The White House Has THE PURGE On Their Minds

There was a time, probably roughly between my introduction to The Walking Dead comic series and the cultural phenomenon that the TV show has grown in to, where the idea of a zombie apocalypse sounded kinda rad. Gone would be the days of rent, bills, day jobs, and economic struggle replaced by...survival of the fittest? Today you can simply type in "Zombie Survival Kit" on Amazon and find tons of branded bug-out bags for even the most novice weekend warriors.

Now while the idea of never worrying about bank statements and mortgages again is tempting, the reality is: no one wants that. We're a society built on Netflix and Chill, trying to get a power grid back online, like in Stephen King's opus The Stand, would be a drag after the initial charm of our new world wore off. But people are still scared, and in an ever temperamental political climate, it's not unwarranted. 

I taught in East New York, Brooklyn for a year. You won't be faulted if you are unaware of this neighborhood, it's one of the poorest with a higher per capita crime rate than elsewhere in the borough. My class had a very loose structure, but it centered around social justice and societal change. One day, a student came up to me with a question. He was a nice kid, loved video games and wanted to Code, but I could tell he had something on his mind. 

"Um, hi. Jacob? People keep saying The Purge is gonna be that true?"

These kids are seeing images on nightly news of people that look like them being harassed, hit, tased, strangled, and shot dead on the streets by unjust law enforcement abusing their power. Who can blame them for being concerned that something like The Purge is a possibility? Society as a structure hasn't supported young people of color to put much trust in Wypipo in Power. And with the upcoming film The First Purge, we are sure to see that race has played a considerably higher factor in the reasoning behind the Annual Purge than we may have been led to believe. Of course I assuaged his feelings, told him there was no way in hell THAT would happen, and he went on his day. But I found myself in that tricky situation that you get to when you turn from student to teacher: I told him what I wanted to hear. Because in this tumultuous times with world leaders hurling school yard insults, I don't know what's going to happen. But I want to believe that we're a better world than the films. That's why this is some BULLSHIT.

Nestled into a Washington Post profile on the increasingly low visibility of Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, we get this little soundbite:



BEYOND the fact that Ben Carson, a peerless neurosurgeon, is woefully unqualified to have a cabinet position in the ever revolving door of The Trump White House, it's the faithlessness in US citizens in the time of a national crisis that is most appalling, and is a clue-in to how he feels about society. The world he views is one that is destined to break apart, like the slowly dissolving government in The Purge franchise. Which is disappointing, because theoretically he was elected to have our best intentions in mind. And even if this was tongue in cheek, a "joke" as many of Trumps off color remarks have been deemed, how can a politician be effective when they don't think the best of their constituents? But in the 2018 Trump White House, do we expect anything less now?

tl;dr Forgotten ex-prez candidate name drops Blumhouse franchise, looks foolish AF.