Apologies for the long delay between posts. I was waiting for #CIR.
All kidding aside, I’m going to try and post more regularly, sparked into (re)action by some of the voices claiming to be forging the future. This post is not about that. At least not directly.
While for many the future rests in the growth of huge online entities like Google and Facebook, living in the shadows of Silicon Valley are people whose lives exemplify the growing gap between rich and poor.
The clip below from Bill Moyers shares some individual stories painting what that widening gap looks like.
One of the things I was thinking about as I watched the clip is how the debate around immigration reform and who should be deemed the “worthy” ones to get a chance to “ganar la verde”, is how that sort of framework does more to increase that chasm between the affluent and the poor and working class. If visas and legal work permits end up limited to those few with certain technological skills, what happens to everyone else? Are they left to enter the US how ever they need to in order to eke out an existence? Have we really left people any other choice with free trade agreements that push down wages and rights in favor of profits?
Also, watching the clip and thinking about the statistics and images presented I had to stop and think about how much more that loss of personal income was felt by women of color, who experience much greater levels of income disparity. The roaring twenties, the post World War II boom, and today’s so-called economic recovery have not been felt in people of color communities, who bear the brunt of cuts in the social “safety net” i.e. health care, food programs, public education.
Also when you watch below catch how one of those big silicon valley companies avoided paying billions in taxes bu taking advantage of the colonial status of Puerto Rico.
All of these things really are interconnected. The sources of inequality cannot be countered unless we recognize how they work together.