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I hope y’all understand that Zimmerman didn’t win by proving his innocence. He won because his attorney was able to justify that Trayvon deserved to die. That’s the country we live in, it was like that before this trial and will be so long after.
A year after I said this,nothing has changed.
This will be the strategy with Mike Brown and it sickens me.
Every time a white person dies, they are seen as pure and a pillar of the community. Black people are another story.
Last night was really slow because of an event in a nearby town. And we were all practicing on stage discussing how paying bills feels so ‘stay-in-one” place half the time. You’re paying it, but you aren’t getting anywhere for it.
One girl disagreed. As it turns out, she’s paying off bills her abusive ex accrued, so for her, that’s chapters of her life closing. The rest of us were discussing rent, electric, and such. We also talked about how strippers have trouble buying cars or renting ‘because of’ the tips-based method of income. You know like waiters. The biases are apparent around here.
I said, “you know people need food. People need shelter. People need all of that shit, and unless you have the money to back it up, no one cares. We’re strippers, so people double don’t care unless they’re seeing hundreds.”
As it turns out, we all had been homeless at one point. And that’s partially why we all are strippers: we never want to be in positions where we can’t take care of ourselves and hustle our hardest to get our money.
Stripping didn’t pull me from poverty. But it improved my life. I’m affording school by being a stripper. I am all set before I become a sugar baby. For a lot of people, it helped them leave abusive homes, get off the streets, support their children, and still be home 5 nights and 7 days a week.
Yall can judge us. We’ve come to expect it. We have to be twice as impressive as vanilla workers. We have to prove ourselves just to get what’s handed to other people.
But I wouldn’t take it back. I’m so so proud of all of us for what we’ve learned and what we’ve done. The economy is shit right now, and we’re suffering for it. We’re still walking out every single night with what you’d earn in a week.