The Bloodiest is Yet to Come.
We’re rapidly approaching the point where people have nothing left to lose, and things are only going to get worse before it gets better.
For weeks if not months, as a deadly pandemic took hold and left one of the greatest economic crisis’ the likes of which we haven’t seen since the great depression in its wake, I wondered what the catalyst would be for the American people to take their frustrations to the streets, and demand the change necessary to ensure we’re able to properly recover, heal, and move forward. The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis police department was the spark I would argue the vast majority of us saw coming, prompting the largest global civil rights movement in history, and certainly extending well beyond the murder of one black man at the hands of one officer in one city. Admittedly however, part of me is shocked at the idea that in such an apathetic and weary nation, there would be protests continuing all these weeks later in cities like Portland.
When the protests first began and we saw images of Washington DC on fire, a piece of me was wondering if this was truly the turning point, and if a revolution had begun. Now, after watching the protests only grow significantly larger and more intense as unidentifiable federal officers took to the streets of Portland and began throwing protestors in the back of rented unmarked vans, I’m convinced that the revolution has begun. But as I consider everything that still lies ahead, I can’t help feeling as though the conflict has still only just started.
Just the other day, after handing out tens of billions of our taxpayer dollars to businesses and corporations of his choosing after telling the American people we wouldn’t be able to find out where all the money went to, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said explicitly on camera that in the midst of a pandemic that’s left tens of millions of workers unemployed: “we’re not going to use taxpayer money to pay people more to stay home”.
The American people are already in the streets, protesting police brutality and the descent in to fascism. At the end of the month, when those extra unemployment benefits expire and people like Steve Mnuchin continue to have the audacity to tell the American people — in an economy where an estimated 42 percent of lost jobs aren’t expected to return — that they’re just lazy, I don’t think our lawmakers will have any idea what’s coming. None of this is going away any time soon, and I can’t shake the feeling that the bloodiest is yet to come. Wait until all the people dependent on that money to put food on the table for their kids and pay their rent or mortgage have to wonder what they’re going to do next. Wait until the coming eviction crisis hits. Wait until the fall comes, and this outbreak worsens. Wait until the American people realize they have absolutely nothing left to lose, and they feel as though there’s no way out.
Forget “civil unrest”. It’ll only get worse before it gets better, and the bloodiest is yet to come.
Mark my words: these protests won’t end if Joe Biden gets sworn in.
For decades, the class warfare has been waged against the poor, working, and middle classes, and it feels as though the American people are truly beginning to come to terms with its brutality. Understandable, considering it has only grown more cruel in the midst of one of our most vulnerable and difficult periods in recent history. 2020 has forced the eyes open, and for my generation in particular they will not unsee. A generation that— it’s worth noting — already feels as though any opportunity we had for a decent, livable, and sound future has been robbed from us. They have taken our wages and left us laden with debt. In stealing our wages they’ve stolen our time, forcing us to devote more and more of it to the two or three jobs we need just to survive, instead of actually enjoying what little time we have here on earth. They’ve taken our planet and its habitability, dooming us to a fate that will leave our children and grandchildren with no home all in the name of their own power, greed, and profit. In the midst of a global pandemic, they deny us healthcare, a safety net, and any ability to hang on to what last shred of stability we had left.
This isn’t something people are going to forget overnight. The anger’s just setting in, frustration among the masses grows, and meanwhile the President is growing more and more desperate to hold on to power. The stage has been set, and the fight appears to be on. I’m not sure those in power bargained on the people putting up much of a fight when it came to the class war, but it looks as though that’s exactly what they’re getting.
As the old saying from The Hunger Games goes:
“If we burn, you burn with us.”