A rage is building in me. Part is built on the fact little effort is made toward any restoration of the physical world we have overwhelmed with plastic and vehicle emissions. Another cornerstone is the worldwide eradication of living things, plant and animal.
But the worst, the worst of all, is our inhuman treatment of strangers who deserve the same treatment as friends and neighbors. Two native Americans pulled by police from a college tour. I think of all the people in college and in working who I met, who were of other races.
What the hell is wrong with us. Who is poisoning so many minds to act out like this on essentially a daily basis. I have an acquaintance who made it known she would not board any plane on which she saw an Asian face. Her choice, her loss, her stupidity. She is my age, raised to be a bigot and never saw reason to change.
But a new generation is no better. A black woman asleep in a university common room and the police are summoned. Revolting behavior. Anyone desperate enough to know need only have awakened her and asked. And deserved any scathing remark, though it probably would not have been forthcoming.
Two black men waiting in Starbucks for their business partner. The police are called. I’ve waited in Starbucks often, sometimes doing nothing and ordering nothing for half an hour, forty-five minutes, waiting for chronically late friends and relatives to show up. My white face was not shown the door.
I don’t know what to do past supporting candidates, showing up at protests and rallies, participating in drives, giving money. I’m open to suggestions. I suppose the pessimists among us are right; it’s all too little too late. Well, shame on us for not stirring our comfortable asses fifty years ago, when we knew artificial sweeteners and fast foods were deadly.
What are our suggestions. Throw them all out. A mountain of useless rage. We are well past smacking sense into any one, overpaid politicians down to racists having rants in public restaurants. When will we all be sick of it? How can it change? How will it work? I don’t know.