Is it About Race or Money?

Is it About Race or Money?
©Madi Robson 2016

You know, there’s a lot going on about racism in the United States and living in New York city, I see many protests and being this city is quite liberal we’re pretty accepting of people and their beliefs. Sometimes I think we have to be this way or else we’d never make it to the subway or any meetings on time if we gave a care about a lesbian couple making out on the corner, or the argument between an AfricanAmerican man and a Hispanic man in the pizza shop behind me.

New Yorkers don’t have time to deal with these things because at the end of the day we want to be accepted for who we are so that we can work, relax, and enjoy the things this city has to offer in peace.

Walking around the city, you see a lot of things. You catch small parts of conversations and you smell a lot of peed on trash because of all the dogs in this city.

Even so, New Yorkers think a lot. We’ve got to make it home, we need to meet up with people and have to contemplate dinner and just so many thoughts go through our minds that it can be so overwhelming at times.

It seems though that we’re all trying to live our lives in harmony but in the back of our minds we’re thinking about the whole race situation, I know we are. It affects us all in different ways.

As a Hispanic woman, I feel as if I don’t find offense to any of the negative press against racial injustice with police officers in America. Hispanics are a pretty peaceful group who understand that they’re a complete mix of a lot of things that we honestly are at a happy medium on the race scale.

I was talking to a friend at work and when you look at her you would categorize her as white. The crazy things is that I asked her what she was, and she explained to me that she has four different nationalities. She was Polish, and that’s all I remember of the four nationalities she was.

This conversation just confirmed to me that even white people are so mixed I bet you many of them don’t really know their complete heritage.

That’s okay with me, I’m the worst representative of my Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian background. I can’t tell you squat about my countries. I’m more American than anything but this led me to ask my new friend if she believes that this whole race problem in the United States  is really about race?

I’ve always believed it was secretly about money.

Deep, deep, deep down in the middle of the riots, conversations, and confrontations that it could all just be about money.

In college, I had a history professor that was so down to earth. He explained to the class that history was pretty much a representation of multiple stories of rich people screwing over poor people.

Think about it, too many ruling kings, emperors, and politicians have made many decisions and still make decisions that determine the lives of the poor or the working class in their countries.

Egyptians oppressed the Jews, Europeans enslaved African Americans, today China bullies the Philippines and neighboring poorer countries over land, Americans wipe out Native Americans from their territories, and all of these events happen because of money, land, and to acquire wealth.

It just so happens that the white man was the one who was rich in early world history. It could’ve been anyone but it was them for some reason.

I’m not that smart, but I know history repeats itself and it’s been proven time and time again to do so.

Superior people who rule over a poor, working or slave class know a couple things to keep themselves rich:

  • cheap labor
  • show examples out of a few people
  • keep most people happy enough to not complain about their situation
  • promise for better things to come
  • keep resources tight

When  I was about thirteen years old, I had a great idea. I lived a block away from a corner store and my brother and sisters absolutely were so lazy to walk down to the store that it gave me a funny idea.

I decided to go to the corner store and use my savings to buy their favorite snacks. I would create a store in my room and then had them enter my room to purchase overpriced snacks for themselves.

They knew that even though purchasing these snacks in my room was pretty lazy, it was actually real convenient. I was making a good amount of side money from this small gig but the gig was up as soon as my siblings became too poor to enjoy my snacks anymore and rebelled against me.

They quickly tattle-taled on me to our mom and was asked to stop my small business immediately.

It was great while it lasted. I made about twenty dollars that week and I found that I did take advantage of my sibling’s laziness but it’s their problem for being lazy. They could’ve so easily walked to the corner store to get their favorite snacks at a cheaper price.

I charged fifty cents for about 15 sunflower seeds. I was horrible.

But, I had cheap labor. I was only working with myself. I used to mock a sibling of mine who’d walk to the store instead of simply walking to my room to get their favorite snacks. I’d make them look dumb so that the others would agree with me. For the most part, my siblings were satisfied with my store and could afford my goods.

But,they couldn’t make enough money. The weekly allowance my mom gave them would be spent in a day and they couldn’t recover. They were poor, but they caught on to my plan quickly.

They also got big brother (my mom) to crack down on me and wipe me out of business.

I just believe that in history, there was that one person who did what I did but did it all right. Like the Queen of England and all the other countries she owns is set forever. She’s letting people use her land for their purposes but in exchange for the use of her land, you have to pay her taxes. She keeps everyone pretty happy and they go about doing their thing every day while she makes money  doing nothing.

Not to bash on the Queen, but her ancestors were just pretty smart about buying land and charging people to use it.

Imagine if the Queen decided to raise taxes out of greed. Do you know what revolts and revolutions would come about? The rich people would probably be okay because they could afford the recent tax hike but it’d be the poor people that’d be the most pissed off.

Don’t believe me or not but this is kind of what’s happening in America and it’s gotten a lot of people riled up. Americans have been struggling in a poor economy and job markets for way over 10 years now.

Even though racism and the problems that come with has been a part of our American history for years, I just can’t help but think it’s a lot about poor people being upset with the rich people.

Yes, there are situations where it’s solely about race but then there are other situations where I find that people are just mad that they’re broke. I know I am.

What do you think?

Yessenia Diaz has a background in graphic and web design but is also intrigued by writing and teaching. Yessenia created Tru.Works as an outlet for all her talents and continues collecting stories from around the world to share with people all across the interweb. Follow Yessenia on Instagram and her favorite, Twitter, @ythegreatdiaz.

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