Today’s post is inspired by the following quote from a national newspaper about a work of art “[name redacted] is a nod to simpler times.”
And what simpler times are these? Was it when black people had to step off the sidewalk if a white person walked by? Was it when children had to feed livestock before going off to elementary school? Was it when a woman had to fetch wood, light (or relight) a wood stove, bake biscuits, fry bacon, and make coffee before their children got up to feed livestock? Was it when you had to take a horse to market? Was it when you had to churn your own butter and sew your own clothes? Or was it when your children died from diseases you didn’t even have a name for?
Or were the simpler times when white men could assume privilege without feeling guilty? Or were the times simpler because people weren’t flooded with a gazillion advertisements a day? Is life simpler without the Internet? Or cars? Or snarky blogs that pick on your every word choice?
No. Life’s a bitch and it always has been. Think before you fall into a cliche.
What’s your pet peeve today?