A bitch is back!
Clearly my ass needed a vacation...now a bitch is feeling fired up and full of bitchitude.
Let’s jump right on in…
A bitch is sending positivitude and sincere wishes for a full recovery to Charlie Rose, who recently had heart surgery in Paris!
A note with more to follow...
A bitch was horrified to learn of the recent events at Duke. What the fuck? The allegations of rape, harassment and a climate tolerant of overt racism are beyond serious. Ancrene Wiseass (and several other bloggers) has posted on this. This bitch will keep on top of this shit and hopes that y’all will too.
A legacy of huddled masses…
A bitch has been following the recent news and political posturing on immigration here in the United States. America is often thought of as an immigrant nation, but this bitch has always bristled at that. We are too quick to overlook the fact that many Americans do not have an immigration legacy…and that too many Americans have a legacy that is bruised and battered.
A bitch’s family did not ‘immigrate’ to America. My people were kidnapped, enslaved and taken against their will to America as property. When a bitch was a wee bitch, my ass listened to the tales of immigrants and boats…of high hopes and dreams…as if it were foreign history. The history of immigration is not my history and immigration battles bring that reality into sharp relief.
When in college, a bitch roomed with a woman who is Hopi. We bonded on the lack of an immigrant history…and over the fact that America likes to sex up it’s immigrant past rather than explore the harsh reality of how immigrants have always been treated in this country. We shared the view from the outside, the fascination with tales of immigration, Ellis Island and the American Dream.
Yet this lack of an immigrant legacy does afford a bitch the benefit of an outsider perspective.
So, here we are debating immigration again. This bitch rejects the notion that anyone working in America should do so without protection and rights. A living wage and legal recourse for abuse are basic rights and we all suffer when they are tossed out the window.
America was built on the backs of exploited labor. The strong economy of the pre-Civil War South was born from slavery and the fact that wages didn’t factor in to that capitalist model. Our railroads, our farms, our docks and ports have long been served by the undocumented and the unprotected. And America learned those lessons well and has greedily exploited the undocumented for cheap labor and monetary gain.
So, when lawmakers take the stage and pretend to defend the rights of the over 12 million undocumented workers in America...when those same lawmakers then indulge in a pontification session about the role those workers play in our economy...well, a bitch hears something all too familiar. My ass hears that same tired ass song…that our economy needs an easily exploited workforce, that American thrives with an unprotected and underpaid labor class and that Americans are willing to turn a blind eye to human exploitation as long as it is dressed up in the trendy gear of the great American immigrant legacy with some ethnocentric charity tossed in for flavor.
And don’t get me wrong…a bitch isn’t indicting the multitudes who seek a better life, who risk their lives for work and wages…who aspire to that great American Dream that has been so brilliantly branded throughout the years. No, this bitch condemns the master, his adoration of the whip and it's profits and the collective willingness to view this modern day shit as something different, better or evolved.
César Chávez marched on behalf of the migrant worker and every worker in America…fighting for the rights of those who toil in our fields and put food on our overflowing tables. Lately, it seems that message has been watered down and the rally cry of decent wages, legal protection and dignity can barely be heard. What remains is the desperate call of the poor and the predictable reply of the privileged…
“Let me in! Give me hope!”
“Oh yes, we’ll let you in…sort of. Just come around to the back door and sign up for the company store first.”
So, hats off to those who took to the streets.
We have a lot of fucking work to do.
Because 'getting in’ and ‘being allowed to stay’ can never be the final goal.
Workers deserve more than the 'right' to serve our needs.
And the sad reality is that the masses remain huddled long after they cross the border...regardless of how they crossed it or how legal that crossing was.