in the world, money being a tool they developed for control of all (beyond faith), and they’ve convinced the masses that education is evil and the tenets of evil are good. Amass wealth, for them and very little for yourself. If you do amass wealth for yourself, you can pretend that you are in their club, when you’re not. It’s like the high school, hanger-ons thinking they belong with the cool kids, when they’re just being humored as a buffer and source of entertainment.
Racism, sexism and bigotry all supply the majority of the masses with enough distraction (ie – that group/person is at fault for my circumstances, not myself or Mr. Money-Bags, cause Mr. Money-Bags told me so). That is why the Mayor wants you to know that race shouldn’t be viewed as the cause in Ferguson, when it most certainly is so. He’s a hanger-on, millionaire hopeful playing buffer to the elites. Explain to me, how a privileged white male, who never experiences the things that minorities do, can be considered an authority on the subject? (That’s rhetorical.) He’s a distraction. Focus on the money behind the words…who’s supplying? (Again, rhetorical.)