America. The land of dreams. Crashing. Burning. Dying.
George Floyd’s disturbingly haunting unjust death was only the very tip of the iceberg that has been growing bigger and colder in the recent decades.
The orthodoxy of globalization and centralization has for too long benefited the rich at the expense of the poor (169 billionaires ‘too poor’ to make the Forbes list of the 400 Richest Americans), the unaffordable medical care is literally killing people (around 27m people — 10 per cent of the non-elderly US population — have no insurance at all and are living on the edge), the gun violence (by the end of 2019, there were 417 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the non-profit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks every mass shooting in the country. Thirty-one of those shootings were mass murders.), the police brutality resulting in 1,004 fatal shootings in 2019, the immigration system crying for a reform, and well, Donald Trump.
Combine all of that with the recent staggering unemployment rates brought by the Coronavirus pandemic (40 million Americans have reportedly claimed unemployment benefits so far, with the number to grow even higher). Wonder why people are so angry? Wonder why they are vandalizing stores and looting all over the American land? What else is left for them to do? To despair and die miserably or irate even if so purposelessly that one can only run around streets smashing cars and everything they see?
It is not heroic. Destructing businesses and creating more violence is in no way praisable. But when you get to a point where you’ve got nothing left to live for, you go all in — you scream, you cry, you fight, you don’t care anymore. You have no money, no job, you are going to lose your house, you can’t feed your children, you can’t get medical care, you are racially abused, you fear for your life on every corner — what do you do? I ask you — what do you do? Join the millions others suffering the same and set fire.
We glorify this entrepreneurial millennial with its technical advances, young business owners and the possibilities to work from anywhere in the world and live the dream. But in times of trouble, how is this helping us? It takes more than a social media…