Sunday, November 05, 2006

Fetching her machete

she's right, you know, is Black Amazon (as so often):

This new awareness of privilege while very poppy and not as much current cultured as it strives to have you believe , does not stem from the amazing awareness and beneficiance of the new scions, or cultural creatives. it is not a post irony renaissance .

It's a very tangible reflection that the space between privileged and un privileged is WIDENING and the number of us making the leap is DWINDLING.

With the average salary DOWN from the 50's and that's in PURE money WITHOUT inflation. The dollar isn't going nearly as far as it used to and nowhere near as far as it needs to. The real spaces for innovation ( read: making dem dollars) are medicine and technology, matching almost perfectly with the areas American school children blow the most chunks at .

Immigration drives wages down because someone running from abject poverty and or death will take a job if it pays just about anything and greedy bastards will always take that deal, while elite higher education is populated by almost entirely the upper middle class and above or the SUPER achievers spawn of the foreigners,poor,brown, et al. ( GO ME!) , or in some cases the unholy combo of both, and well

" THEY TAKE OUR JOBS"( south park voice)

If this sounds like some dreaded post apocolyptic vision of the future ...

" Welcome to thunderdome ladies and gents. Your opponent will be the embittered long suffering oppressed of a system you helped along by ignoring. They've been hardened by generations of poverty, physical labor, war,oppression, lack of education and no real social norming. They're armed with street smarts, illegal weaponry,a damn near maniacal thirst for justice and the confidence you can't run forever, plus more than a few fights under their belts. You , you shield yourself in what privilege you have left and the shroud of your own ignorance. And this document thingy you've been using as toilet paper oooh and buckets of irony and entitlement. HAVE FUN and try to bleed only on the wood chips"

and you wonder why I like that machete so much.

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kactus said...

All I can access is a bunch of template, looks like.

FoolishOwl said...

It seems to be fixed now.

Unsane said...

I find it very strange that it is actually a moral imperative, no less, for academic liberals not to pay too much attention to history or to anything which inscribes deep levels of difference. (Superficial differences -- such as what brand of soap you prefer is A-OK). One wonders what they are hiding from to the degree that they must derive their blindness from a moral imperative.

Wil Robinson said...

Why is it we are told that "illegal immigrants" are driving down wages? Are they holding a gun to the heads of business owners telling them to pay less?

Delta Airlines cut pilots pay and pension - are there lots of illegal immigrants flying Delta planes?

Air Traffic controllers pension was also cut - same deal?

Immigrants are a nice way of distracting the American public from embarassingly low wages...meanwhile, polticians keep raising their salaries.

Blackamazon said...

Which is what i said Wil Robinson. The problem isn't teh immigrants but the fact taht they are being leveraged to sustain a really shitty standard that has been happening isnce the 50's

Katie said...

That "thunderdome" thing reminds me of Elijah Anderson's description of decently-normatively-socialized (and certainly well-meaning/hopeful) poor people's attempts to make it in the real world. They still don't get out of the neighborhoods they live in and GOT A 2ND SOCIALIZATION IN, and they just keep finding that their skills that ghetto socialization taught them are more useful, day-to-day, than their skills their normative socialization taught them.

After all, normative socialization only works if you're around norm-meeting people all day. If they reject you or don't live near enough to give a shit about you, you can't get anything by using your skills.

Likewise, street socialization only works if you're around street-social-code people all day--which it's easy enough to be when you live there.

And "working," here, is defined as getting you helpful things in life.

Anyway, yeah, made me think of that. Fascinating book.

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