From one old white guy to another

This doesn’t look good on you

I’m a middle aged white man in America. I’ve done just fine. Under Republican administrations. Under Democrat administrations. Under white Presidents and under the only black President in history. Let’s be frank, with all the privilege I hold, if I weren’t doing well I’d be a complete failure. So, tell me, what the fuck are you afraid of? Being exposed for not being able to pull your own weight with all the advantages you already have?

I think you’re scared. That you might actually have to compete in a world that doesn’t give you any advantage based on the color of your skin or the equipment hanging between your legs.

Maybe it’s time to think about making the whole world more equitable. For forty years you’ve swallowed the “trickle down” fantasy. That somehow you’d benefit from tax cuts that made it easier for your boss to buy more shares of stock in the company you helped build. That voting no on that fifty cent raise would keep the board from outsourcing your job to that overseas outfit that always came in with a lower bid.

Everything you’ve been convinced to do in the name of “keeping America great” has resulted in lower wages and more outsourcing. But you know something? You’ve had the power all along. You just needed to learn to say no. No, I won’t accept a lower wage. No, I won’t buy your product unless you build it here. No, I won’t eat at your establishment until you pay your employees a living wage. No, I won’t work for pennies while you rake in the millions. And no, I won’t accept that my coworker, because she’s a woman, or black, or an immigrant, makes less money than I do. No, I won’t let you divide us up and make us fight each other for whatever we can beg of you.

It’s time to stand up and make yourself heard. Not by tying yourself to some candidate that promises to bring back the glory of the old days. They weren’t glorious. And they sure as hell weren’t equitable. Evolve. Stand up for everyone for a change. Stand on the side of righteousness. There’s precedent for such a thing. Jesus stood up to the money-changers and took the side of the oppressed and the downtrodden. You probably sing his praises in church every Sunday. But somehow, on Monday morning, you manage to convince yourself that all that is just a liberal fantasy. And it is. Unless you, and everyone else you know and love decides to make it reality.

This is your power. Don’t give it away.

father, motorcyclist, old retired guy who’s just a little lost on a blue marble corkscrewing its way to oblivion

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