Photographs have a way of speaking to things that words cannot-below is link to photograph taken after the Dustbowl and the mass migration to California of the “okies”, where they were soundly abused and taken advantage of.
I’ve read the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, seen an old movie made in the late 30’s I believe adapted from the book, and viewed several documentaries, and have remained impressed by all.
This is the disenfranchisement I spoke of in the Poverty blog- a disdain that will encompass even those of ones own race, and the primary reason I’ve selected the photographs I have.
These were a people held in low esteem. How much more so for those of a different ethnicity that have been routinely and historically seen as a “problem”?
Recently I read an article by climatologists addressing the temperature increase during Roman times-the deniers will seize on this to denounce the reality of climate change, despite the fact that the report was very specific in attributing the temperature increase during those times as a decrease in volcanic activity and the shielding effect of the ash it produces in the atmosphere.
They were also specific in saying what is taking place today is not a natural event, but one produced by man. Much of this country is experiencing a drought and record setting temperatures.
People should read the article in the link below and any links and photos they might search and discover related to the Dustbowl itself, and understand that they could well be looking at the future.
We may have the right to make detrimental choices as adults that will effect us as individuals-but we do not have the right to do the same for others, children, or their future-neither do governments, the one percenters, or corporations.
To be dependent on social programs may be a necessity for some, and that is part of the social contract that exists between governments and people that cannot be argued-what can be argued is a resignation to it or an acceptance of it by those who find themselves in that position.
As climate change and global economies worsen resources and the allocation of them will as well-we can sing and dance like the grasshopper or we can begin the preparations necessary to endure-change is coming and it will be catastrophic in nature-even in times of plenty there were eugenic movements.
If such movements become a reality again regardless of how they present themselves, we as a people would be well advised to understand we are on the list, as will be every poverty stricken person.
This is what Capitalism run amok and global economics is about-“production”-you either produce something tangible and marketable through your efforts or labor or through shuffling paper and manipulations that increases the wealth and assets of others or you don’t-any who aren’t viewed as productive are deemed expendable for the common welfare.
And it is they-not us-who define what and who is productive.
It is the same mindset that threatens uncontacted tribes in the Amazon, “ethnic cleansing”, and religious wars.