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 virus … Continue reading Had the Virus Not Come
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 economic … Continue reading Competing Oppression: A Diversion for Divisions
I’ve been cat-called and whistled at in languages I couldn’t even identify. My hair has been grabbed by a drunk bystander, and I’ve been groped on a plane by my seat neighbor. But at the end of the day, I was returning to America. I could leave.
How calming is the seaWhen its effects are confined to direct confrontation?How much can the waves carry?When forces are at odds?
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 create … Continue reading Empathize
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 egalitarian … Continue reading The colonisation of Indigenous women in the US
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. Swing … Continue reading Until We All Can’t Breathe
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 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 the … Continue reading The Growth Imperative Part III: Solutions
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’s … Continue reading The Growth Imperative Part II: Social Problems