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and I have realized that what it is, is that I just cannot believe that even the poor of America are responsible for what our country is doing to the world. Because what the fuck can I do about it? I don't own a corporation, I'm not on the board of directors for one and I can't change corporate law,* I'm not in a position to make political changes--I can't afford to drive to protests because I don't have a job to pay for gas. I am not one of these people who buys more food than they need, I buy less than I need and get by on it anyway. Most of the time I can't even afford to buy fair trade; I would if I could, but I would like to survive in the interim if it's all right with your royal highness, so I don't. Saying that I bear this guilt is taking some of it off of the shoulders of the people who are really responsible, and I'm not okay with that.

* For those of you who are not aware, as I wasn't until a short time ago, corporate law dictates that a board of directors' first responsibility is to its shareholders' profits--so that if you have the option to do something ethical, but it would cost a penny more than screwing over everyone in the world and dumping toxic shit into the fucking groundwater, it is literally illegal for you to do the ethical thing.

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Date: 2008-12-01 06:40 pm (UTC)
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I've been thinking about Twisty's post too. In writing about white privilege, she basically ignored class privilege. Oh, the irony of drawing attention to one oppressed group while ignoring another--not that non-white and non-rich are mutually exclusive! When you take out the ridiculous Pilgrim-Indian narrative, Thanksgiving is not a bad holiday.

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Date: 2008-12-01 07:02 pm (UTC)
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And you know, as far as I can tell, the Pilgrim-Indian shit was tacked on much later anyway. It seems like it was just a Puritan tradition that they had, and made nothing but sense because when you have more food than you can store, you pretty much have to eat it all as opposed to letting it go to waste.

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Date: 2008-12-01 07:00 pm (UTC)
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Where would one find this example of guilt? I would like to read it.


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