Roles at the Bottom

I’ve been looking lately at systems and roles. Systems demand that certain roles get played. These roles are almost always subconscious. Who the hell would volunteer to be the scapegoat in a family?

Now imagine being an outcast(e) in India. Sometimes I wonder how many of the ridiculously successful Indians in America (due to their unbelievable hard work) would be cleaning toilets in their homeland. What are the upper castes going to do if the untouchables all move to America and become rich?

Blacks in America face some of the same situation. The U.S. was founded on white supremacy. I am currently reading White Too Long by Robert P. Jones. White Christianity has been a major player in maintaining the racist status quo. People criticized Malcolm X. because he called Christianity “the white man’s religion.” The problem was that he was correct. He nailed it and knew it. All the talk of Jesus being Israeli-born and Middle-Eastern does nothing to change the fact that American churches used the Bible to justify slavery for centuries. Not decades, centuries.

Now blacks are no longer playing their assigned roles willingly. Whites are trying to put blacks back “in their place,” but it’s not working. I saw this evening on TV that blacks were protesting in Kalamazoo and that whites were counter-protesting, trying to protect “their” neighborhoods, as if the blacks were from New York or something. Everyone of all the races were locals.

Here’s the problem for conservative whites: they are a shrinking majority and the people at the bottom are done with being treated like crap. Whites want a republic. Blacks, make no mistake, are looking for a democracy, now that the white majority is going the way of the Whig party. The only way conservatives can win in November is to suppress the vote. Trump is even trying to destroy the postal service. Here’s the problem with destroying the USPS: many Americans, including myself, get our prescriptions filled though the mail. So, let’s be clear, Trump is attempting to kill millions of Americans, many of them part of his elderly, white base. Even if Trump succeeds this November, he still won’t live forever and America is still becoming a multi-racial democracy, whether Trumpers like my folks approve or not. Their approval loses meaning by the day because they represent fewer and fewer Americans.

In the past, blacks, other minorities, and women had to accept the roles we had been given. Those days are OVER.

About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

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