Looks like I’m gonna be full of ‘controversial’ opinions today so I’m just gonna be real about this next topic that’s been itchin’ at me for a while:
I genuinely don’t think a lot of white leftists understand just how integral anti-black racism is to keeping class oppression in power and they often gloss over their own implicit biases and racism while using the argument of ‘uwu don’t assume all poor/rural white people are racists and have more compassion uwu’ as a way to try to ‘band’ together as a community of lower class people.
Here’s the thing, though: you CANNOT ‘defeat’ this class struggle, especially in the United States, if you CANNOT acknowledge the pivotal role that anti-blackness/racism in general has played in keeping poor communities struggling. Race has always played a part in determining rent, mortgage, education, and other basic human necessities within a community because if that community just so happened to have a lot of black folks in it, the ‘value’ of that area was inherently seen as ‘lower class’ or ‘unworthy’ of fair opportunities that could improve that area.
This should not be a surprise to ANY so-called leftist but I’m starting to see more and more white leftists try to weaponize the whole ‘don’t call rural white people rednecks, they’re not all racists’ and ‘we need to band together to defeat the rich and stop focusing on little things that divide us’ as a way to deter any deep conversation about the inherent racism involved in the class struggle.
Y’all really need to start reading more articles and books from past black/non-white leftists who have already talked about this entire subject YEARS before any of us became the ‘leftists who occasionally make good points on a public blogging platform’.
Because I’m tired of seeing white people complain about how poor/rural white folks are seen as racists and it’s ‘not fair’ to them while I’m an Afro Latino person who has lived in a rural area for MOST OF MY LIFE and has experienced nothing but racism from poor/rural AND rich white people, with no mercy.
White leftists need to stop using ‘class struggle’ as a way to band people together and actually work on their own internalized racism, do more research by actually READING information given about this subject by previous non-white leftists, and then confront the anti-black racism in their own communities. Especially if those white leftists live in poor and/or rural areas themselves.
Relying on black/non-white people to do all the heavy lifting for you and risk their lives by having to ‘educate’ rural/poor white people on how to be decent human beings to poc is not a good look.
EDIT: y’all can reblog this but if you start being disrespectful, I will block you.
I'm continually baffled at how disconnected some city-dwelling "eco-warriors" are.
Like, I was discussing the new building work was planning on putting up with another volunteer at the community garden, and I expressed concern over them using one of the parking lots - effectively halving the already extremely limited parking available. She immediately went on a rant on how everyone should either walk/bike or take public transit. In fact, she added, there is literally no reason for anyone to have a car.
I walk most places, but I do own a car. I'd love to not own a car, both for environmental and financial reason, but that's just not possible for a few reasons.
Firstly, the entirety of my family lives outside the city, and there is no public transit to their town. I've had this argument so many times it's almost funny - people genuinely don't believe that there's places not serviced by public transit. Honey, most of the country isn't.
Secondly, I often work closing and have to go home in the dark. I'm a young women and I'm not always comfortable with that. Driving is safer.
Thirdly, I have a bad back from am accident in my teens, and can't carry my groceries the distance from the store to my apartment, and the bus doesn't pass close enough.
Tl;dr If your eco-warrior-ness/solarpunk goals aren't accessible to all genders/people of all abilities/take into account various lifestyles and geo-political realities, you have some serious learning to do
Viruses tend to spread first and most quickly in larger cities. If you’re a virus and are looking for lots of humans to infect, you’re rarely disappointed in a big metropolis.
There is some evidence that Omicron has peaked in many big US cities.
Daily case reports have been falling rapidly around Cleveland, Newark and Washington, D.C., each of which sustained record-shattering spikes over the past month. There were also early signs in Chicago, New York, Puerto Rico and hard-hit ski resort towns in Colorado that cases were hitting a plateau or starting to drop.
The slowing of the spread in those places was welcome news, raising the prospect that a national peak in the Omicron wave may be approaching.
The bad news is that Omicron may still be spreading rapidly in more rural areas.
[M]ost of the country continued to see explosive growth in virus cases, with some Western and Southern states reporting 400 percent increases over the past two weeks. Officials also warned that hospitalizations and deaths lag actual infections, meaning that even in places where new cases have begun declining, it would still be weeks before the full impact of Omicron was known.
In addition to population density, behavior has an effect on the spread of the virus.
Several times throughout the pandemic, surges driven by new variants caused cases to rise steadily for a period of time before falling again. Scientists suggest that both biology and behavior help drive that pattern. When cases rise, people may become more cautious, and as more people get infected, the virus will have more trouble finding susceptible hosts. Because Omicron spreads so quickly, this cycle might be faster than earlier surges.
In New York, which includes the largest city in the US, infections have been heading downwards for a few days.
In sparsely populated North Dakota, Omicron continues to spread swiftly.
Texas has both big cities (Houston, San Antonio. Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth) and a great many rural communities (too numerous to mention). So we’re seeing both a drop-off and a spike in new cases there.
The overall rate of infection could plateau nationally but the rate may go in different directions for a while in different places with high and low population densities.
Wherever you live in the US, you can greatly reduce the chances of a severe case of COVID-19 or death from the infection by getting vaccinated and boosted.
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Imagine someone with powers but they live in the rural area so they can’t really do anything anyway.
“Yeah I’ll drive two hours to the city just to check that the bank doesn’t get robbed, sure.”