So Berkeley, while very exciting and fun and wonderful in so many ways, is not good for my overall view of humanity. Between my urban policy class, where I learn how poor people get screwed over every single time, by Democrats and Republicans alike; my Jewish history class, where I learn how Jewish people had their citizenship awarded, revoked, awarded, revoked, and were persecuted relentlessly (all by “Christian” types); my literature class, where I read a 19C writer talk about women, Jews, blacks and poor (everyone not white, male and upper class) in a very disparaging way; and my Southern border class, where I read about the U.S. overthrowing the democratically chosen Guatemalean government to further their own business interests (thank you, United Fruit Company), leading to decades of blood and war; I’m amazed I have any faith left in humanity at all. The conclusion right now is that people are bigots (and futhermore, just plain mean) and I’m right not to trust them.
But I’m sure that’ll pass once we get to the modern age in my classes. ‘Cause there’s no racial, ethnic or economic segregation or discrimination going on right now; the Jews have recovered from eras of discrimination and humiliation; misogynistic males are things of the past; and the U.S. would never go to war to further their business interests. Right?