Question to 'White America' Via Post-it Note in Train Station
Message of love. Follow my Instagram!
Instagram in my veins
Instagram is a huge deal now. Everybody is on it. From little babies to people who claim to remember the end of the Great War. That means about seven point two billion people, and counting. Incredibly popular. However, one can find great difficulties reaching out to masses, spreading his message of love, peace and harmony. Followers play hard to get and an Instagram user is running out of ideas and pick-up lines that would attract attractive people, make him a popular personality on social media, which would instantly boost his self-esteem and make him more comfortable interacting with his followers in hope that they will like, share, comment, retweet, print, copy, frame and fill their walls with his images. But then the Instagram user gets a revolutionary idea! Raise your voice as voices get louder, get a pen and post-it note and post it on a subway elevator. Let the masses hear what you have to say, it doesn't have to be related to your work on Instagram, it doesn't have to mean you're serious about it, hey, you're doing it anonymously, quietly at night, checking left and right three times before posting it so nobody can see it's you and then walk away on the tips of your toes back into the dark, followersless reality.
First you need some time to think about the message. It needs to be revolting. It needs to catch one's, nay, everybody's eye instantly as they rush to hop on or off the train. How about a question that will throw people off as they begin or end another slave-like day of capitalism? Forget about current issues, because everybody's talking about them every day, anyway. You need something historical. How about something on one of America's deceased presidents? That will shake the world. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe - Thomas Jefferson! What? Yes, that should work. But what does he have to do with the art one is creating and posting on Instagram hoping at the same time to become a social media superstar? And how to make a connection between the two?
Enter slavery. What better way of gaining followers than riding on the tides of the darkest period of American nation? Because if you don't follow you're either racist or know nothing about history. And this doesn't mean slavery shouldn't be discussed. Slavery was the most brutal system that found its nest in the Americas, as well as some other places in the world, after Columbus 'discovered' the New World. It's enough just to read the Roots by Alex Haley to get a great insight into the inhumane treatment of the Africans brought in on ships like cargo. It's also no secret that many slave owners treated their slaves in a sadistic way and among other things - raped them. Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner. So were George Washington, James Madison, James Polk, Ulysses Grant etc. Some presidents refused to own slaves, such as John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Millard Fillmore (who?), Franklin Pierce (what?) and Abraham Lincoln. But that's not the point here. The point is Thomas Jefferson raped his slaves. White America, I need answers. Are you following me - on Instagram?
Find the difference
Literacy is so passe
Nightmares are hard to shake off. Sometimes they haunt you for weeks as you're trying to figure out what you were dreaming about and why. The horror of dreaming monsters can leave permanent scars on you. Especially when those same monsters are spitting dots and comas out of their mouth. Here and there an apostrophe can pop up above the monster's head and soon you find yourself staring at it, not knowing when it's going to strike you down like a bolt of lightning. But don't you worry, because it's only dots and comas. And apostrophes. Not a big deal. Pay no attention and the monsters will lose. And if they don't lose and you wake up in sweat trying to understand the terror of punctuation marks, there's another way of dealing with it. You can always type it out. Release your stress by putting your black and white thoughts (no pun intended?) in Word's document. And the best way of doing this is by using - CAPS LOCK. It will make you feel as if you're yelling and screaming at the monster, while throwing his own dots and comas right back at him. Because literacy is passe, and you got your Insta-posse. Textbooks will quote it in near future, guaranteed.