Nothing Ever Changes (Originally Published 11/07/10)

Nothing ever changes in the United States of America. It’s true.

If you’re in the states, it’s easy to see. Just look out the window. It’s clear things are exactly the same as they were five, ten, fifty years ago.

We’ll never have a black president, after all. We’ll never be ready.

And if the army wants you to serve, then goddamn it, you’re going to serve. You don’t have a choice.

And if I wanted to marry one of my white ex-girlfriends, I certainly could not. That’s a lynchable offense, don’t’cha know.

And in the small towns of the South, where some of my relatives were born and raised, the color of your skin still determines whether or not you can vote. Don’t believe me? Look it up. It’s true.

For that matter, if you have a vagina, the first Tuesday in November is just another day full of household chores. Surely you needn’t bother yourself with getting out to the polls, as you’ll be turned away. It’s the law, after all.

And really, I may not like it, but if you want to buy me and have me work in your fields, then by all means, that is your right. I think I’m worth at least two hundred dollars, but that’s not up to me.

No, my friends, in the United States of America, nothing ever changes. When I see people write this after a political disappointment, I nod in agreement, for they are one hundred percent correct, and it absolutely is not a lazy way to justify their insidious apathy.

We shouldn’t bother to stay informed or invested, because things will always be the same. It’s best if we accept this.

Consciousness, engagement, activism? Fuck all that shit. The best place to be is at home, watching “Two and a Half Men” on your television. Oh, I’m sorry – what am I saying? I meant listening to “Amos ‘n Andy” on your radio, because, after all, nothing ever changes in the United States of America.

So to those of you who are thinking about supporting the causes you believe in: just stop; you’re wasting your time. Clearly, committing yourself to something you care about is just silliness, and it won’t help in the least. And voting? Pah! Only money determines winners. Just ask Governor-elect Meg Whitman. 

It’s time we all learned that giving up is the way to go. Apathy is where it’s at. And expressing this apathy on the internet – I mean, on a piece of parchment – is the height of sophistication.

If you are one of the foolish people out there spending precious time on trying to advance some “policy” or “candidate,” go home. Hard work never pays off. No movements or revolutions have ever been successful in this country. 

Because this is the motherfucking United States of America. And nothing ever changes here.


-Justin PBG


Justin Gerald

Age: 28 Hometown: NYC Location: NYC Career: Education Undergrad: Princeton Grad: New School Likes: Cooking, Baseball, Socializing, Parks, Pop Culture, Feminism Loves: Traveling, Running, Lifting, Trivia, Teaching, Equality