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Aug. 14th, 2008

03:14 pm - Upsetting conversation

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Date:August 15th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
Classism bothers me more than racism or sexism because our own entitlements are so invisible to us. Until we fail. I'm acutely aware of where I am in the class structure, because I'm not in the class that I was brought up in. Also, I'm acutely aware of my privilege, aware that I'm not an 8 year old working long days on a cocoa plantation, aware that when I buy a mars bar, I'm contributing to that kind of economic oppression that results in people who have never tasted chocolate picking cocoa beans in horrible conditions.

Staying aware of class structure and real people and how they differ from the images of the people we see in the media or amidst just our friends -- that's one of the big reasons I think taking the bus is a good thing. And I think complaining is a good thing...it raises awareness...it allows one to find companions who have similar complaints...and that kind of community building is a small step on the road to activism. So yeah...bring on the complaining. Particularly about blind capitalism and its consequences.
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