The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

Well, at least we know now where Little Georgie gets it from.

“In a segment at the top of the show on the surge of evacuees to the Texas city, Barbara Bush said: ‘Almost everyone I’ve talked to says we’re going to move to Houston.’

‘And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them.’

I think I should stop reading Susan’s blog because clearly I get way too riled up. It’s not that I’m surprised at what people say; I’m just surprised at what some people have the balls to say in public. I suppose it only illustrates how classist and inconsiderate a lot of people must be, when these kinds of comments aren’t even criticized or given a second thought before or after being said.

What I really don’t get is how dumb the American people must be that we allow politicians to “spin” this kind of crap in another direction. There are still people who won’t admit that this devastating non-response isn’t in any way connected to class or race. How can you ignore that? If we as a nation would simply admit our faults and failures, we could at least begin to try to work on them. But everyone wants to sweep that kind of unpleasantness under the rug. Sometimes I feel like I’d rather us just go back to the overt discrimination of the pre-Civil Rights Era, because at least then you knew who your enemies were, and you couldn’t fool yourself into believing that you had none. At least then the little people knew that we had to stick together and support each other because no one else would.

Maybe that’s the lesson that we can take out of this whole ordeal: we’ve let ourselves be misled into thinking that we actually have a seat at the great American table, when all along we’ve only been getting glorified table scraps. People get a little something and move on up and out of the community, leaving the masses behind. What happened to the systems we created for ourselves? What happened to the communities we built to sustain us when the powers that be were fully against us? Why did all of that go away? Sometimes I feel that honestly that the race I’m a part of, that the class I’m a part of, are no better off today than we were 20, 30 years ago. Black is still black and the working middle class still gets fucked.

God Bless the USA.

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