Recycling poverty and other discursive notes

Last week was a “stickies” purge, and it continues today with a few random notes:

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle. We’re supposed to apply this to material waste, not human beings. Yet this seems to be the way we treat our nation’s poor. Reduce them, by holding them personally accountable for woes that are significantly due to capitalism’s systemic poison; reuse them, by locking them into their circumstance and mocking them with the continued ubiquity of the American Dream and its “self-made man,” individualistic delusions; recycle them, by ensuring that they remain always the same, always poor, as though that’s what they were meant to be anyway. It’s only natural that this is the way things are. If it weren’t natural, why doesn’t it change?
  • The daily reality of rich White America will hum along smoothly, and so genuine cognitive transformation, to the point of inspiring action, will likely remain only a hope.
  • A study of American media is a study of White Supremacy and cultural/racial plunder.
  • “I don’t know” is man’s condition and curse. “But” is his boon. “I don’t know” as a definitive statement is curiosity’s killer. “I don’t know, but…” is where life begins.
  • We treat each step in the right direction as a sufficient end rather than a necessary, critical mean. We are too quick to pat ourselves on the back. It buys us time in the comfort of the status quo. Yes, we’ve made change, but enough to threaten our normal way of life. As long as that remains largely intact, we will concede ground to various causes, but as soon as they impinge upon perceived freedom, meaning whatever reality we’ve experienced and accepted as our highest reality, we tread lightly, or stop motion altogether.

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