Why geeks, nerds and engineers should take the Pledge of Solidarity with African People!

No doubt, we are ridiculed and made fun of throughout society: in every day interactions, in school, at jobs, in movies, and so on. With such alienation, is it any wonder then that we seek out an alternative existence in the internet, gaming, or other pastimes?
Our skills are sometimes needed and appreciated. But look at how technology and engineering are used today. The military industrial complex is only the most obvious example.
Whether it be agricultural, petrochemical or pharmaceutical—almost without exception these industries are destructive from top to bottom; they exploit tantamount slave labor for raw materials; they poison the environment; they collude with corrupt governments for further oppression—all to produce products which are themselves often poisonous and destructive.
Even the so-called “green” jobs are fatally undermined by profit motive, as anyone who has been in them knows. How are the materials obtained? How are they assembled? Where do the profits go?
Sure, we can sometimes get good-paying jobs; but so can prison guards. Do we really want a life where the only outlet for our interests is being used in such enterprises?
And even those jobs are available only as long as these big corporations have a use for us. Now they can outsource our work almost as easily as they have been “outsourcing” manual labor for centuries.
We have choices. We can continue our alienation and struggle for the crumbs that society still gives us, chasing after the privileged opportunities left, no matter what the cost.
We can try to escape into alternative realities—a virtual existence available to us only because of the resources we and our families already have, which exist because of the history of slavery, theft and genocide that supported and supports this society.
Or, we can take off our blinders and recognize that what we “suffer” is a far cry from what the majority of the peoples of the earth have been suffering from these same powers—and we can side with them.
We do have to recognize that our work has to be under the leadership of the oppressed themselves: African, Mexican and the others who have really been bearing the brunt of it all.
Otherwise what is the point? Part of the return of the stolen resources needs to start with returning our skills and knowledge.
There is exciting work to be done, using our skills for genuine good. We just have to look in the right direction and recognize what our real priorities should be. And I can assure you, you won’t feel as alienated either.
Geek, nerds and engineers… join the Days in Solidarity with African People Committee! Take the Pledge of Solidarity with African People today!
- Advertisement -spot_img

Support African Working Class Media!

More articles from this author

Similar articles

City Council of Philadelphia passes resolution saluting Uhuru Furniture and the African People’s Education and Defense Fund

OCT 26: The City Council of Philadelphia passed a resolution to salute Uhuru Furniture and the African People’s Education and Defense Fund for 30...

The Black is Back Coalition Responds to ANSWER/PSL: “Your Actions Speak So Loudly, We Can’t Hear a Word You Say…”

While some (but not most) of what the Party for Socialism and Liberation/ANSWER Coalition have said in their response to the Black is Back Coalition’s Open Letter is...

All roads lead to November 4th Black People’s March on the White House!

There is a powerful new movement afoot. It is a movement that has been brought to life by a revitalized African liberation struggle and...