For Most of Us, This Isn’t a Fun-Filled Family Bonding Time
How many times have you heard this tone-deaf neoliberal lament?
“These people just want the economy opened back up so they can get a haircut, and they will kill us all! They are sooooo selfish! And why is my wine delivery late?”
I’m so damn tired of this false narrative. It reeks of entitlement and ignorance. And wine.
Let me simplify this for you.
Most people REALLY need their paycheck. Not everyone is privileged enough to cower in their houses indefinitely, washing their hands every two-and-a-half minutes. Some people are in danger of losing their homes and can’t feed their families.
If this doesn’t apply to you, thank your lucky stars and try to cough up a tiny bit of empathy for those who know this struggle all too well.
I know this is a hard concept for many to grasp, but just because it’s not your struggle doesn’t make it irrelevant. Try to remember what you learned in kindergarten about other people’s feelings being as important as yours.
If you don’t want folks going back to work, either support them financially by replacing their wages from your own wallet or demand UBI from our government instead of being judgmental asses.
Americans would rather watch their neighbors and even family die than think someone might be getting something for free. And yet, they take no issue with the Feds magically creating billions of dollars for corporate bailouts. Many Americans equate poverty as a lack of character and wealth as a sign of virtue.
The poor can die en masse and it’s their own damn fault for being poor. But if a CEO doesn’t get a multi-million dollar bonus because of COVID-19, they’ll dig deep to help the poor dears out. Without question. It’s fucking contemptible.
For most Americans, this isn’t the Great COVID-19 Bake-off, reading marathon, or binge-watching vacation. These aren’t “uncertain” times Karen, these are terrifying times.
So while you’re painting yourself as a fucking hero for wearing a mask when you hit up Whole Foods, there are millions of others teetering on the brink of financial ruin. The last thing they need or deserve is sanctimonious scolding from the white-collar middle-class lucky enough to work from home, or not have to work at all.
I’ve seen the people desperate to keep afloat accused of false bravado. No Susan, it’s a true necessity. Your friends and neighbors are forced to choose what they are less afraid of, financial ruin and joining the growing ranks of homeless, or returning to work during a pandemic.
Instead of purposely misinterpreting their motives, try to rustle up a fuck or two for those not lucky enough to stay home, get paid, and pontificate on how blue-color workers are so irresponsible in their desire to simply survive. Try to help instead of being a privileged hindrance.
Direct your anger where it belongs — with the oligarchy, not some poor bastard risking their health to feed and house themselves and their families. If you’re not willing to do that, simply shut your w(h)ine and cheese-hole. We’ve heard more than enough noise from you lot.