It’s been a rough and traumatic few weeks, following a rough and traumatic year, following a rough and traumatic several decades, or hundreds of years.
It all depends upon your perspective.
You think it can be fixed. Amended. Reformed.
Rape. Harassment. Assault. Murder. Degradation. Trauma. Shame.
There is nothing about our current systems that is not working exactly the way it is meant to.
These systems are meant to punish the poor.
These systems are meant to exploit women and female presenting people.
These systems are designed to shame non-alpha men and male presenting people.
These systems are designed to prey upon the weak and to reinforce their weakness at every turn.
These systems are designed to put psychopaths and abusers in positions where they have power over others.
These systems are designed to support constant predation, violence, and the reign of fear.
These systems are designed to kill.
When a country’s economy is largely set up to serve the military and the ultra-wealthy, how can we not expect that it would filter down into mass shootings, the murder of women and femmes, the constant killing of Black, brown, and Native citizens by police, the torture of children, the rape of janitors working the night shift, and the crushing of the working class?
Predators run this world. We praise and reward them for it. Every single system is set up to show predators how much we care. About them.
These systems will not change. These systems cannot and will not be reformed.
These systems must be toppled to the ground by the very people whom they have preyed upon. These systems must be broken by our refusal to go along. To cover up. To feel ashamed. To wish that we were wealthy and powerful and gleaming with the sleekness only brought about by living off the suffering of others. [Read more…] about Tear it Down: Assault, Violence, & Healing in Empire