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Last night, MSNBC held a town hall in Chicago and it was just as great as you think.

I don’t think I’ve seen a better example of the need for a Class & Race approach to politics in a long time.

Poor Person: I need food stamps so I don’t starve.

Conservative: That’s lazy. Get a job.

Poor Person: Fine. I got a job, but it doesn’t pay enough. The minimum wage needs to be raised.

Conservative: Still lazy. Go to college so you can get a better job.

Poor Person: Fine. But I’ll need financial assistance to afford college.

Conservative: Still lazy.

Poor Person: Fine. I went to college, put myself in debt, and got a degree. But the only jobs I can get without experience are unpaid internships. Businesses should be required to pay their interns.

Conservative:

Conservative: Still lazy.

Poor Person: How the hell do you expect me to get out of debt?

Conservative: It’s your own fault. You choose to go to college even though you couldn’t afford it.

Poor Person: But you’re the one who keeps telling poor people to go to college. Are you saying that I’m lazy if I don’t go to college, and lazy if I do?

Conservative: Yes.

Poor Person: Then what the hell should I do?

Conservative: Be born rich.

walmart like actively demonizes unions and encourages their employees to be fearful of them by spreading lies and propaganda about them lmao. like it would be really difficult to unionize walmart workers because as soon as youre hired they start making you learn anti-union propaganda and quiz you on it to make sure you’re adequately fearful of them and they do this multiple times. lmao they literally try to brainwash their employees into hating unions.

It is absolutely baffling to me when anti-choice people bemoan poor people having children.

If you’re going to complain that people shouldn’t have kids if they can’t afford kids then you absolutely have to be aggressively pro access to affordable birth control and you have to be aggressively pro affordable health care. You have to be anti-ableism and anti-classism and anti-capitalist. You don’t get to judge people living in poverty for having children while literally supporting every system that keeps them in poverty.

Just saw a social media post captioned “setting up a holiday party for underprivileged kids ❤️❤️❤️”

so, a few things:

1) I really, really, really don’t like it when people perform good acts for social media attention. It’s dehumanizing and narcissistic. Just do it without milking it on your social media platform.

2) As a professional, who is both someone who grew up as an “underprivileged kid” and a current educator, I’m really annoyed at the way we romanticize childhood poverty and systemic trends of oppression for Feel Good Non-Profit™ Culture 

3) I really hate the way such deficit based language about children is used behind their back. And often, this deficit based language is used as a Feel Good Non-Profit™ marketing pitch to get more people to donate or volunteer with certain organizations. Don’t work with a group of young people if you’re going to refer to them with dehumanizing language that you won’t actually say to their face. (and if you actually do use deficit based language with young people, stop now. I can speak from experience that it takes a lifetime to un-internalize) 

Use the language that was used for the event, for the kids, for the community. Just say “I’m setting up for [event name]!” Reducing it to just a “party for underprivileged kids” is, once again, just for social media “look how selfless I am” attention.

The process begins with the individual woman’s acceptance that American women, without exception, are socialized to be racist, classist and sexist, in varying degrees, and that labeling ourselves feminists does not change the fact that we must consciously work to rid ourselves of the legacy of negative socialization.
—  bell hooks, Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism

“Here’s all the reasons why undocumented immigrants financially hurt our country and should be kicked out.”

“Here’s all the reasons why undocumented immigrants financially help our country and should not be kicked out.”

Okay but have you ever thought that someone’s humanity should not be based on how much they do or don’t help you financially and that immigrants are more than their economic contribution. 

“The American Dream… induces a form of hyper individualism […] the idea that anybody of little means, with hard work and determination, can lift themselves to the highest rungs of bourgeoisie society (the richest of the rich). By focusing on individual stories of capitalist success, the Bill Gates and Sam Waltons of the world, the vast poverty and suffering required for the emergence of massive fortunes is left out of the picture. One can point to Gates and believe their own ascendance is possible without understanding its possibility is predicated on the systematic exploitation of tens of thousands of workers in mines and factories across the globe. And more importantly, focus on the few success stories of the super-rich invisibilizes the structure which keeps wealth within their hands at the direct expense of the poor and makes it beyond examination or reproach.”

– Overcoming the American Dream