Capital, and the transnationalization of its production and consumption, is freely mobile across boarders, while the people displaced as the consequence of the ravages of neoliberalism are constructed as demographic threats and experience limited mobility. Less than 5 percent of the world’s migrants and refugees come to North America. When they do, they face armed border guards, indefinite detention in prisons, dangerous and low-wage working conditions, minimal access to social services, discrimination, and dehumanization, and the constant threat of deportation. Western states therefore are undoubtedly implicated in displacement and migration: their policies dispossess people and force them to move, and subsequently deny any semblance of livelihood and dignity to those who can get through their border.
― Harsha Walia, Undoing Border Imperialism (via lehaaz)
today I saw a preteen girl pick up Mean Girls at Target and ask her friend what it was. She didn’t even know. She said it sounded dumb. The people are forgetting. The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it.