Fannish insanity and social justice rage, all in one helpful place! eleanor_lavish on LJ and AO3, if you're wondering why all this seems eerily familiar...
Since the 1980s, for instance, the real price of a midrange color television has plummeted about tenfold, and televisions today are crisper, bigger, lighter and often Internet-connected. Similarly, the effective price of clothing, bicycles, small appliances, processed foods — virtually anything produced in a factory — has followed a downward trajectory. The result is that Americans can buy much more stuff at bargain prices.
Many crucial services, though, remain out of reach for poor families. The costs of a college education and health care have soared. Ms. Hagen-Noey, for instance, does not treat her hepatitis and other medical problems, as she does not qualify for Medicaid and cannot pay for her own insurance or care.
Child care also remains only a small sliver of the consumption of poor families because it is simply too expensive. In many cases, it depresses the earnings of women who have no choice but to give up hours working to stay at home.
“The average annual cost for infant care in the U.S. is $6,000 or $7,000 a year,” said Professor Ziliak of the University of Kentucky. “When you look at the average income of many single mothers, that is going to end up being a quarter of it. That’s huge. That is just out of reach for many folks.”
This is why the “how can they be poor if they have [material object]?” argument is so crap. A massive television costs 1/7th of what childcare costs in a year, and that’s at the expensive end of television prices, and the average for child care.That’s before you even start talking about health care, rent, food, car maintenance, and education — all of which have grown less affordable in the meantime.
maybe i’m a goddamn bleeding heart hippie liberal but i’m totally down with paying an extra .50 cents for a thing of fries if the person who makes me those fries doesn’t have to work 3 jobs just to survive.
Dear The Rest of the World,
UPDATE: AMERICA IS STILL A FUCKING RACIST PLACE TO LIVE! If someone tells you America is a post-racial paradise, THEY ARE LYING TO YOUR FACE.
I feel shitty even writing this, because I’m one of the East Coast, Ivy League, privileged white girls who is full of shock and rage and righteous indignation at this verdict. Most black folks I know/have seen on twitter are just home drinking and being sad, but they aren’t surprised at all. Not even a little. And THAT, my friends, is an even bigger take-away for me than the bullshit verdict in this case. That is the thing I’m going to remember. That this case isn’t one in a million - it’s one OF a million cases where it turns out that, according to the LAWS OF THIS LAND, it’s illegal to be young and male and black and taking a walk in this country.
That’s a lesson that I hope stays with me a long time. And I hope I keep the anger and the indignation too, because GOD DAMN, this is fucked up.
Anyway, go see Pacific Rim. It’s a movie about monsters and robots and Idris Elba is excellent in it and America isn’t even IN this movie, and it will take your mind off the fact that a young man was just found guilty of his own vicious murder.