Author: M. Ní Sídach

Exposing the Under the Table Business of Homelessness in San Francisco

Not much of an expose. The powers that be of San Francisco know very well it is unsustainable. They syphon off wealth and those benefiting are positioned so the inevitable systemic collapse has no meaningful effect on them.

I spent months pouring over records on the main library’s 4th floor and you eventually see recurring patterns going back generations. How can you claim to have housing crisis? A crisis suggests a singular event that logically could not have been predicted based on available knowledge of local conditions and historical precedents in similar environmental contexts across the nation.

Then there is the thriving, totally unregulated Air BnB-like underground housing market. Millions a month are generated in undeclared income by individuals who own or lease, then sublet rooms for anywhere from $1,300 to $3,000 for extended stay rooms, with variations like cohabitating rooms, time shared rooms, nightly, and hourly rooms.

There are low-cost rooms available ranging be $400 to $600 per month but of you are Black, Brown, even Asian in some cases the response is typically, “I’m sorry I didn’t realize my partner already rented the room.” I’ve personally been told that dozens of times a day about rooms that continued to be advertised. Nobody is letting that party end until it just absolutely collapses along with the rest of this insanity.

Poverty, Inc, which is what I thought the video was addressing is another matter entirely. As a systems analyst studied in environmental psychology, organization science, I can tell you that beaurocacies fixate on paper accounting are hiding something, a accountability. Most San Francisco social service agencies lie to clients telling then them HIPAA prevents then from communicating electronically with them and prevents having interagency communications, coordinated sharing of data

Precisely the type of Portability and Accountability that the state and federal regulation was designed to do.

Avoiding to efficient coordination of people and resources leaves a lot of wiggle room to suck wealth out of the system without a trace.

Nobody, absolutely no one is interested in making the system tighter, more effective, more efficient.

The system wastes insane amounts of resources on an objectively small number of homeless people by design.

When you have institutional Poverty Pimps, what possible motivation can you expect for anyone to remediate the very situation their livelihood depends on?

This is amanufactured crisis that cynically benefits a huge number of people.

San Francisco isn’t broken, it is working precisely as intended.

Trying to change this system of corruption that so many people high and low benefit from is akin to putting one’s fist against a sledgehammer.

The hammer of the oligarchs will obviously win that contest.

Eight black women discuss the politics of skin tone

Conversations and corresponding actions almost totally avoided by Black Women I meet. Though I may on occasion have a woman warm up to these views when I share them it only lasts until they discover I am a Woman with Trans History. Then to ease their dis-ease at being “fooled” I to thinking I was a real woman, I listen while they Recton every minute we have known each other before until they have convinced themselves that they really knew I was Trans all along.

African-American Trans Women? Never met anyone who shares a single interest with me, that was not obsessed with Heteronormalacy and a femininity defined by the male gaze.

That isn’t an insult but a statement of fact necessary to understand how my being a Lesbian is viewed as plain weird. I am not a girly girl and for some reason my not putting on false nails, pounds of makeup and fantasy clothes every damn day means to many that I have low self esteem and they imagine I have on those who do like dressing to the mines every day.

When I do get dolled up it doesn’t conform to what is considered normal for Black Women by Black Women. In fact not a week passes without someone passive aggressively asking “Do you describe yourself as Black?”, meaning they don’t see it and they want me to know it.

I am also regularly told I talk funny, walk funny, think weird, think wrong. There are those who also will tell me, “You cannot be a Lesbian, because you cannot be a Woman.”

This morning I witnessed a White woman insinuate herself into a group of beautiful Black Women and manipulate their Self Perception. She skillfully convinced them that occasional, singular acts of superficial Colorblindness addresses multi-layered institutional Colorism and Racism backed by the wealth and political might and the cultural inertia of European Beauty Standards embedded in mythology, in religion, the foundations of cultures around the world over countless centuries.

White is clean, bright, innocent virtuous. I know this because real White Americans will say this out loud, seemingly unaware of how they sound. Seemingly.

The nice, “Not Racist” White Lady told a story about how once upon a time some nameless police officer stopped a Black man and his White gilfriend. He had expired tags but instead of shooting the Black man, he made him take his a back home then the officer gave the an a ride to his job interview. And that my friends is Racism solved.

My Black sisters told her how that story made want to cry it was so beautiful. No need to act both individually and in concerted group effort.

No need to think uncomfortable thoughts, make uncomfortable new choices, no reason to take in uncomfortable actions.

No need to think about why we feel the need to spend hundreds of dollars a month even when homeless on Black Haircare products that scientifically have no proven positive effect but psychologically make us feel better.

Why do we express Black Pride by spending more on what goes on our heads than in our heads? Why do we choose what feels true over what reason and evidence indicate is true? Why comfortable lies are preferred to facing hard, uncomfortable truths?

How long are so many of us going to keep avoiding collective action that affirms in tangible form the legitimacy of authentic African skin colors, hair colors and textures, facial features, and body shapes?

Has everyone forgotten how White and Black people avoided the deeper questions and discussion on how Michelle Obama was repeatedly body shamed with the claim she is Transgender? Black people didn’t join in that claim but they also didn’t face the Transphobia and TransMisogyny in Black Cultures worldwide that gave the accusation teeth.

We must assertively own the plurality of African-American Cultures instead of the Comodified, Synthetic Black Monoculture sold and mass consumed world-wide by people who know nothing substantive about who and what we are.

Cast off superstitious Anti-Intellectualism, stop worshipping symbols of authority in education and value the disciplined study and practice of lifelong learning.

Pass the word, Truth Before Comfort!

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