I am feeling an unreasonable amount of anger.
Why? Because I thought that people were better than this.
COVID-19 is not the only pandemic we are fighting currently. We are also fighting a wave of selfishness and stupidity.
How have reasonable stay-at-home orders to protect the population turned into government tyranny to squash civil liberties? When did scientists and doctors with no agenda become less credible than politicians and demagogues? How did all the gains for equality, civil rights, and similar issues get completely disregarded and undone?
I know that the people perpetuating these problems are the minority. Why? Because they naturally are. There are more women than men in the world and more total minorities than white people. But because white men made the rule of law for a long time, they still hold an unreasonable amount of sway.
I am a cis-gendered straight white middle-aged male. And when I see others of my generation and my parents’ generation being horrible to their fellow humans in various ways I become unreasonably angry. How dare you think to represent so many with your intolerance, unkindness, and awfulness?
Yet there they are, marching heavily armed to state capitols to protest in a manner that any minority group would be arrested or outright killed for. Another black man has been brutally murdered simply because his skin was black. The government cares more for the economy than the people who it needs to feed it — and is going to allow tens of thousands to die in the name of privilege.
You know what? My anger isn’t unreasonable at all. The unreasonable part is figuring out what, if anything, I can do with it.
How do you undo hundreds of years of power?
All of this stems from centuries of white men making the rules and having control. This has applied to business, government, religion, and virtually every facet of western society.
Over time, white men have become a minority. Seriously, there are fewer white men than there are women or any other people of color. Yet because they held the power for so long — and still largely do — they strive to disempower everyone else to maintain control.
However, they are not a growing population — but a shrinking one. Between interracial relationships and, frankly, white people breeding less than blacks, Asians, Indians, Hispanics, and nearly all other non-white ethnicities — that’s the reality of the situation.
So rather than make peace with their coming loss of power — and make no mistake, they WILL lose power in time — they are gonna take as much of the wealth as they can for themselves. If they burn it all to the ground, they couldn’t care less — because they got theirs so fuck everyone else.
Too harsh? Just look at Donald Trump. He is openly defiant of the law, spits in the face of anyone who doesn’t follow him, is sexist as all get-out, and instead of leading the nation through this pandemic, he’s widening the divides to appease his ludicrous ego. If Mitch McConnel and the GOP didn’t control the US Senate his impeachment trial would have removed him.
But they’re one-in-the-same. Arrogant self-righteous white guys with power and money in control. They got theirs — the rest of us can fuck off and die. Literally.
That’s what we are up against. How do you undo hundreds of years of this sort of oligarchy?
Protests, votes, grass-roots campaigns, alliances between diverse groups. For a start.
There is more work to be done
But that’s not enough. If you are as outraged by these things as I am — don’t be complacent. Speak up. Be heard. Stop allowing a loud, vocal minority to keep running roughshod over everyone and everything else.
If, like me, you’re another white guy who is appalled by this blatant abuse of power — SAY SOMETHING. Tolerance is all well-and-good — and I am not saying to be intolerant. What I AM saying is to speak out against the status quo and the harm it has done and continues to do.
The idiocy being empowered by the coronavirus is more dangerous in many ways than the virus itself. Fear is being used by the white guys in power to get their base to hurt everyone else. Except for discredited and counterfactual scientists and doctors — ALL of the authorities on viruses say it is too soon to stop social distancing.
Yet since its minorities who will continue to get sick and die — and their area hospitals that will be ill-equipped to handle it — fuck ’em. The white guys need haircuts and their entitled, equally selfish wives need their nails done.
Yes, social-distancing and self-quarantine are disconcerting. If those in power would support them — rather than allow the dissonance of false-tyranny and the needs of the almighty dollar counter fact — lessening the damage it will do would be the outcome.
Instead, all science points to a second, worse wave. But let’s face it — that’s good for those in power since that wave will likely hit in the fall, cause more need for self-quarantine, while also making those who would vote against them have a harder time getting them out of office.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Do not be silent
Maybe I am too much of an optimist. But since I know a lot of people — and most of those people feel the same as I do on these topics — I am pretty certain the white guys in power are very much the minority. And if we speak up more against the plague of selfishness and stupidity riding alongside COVID-19 we might be able to change the outcome.
How? DEMAND that your government officials have their police forces arrest armed white protesters. When those protesters get in the faces of law enforcement officials they should be arrested. If they resist? Tear-gassed and/or tased — exactly as you would do and have done to minority protesters.
Flood government offices with letters, emails, and phone calls DEMANDING that they maintain lockdowns and rely on science over pseudoscience. Be heard. Silence is taken as consent by these people — so it’s time to show them how unacceptable that is.
If you can help someone who is in a bad minority situation of some sort to stand up for their rights — STAND WITH THEM. Loud and proud. Let’s drown out the fools and idiots that are willingly destroying the country, the environment, and the world for their own selfish needs.
The other side of COVID-19 cannot just return to the status quo of before. The truth of the powerful few needs to be made more evident and those who are the majority empowered. Stop accepting the corruption of the process and demand it be restored to the by-the-people-for-the-people ideal it was built upon.
I am doing what I believe I can do by making this request
I’m not silent. I have put this here to make my voice heard. If you agree with me — feel free to share this. Whether that’s in part or in full, please do something to express your anger to have an impact on this insane reality. Don’t let silence be equated with complacency.
Together, we can overcome this wave of fear and greed to come out on the other side of this pandemic to a better world for more of its people — rather than a chosen selfish few and their absurd status quo.
You and I are strong. When we express ourselves and make it clear we are not complacent in silence it empowers a wider swath of people. Together, we can make the other side of this situation something far better than where we came from.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter, as does how we feel and not being complacent with it.