Socialism is a dirty word for the people who don’t want to look at the world outside the bubble of their privilege. God forbid you should ever find yourself without your fortunes, and having to experience life as one of the thousands of displaced individuals in our country
Don’t tell me you care about the “homeless”, “immigrants”, “NHS” and “refugees” if you’re responsible for putting your votes in the pockets of people who literally couldn’t care less about these issues. They couldn’t be more disenfranchised and disconnected from the reality of how rough people are having to live these days.
Don’t tell me it’s each person for themselves, and that working extra hard means you’ll be rewarded. If you are female, brown, disabled, part of the LGBTQ+ community or any type of “other” than white, cisgender male, the odds are against you just because you’re you! Yeah, some people are LUCKY enough to change their socioeconomic status but the majority are trapped and limited because of circumstances beyond their control. Circumstances created and enforced by our government!
“The best way to scare a Tory is to read and get rich” – Idles.
I’ll do both but I’ll NEVER be a class traitor and I’ll NEVER forget to acknowledge the hardships my family have overcome to give me the opportunities and privileges I have, mate. I’m presently trying to build up the vocabulary, compassion and mullah I need to dismantle the patriarchy, racial prejudice and while I’m at it, the god-damned Tories
This is what the reality of “border control” looks like. Indefinite detention, implications on short-term/long-term mental health, divided families and heaps of trauma. So, when discussing the sensitive matter of immigration, lets take into account the fact that the stereotype of ‘welfare-exploiting, ignorant foreigners’ only covers one aspect of immigration. It’s an artfully crafted narrative from the media that serves as a catalyst to stoke the prejudice, which divides the masses. This ploy is used tactically, not only in the US, but also in the UK (Yarls Wood being a prime example).
People don’t have any compassion, forget empathy, for that type of immigrant and then they project this lack of understanding onto all the other individuals who have a completely different story to tell. This is utterly heartbreaking. Next time you feel rage, upon seeing some bull-crad in the news about those people taking our women and stealing our jobs, just remember that the propaganda you’re consuming isn’t reflective of the full picture. Imagine what it’s like to endure unethical detention or separation from your family or constant condescension because you’re not a naturalised citizen in the country you call home.
Please can we all try to practice a little more empathy? And can we also try to challenge/critique the sensationalist drivel we are being fed on a daily?