March 28th, 2002

eye

a little negativity from joni

SEX KILLS
Joni Mitchell

I pulled up behind a Cadillac;
We were waiting for the light;
And I took a look at his license plate-
It said, "Just Ice."
Is justice just ice?
Governed by greed and lust?
Just the strong doing what they can
And the weak suffering what they must?
And the gas leaks
And the oil spills
And sex sells everything
And sex kills ...
Sex kills ...

Doctors' pills give you brand new ills
And the bills bury you like an avalanche
And lawyers haven't been this popular
Since Robespierre slaughtered half of France!
And Indian chiefs with their old beliefs know
The balance is undone-crazy ions-
You can feel it out in traffic;
Everyone hates everyone!
And the gas leaks
And the oil spills
And sex sells everything
And sex kills ...
Sex kills ...

All these jackoffs at the office
The rapist in the pool
Oh and the tragedies in the nurseries-
Little kids packin' guns to school
The ulcerated ozone
These tumors of the skin-
This hostile sun beating down on
This massive mess we're in!
And the gas leaks
And the oil spills
And sex sells everything
And sex kills ...
Sex kills ...
Sex kills ...
Sex kills ...
Sex kills ...
eye

(no subject)

i am one of the most anti-racist people out there, and i am sickened by the thought that people were bought, sold, and destroyed like property in this country, and i am not satisfied with the progress we have made over the years in rectifying inequality.

that said, this whole reparations issue bugs me. there are too many complications and questions.

first of all, who exactly is going to get this money? people who are descendants of slaves? people who are descendants of families in africa who had members stolen from them? all black people who have suffered from the ongoing racism in the country that came out of slavery? how about people who died fighting to end slavery and their descendants?

then, who is going to pay? they have picked a couple of companies who benefitted from the slave trade. ok, back then, they were probably owned buy a very few people. now they are owned by thousands of people who are stockholders, many of whom are probably themselves the descendants of slaves. and if you really think about it, not just these few deep pocket companies benefitted from slavery, and not just the south either. the entire country did, just as we now do from near slavery in the countries that make our clothing and computer parts, grow our coffee and fruit, and assemble our cars and trucks.

comparisons have been made to the recent holocaust reparations by german companies. remember these payments were made to the actual people exploited when they were prisoners, not to relatives, much less distant relatives. there are no living ex-slaves in this country, and there are precious few living children of ex-slaves, if any.

so what is "reparations" all about? it is certainly not about rectifying past or present wrongs. it is maybe just a little bit about publicly acknowledging and apologizing for these wrongs, but it is mostly about money.

there is no way that anybody is going to get enough money out of this to make up for centuries of slavery and discrimination. there is no way anyone is going to have more opportunities or gain more respect by getting a check for a few hundred dollars from some corporation. the only people who are going to get anything out of this are the lawyers on both sides.
eye

(no subject)

an aside to the previous post.

i think the most important thing we can do to assure equal opportunity to all americans is to provide equal education. there is no excuse for the disparity between schools in middle class neighborhoods and those in poor and inner city areas. the property tax funding of schools is one of the most insidious things perpetuating inequality in this country.


and vouchers are not the answer!