Oppressing also hurts the oppressors, but they don’t become the victims
I met working-class Americans. I saw them on US public transportation, walked (ran) with them in the streets, and was invited into their homes.
Warm, giving people. So good that it borders on the naïve; many of them believe in UFOs and Trump. They’re totally different from the middle-class USers that swarm the world’s tourist destinations, scream at everything: ‘Oh, this is really old!‘, and think that you are exotic. Though all seemingly wearing sports shoes, they don’t roll off their feet when walking. They walk by slowly putting their feet down like birds as if walking on ice that could give way at any second. That’s what you get for living on stolen lands.
American bosses are a different brand. (I had one who was really nice, but the rest were terrible.) Slave society may have ended, but slaveholder attitudes have not. I know because I compare it to my bosses in Holland.
In the Netherlands, workers can be fired when they’re rude at work. When the boss is rude, a worker can go to court. Bosses there also take the fruits of your labor in return for a meager salary, but pleasant work relationships are protected by law. Also there, middlemen are placed between the boss and the workers who can give the unpleasant and unworkable orders from management to the laborers. But, my boss would not pass me by without greeting me: Good morning, how was your weekend? I would do the same in return. Deep love, no. But decency does make a difference. This is not because the Dutch are such good Samaritans. Rather, when the powerless are treated well, society is calm and stable, everything works better, and the rich can keep their money pleasantly. No revolts, no destructive anger.
In the US, if you don’t like the boss, you can go home. If the boss won’t like you, you can go home. You see the trend easily. No workers’ rights. In the Netherlands, when I lived there for 40 years, you could only get fired if you didn’t do your work well or were hurting the pleasant atmosphere at work.
In the Netherlands, big firms have a section personeelszaken, literally: workers’ issues. If there is a problem for a worker, they try to find amicable solutions. In the US, it’s called HR, human resource. When low on toilet paper, printing paper, or people, you need to stock up. Workers are just a commodity for the boss. They might have gotten some legal rights, but that never makes them fellow humans. They should work like robots.
This is not restricted to the work sphere. The whole of US society is cruel and unsafe beyond belief. If you have money, that’s your worth. If you get handicapped, you’re doomed to poverty. Millions are homeless. If you can’t afford healthcare, you can drop dead whatever you have—literally. And ‘the world’s greatest democracy’ doesn’t blush about it. (American kids get brainwashed in school that the US is better at everything, and the kids believe it. Nationalism sits so deeply that it comes naturally to them.)
Talking about democracy, that is corrupted too. In the Netherlands, when 14, I learned that democracy is a system that is ‘run by the majority while regarding the needs of minorities.’ In the US, it’s just a dictatorship of the majority vote—which via manipulating their naivety might be in the wrong (small) hands, just protecting the greed of the super-rich minority. Then, taking weaker people into account is ‘kindness’? It’s just a minimal norm.
Their warped sense of democracy may also jive with the idol status of Free Speech in the US. Anything threatening, demeaning, or slandering whole sections of the population should obviously be illegal, but it is not. How can anyone reason that oppressing others can be freedom?
Slavery may be over but its shadow is still hanging over the USA. White Americans don’t realize how bad it’s also for them. Not just the racism and at work—as if those are not bad enough. Generally, life is still cheap there except for the rich (pardon the pun). You can get shot in the street because almost any maniac can carry weapons legally. Trains and buses are sidelined (do you like the pun?) because profitability is the only valid norm. Cars make more money. They still have (and believe in) the death penalty—in a State built by followers of turning the other cheek.
It’s called Capitalism, but it’s just a makeover of slave society. I’ve sat at festive tables of many rich USers. But, they were all religious Jews. As one of them said: ‘I’m a capitalist, but my religion limits how much I can ignore that poorer people are people too.’ Judaism is the original Socialism.
Meanwhile, most US Whites still don’t know how to dance, run, or be proud of their bodies. The subconscious shame about slavery and racism runs unchecked and deep. They consume more mood-bending drugs than any other population in the world. They are the world’s biggest headache.
The German People have looked History in the eye. They have exchanged their fake, reactionary pride from denying a terrible past for the real pride of rejecting evil in their past. The American People have not done so yet.
The US needs a leader who spearheads facing the worst past so they can recognize what must change in the present to have a vision for the future.