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CPR Anyone? 

Updated: Jun 13



With all that’s been going on in our country, I could only help but think that the very thing that’s supposed to keep the country thriving is leading this country into turmoil. In the last 50 years the country has been in a state of great commotion, confusion, or disturbance; tumult; agitation; disquiet: mental turmoil caused by difficult decisions. I mean shouldn’t C.P.R. (an emergency lifesaving procedure performed) be enough. What do I mean by C.P.R. really? Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Race are supposedly the “lifesaving social systems” that have a significant impact on American society, influencing various aspects of individuals' lives, opportunities, and experiences. Learning how to navigate capitalism, patriarchy, and race in this country to create a life of stability and peace can be difficult. 


Capitalism is an economic system that prioritizes profits, private ownership, and free market competition. This system often leads to income inequality, as wealth becomes concentrated in the hands of a few individuals or corporations. This can result in disparities in access to resources and opportunities, creating an unequal society where some individuals have more power and privilege than others. Almost a quarter of U.S. households had food and supply shortages since 2022. Capitalism also perpetuates consumerism and materialism, influencing societal values and priorities. This can lead to a focus on individual success and material wealth, often at the expense of social welfare and environmental sustainability. Y’all see them all over social media faking a lifestyle and robbing Peter to pay Paul. In a capitalist society, individuals are often valued based on their economic productivity and contribution to the market. This can lead to exploitation and marginalization of certain groups, such as low-wage workers, immigrants, and people of color.

 

Patriarchy is a social system that privileges men and male-dominated institutions, perpetuating gender inequality and discrimination. In American society, patriarchy influences various aspects of individuals' lives, including education, employment, politics, and media representation. Some instances in U.S. history where Patriarchy did more harm than good are The Salem Witch Trials, The Women's Suffrage Movement, The Civil Rights Movement, The #MeToo Movement, and the Gender Wage Gap. The patriarchal power dynamics in this country and organizations have allowed perpetrators to abuse their power and silence victims, perpetuating a culture of silence and impunity. Patriarchy reinforces gender stereotypes and norms, dictating expectations for how men and women should behave and interact. This can limit individuals' autonomy and self-expression, reinforcing rigid gender roles and expectations. Patriarchy ushers is other forms of oppression, such as racism and capitalism, to further marginalize and disadvantage certain groups, particularly women of color and transgender individuals.

 

Race, a social construct that categorizes individuals based on physical characteristics and ancestry, often leading to racial discrimination and inequality. In American society, race has historically been used to justify slavery, colonization, and segregation, perpetuating systemic racism and white supremacy. For instance the institution of slavery in the United States from the 17th to the 19th centuries, Jim Crow laws enacted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, enforced racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans, civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s highlighted the harm caused by institutionalized racism, segregation, and discrimination against African Americans, The War on Drugs policies implemented in the 1980s disproportionately targeted minority communities and led to mass incarceration of African Americans and Latinos, perpetuating racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and Restrictive immigration policies and discrimination against immigrants based on race and ethnicity. People of color are more likely to experience poverty, unemployment, and discrimination, facing barriers to education, healthcare, housing, and criminal justice. Race also shapes individuals' identity and sense of belonging, influencing their experiences of racism and privilege. People of color often navigate racial stereotypes and biases, while white individuals may benefit from systemic advantages and privilege.

 

Racism intersects with other forms of oppression, such as patriarchy and capitalism, to reinforce inequality and marginalization for marginalized groups. This intersectionality creates complex dynamics of power and privilege that shape American society and individuals' experiences. Then let’s not talk about the disparities in the criminal justice system against African Americans and Latinos. We’ve all watched the former President and Presidential candidate, Donald Trump judicial accountability and presidential leadership and the treatment of Hunter Biden and former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani. There were many before them that were criminal yet allowed to continue their careers in politics such as; Richard Nixon- Watergate scandal, Rod Blagojevich- attempted to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, William Jefferson- found with $90,000 in cash in his freezer, Mark Foley- involved in a scandal surrounding inappropriate messages to underage pages, Rob Ford- caught on video smoking crack cocaine, Eliot Spitzer- involved in a prostitution scandal, Chris Collins- charged with insider trading, John Edwards- involved in a scandal surrounding an extramarital affair, Bob McDonnell- convicted of corruption charges involving gifts and loans from a businessman, and Anthony Weiner sending obscene material and messages to a minor while having a sex addiction.

 

As you can see, there’s a veil by which our country is governed Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Race. To be successful, you must measure income inequality, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility in order to sustain in the current economy until a revolutionary change to our society occurs. Presently, a variety of factors are influencing the demographic shifts, such as immigration patterns, birth rates, and societal changes. However, based on current trends, it is likely that the Hispanic population will continue to grow and become a larger percentage of the overall population, while the White population may decrease slightly. The Asian and Black populations are also expected to continue to grow, but at a slower pace compared to the Hispanic population. Ultimately, the United States is projected to become more diverse and multicultural in the coming years. This is why the Republican party have been focused on National Security and Border Security: Republicans prioritize strong national security measures and border security to protect the country from threats both foreign and domestic. Factor in the fact that white individuals make up the largest percentage of business owners in the U.S., by 79.8% while Blacks or African American 9.3%, Asians 6.6%, Hispanic or Latino 5.8%, and individuals of all other races make up 3.1%. As of 2023, 98% of rural land in the United States is owned by white individuals while blacks own less than 1%, Hispanic less than 1%, Native Americans less than 1%, and Asians less than 1%. White families 96% of the total land in the U.S., Hispanic or Latinos own about 3%, while Black or African American families own 1%. As for home ownership White Americans own 73.6% homes in the U.S., while Asian Americans: 58.1%, American Indian or Alaska Native Americans: 55.8%, Hispanic or Latino Americans: 46.1%, and Black Americans: 44.1% of households own their homes.

 

These disparities reflect historical patterns of land ownership and systemic discrimination in the U.S. Makes sense as to why these right-wing political movements emphasize nationalism, populism, and white supremacy. The movement rejects mainstream conservatism and often promotes anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-feminist beliefs. Typically, supportive of nationalist policies and advocate for a strong sense of white identity and cultural homogeneity. The movement gained visibility during the 2016 United States presidential election and has been associated with far-right extremist groups which is why the Republicans have been championing for focused tax cuts, deregulation, and trade policies that benefit American businesses. Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with a market-based healthcare system that emphasizes consumer choice and lower costs, support tough-on-crime policies and law enforcement, advocating for measures to reduce crime rates and uphold public safety but won’t make policy changes for racial policy brutality and judicial corruption. 


Republicans and the Alt Right enthusiasts refuse to lose the control they worked hard at establishing since its inception in 1776! Which is why there's a rooted emphasis on the importance of fiscal responsibility and reducing government spending on key programs and legislation that benefit and aid in the economic equality and support of minorities in order to balance the budget and lower the national debt. Even the pro-life policies and traditional family values, including opposing abortion and promoting marriage between a man and a woman has become their business reversing landmark Supreme Court rulings. In conclusion, we have got to do a better job of deciding what influences capitalism, patriarchy, and race should have on American society? Afterall, we have learned in every war and protest, that the power is with the people and that there’s strength in numbers! We must strive to promote public trust and confidence by demonstrating transparency, accountability, and respect for all and rule of law. Only then can we begin to resuscitate our society, for  "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." - Thomas Jefferson 


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