I fear I may have become a curmudgeon or something akin to it.
It seems that every time I turn around I’m hearing that people like me don’t get to have our own viewpoints because we’re not some other kind of people. We’re “privileged” and so unknowingly racist, sexist, or some other ist — the “ism schism game” of which Marley sang.
Admittedly, mine is an exceptional case, but I’ve been fired for my race and my sexual orientation, and been denied jobs because of my race and (lack of) religious beliefs. I was forced to house my family in a 20+ year old travel trailer and live in poverty because I couldn’t bag a job that would pay enough to live in any other condition despite being at least as skilled in my field as those who were then employed at much higher wages than I. This is privilege? If so, I don’t want any part of it!
If you could see you through my eyes instead of your ego, I believe, you’d be surprised to see, that you’ve been blind…
… so unless you’ve lived a life of total perfection you’d better be careful of every stone that you should throw.
I’ve had enough of ism schisms. They’re the propaganda that’s been used to keep us focused on each other rather than those who oppress us all, and speaking for myself and for Amethyst I can say that we don’t buy into any of it at all. If you don’t know where our shoes have been, shut the fuck up about what you think you know about us. Period. If you think you know that we are this or that because we’re white, or heterosexual, or not living in poverty today, or any other externally observable characteristic of our lives, you are fucking well wrong. Period.
It appears that this post somehow made it to published status before I was done with it. WTF? Eh, no matter. I’m just ranting anyway. The point being that I’ve had it up to above my hair with the bullshit. Tell me that I cannot appreciate this or that way of being because I’ve not been it, and I’m going to be offended every god damned time because I can appreciate it even if I’ve not lived it. I’ve been in poverty. I’ve been harassed by the pigs every damned time I turned around. I’ve been fired or denied a job because of my race and/or sexual orientation and/or religion (or lack thereof). What part of my experience makes it different from your similar experiences?