Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Assignment & Well-Kept Subjects

Did you take a warm bath or shower last night?

This morning?

Were you able to wash your face with steady running water?

In a warm bathroom?

Did you use a toothbrush with toothpaste?


Another Perspective

Did you bathe in a stream or river...shared with livestock, other adults, and maybe some children?

Is that river downstream from some toxic industrial plant runoff?

Did you return to the same stream/river to wash your face, take a sip of water, and/or relieve yourself?

Reality Check
<<insert truth >>

Far too many non-white people consider themselves one or all of the following:
lucky
fortunate
thankful
blessed
privileged
chosen

and to some degree, would be correct in their thinking - however -  far too few understand, will admit to, or agree with truth. 

Truth is:

At best, we are well-kept subjects.

Humbly ask yourself, in the mirror if you must,  if there is something intrinsically special about you....something that makes you more "deserving" than a starving child in so-called Africa? India? Haiti? Thailand? Vietnam?

Is your existence in this place, at this time, special because of something you did? Or are you better by happenstance?

Do you take for granted that a majority of the earth's population of black/brown/yellow people do not have access to something as essential as drinking water?

Read it again.

The majority are forced to drink dirty, contaminated water....they and their offspring.

Yet, you're "thankful" that "God" has "blessed" you to have a better "life" than they.
Again, what makes you so special and deserving? Or, conversely what makes "them" less special...less deserving?

<<insert more truth>>
Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero.

You, me are definitely better kept subjects....at least for the time being, but that is nothing to be proud of or satisfied with.

Our comforts/luxuries/"blessings" are derived ULTIMATELY from and within a SYSTEM of INJUSTICE.

Children....real, breathing babies suffer from disease, war, and malnutrition all over the planet while we club, drink, smoke, shop, "floss", tweet, text, and sing "hallelujah."

They suffer to provide you/me with the raw materials used to produce and manufacture our "blessings" and comfort.

These lesser kept subjects are, for the most part, out of sight and out of mind in lands that seem far away, but they are no less a person than you and I.

The Assignment of all people, but especially those "privileged and blessed" non-white people is to replace The System of White Supremacy/Racism with the System of Justice.

Have you done any work on this "Assignment" today?


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