Nowadays, these numbers show that the American dream is a myth. There is less equality of opportunity in the United States today than there is in Europe -- or, indeed, in any advanced industrial country for which there are data.
Joseph Stiglitz, Truthout
In Memory of Trayvon Martin, Rakia Boyd, Ramarley Graham, Darius Simmons
They take out the garbage, make up their beds, vacuum the living room, wash dishes, and baby sit siblings or neighbor's children, but they are not workers, and yet, they, too, are targets of the U.S. Empire's militarism.
Ever since these children were handed over to the "care" of institutions in exchange for "freedom" and "equality" they have been treated as commodities on the market. Ritalin, separate classrooms, infractions real and unreal normalizes these children. Career-minded teachers, indifferent school administrators, sociologist, and psychologist, in declarative sentences, point to difference and irreconcilable traits. Toxicity and contamination and more separation!
Straight Fs or straight As, most no longer ask questions, no longer seem curious. They come to see, in this culture, violence as child's play. Punch classmates in the face. Anger dwarfs into indifference. The desire to read and to write stomp on the ants, yanks the flowers, and some, embolden by an atmosphere equating ends at 4th grade, and is replaced with the desire make more money than Bill Gates.
Between vacations to the Grand Canyon and other wondrous our land, your land sites , with their children in blissful wonder, the creators of urban blight, speak disingenuously on the mystery of Black and Brown children in our glorious and fair-minded country. And they are paid well for their expertise on the matter. Some of the best minds work on the problem, day and night!
More Ritalin, more separate classrooms, infractions, studies, mandates, tests, and tests scores while more metal detectors are erected and police called in to make classroom arrests, followed by truancy notifications and finally expulsions.
These are children of working parents, Black and Brown, under-waged parents, mothers, diabetic-to-be or diabetic, high blood pressure and heart patients, their narratives long ago tainted with the indignity of exaggerations and outright lies. Historically the "mothers" of white children and the cleaners of white homes now characterized as "bad" mothers and lazy workers, who continue to send their children to these institutions even when the outcome has proven to be disastrously detrimental to the well being of their children. These mothers show up to work behind cash registers at Wal-Mart, walk behind cleaning carts, sit behind computers, dreaming of sons and daughters lawyers, doctors, teachers, engineers, president of the United States--the American Dream, one paycheck at a time, on big-item purchase at a time, one pair of sneakers, designer jeans, gotta-have-it smart phone, and a house and a front yard is coming one day soon, and the hearts of white Americans will change for the better, then.
Everything will work itself out if they work and work hard at non-union jobs where they work hard and receive less, dream big and pray, of course, pray fervently as the narrative of the experts, also hard at work, day and night, get-tough-on-crime and win votes at the polls for declaring war on the "unredeemable," the worthless.
Black or Brown children are no more workers than their mothers who, in our cities, our fields, our finest, homes and estates, hotels and hospitals, malls, work in invisibility among the liberals, socialists, and activists, real workers alike, and when these children and their mothers are referred to at all, they are still commodities--tragic "minority" victims captured in radica l narratives as victims, attending yet another funeral for yet another children murdered by a self-appointed vigilante or trigger-smart cop. These narratives, too, establish a market for their authors who, in turn, are paid well too, for their sympathetic observations.
These mothers stand beside, indeed, in front of their children, trying to negotiate a space for their children to live, while they work, and the bullets come spinning, shattering the lives of these children, who lie in graves too soon, while the mothers go on working and working.
If ever there is a group in which the Left should rally around, it should be these workers and the most endangered children in the U.S. But the Left has its own agenda. It has "celebrity" liberals who, at speaking engagements throughout the country, grace the airwaves and print media with woeful narratives about Palestinian and Iraq and Afghan children. Blessed, sweet, innocence children in Latin America, in China, all rightly in need of American voices to speak on their behalf to the Empire, but who, in turn, have not one word to say about the stop and frisk and deportation policies of selected officials and law enforcement enacted upon Black and Brown children. These "great" liberals, in fear of seeming to empathize with B-L-A-C-K people, have not one word to say about the senseless murdering of B-L-A-C-K children in their own neighborhoods and cities. These "great" liberals, forever in receipt of awards and accolades for their commendable work on behalf of children (who look oh, so almost like their children and grandchildren back home), have not one word to say about the incarceration of Black and Brown youth. These "great" do-gooders refuse to make the connection between the made-in-America bullets of self-appointed vigilantes, fellow whites, fathers, brothers, and sons, and police officers cutting down Black and Brown children here and those drones and bombs dropping on children elsewhere.
No law suit will do it! Acquittals of white men with guns, with or without badges, who murder innocent Black or Brown children is not even a "bad" American narrative but a blasphemous outrage in which the collective population of liberals and conservatives alike will point to an image of Blacks murdering whites as endemic--if not outright fictive. No matter! It is believed!
"Sensitivity" training for teachers, administrators, and law enforcement make liberals comfortable and content and serves the Empire with a reason to establish more Charter schools and profit as usual from the commodities they produce, day and night. And violence is what this Empire produces, day and night! Increasing the minimum wage of these mothers-workers while substantially funding the building of more private prisons and producing advanced technology in weapons that maim or kill, stealthy and smartly, will not alter this narrative of death one iota. More Sundays at church or Fridays at the Mosque at prayer will not change the hearts of believers in the American Dream--the most indomitable myth ever advanced to enslave and to slaughter with impunity!
It has been and continues to be politically and economically feasible for this nation to sacrifice Black lives. It did so to appease the anger of white Southerners and to advance a white middle class on burning flesh and now to save the life of capitalism, one Black and Brown child's imprisonment or death at a time, it will rely on this very familiar and profitable form of violence. .