Thursday, December 15, 2016

So Heather doesn't have to answer for everyone:

I'll put this here:

I'm seeing a bunch of people telling other people who are at risk as marginalized targets of hate groups to move to red states "for the good of the country" 
We are NOT required to set ourselves on fire so the rest of you can stay warm. 

I've put up with enough direct violence BECAUSE of anti-Semitism and misogyny in a "Blue" series of states that I'm wondering why the heck I'm supposed to endanger myself "missionary style" and sacrifice what level of "being able to live my life without being everyone's pet liberal Jew who will answer questions for you" that I get to have agency about "for the benefit of the working class"

Like I haven't been working class before?
Like my living there is going to do jack squat?
Like anyone is giving me hazard pay? 

And that doesn't even count things like "what is the risk to my family? My kid got physically harassed for being a Christ Killer at Easter here in Philadelphia when she was in second grade - those kids didn't learn that from "growing up poor in a red state" and they didn't figure it out from their own exegesis of the King James Bible. 

And hell - I'm pale and most people haven't even really met a Jew (we're less than 2% of the population) You're asking non-pale people too? 

Maybe the reason the population is higher in coastal areas is because shipping is real and people would rather live where there is a chance that talking to the parents or police won't be "well you know Jews DID kill Christ so it's understandable that the little ones are gonna be like that"*****

Maybe fewer people CAN live in states where their chosen government refuses to create centralized human and civil rights protections. Maybe the ones left are still there because they LIKE being there but really are the people who encourage violence against the people who don't want to be there because there's violence against them.

And maybe - just maybe in our capitalist society EVEN WITHOUT redlining and other illegal practices in banking and land ownership people voted with their feet and got the hell out of places where it isn't safe to be, for places where they had a shot. 

And you won't fix that by moving government organizations to the Midwest if you don't force Federal Laws that keep women, PoC and LGBT* safe IN SPITE of state laws - Scott Walker gutted a legal infrastructure like that in Wisconsin with Koch money and austerity, Pence destroyed health and human services in Indiana, Toomey and Tom Corbett managed to simultaneously destroy education in both Rural AND Urban areas in PA causing Corbett to lose in a landslide (you can go after rural OR urban but the idea is to play the off against each other so they have an illusion that you're on at least one of their sides)>

PA as a "Blue" state has been a laughable experience - but it's frankly as far "purple" as I'd be willing to go. 

Let white midwestern people stop being assholes who make oppressive laws and theocratic decisions where people WANT to risk moving their entire lives to add to their economies.
The "one person can make a difference" requires it to be emic not etic. You need INSIDERS to change so outsiders are welcome and you need strong fully enforced laws to protect the marginalized if you think you are going to do it by "injection method" 

I worked in places where lots of transplants exist - all that happens is they double down on the negatives when they are actually racist, sexist and homophobic. A popular TV show that looks like near minstrelsy five years later usually has more to do with breaking down resistance than all the "personal contact" in workplaces and neighborhoods in my personal experience. 

Will and Grace mattered. Fresh Prince mattered. Heck even "The Nanny" mattered in my own being accepted in workplaces vs their own acculturated prejudices. 

You all know that there's a whole world of people in the US when looking at how mobile they can be for work check the network of their group and say "Is it safe for us" and the answer is often "for about 12 miles outside of X" 

I gotta tell you all - Missionary work is a Christian based thing. It's not a great sell to anyone outside that culture who reads about the results. 

******Thing that actually happened

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