> Gomez wrote:
>> Basically we didn't have enough chairs at the table all along and we're used to
> Who are the "we" referred here to exactly?
In a sense the founders. There was much resistance when drawing up the bill of rights. I suppose you could say white people but I wasn't going there. Most white people may benifit from certain privileges and crap but they aren't the creators of the system, they're cogs and players within the system the same as less fortunate or disenfranchised. System just happens to work a little more in their favor but the important thing I always think about is that 99% of white folks are commoners and not the DESIGNERS. Essentially the we is to make a hunger games reference are like the Game Makers. The ones who control the variables and environments and such. And sure, yeah in American the game makers have largely been white men that's absolutely not where I was going with that we.
And to further explain. I include all out people in the we because we live in a republic if we see there aren't enough seats at the table and our lawmakers, rule makers, game makers aren't doing anything about adding seats to the table we're supposed to or st least theoretically have the power to ask for the dynamic to change however we see fit, fair, justice full and liberty bound. However if you never knew there were less seats at the table (I'm not talking about equal seats I just mean if your percentage is 10% you don't get more seats than 10% but your 10% now enjoys having a seat at the table that gives you the same voice everyone else has. Someone who can ensure now that you're being represented and accounted for that can advocate for you.
When everyone has a seat at the table and has essentially the same liberties, freedoms, opportunities and fairness there's a lot less of this us and them mentality. When people share those liberties there is a lot more we in a good community sense. (Which by the way the game makers and powers that be really don't want-- to a degree it means the beginning of a unified people and a reclamation of grassroots voting power that can topple the almost impenetrable force field they've built for themselves; see addendum on gerrymandering). And most of that can I think actually be solved by economics. Give people economic hope you'll do more to erase division and separation than anything. One of the troubling things is that the base of white middle class America has been getting its ass kicked the last twenty years and is kind of not in the mood to hear other sob stories. The game makers have been secretly and subtlety oppressing them too now. Essentially forcing the middle class into the lower class through crafty political economics. And that brews a class war those that have been entrecnchced in the game makers plot forever and those just seeing how those game makers have begun to stretch that reach now to other parties. Historically protected from that reach parties. And so we fight with each other when all the policies stick it to all of us. And we're here slugging it out over who has had it worse and who deserves to have it better more and the answer eludes us. We all deserve better. Some have been having it stuck to them institutionally longer than others but they're sticking it to everyone through institutions now. And so we go at each other instead of going after them.