Sometimes I just shouldn’t read the news. I don’t mean I shouldn’t be sucked into reading corporate propaganda posing as news (though that too!) sometimes I just shouldn’t read the news….
I am feeling paranoid, overwhelmed, pissed off, and just fucking cynical….
It was 80 degrees today. In Michigan. In late September. It’s been warm all week. The polar ice caps are melting…. The polar bears are drowning….
And water is being privatized and controlled….. And people are losing their homes….. And Iraq and Palestine and and and….
Then I headed over to my friend Amy’s blog http://deepintheground.blogspot.com/ and read about “the brigade homeland tours”, The US Army’s deployment in North America. Where I read about how “They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control…The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” …The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets.”
I read the story and the nightmares started to form. Paranoid you say? Maybe… but I can’t say it better than Amy so let me just quote …“When we were all hard core in college, we talked about the things that are happening now as though they might happen. As though somehow we were more edgy or smarter or something to speculate about our dystopic future. I have been reflecting lately that I secretly hoped we were wrong.”
So continuing on through the blogosphere and procrastinating cleaning by meandering around the web I came upon
http://my.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20080920/48d47540_3421_1334520080920105350301, an article about an AP-Yahoo news poll. Now, I rarely pay too much attention to polls. So much depends on how they are worded, who is the sample blah blah blah… to say nothing of the fact that some “polls” are actually used in elections to influence the election – creating the impression that the election is moving in one direction or another (“the everyone wants to back a winner theory”) But, I looked. I read.
I’m angry. I’m sad. I’m disgusted. I wish I could say I am stunned. What does it say you may wonder, here are a few samplings:
* one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks – many calling them “lazy,” “violent” or responsible for their own troubles..
* More than a third of all white Democrats and independents – voters Obama can’t win the White House without – agreed with at least one negative adjective about blacks, according to the survey, and they are significantly less likely to vote for Obama than those who don’t have such views.
One finding: More than a quarter of white Democrats agree that “if blacks would only try harder, they could be just as well off as whites.” Those who agreed with that statement were much less likely to back Obama than those who didn’t.
So, yes… angry, sad, disgusted, sick… and suddenly very very tired.