Cluster____’s Last Stand

Now gather round children; Today I’m going to tell you a story about one of the heroes of our country, General Cluster____

Please Miss?

Yes, Jerome?

Wasn’t he a white man?

Well, yes, Jerome, strictly speaking he was

Then didn’t he have white privilege, like you were telling us about Miss?

Well, no, not really, because he was on the right side of history

Please Miss?

Yes, Ezekhia?

Please Miss, my grandad voted for Reagan; Does that mean he has white privilege?

Weeell, no; he might have been on the wrong side of history, but he doesn’t have white privilege


Alright, let’s return to General Cluster____; Now, the General was in possession of a magical container called the Little Big Horn; it was called that because it was a bottomless source of all good things which cost absolutely nothing

Please Miss?

Yes, Linus?

Isn’t that the legend of Cornucopia Mr Wallace was telling us about?

Isn’t what the legend of Cornucopia?

The horn of plenty, the bottomless source of all good things

Well maybe, but General Cluster____ had one as well and, unlike many in history, he used it wisely and virtuously; You see, he looked around him and saw a country of wealth and privilege, so he took all the wealth of these privileged people and gave it to all the poor people in the rest of the world

Wasn’t that Robin Hood who stole from the rich to give to the poor?

Well, Bonnie, yes, but General Cluster____ did as well; I mean, he didn’t steal exactly, just… redistributed the wealth

Please Miss?

Yes, Xjunti?

Were they happy to have all their wealth given to the poor?

Many were happy to have nothing, but some were angry and looked for someone to get rid of him; In the end he was stabbed in the back by Crazy Horse and his Squaws

Please Miss?

Yes, Pablo?

Why he needed to steal from the rich if he had his little big horn of plenty?

Of course, he didn’t need to; he wanted to, because the rich had stolen it from the poor in the first place

If they was poor, how could the rich steal from them? I mean, was the poor rich and the rich poor, so they stole from them and became rich and the poor poor?

And Miss, ain’t that bad, stealing? My mum says stealing is bad

Well, when the poor steal from the rich, that’s not bad; That’s what we call social justice; Parents don’t know everything; That’s why you come to school

By Don Trubshaw

Don Trubshaw is a co-founder of the website Societal Values. He has a PhD in the philosophy and sociology of education and teaches in Higher Education.

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