Sunday, August 28, 2016

William H. Drummond writes


I pity the bigot, the racist, the mean, 
The xenophobe, homophobe, phobes in between,
I pity the ones who fear the unknown
Who believe in a god with a heart made of stone

My gender, my color, the shape of my eyes 
If they’re different from yours, then it’s me you despise.
You’re afraid I will somehow displace you on top
That you’ll wind up where I am. Well, I say this must stop!

Your fear and your hate hurt you much more than me, 
It is tearing you up, holy crap, can’t you see?
Can’t you see that your hate does not come from above?
Can’t you see that your fear must be conquered by love?

BioShock Infinite [video game]-- Scott Sinclair

1 comment:

  1. “The National Liberty Federation (NLF) is dedicated to promoting awareness regarding our inalienable rights. Through educational endeavors, public forums and other mass communications, we seek to ensure our citizenry, members of the media, punditry, and government, remain focused on the importance of free enterprise, limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, and American heritage, as a means for perpetuating a free society.” As part of the group’s messaging, it posted to its Facebook page a poster depicting George Washington towering over Irish, Chinese, Arabs, and Africans with the banner, “For God and Country – It Is Our Holy Duty To Guard Against The Foreign Hordes. “ The poster, though, was actually a mural within a video game, intended as a satire against racism, excessive religiosity, and jingoistic nationalism. “BioShock Infinite” was a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games, published by 2K Games, and released in 2013 for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 platforms (subsequently updated); later, an OS X port by Aspyr and a Linux port were released. The firm’s creative director and main writer, Ken Levine, set it in 1912, when Booker DeWitt, a disgraced member of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency emotionally scarred from the acts of violence he committed against the Dakota at the battle of Wounded Knee, was sent on a mission to Columbia (named after a now-archaic female personification of the US), which floated in the air through a combination of giant blimps, balloons, reactors, propellers, and "quantum levitation." Launched at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, it was built by the US government to display the success of American exceptionalism and enterprise, at the behest of “Father” Zachary Hale Comstock. By 1901, developed into a heavily armed aerial battleship capable of unleashing devastation across the world, it brutally ended the Boxer Rebellion in China; when the US demanded it return home, it seceded and disappeared, becoming a utopian, pseudo-Christian theocratic police state that regarded the American founding fathers as religious icons and worshiped Comstock as a divine prophet. Institutional racism and elitism became widespread, and white supremacy the law of the land; interracial couples were publicly stoned. Comstock and the ruling Founders were opposed by the minority groups who made up the city’s underclass, organized into an anarchist-communist resistance group, Vox Populi ("Voice of the People").


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