Hello, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging, where today we get to what is right now my favorite topic that I’ve had so far, and one that my parents probably are wishing didn’t come up because they’ve had to hear about this more times then they’ve probably wanted to. But anyway, enough preliminaries, today’s prompt comes to us from the World Category and the card states “The most unfair thing about capitalism is…”
Well, not like this is in anyway topical to what’s going in the world right now. As I’m writing this, on June 2, 2020, to be published on June 3, 2020 (yes, I write these in advance and schedule them to post, makes it easier in my opinion) there are protests all over the country over the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, and Ahmaud Ahbrey, but in all honesty they are just further protests from other instances of Black people being killed by cops or others and no consequences steaming from them.
“But Nick,” says my conveniently placed literary device pretending to be a person that I’m having a conversation with, “What do these protests have to do with the most unfair thing about capitalism?”
Well, it’s because these protests ultimately stem from what is the most unfair thing about capitalism, and that’s the inherent inequality in the system. Under capitalism, there must always be an underclass supporting the ruling class, and historically speaking, those have been racial minorities.
That’s not to say that White people have not and are not members of the underclass supporting the ruling class, but if you look at the racial makeup of the billionaire ruling class, you will see a lot of White people, and a lot of men. You will see people that have created a system where they hold all the cards, and occasionally will allow people that are minorities to come into the club to make it seem like they’re not racist and classist, but when it comes to actual structural change, where those that are privileged will have to give up some of that privilege in order to make a more just society?
Well, just look around at the world and country right now. Police are reacting violently to people peacefully asking to not be killed with impunity by police. “Black Lives Matter”, a by itself innocuous phrase, has been labeled “hate speech” by those who have a vested interest in continuing the inherent inequality of the current capitalist system, and it seems like we can’t go too many days without hearing and seeing yet another black person killed by cops who were acting wrongly.
George Floyd was killed over a possible fake $20 bill. Breonna Taylor was killed because the cops executed a no-knock raid on her residence in plain clothes and without announcing themselves, and, fearing that they were being robbed, her boyfriend used a legal firearm to defend himself, after which the cops unloaded their firearms into the apartment killing Breonna Taylor. David McAtee was a beloved business owner who fed cops for free at his restaurant. Still killed by cops. Ahmaud Ahbrey was killed by a former DA investigator, who wasn’t arrested for months until video was leaked showing what happened in the incident.
These and other incidents and other statistics show the inherent inequality of the capitalist system, and show why people are protesting asking for systemic change.
So that is what is most unfair about capitalism. In requires inequality, which leads to violence. We must find a better system, and we must come to a more just system.