I would like many articles giving voice to the scary prospect of a Trump nomination/possible presidency. It is truly terrifying, for all people, not only minorities. Many think, "He's a great businessman--that would be good for the country." Most people are not news junkies and do not even know the horrific things he has said and done. Keep the info/conversation going!!
Big ag wants to eliminate the farm to table movement since its existence is a testament to the fact that there is healthier, better tasting food. The GMO movement yields a massive output of "food," but with altered seeds and systemic pesticide. The factory farms yield thousands of chickens, but with hormones and/or antibiotics. People who care about long term health do not want to eat this food. We should have a choice, especially if we are willing to pay for it. I do understand that all "small farms" should not be exempt from inspections. But there should be a vetting process--the clean, sustainable, good farms should have a path to selling to restaurants. What about "certified organic," would this work? It must become less expensive to get this certification. Small farms cannot afford it as it currently exists. Again, big ag wants small, sustainable farms to go away.
Pence does not care about Hoosiers. He does not care about infrastructure. He only cares about the 1% and getting elected. He will literally give away our state assets to rich individuals so he can get elected. He must be voted out.
The Carmel schools prepare their students for college work. The parents there are professionals themselves, so they know how important education is. They know that they have to maintain high standards since their kids will be competing with students from all over the United States and with international students in college. Most other schools in Indiana are not rigorous enough. The parents want their kids to be "well rounded," ie, they don't want them to work too hard. They value sports over everything else. Some rural schools do not have basic things like up to date books or science labs. In the urban schools there are not enough resources. Overall, the education in Indiana is mediocre to bad. In addition, the opportunities for young educated people are not great. So Indiana has a brain drain. Charter schools and bleeding money from public schools will make things even worse. It is actually pretty depressing.
The GOP does not believe in public education. They want to privatize everything, including schools. They gutted the public schools on purpose.
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Martin Luther King, Jr. said this many years ago, and we still do not have justice for all in America. It is so hard to know that change in urgently needed while having to watch things stay the same. The nature of social justice work is that you are asking an entire status quo to shift. This is no small thing. Kyle, your writing, music, and voice do matter. Keep doing what you do.
There is a well worn pattern in discussing unarmed black people killed by police. Demonizing the victim is always a part of it. The police stick together, even if a story makes no sense. The fact is, police work is dangerous. But time after time, black people turn up dead at the hands of police. The question we must ask is, are police allowed to kill with impunity? Are the actions of every unarmed black person capital offenses? It is stunning.
Indiana is one of the states that fought integration tooth and nail. As a result, we are still extremely segregated. Many white Hoosiers have zero contact with people of color. This is a systemic problem but many white people like the status quo. So change is very slow in coming.
How do we expect things to get better when our state representatives are
"pro business" by union busting, tax cutting and wage depressing? There is an underclass of workers in Indiana. For unskilled workers, it is the worst. And because of decisions going way back (refusing to integrate schools and neighborhoods) many people of color are stuck in neighborhoods where there are no jobs. This is the problem we must address. Our schools are bad and getting worse. Pence et al are busy transferring tax dollars from public to private schools. He has cut education to the bone. And many Hoosiers agree with his policies. Until we dig in and make systemic change, things will stay the same.
Bryan has been a gift to The Indianapolis arts scene for many years. I have enjoyed so many theatre experiences at The Phoenix. He always looks for ways to "pay it forward," helping young artists. Thanks for writing this article.
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