I Have Nothing

You know it’s bad when Comedy Central is coming on short on the ability to deliver comedy on a night like this.

You know it’s bad when the people you rely on for laughs are just as afraid as you are.

I can offer no optimism in this pivotal time in our nation’s history.

No matter how this election turns out, this election and its propaganda have divided our nation. We’ve seen sexism, racism, and all sort of other-isms come out in full force, and for a while, I thought we were better than this. I thought that we could embrace a progressive line of thinking, in that we should be able to see human beings as human beings.

History has its eyes on us, and those eyes are witnessing sorrow. It may turn around, but even then…I don’t know. I wasn’t lying when I said I can’t offer much in the way of optimism here.

Save for this: Remember the right to impeach. That may come in handy soon.

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The Sight of Injustice and a Heart for Activism

Almost an hour ago, I left my only class for the day after concluding the stunning and informative documentary “The 13th.” It fits into our current studies, in which we have been focusing on how race is portrayed in the media. Recently, we read some writings from Michelle Alexander on the subject of mass incarceration as the new slavery, disproportionately affecting people of color. This documentary went through the history of incarceration in the United States, highlighting the prison population during certain years. It was surprising that, in the 1970s, the prison population was close to 300,000—in 2000, it was dramatically inflated to over 2.1 million people. Although the United States constitutes just 5% of the world’s population, according to the documentary, it is home to 25% of the world’s jailed population.

If you were like I was at the beginning of this race unit of my class, you may wonder just how mass incarceration, something most people have been used to for many decades, can come close to being called slavery. It didn’t take much looking to drive the truth of this comparison home.

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