I am not a pacifist. I do believe in the Bill of Rights but don't see where citizen-held assault weapons fall anywhere NEAR it. There are times when honesty prevails. Whether we want it to or not. Clear, stark, honesty. This is one of those times. It is a moment to reflect upon our penchant or need for sacrifice to initiate great change. We seem to require blood in order to take the giant social steps forward. The ones we then celebrate in hindsight. So be it. Here are the small faces. Here are the tears. Now, what do we do...honestly?
Days before she died, Yvette Wilson posted a donate page to help with her costs of cervical cancer treatment. She needed $25k and received $13.5k.
This is a Rant. It was posted on my Facebook page. It is profane and angry. It is disjointed and splintered. It is in context and out of context. It is not thought through…but it's what I feel about the passing of a beautiful spirit I knew.
For Yvette....I'm not callin' for pity. I've held dying folk in my arms and I know we all gotta go. But should her last days on earth have been begging for change on line to help fight this shit? Should anyone's last conscious days be anything else other than calls to friends and family with voiced “I love you”s? Filling out forms to "qualify" for healthcare "awards?"...And these racist crackers show up screaming NO government healthcare? These putrid souls who marched us down into wars from where they STILL haven't asked where the money went, BLOCKED the idea that we should die with fucking dignity. FUCKING DIGNITY! Gaddammit...On Your back with tubes or puss or blood seeping from your vagina while somebody scrambles to get on Facebook sos you can BUY one last fucking weekend...
WHAT are we really? Who the hell are we? What kind of nation allows lines of people...THOUSANDS.. to sleep in winter stormed parking lots to receive BASIC care from once a year health clinics? What kinda of nation lets MONSTERS APPLAUD DEATH PENALTY REMARKS IN A DEBATE...CLAIM they are PRO LIFE and then shut down funding for planned parenthood where some of our women WOMEN get their ONLY health care...WHO THE FUCK DOESN'T HAVE A MOTHER!
We are better than that. We are better than the weakest of us 'just getting by'. We are better than leaving many in days of pain AND worry. We are better than giving up on our neighbors...on our past in our parents and grandparents...and on our future in children. WE ARE BETTER THAN LEAVING IT UP TO CHARITY. WE ARE BETTER THAN TO LEAVE OUR NEIGHBORS TO DIE IN NEED. WE ARE BETTER THAN TO HAND OFF OVERPRICED 'INSURANCE' TO SUITED DEMONS READY TO CUT THE MONEY AS SOON AS YOU FALL FROM THE SMALL PRINT. IF NOT, WHAT THEN, IN THE WORDS OF ALL THE DECLARATIONS AND HUMANE ANNOUNCEMENTS WE PROCLAIM TO BE UNIQUELY AMERICAN, STOPS US FROM FEEDING UPON EACH OTHER TO MAINTAIN AND SURVIVE.
That is cannibalism. That is what we are using for our healthcare system.
We are better than that.
What We Must Do Now.
Brandon is the creator of thedarkroome, writer, comic, bloggist, animator...blah blah blah
What Are We? The Death of Yvette Wilson