Monday, May 4, 2015

What Hate Looks Like

In all wars the one thing that always happens is the dehumanizing of the opponent—usually one side will lie and make up names and other propaganda to make the enemy look bad and the other side to look good, and usually each side is on the side of some god. The opponents will just throw crap on the walls to see what sticks or resonate and this type of war tactics has a long history. It is done because most humans have some compassion for each other, but in order to get the opponents to fight or even kill each other, the enemy must be seen as not worthy of living. Usually, this is done to the people lowest on the economic ladder and can be by race, religion or location. There were times in this country when the Irish, Chinese, Indians (both American and East), Italians, blacks, Philippines, or Japanese, were looked upon with disdain. Then there were the religious hate toward Jews, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims and Seventh-day Adventists. Then there is where people live, Ukraine comes to mind. And the poor people, most or a lot of these people, were the dust bowlers who were actually hard working white farmers from Oklahoma and Arkansas, whose farms were destroyed by the drought. These families fled to California, but were met as subhuman and treated as such. Today, the same thing is happening. Workers have lost the way to make a living for their families in the cities where the jobs were outsourced to undeveloped countries and the difference of the dust bowlers and today’s city workers. There is no California to go to. The city people, who are mostly black, are just stuck in quicksand, which is sucking the families down deeper and deeper. Then the dehumanizing starts to show up, such as the disdain, beatings stop and frisk, and killing, all with complete disregard because they have been dehumanized. This is a real war of the Haves, the Have Littles and the Used to Haves and the Have Nothings. To stop this insanity there must be jobs, a living wage of $15 to $18 an hour minimum wage, free education, better laws to protect workers who want unions, universal healthcare with dentistry. Then we must stop dehumanizing the homeless. These are real humans, and we, the lucky ones, can and should be helping not chastising and driving then one place to another. These people have no place to go or to even sit or lie down in our city and in cities across the country. We are creating a lot of hate and despair, which is going to be very costly to fix the longer we let it go. Inequality has to be dealt with or the unrest will be a revolt and evolve into a full revolution. Some music and definition to consider: