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12:16 pm - 10/28/2011

The 'We are the 53%' Tumblr is Heartbreaking

Forbes: Contributor E.D. Kain, 10/13/2011 @ 12:16PM

I have perused both the ‘We are the 99%’ Tumblr and the ‘We are the 53%’ Tumblr and I’ve come to this conclusion: the latter is far more heartbreaking than the former, if unintentionally so.

For one thing, most of the fifty-three-percenters are probably not actually in the 53%. Many describe a life of hardship, unemployment or underemployment, and dependence on government jobs and services. Take this one, for instance:

After this young woman’s father was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, he was told by the doctor to take it easy since he’s a manual laborer. Yet he went back to work full-time, working 12 hours a day, six days a week. She writes, “The cancer still grows. That is the American dream.”

Tell me this isn’t heartbreaking. Not just the story, but the sentiment.

The notion that this is the American dream, that men diagnosed with a horrible cancer should work 72 hours a week to support their families, is deeply tragic. There ought to be better visions of society than this.

I think that’s what the Occupy Wall Street protesters are saying: We should be able to craft a more human economy that doesn’t allow this sort of thing to happen, that rewards hard work and alleviates suffering and risk.

Source is FORBES, people. FORBES!!
suzycat 28th-Oct-2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Do you think.... perhaps she's doing it sarcastically? "WORKING WITH CANCER! THIS IS THE AMERICAN DREAM!"
mschaos 28th-Oct-2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
I got that as well actually
lickety_split 28th-Oct-2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
And then there's this little aside at the bottom that says: "People like my father came here because America was the answer to all their problems".

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAT GURRRRRL???? IM BOUT TO SET UP A FUND TO ASSIST HER POOR FATHER OUT OF HIS NIGHTMARE! Not to mention I'm assuming that since they're not doing so well right now that those insurance premiums and additional medical costs and deductibles and medications that aren't covered, her opinion of the American dream might change.

She's probably deluded herself into thinking that her father can "will" himself better if he just "works hard enough at it". People have a scary amount of faith in ~willpower.
hyuga 28th-Oct-2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know why it didn't hit me before. But yes, you may be right. There have been lots of poes posting there. As well they should be.
maladaptive 28th-Oct-2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
That's how that line read... so... bitter and sarcastic. This is the American dream, and it's a nightmare.

I can't read it any other way.
rayiroth 29th-Oct-2011 07:11 am (UTC)
MTE. I replied a few comments regard to why some of my immigrant (non USA may I add) family and friends may see the unemployed that way, but I think the reason they hasn't woken up yet is because crap hasn't hit the fans for them yet.

For this woman, I really get the vibe that it is a bitter, angry, sarcastic protest on how awful things really are.
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