I’m caucasian and male (though I obviously have a pretty serious mental illness… and don’t forget the fact that I’m a heroin addict). I’ve rarely noticed explicit benefits of being such but I know that they’re there. I just read back to back Op-Eds in the New York Times that helped remind me of that fact:
I understand, historically, why things are this way. It just seems asinine that prejudice against basically anyone who isn’t a white, non-disabled man is still a thing. The world just seems way, way more fucked up than it needs to be.
The per capita Gross World Product (GWP) for 2017 was estimated at $17,300. That means that, if you added all the money made by every person in the world and divided that by the 7+ billion people making that money, the average annual income is $17,300. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10/day or $3650/year. Almost 50% live on less than $2.50/day ($912.50/year). These numbers are only getting worse and I am willing to bet that the vast majority of those living at that level are neither caucasian nor male.
What the fuck is going on here? How did this happen? And how do we fix it?
I find it very disheartening that this is the state of the world. There is no easy fix. I know that. And, if you’re recognizing socialist overtones in what I’m saying, you’ve nailed it. I could go into the failings of the US Tax Code but I’m already realizing that the road I’m going down is way too complicated to get into in a single post. In fact, I’m going to stop here and give a good, hard think about how to talk about this issue. I definitely want to talk about this more, but now is not the right time.
To be continued…