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we had a 15 minute timed writing assignment to do on the subject of social responsibility and what we owe to others. this is what i wrote.
I believe that the idea that western society has no responsibility to help those poorer societies is laughable. most often it comes down to some percieved mythical “equal playing field” and a blatant, partially racist superiortity complex that says that “well, if they want to be as prosperous as us, all they have to do is try. That’s ridiculous. most places on the planet have been targest of western colonailism which has wrecked indiginous cultures. we know almost nothing about the vast majority of the history of the peoples of the americas just because jackass spanish and english conquistadors destroyed records in an orgy of destruction. in india, the incredibly brutal british raj created mass famine, tyranny, and poverty that simply didn’t exist in india beforehand. it exploited the indian people as a mere resource—a source of productivity so that the brits could have their tea. the french and british empires in africa were also unspeakably brutal, especially those in South Africa and the former rhodesia. the kongo has still not recovered from leopold II’s bloodlust. the people of the andes mountains had their very modern, well-structured, and civilized bureucracy torn down and replaced with the spanish encomienda system of forced labor extraction that worked natives to the death, at least until they decided it would be easier to work imported africans to death. american indians are one of the most impovershed groups in the country, and blacks everywhere still are reminded of the legacy of american slavery daily, when they’re frisked for walking down the streets, arrested and sentenced far more often and more harshly than the general population, shot in their homes, and sentenced for death for crimes that a while suburban woman would get 15 years for.
the point of this angry ranting is that there’s this very pervasive value in almost every human culture of “justice”. what that means, exactly, differs from place to place, but often it comes down to “if you break it, fix it.” imperialism wrecked the world—it destroyed indiginous cultures of immeasurable worth, killed hundreds of millions of people and some people have the nerve to say that we don’t owe africa, or southeast asia, or the natives, or blacks, anything. that’s just bullshit. we owe them everything. that’s justice.
imperialism still exists. we owe the opressed workers in chinese and bengladeshi sweatshops our cars, shoes, and handbags. we owe the migrant workers of california working in the hot sun for half (or less) of minimul wage the food on our table and the very ability to be obese. we owe the native americans currently living in backward reservations slowly drinking themselves to death and having their culture more fully erased the very existence of this country. the least we can do is treat them like fucking human beings, with hopes and aspiratoins, with needs for intellectual fulfillment and happiness and basic human decency just like you or me, and not like this mysterious fucking other. they don’t need our pity, they need us to stop acting like we’re better than them, own up to what we’ve done, and put our vast resources to use fixing the problems that we created in the first place. i have an obligation, you have an obligation, everyone has an obligation. and to say otherwise displays a frankly abhorrent lack of compassion and really speaks volumes about you as a person.
So i was speaking to my sister and she told me to draw a reverse centaur and this is what i pictured but i don’t think she pictured this
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