The other day Felcia Montes a homegirl of mine posted on her FB that we got kids marching to keep their sub par education funded, college students on hunger strikes, yet we all are just tweeting and IMing each other. Where is the anger?
It reminded me of my students who got two jobs to pay for school and how it will cost more next semester; about the ones that dropped out to work and help save their family home; about the bank VP who worked 25 years at the same bank who one morning got a phone call telling her she was fired, her 401k was worthless and that there would be no severance check; about the fathers who killed their families and themselves when their economic stability crumbled; about the empty stores; empty promises and on and on…
Yesterday it was announced that all LACCD campuses will cut all Summer classes that start after July 1st. Random just told me his homies are scrambling because they needed one or two more to transfer.
So my theory is that we aren’t in the streets because we have been HOPE-tified into submission. The Obama machine got us all hoping that things will and are changing. We overflowed with joy over one Latina on the Supreme Court, who BTW did anyone really check if she is down for the gente or just a brown face like Alberto what’s his name, who tows the status quo line?
Anyway what do you think? We are still at war; we are not seeing any improvements other than superficial gifts; no jobs; no education; no health; no environment; no justice; no humanity; nada. Are we just HOPE-ing ourselves to stay inside and type like this?
Why aren’t we angry?
If we are angry, how can we show it?
Has HOPE stifled action?