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By Stanley J. Lewis

I saw a meme. It was a picture of John Lennon and Yoko Ono beside a bed in a hotel room. Yoko was sitting on a chair and John was standing. Next to the bed was a hotel worker in uniform holding a pillow. The caption was "John and Yoko waiting for the maid to make the bed so they can continue protesting against the system." Great meme with which to indict the privileged but, well, they weren't protesting the system. It was 1969 and they were protesting against the Vietnam war. They used their privilege to get media attention so that they could get the peace movement's message into mainstream media. The media wouldn't cover the peace movements' actions. John and Yoko exposed the system. It was quite the media circus. The brief "OK Boomer" media frenzy does its own exposing. The socialization methods in the United States that prepares us for war also makes us comfortable with polarization. Our side is better than your side. Advertising constantly bombard us. On television the first few seconds are designed to represent lack using visual and auditory aids. The last part of the commercial shows that their product can fill that lack that surely you now recognize that you have. You have identified with the something in 30 to 60 seconds. There is a reason why professional atheletes makes so much money. The best team wins, our side is stronger, better, prettier, nicer. Join our side because their side loses. They are not nice. They look ugly. The athelete makes it possible to deliver the ad. Without sides privilege wins so you have to choose a side. Make no mistake. Just because you don't choose doesn't mean you haven't chosen. Not choosing means you support the existing racist, patriarchal system. .

Our side needs unity for purpose and for power. First we need to take care of each other. We have crumbling infrastructure and the consequences of climate change. The poorest among us have health degrading food. Our unity in our community does have the power to do something about that.

Choose this side. We will win. We're better, prettier, and nicer. We include you.

Speaking of pride . . . celebrate in Joliet!


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