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What Does Oppression Look Like?

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Yeah! You got some Irish too? (Expletive).  

 

Yeah.

 

(Expletive), you don't have that much Black in you.

 

No, (expletive), I got some of everything.

 

But anything"

 

In the store's glass window, a tall, dark brown-skinned man stands next to a white man, shorter in statue. Both are young, workers or possibly out of work. The one pleased to learn that the other did not place much value on the Black blood running through his veins, is smiling. The not-so-Black, Black man, is not.

 

This is what harmony looks like in a capitalist society like ours here in the U.S.

 

If the same two young men should decide to exercise their rights to free speech and protest in front of this store, if the two, identifying themselves, let us say, as Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters, enter this same store and, without guns or sticks, demand its closure and proceed to replace it by building a community-owned market, if, even, they enter the store to demanded the rights of its workers to unionize and receive living wage, if these men remain "non-violent," their actions would still be considered subversive--violent.    

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