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We Need A New and Just Story to Replace Capitalism

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Message Dr. Lenore Daniels

This level of injustice and expanding inequality can't continue run amok.

I think blacks have changed. A new generation is afoot. Young people of color everywhere aren't buying the narrative of the authoritarians, in which the worth of human existence is measured in the acquisition of money and things. The current state of global warming and the rise again of fascism in America requires more than a few standing on the right side of history. The young people of color are becoming acutely aware that the billionaires of do-good B-Corporations or Clinton Global Initiative or the Aspen Institute couldn't care less about the future of our planet anymore than the giants of the oil industry or the pharmacuetical industry, irrevocably destroying the ecosystem for the profits. Placing value on life-no. There's more love for money. For the accumulation of money as this frantic accumulation of money and resurces at all cost is the only activity worth living for.

I think today's young people of color aren't waiting to be acknowledged as good and obedient servants to a system that can only increase the suffering of the majority of humanity. According to a Washington Post report, 51 percent of millennials, American citizens between the age of 18-29, reject capitalism, April 2016. This challenge to capitalism from younger Americans may be what scared white nationalists, white supremacists, and xenophobes into voting for Trump as their fearless leader.

Young people of color don't appreciate the vision of a future in which the increasingly high cost of higher education leaves many straddled to a payment plan with little income left for rent and food and clothes-let alone electricity, heat, air conditioning, Internet and phone services. That's assuming one has returned to a minimum wage job. It might be worse, as it is for many, who are living, once again, in their old bedroom under their parents' roof.

It's not the billionaires young people of color look to in their struggle to liberate America from its culture of violence. And capitalism in America, make no mistake, is nothing short of the promotion of its citizen's acceptance of cruelty and indifference. Going about our business while ignoring the suffering of others struggling to survive within a mileu of systemic injustice, isn't pursuing a life worth living. Nodding to white supremacy, the right hand of capitalism, and agreeing to abide by its demands is a betrayal of our inheritance of resistance.

No, Bill and Linda Gates, the world isn't in need of billionaires; instead, life on this planet could do with a socially democratic dream and creative and committed activists. The world needs a just story.

How does a young black arrive in the motherland and submit to thinking himself superior to his ancestors?

Well, we don't have to think about the "sunken" anymore, do we?

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Activist, writer, American Modern Literature, Cultural Theory, PhD.

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