Confession – a bitch got so caught up in the Blues v. Coyotes hockey game that my ass missed watching the State of all things Unified live.
Shit, we’re trying to make the playoffs here!
And we won...go Blues!
Anyhoo, thank the gods for TiVo.
Read the full transcript of President Obama’s speech here.
Pondering the reckoning…
Last night President Obama said that “the day of reckoning has arrived.” And that got this bitch pondering.
A certain Nancy Goldstein recently wrote a piece for Salon’s Broadsheet on why the economy is a feminist issue and a bitch couldn’t agree more. I realized that I’ve avoided writing about fubar economics because it is a daunting topic that inevitably brings out “experts” who adore debating the hell out of it while ignoring any exploration of the impact or arriving at any solutions to the problem.
But Nancy G. has inspired a bitch!
The economy and the policy changes being debated and passed into law are our issue. Many of us have been reckoning with fubar economics for years…and we must watch and provide oversight lest this rebuilding ignore our communities the way the bullish boom ignored the hell out of us back in the day.
See, there is a tolerance at play here…and a bitch isn’t a fan of tolerance. We tolerate crime…in certain places. We tolerate vacant buildings…along certain stretches of road. We tolerate hunger…for certain people. And we tolerate economic stagnation…for those we judge lazy and deserved of want.
But Lawd, have mercy! Now the virus has spread into “good” communities…it has even hit man on woman sanctified married families!
So now folks are freaking the fuck out because that wasn’t the deal. Poor people did something to deserve their plight, but this middle class drama is punishing folks who did everything right.
Our current economic crisis is an expansion not a new situation.
And it is hitting the working poor hard…and double wammy of layoffs in communities where there aren’t any jobs, funding cuts to programs that were already under funded and foreclosures on shit properties people have lived in despite the horrible conditions and now are being booted out of.
Hell yes, this is reckoning…damn near biblical in its reaping of what we the people have sowed.
But in crisis there is opportunity...if we focus on the whole despite our conditioning to focus on the middle class.
That’s where all these policies come in and why we must rouse ourselves to analyze the stimulus plan to make sure job creation will touch the sistah who is heading her household while working two or three jobs just to break even…her children who attend broken down schools lacking supplies and materials…and her community, with those vacant buildings and substandard housing sorta-options.
I reckon ‘tis time to get busy and read this stimulus shit…state and federal, mind you...thoroughly.