Resentment Among The Have-Nots

If I was an unemployed or poorly paid, white, working-class male, living in a damp flat on a shit estate ruled by drug gangs and without enough money to feed my children, I would be very jealous of all the fuss middle-class liberals are now making about black lives and I would get really pissed whenever the phrase “white privilege” was rammed down my throat.

The comfortably well-off donating the odd can of baked beans to the local food bank is hardly the same as taking to the streets condemning inequality. Such selective, trend-driven compassion causes resentment and creates more division among those who are treated unfairly by society whatever their ethnic background. This is why I favour across-the-board campaigns against inequality.


Resentment Among The Have-Nots — 2 Comments

  1. Inequality is a dangerous concept, since it is now rather obvious that just about everyone can be treated equally shoddily. The proponents of “separate but equal” got what they asked for in Plessay vs. Ferguson and then discovered it did not improve either their economic or social condition. “Quality” is unfortunately also disappointing. So, what should we demand? Sustenance and respect for our personal rights. Why? Because not a one of us asked to be born.

    • What would you regard as “our personal rights?” If you take religion out of the mix I’m tempted into believing that the only reality that we can be certain of is pain, so secular morality has to be based on the minimising of pain. Of course, this leads, as maybe you imply, to the idea that the greatest moral good the human race could achieve is to stop procreating completely.

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