SEE WHAT THEY DO TO YOU? ALWAYS MAKE YOU FEEL ONE STEP BEHIND. ALWAYS STRIVING FOR SOME FABRICATED IDEA OF PERFECTION CONCOCTED BY THOSE WHO DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR INHERENT WORTH.
DON’T. BELIEVE. THEIR. BULLSHIT.
YOUR SELF-LOATHING IS THEIR PAYCHECK.
YOUR SELF-HATRED IS THEIR CHRISTMAS BONUS.
YOUR FEAR IS THEIR SUMMER HOUSE IN THE HAMPTONS.
YOU’RE WORTH SO SO SO MUCH INFINITELY MORE THAN THIS JUNK.
So, this afternoon I was listening to a certain radio talk show host discussing a new development here in San Francisco regarding Cannabis Clubs.
As it stands, current Clubs are not allowed within 1000 feet of any school or recreational center that minors may attend. There is now a plan to reduce that space to 600 feet. This would possibly increase the amount of Clubs there are in the city about 5 times.
This host pretentiously exclaimed with panic and dismay, “would YOU want one of these Pot Clubs in YOUR neighborhood? I don’t want to see that on MY block!”
Now, I get maybe them in residential areas MAY seem a little strange; but other than that I personally do not see the big deal.
Police have said these clubs do not attribute to any significant amount of crime - so where is the harm? To me, it’s the conditions of the Clubs, rather than the distance, that should be the cause of concern. Instead of worrying about the amount of clubs there are, we should assure ourselves by looking into just how good are the conditions of these clubs?
Are they providing proper security? Are they taking necessary protocols in assuring that people aren’t abusing this system? Or at least find out, have the ones already in place negatively affected the areas they are in?
My problem with this guy’s damning of these clubs, asking these ridiculous rhetorical questions, is that there are bigger social issues to worry about. I get it, if you’re thinking of the public or if you’re concern then yes you should have doubts, but they are misplaced. He specifically mentioned that he doesn’t want to see a club every 50 feet like a Walgreens - but where’s the concern about Walgreens? They carry HARSH drugs; why aren’t THEIR policies questioned? They have their own protocol that they follow that people do not question. These clubs carry the same amount of dangers and risks as other drug store.
Nobody questions Walgreens reliability because they are an established organization, and “normal” people go there. Give these clubs a chance before making these assumptions about what kind of people they cater to or what type of services they provide. As I previously stated, the police have said the ones already in place have not attributed to any substantial amount of crime in the area. What people fail to realize is the GOOD that can come of these clubs.
I’m not going to say Marijuana is absolutely harmless; but is it any more harmful than alcohol? A completely legal and (largely) socially accepted substance? Put forth the same laws and regulations for weed already; the only reason it hasn’t been done is because the government can’t tax it….
BUT I digress. Before this turns into a discussion about how Marijuana should be legalized let me move on, because this is really more in response to this host’s fears.
He said he doesn’t want to see a Cannabis Club on every block. Well you know what I don’t want to see on every block?
Liquor stores. Easier acquired substance that can also be abused; that can easily be in the grasp of minors, that keep us numb so we don’t want to utilize our true potential.
Guns shops. I don’t have the statistics in front of me, but I’d wager that guns have killed more people than weed. Personally I’d rather see a guy walking down my street with a blunt than a gun.
Fast food restaurants. I would argue obesity is a much more dangerous and much more pressing social matter. There are fast food restaurants everywhere providing a cheaper (not necessarily inexpensive) substitute for nutrition to our youth.
Establishments aside, you know what else I don’t want to see?
I don’t want to see homeless and mentally ill people on every block; are we assuring that these people are getting the proper help they need?
I don’t want to see kids skipping class on every block - how are we fixing the educational system to where these kids want to learn and actually want to be AT school?
I don’t want to see abused and battered women. I don’t want to see police harassing the lower class. I don’t want to see flowers in memorial of some senseless tragedy. With all due respect, THESE are the things I don’t want to see, sir.
It may be a commercial for a candy; but marketing reasons aside, I can’t express how much I love this. In fact, ignore altogether the brand, ignore the fact it’s a commercial, and just take in the words. This ad is beautiful. I love the words here so much, I just wish more people actually shared these sentiments.
Here it is almost 6 months later after watching this interview (at work, no less) and I am still completely enthralled by this young woman.
Even just watching this interview and hearing her speak is so humbling. I don’t think I could have any more respect for Malala Yousafzai.
I am almost twice her age and I don’t think I’ve ever exude half the amount of her bravery; I don’t know anyone her age, or my age, who has cared and fought her battle for education, for their God given human rights.
Gentrification is the pink elephant in the room that will not go away even as folks try to marginalize Spike Lee’s recent remarks
San Francisco, if you didn’t know WAKE THE FUCK UP.
US Urban Communities, if you didn’t know WAKE THE FUCK UP.
Been talking about the topic of Gentrification a lot recently - as recent as last night as a matter of fact - but also for the better part of the last ten or so years. What Spike Lee is talking about in New York has been prominently happening in San Francisco for over a decade; I definitely feel his plight (as opposed to “rant" as some ignorant folks would dismiss it as).
What Spike is saying is EXACTLY what is now The Mission, and Hunters Point is next. Excelsior soon enough. How he’s talking about things “getting better” and WHY it’s unfair that they are now. Even when he says they’re changing names of the neighborhoods; my friend told me something about The Mission being called The Quad? THE QUAD?! FUCK YOU! A thousand times, fuck you.
For those that don’t know San Francisco is one of the most beautifully diverse cities in the world; something that is soon lost with gentrification. The Mission District residents, generations of folks who have roots embedded in it’s cultural beauty are being pushed out in favor of out-of-towners taking over.
And you know what else pisses me off, is that the same folks FOR Gentrification are usually AGAINST Immigration.
And I’m not against keeping people out, what I’m against is coming in and erasing the history. Christopher Columbus Syndrome. I like that crime rates can go down, I like that we can stop killing each other. But like Spike I wonder, why only now? What about all the folks who came up here, who struggled FOR the beauty? Why do these new cats deserve protection and reap the benefits?
"Oh, these new people are bringing money into the city, they’ll pay higher rent, we GOTTA make sure THEY’RE happy!"
"But what about the people there before? What about when they were enduring all the danger? Or the people who still are?"
"Eh, fuck ‘em. Let them kill each other off and we’ll start over fresh!"
San Francisco, the city that most of the country and world had this misconception about that I have been defending all my life is turning into that misconception. This groovy, peaceful, hippie town where everything is mellow and pretentious. Fuck you, but soon enough you’ll be right. This city is losing it’s identity.
I used to refer to SF as this Cultural Salad Bowl, but is now becoming a Melting Pot society. A lot of people have had positive connotation connected to that term; but stop and actually think about what a Melting Pot Society is. Assimilation. Conformity. That is what is happening to this beautiful, culturally diverse town. Let’s make everyone the same because we know better.
Christopher Columbus Syndrome.