Noble have I created Thee, yet thou has abased Thyself…
My most recent article in the newspaper on Saturday was about a Computing and Learning Center being opened up by Fayetteville State University. It will have computers for free internet access and also a lab for skills classes and was created by a grant from the federal stimulus money.
It will create one full-time job and 3 or 4 part-time jobs.
To me it seemed like a great thing. I forget that sometimes people have different opinions on those things. I was reading the comments to the article, and someone said (and honestly, I hate even giving this guy the time of day but I feel compelled to comment):
What a total waste of money. Typical Obama crap.
Have these idiots ever heard of the library? No, its not a place to take a bath in the sink or use the toilet, even though that seems to be the typical use.
I guess no, since books and reading must be beyond the comprehension of the target audience.
I think that someone is entitled to their opinion about the best way to stimulate the economy, the President, what, if any, social programs they believe in, what party they agree with.
But comments like these are only someone disguising their prejudiced opinions behind criticism of how to spend tax money or criticisms the President’s policies.
S/he opens with statements about money and the President, but quickly the true views are exposed.
And people say that racism isn’t a problem anymore.
But that is not true. This is racism, prejudice, hate and selfishness, plain and simple.
And also wrong. At the library there won’t be the skills classes that this center is providing. I feel like many people are so selfish that they are damaging are country– the country they think they’d be protected with their compartmentalized mentalities.
One of the classes that will be taught is the European Computing Driver’s License. Europe has a standardized course, ensuring that its citizens are educated and able to use technology and able to have a better shot at a job.
What is so wrong in helping people? Someone like this the demoralizes the “target audience” by insinuating that they bathe at the library and don’t know how to read. If that were the case, as he sits back reading comments on his probable home computer, where does the selfishness comes from that keeps any decent human being from wanting to help in that situation? Because in his mind anyone that hasn’t learned to use a computer or gotten a good job has brought it upon himself.
My husband is from a poor country, Grenada. I lived there for a year tutoring kids. Some of the kids I worked with have never used a computer or had the chance to. And if they’d been able to make it to an internet cafe, and spend precious money, that isn’t the same as taking a course on Microsoft Office and budgeting and resume writing.
That was a different country, but the principle is the same.
And I can find no logical reason to not think its a good idea to provide a center for people to learn and create skills that will help them, and it will create jobs on top of that.
That’s why I know it comes down to selfishness and racism. Imagine the difference if Americans saw something like this has building up the citizenry of their country. If this guy has such disdain for this “target population”, he sure doesn’t want to do anything to help someone be different from his false stereotype of them.
A quote, about true wealth, to balance the unfortunate quote at the beginning:
O SON OF SPIRIT! I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.