The Fruit Of Freedom Is Harmony

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A straight, middle aged white man (WM) from the suburbs walked into an urban gasoline station/convenience store.  The point-of-sale card reader at the pump wasn’t working.  He walked into the convenience store and explained the situation to a Millennial Hispanic Woman (MHW).  She took his credit card and swiped it on a different card reader so he could purchase gas.

While the WM was waiting, he realized he wouldn’t have time for lunch and asked the MHW if he could grab some some nuts for the road; the WM offered to pay cash for that transaction.  A Millennial Asian Man (MAM) offered to grab the WM peanuts and a female,  African-American senior citizen (AAW) asked the WM if he wanted a bottle of water.  The WM asked the MAM for cashews and the AAW for the cheapest bottle of water, paid the MHW for the food and drink, thanked the people in the store, walked outside, and pumped the gas into his automobile.

This happens hundreds of millions of times, each and every day, in these United States and it never makes the news.

Now, let’s look at it through the lens of MSNBC (in italics):

A straight, middle aged white man (WM) from the suburbs walked into an urban gasoline station/convenience store.  The point-of-sale card reader at the pump wasn’t working.

The privileged white man now sees the plight of the urban poor.  They have no access to the highest technology available and therefore must suffer with the inequities of broken and outdated technology.  The multi-national oil corporation refuses to fix and update the technology because its exploits those huddled in cities.

He walked into the convenience store and explained the situation to a Millennial Hispanic Woman (MHW).  She took his credit card and swiped it on a different card reader so he could purchase gas.

This act alone demonstrates both white privilege and patrimony.  The WM abuses his power over the MHW by expecting her to serve him. In order to feed her family, she must suffer the indignity of fixing the problem the WM encountered because he wasn’t properly prepared to transact business in the currency of urban areas; cash.

While the WM was waiting, he realized he wouldn’t have time for lunch and asked the MHW if he could grab some some nuts for the road; the WM offered to pay cash for that transaction.  A Millennial Asian Man (MAM) offered to grab the WM peanuts and a female, African-American senior citizen (AAW) asked the WM if he wanted a bottle of water.   The WM asked the MAM for cashews and the AAW for the cheapest bottle of water, paid the MHW for the food and drink, thanked the people in the store, walked outside, and pumped the gas into his automobile.

The urban residents realize that the only way to stop the WM’s microagressions are to appease him…quickly.  They feign obeisance so that they can void the time injustice, the WM is prepared to inflict on them, because of his inability to adapt to urban trading.  The MAM grabs the white man cashews, after suggesting nuts.  Both of these are featured in Asian cuisine so the MAM is stereotyped in the WM’s mind, perpetuating an horrific injustice.  When the WM asked the AAW for the “cheapest water”, he demeaned her by insinuating that she was not sophisticated enough to pick the “best” bottle of water for him.  Her kindness (really disguised as a bow to racist patrimony) was met with more stereotyping.

The only compensation the WM offered the urban minorities, who catered to his inability to assimilate to the urban marketplace, was a trite phrase of thanks.  No recognition was offered to the inhumane burden the WM placed the on the servant and his fellow customers.  The WM should have offered to pay for the other customers’ transactions and offered a tip to the convenience store clerk–this would have been economic justice.

The first story happens hundreds of millions of times, each and every day in these United States.  People of all walks of life come together to pursue happiness in voluntary economic transactions.  Each party values what the other party has more than they value what they have. Technology created, in a free market, facilitates those transactions with greater transparency, speed, and convenience.  Fellow customers share experiences to help one another make better trading decisions.  We do this every day and nobody reports about it.

The second story is being touted far too much.  We should focus more on that which unites us rather than divides us.

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