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Dept. of Just Keep Swimming

Long Day

Long day, long week, no brain - or at least little brain - tired body (but I'm managing to exercise at least 5 days out of 7). Getting a little more gutted by Face the Raven each day, which I think shows the power of that episode. Maybe I'll talk about it tomorrow.

More gutted, by news of the Laquan McDonald tragedy and travesty. I'm the sister of a police officer, but I feel no hesitation at all in saying yes, the system of policing in this country (and probably on this continent) is built to reinforce racism, despite the best efforts of good police officers, built to maintain systemic destruction of black bodies, minds, lives, and futures. It does so in the service of a culture that does not think The Other is part of it. Each death, and each denial that it's racism - or misogyny, or transphobia, take your pick -  kills democracy just that little bit more.

Going out now for miso soup, green tea, some mackerel, and relaxation. Back later. Love y'all.

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Nov. 26th, 2015 04:10 am (UTC)
You have hit my feelings on the head. As the layers the past decade have been peeled back, you see the horror underneath, not gone, but festering and growing. The categorization of all citizens - poor, rich, white, black, Christian, Muslim - it all leads to distancing, Othering and the police-force (which has sadly, always been this way), is responding more and more aggressively and with the fear that is just...boggling. The militarization and the over-arming of our police (combined with the US vs THEM mentality) overlaid with the ease of reporting, vidding and viraling the horrid, shocking behaviors shows what a cesspool our country has turned into. It is not the cause, but the symptom of corporatizing, branding and numbering everything from people to freedoms, then splashing 'my god is the best god ever and you all are heathens' over every stinking bit of it.

The rate we are crabwalking backwards in thinking is alarming, even as our tech shoots through the sky, de-socializing the masses and easing the spread of these disease-like, primitive thoughts and actions.

I wanna cry. It gets harder to remember the good in people, when we are surrounded by the few (and the loud) who are...not good.

Nov. 26th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
As the layers the past decade have been peeled back, you see the horror underneath, not gone, but festering and growing.

I think it's actually been growing for a much longer time. In terms of solely the racism, I think, as BB once said to me, that the country has been going through a slow-motion convulsion, almost a riot, at least as far back as the Second World War, when Truman started reintegrating the military, and this society of ours, which, economically, was based to a frightening degree on slaves (and not just in the South) started reacting. It accelerated in the 1960s, and it's still going on; it's never stopped.

And on another level, the Othering lies at the heart of our society. In the last century and a half, we've created the completely artificial category of White, drawn a circle around it, and Othered (and thereby demoted to "not us, not human, OK to oppress and use" status) anyone else. Within the magic circle, there's Othering, too: women, non-heterosexuals, etc. In fact, gender and sex help separate the powerful from the not-powerful right through the racial lines. And classism is laid over it. A poor black person may have fewer outs than a poor white person, but not by bloody much. And the old white men at the top of the heap make sure to keep racism and sexism alive, because that separates people who should be allies, weakens them, and keeps them from the old white men's doors.

AAAAargh! Just thinking about it makes me weep.

But I'm not going to stop trying to make it better. Nor, I suspect, are you. As my icon says: Don't mourn; organize.

Edited at 2015-11-26 06:02 pm (UTC)

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