The Forgotten. We’re the people you ignore in your daily life. The cashiers, the cooks, the janitors of the world. We are the faceless army of people that fight to survive. We make ourselves slave away every day to make ends meet. We have no security nets, no food, no health care. We are a breath away from failing.
We make up 15% of America. We make up the majority of the poorest of poor. And we’re The Forgotten. The systems in place to “help” us either don’t exist or don’t help at all.
We are told there are programs and projects to give us food, housing, utility assistance. There are but the guidelines and paperwork neccessary to apply for help are designed to prevent us from getting help.
When you’ve moved six times in the last 10 yrs and you lose important documents like Social Security Cards or Birth Certificates and don’t have a way to recover them you’re screwed. Because to receive assistance you need all that and more, so you don’t starve or freeze to death.
And when The Forgotten have had enough bad things happen. You have a father killing his family then himself. You have people lighting up movie theaters with guns. Because they had no way out other than violence.
And they are labeled bad people or worse, terrorists. But what if its the governments that cause these people to break down and snap are to blame? Those people were born bad, or it was eventually going to happen.
Because The Forgotten don’t exist. They don’t happen in capitalist countries. Just in those evil socialist and communist nations. The brown people we need to bomb are the ones who do that to their poor.
No. Americans do it too. We’re some of the worst offenders of human rights needs. We are having 40 billion dollars stolen from the food assistance program across the nation.
For bombs. For war. For anything but the people who deserve help. We are The Forgotten. Children are starving. Adults are dying from lack of medical care. The elderly are starving and dying.
Why? Because our nation is greedy and wants to make money. Wars “make money”. Well, they do actually. But not for the nations. For the private industries and corporations that provide the weapons of war. The supplies neccessary for war.
And we keep feeding bombs into planes to kill those brown people who are trying to send terrorists to kill us. While our own nations are creating “terrorists”.
Because they’ve been forgotten. They’re tired of starving, or moving, or feeling helpless.
And when someone feels so powerless that violence and killing is the only way for the plight to be noticed, its wrong. It is sickening. But people will turn to the simplest method of being noticed. So they are not forgotten.
And it hurts my heart and soul to know that people feel this is the way to make waves.
Because the system is designed to do so. We are told that wombs are to be controlled. We are told that higher education will save us. We are told that we have what we need.
We don’t have what we need. We are The Forgotten. Our lives are shown on TV when its gone to hell and we’ve done something horrible. People gather and call us horrible things to make themselves feel better for not caring.
For a “Christian” nation we sure do a piss poor job of caring for the weak. For a country that is “The land of opportunity” we sure seem to love keep the poor still poor.
And The Forgotten will never forget what you’ve done to us. The lies you told to keep your government job and lifetime healthcare. The bombs you dropped instead of food you could have given. The pain of watching a loved one die because we couldn’t afford chemotherapy.
And I do not advocate violence. I do not advocate any harm to innocent people.
What I do advocate is understanding and sharing. I advocate for people to give a hand up when you can. I advocate for prosperity through peace and services designed to erase debt, hunger, and housing issues.
Because if we can stop dropping bombs and feeding The Forgotten, those people can rise and become active citizens and people of the world. When you show that we are not the enemy to your nation we will help you rise.
Because we just want to be noticed and understood. We want to not be second or third class citizens. We want to be remembered.