You tell us to work hard to get nice things; we work hard and barely make ends meet.
We try to go back to school to learn a new trade but you’ve taken away our tuition deductions and grants so we’re forced to take out loans that we’ll never be able to pay back.
You take away our healthcare, so a simple sinus infection puts us thousands of dollars in debt.
We can’t pay the debt, so we’re referred to collections and our credit is ruined.
Our bad credit forces us to pay higher rates on simple car payments—cars that we need to get to our low-paying jobs, reducing our disposable income.
Our limited income makes it impossible to save money to buy a house so we have to rent in perpetuity.
Our bad credit forces us to live in less desirable apartment complexes and pay higher deposits, often far removed from where the jobs are so we commute hours each day, costing us gas money and vehicle maintenance money that we don’t have.
The neighborhoods we live in have nothing but fast food establishments and liquor stores—establishments that prey upon people like us because they know that we can only afford cheap food and quick highs.
This causes us to have health problems that we cannot remedy by basic doctor visits because you’ve already taken away our healthcare.
Us and our neighbors barely make ends meet, are unhealthy and are tired of seeing our kids suffer so we do what desperate human beings have historically done: we improvise.
You decide that our improvising is illegal so you send police into our neighborhoods to seize every opportunity to incarcerate us.
We’re barely making ends meet, are unhealthy and tired of seeing ourselves and our kids suffering, beaten, murdered and enslaved by your police so we do what desperate human beings have historically done: we fight back.
You call us thugs and animals and savages and tell us that we’re less than human.
We grow desperate, feeling like there is nowhere to turn.
You tell us to turn to God.
We turn to God and all we hear from the pulpits is how we must support our oppressors.
We say “fuck you” and leave your churches.
You tell us that not going to church will send us to hell.
We become psychologically damaged and resort even further to drugs and alcohol and many of us contemplate suicide.
You tell us that those who commit suicide go straight to hell.
So correct me if I’m wrong: you’re telling us that we were put on this earth to serve YOU, to cater to YOUR needs, to be perpetually indebted to YOUR corporations, to be YOUR slaves, to make YOUR lives and YOUR children’s lives easier, to follow YOUR rules, to obey YOUR laws, to worship the way YOU tell us to and that if we decide not to, our only options are prison or hell?