Monday, July 16, 2007

Quote of the day

The broader implication is this: that one's own collaboration with mass-approved violence - i.e., institutional racism, First World nationalism, and apathetic complacency - doesn't count. Climb the corporate ladder, buy American, tune out on Prozac - these silences equal death. But there's a popular illusion that 'violence' is limited only to the physical, the actual contact of skin on skin. What about the daily devastation of poverty, the lack of child care, the shortage of clean air, the sight of children going without - and one's own active or passive participation in these devastating institutions? If Jane Six Pack hits you, she's a lower-class bitch. If Jane Six Pack sits in her air-conditioned stockbroker suite investing in Latin America, it's affirmative action.
-Veena Cabreros-Sud, "Kicking Ass"


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