I can see how slavery lasted so long in the United States. Most people in the US didnâ€™t own slaves, though most everyone benefited indirectly, so is the case of the migrant worker.
I like to call migrant workers PC slaves, since people can pretend as if they arenâ€™t doing anything wrong by casually buying clothes, food and other products that people produce who are paid virtually nothing.
I know many people will whine and bitch about how itâ€™s migrant workers choice, but I donâ€™t think you have a choice if youâ€™re a human being in regards to whether you live or die.
And in order to buy food and shelter you need money and thatâ€™s not a fact that is up for debate, correct?
So why would anyone say you have a choice in regards to working? Do migrant workers have trust funds? Are they slumming? They have to work to live.
I was reading one of my most favorite rags, the Economist. Thatâ€™s pretty much the only way I can find out what kind of nastiness the US economy is actually in, since over here in the states people are insistent that there are signs of a recession, but refuse to say the â€œRâ€ word. It is as if they think itâ€™s a racial slur or something.
â€œA CAMPAIGN to improve the low wages and awful labour conditions of tomato pickers in Florida has notched up a substantial victory over farm owners and their biggest clients, the fast-food chains. After one embarrassment on top of another, Burger King backed down last month and reached a ground-breaking agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, representing mostly seasonal farmworkers from Mexico, Central America and Haiti. The Miami-based company agreed to pay them one cent more for every pound (450g) of tomatoes they pick, and to improve their working conditions.â€ From the Economist, The Price of a tomato. June 26, 2008.
This is the kind of country that we live in, where assholes will fight so that they wonâ€™t have to pay a person one penny extra, not a dollar, not a quarter, but one bloody penny. But itâ€™s not just that the guy will fight to not pay that one penny, but the fact that in America thatâ€™s all we will fight for. Thatâ€™s all weâ€™ll help someone fight for.
We will fight for one penny (or half of one percent )Â and get slapped down and keep working, because we donâ€™t want to seem unreasonable.