The phrase “Rich White Trash” needs to catch on. The last twenty years prove my point.
“When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die.”
– Jean-Paul Sartre
I remember the goodwill.
Almost twenty years ago now. That sheer volume, the outpouring of sincere empathy. From pretty much every place on Earth, too.
So many kind words and each word came from the heart, you just felt it.
As my mind was still trying to make sense of September 11th, 2001, the citizens of the world expressed their deepest sympathies to the United States of America.
Looking back almost two decades, I can appreciate how those sentiments of support helped me move forward.
As someone who was grieving, it helped me to see that my whole planet experienced that horror, billions of others also felt helpless and fearful. During some moments, it is crucial for an individual to understand they aren’t alone.
In those first months following September 11th, footage of demonstrations and gestures of solidarity from other countries touched me, a nobody who was living in Denver, Colorado.
Every country—even the ones we had been warned not to like—sent us their best wishes. Thank you for those.
You all lifted me up when I needed it, fellow Earthlings.
And I’m sorry.
I’m sorry that the USA’s rich white trash took gigantic shits all over your goodwill.
I’m sorry that rich white trash turned your best wishes into their latest and greatest Ponzi scheme.
I’m sorry that rich white trash twisted 9/11 into a war-profiteering venture that killed your innocent citizens.
I’m sorry that rich white trash exploited your sympathies.
I’m sorry that rich white trash abused your sincerity.
I’m sorry that rich white trash used you.
Rich white trash used us, too.
They can’t help it. It’s how they were raised.
Now, rich white trash are giggling themselves silly thinking about Texas. They know Texas’ rich white trash will still have access to doctors who can perform abortions, no matter what the extremist legislation says. But rich white trash love controlling people more than anything else in the world. And they love controlling women most of all.
Before I end this one, I do need to mention that rich white trash votes Democrat, too. Silicon Valley techbros and Wall Street Democrats see the recent events in Texas as a non-issue.
Like the Right-leaning rich white trash, they hit the jackpot in Afghanistan and want to make sure our sad exit doesn’t hurt their offshore accounts.
The thing about rich white trash is this: rich white trash weren’t as trashy twenty years ago. And they are only getting trashier.
Damn. I remember when it seemed like the world would learn from that tragic day.
But…rich white trash saw dollar signs.
Riffing off of earlier posts:
• Bros: America’s new Jews.
• Showers of gold.
• Jonas Salk. What a pussy.
• America, the public bathroom.
• The Donald Trump Tax.
• Open letter to a selfie of my drunk-ass self, taken on August 11th, 2001.
I write fiction. I have two dark comedies available, Fearkiller (Volume 1) and Notes from Trillionaire Island: Fearkiller (Volume 2), as well as Revolutionizer Alpha, the first book in a sci-fi series. I also wrote a story about God. It was weird, but then I decided to make the story and its sequel free. And all of the sudden, it didn’t seem as weird. Writing about God is much less weird when you write about God without charging money for it. Here’s my professional site, my trade.