Friday, September 09, 2005

Fixing the U.S.

The world is thinking about N-O and Iraq, but who is thinking about the kids suffering within the United States? Teachers. That's right.

A while ago, going to work, three kids on the bus saw a police car and said "Uhhh, look at that police car, I smell bacon.... oink oink." It sounded funny, but I tried to mute my chuckle so as not to discourage more poor jokes.

The kid's teacher, said "That's not good, don't do that."

The kid who oink-oinked at the police was a young black male, I assume from the projects. It seemed like his life had been torched by the economic realities of today's America and by the SF police, who I hear routinely rough up people in the projects and low-income housing neighborhoods. His innocent act expressed so much - his disdain for the San Francisco police, his harsh life, the prevailing economic scenario in America. Our president cannot fix our country, I'm scared to even think how he'll fix Iraq.

Till our president understands what is happening in our country, the fixing of America will be in the hands of the teachers who will try to help kids forget historical baggage and make their future bright.

A few days later I got drunk at night and had to go to work in a cab the next day. As I got off the cab, the driver remarked "sir, you look in real bad shape. please take this money and buy yourself a cup of coffee." He returned the $1 tip, and I bought a coffee that kept me going all day long. He was much better than that MUNI bus driver who threw me out for having a cup of coffee in my hand.

That day, I also lost my debit card. Life's never dull.


Blogger Mridula said...

Though a bit late for teacher's day but still a nice post, You know I teach at a place which I in my mind call 'baba logon ka college' rich kids paying a lot of money to get their degrees. Sometimes it seems like such a thankless job.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Chick Pea said...

hehe.. khakra, just wanted to say hello on your blog... my fellow guju ;)...

11:16 AM  
Blogger venus said...

in any country, there will be two classes of people socially/ecomonocally forward class and backward class. The ideology of no socio/economically backward class is a myth. May be in communist ruled country they won't have it, but communism has it's own flaws, just like any system. I don't think, any president could have or can fix this though US had many more efficient presidents in the past. It is very complicated issue. and this problem is a legacy problem.

btw, I am not republican or democratic, but this is how I see.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Downunder said...

Venus, you should come and write my essay for my Global Sociology class.

Just mention Marxism, patriarchy and hegemony and your in! hehe

4:07 PM  
Blogger venus said...

global sociology, quite an interesting class, I'd love to! haha

I am not quite sure how much I know @ communism, my communism knowledge is limited to editorials, english movies and a few books by famous authors from such countries; one of them is my fav - Ayn Rand.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Khakra said...

Mridula, good salary? baba log love to bunk classes.. perhaps a pretty good challenge to get them to attend class. And how do you stop their cellphones from buzzing?

garbanzo, kem chho? hoon pan lakhoo chhoo!

venus -- agree that its hard to change the system. but its always easy to identify if a PM has good or bad intentions. Or sometimes not. It's kinda easy to identify our current president eh? Communism was so different -- the countries with plenty of resources( Georgia, Ukraine) hated Russian Communist leaders because their resources were milked... poor Central Asian (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan) loved the leaders because they had zero resources and were fed with by Moscow. These countries miss Communism because now they don't have any resources or a supplier. It's surprising how theory and reality never quite match up!

downunder..learn something from the global socio class!

10:33 AM  

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