Had the Virus Not Come

Had the virus not come, we would all be fine,Our congress could indulge in their free wine and dines. Had the virus not come, we’d all get alongEven while Fox News’ regular programming stays on. Had the virus not come, our market would be booming.Profit preceding planet, despite the climate crisis looming. Had the virusContinue reading “Had the Virus Not Come”

Competing Oppression: A Diversion for Divisions

According to social justice activist and political-philosopher Iris Marion Young, there are five faces of oppression that an oppressed social group can experience: exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, violence, and cultural imperialism. Exploitation looks at how wealth is unequally distributed and is persistent in institutional structures; Marginalization is the exclusion of people or social groups from economicContinue reading “Competing Oppression: A Diversion for Divisions”

Empathize

We often conceive of the world as only one way and it is the way in which we perceive it. But most of us acknowledge that we have different perceptions and values—that’s why we have different religions and different political parties and different food preferences. When we don’t accept others’ perspectives as truths, we createContinue reading “Empathize”

The colonisation of Indigenous women in the US

Note: I am not Native nor can I speak of the first-hand experiences of Native Americans. The information I am sharing mainly comes from my education through a Native American Studies course and Native-authored sources. The colonization of Indigenous women has persisted even in the ‘post-colonial’ era. Specifically, colonialism promoted a shift from an egalitarianContinue reading “The colonisation of Indigenous women in the US”

Until We All Can’t Breathe

Submissive shadows Stand at the door, Watching with judgment: Is freedom worth war? Screams were once whispers, Knees fixed to the floor, Breathless conversations, Cotton business so it goes. Weep for the wounded From the white of your bed. Only pray for disruption While the sidewalks turn red. Defenses from Defenseless, Dreams still denied. SwingContinue reading “Until We All Can’t Breathe”

The Year of Mother Earth

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the 100th anniversary of white women’s right to vote in the United States. With the anniversary of two historical movements colliding, a reflection on our progress is warranted.Continue reading “The Year of Mother Earth”

The Growth Imperative Part III: Solutions

The imperative for tomorrow’s economy to be more prosperous than today’s puts capitalism in a bind that necessitates resource extraction and pollution while also reducing costs or labor, which furthers wealth inequality and the polarization of humanity into producing and consuming classes (See Parts I and II). There are two general solutions to prevent theContinue reading “The Growth Imperative Part III: Solutions”

The Growth Imperative Part II: Social Problems

Capitalism necessitates that tomorrow’s economy is better than today’s; however, the viability of the continued economic expansion is threatened by both environmental and societal degradation. Previously, I discussed how the growth imperative promotes overconsumption that results in unsustainable resource extraction and cumulatively disastrous wastes (See Part I here). The other front that increasingly threatens tomorrow’sContinue reading “The Growth Imperative Part II: Social Problems”