Not This Time: A Nation Evolving Past its Historical Hatred
The totality of American denial regarding issues of race never ceases to amaze me. Time and time again we are presented with opportunities to face the reasons for division, inequality, and strife on this planet, and time and time again we choose to ignore the truth and look the other way.
First, let me be clear. There is no situation on this planet that the populace faces that is not by design. Eons of effort have gone into creating this society ( and the burdens that control the people ) with great attention paid to every minute detail. The global / industry wide sub-prime “meltdown” ( or operation ) for instance, could not have occurred without a great deal of coordinated criminal effort and government complicity. The same reality applies to all of “society’s” dilemmas. The unending wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon, Darfur, Somalia, etc, are equally intentional as is the death, disease, homelessness, and hopelessness that grip the majority of this planet.
The objective of the rulers is very simple. Prevent the populace from recognizing and demanding their God given human rights through a policy of dehumanization, enslavement, and fear. This reality hasn’t changed since this country’s inception and the reasons should be obvious. If freedom and equality were actually real things, the rulers wouldn’t be the rulers anymore and they would be faced with lifetimes’ of crimes against humanity.
Anywhere you look in our society ( if you actually open your eyes ) you will find the obvious truth of this. The power base in this country became so ( and remains so ) through it’s ability to take from those less powerful, conniving, or ruthless than they are. We live under a system of organized crime that has deemed itself “legal,” extorts protection money in the form of illegal taxation to fund its operations against the people, and demands that either we surrender our souls and “get with the program” or become the slave-fuel that feeds the machine.
“When you lie, cheat, and steal to get something you have to lie, cheat, and steal to keep something.” C-SPAN viewer.
The reality that this country was founded on genocide, ethnocide, and slavery ( which evolved into the institutionalized forms of racism at the core of our society ) is something that your “typical” American still refuses to accept. There’s a very “practical” reason for the refusal to recognize this reality of course. If you recognize the reality of the formation of this country and the genocide of 12 – 112 million Native Americans, then you have to recognize that this land was stolen. If you recognize the enslavement of millions of Africans who had their lives, families, religions, and even their names stolen from them to create the wealth of this country, then you have to recognize that that wealth was stolen.
This attitude is not uniquely American of course, and you can find it anywhere in the “modern” world. The astonishingly racist behavior of the Israeli government for instance is another stark example. The same denial that precludes the U.S. from acknowledging its origin precludes Israel from acknowledging the reality that their country is founded on the land and bodies of the Palestinian people, or that they have stolen their resources, or that they have imprisoned the Palestinians in their own country. For centuries on this planet every conceivable ( and inconceivable ) advantage has been engineered into a hierarchical society with white people at the top ( masters ) and black people at the bottom ( slaves ), whether white people are willing to accept that or not.
Unfortunately, most Americans suffer from a common problem. That problem is the selective memory that comes from being raised in American society. The “history” that is generally taught often bares little resemblance to our reality at all, and as such creates a great many false beliefs… This is why George Bush says “when history is written, Iraq will be viewed as a success.” He believes that just as it has been throughout our history, the “writer’s” will distort reality in the American white man’s favor and turn invasion into liberation.
“We have to make clear to the Iraqis that they have been given the greatest gift that a human being can give another human being – the gift of freedom. And it is up to them to decide how they will use that precious gift that has been paid for with the blood and sacrifice and treasure of the United States of America. And it is time for the Iraqis to demonstrate that they understand.” Hillary Clinton – Pittsburgh 03-16-08
Only an American white man ( or in this case woman ) could continue to make such an astonishingly arrogant, ignorant, and utterly racist statement after all that has been exposed about this horrendous war crime of an occupation. How “generous” of us it was to level their country, litter it with depleted uranium, kill a million and a half of them, displace four million of them, and appropriate ( at least ) 45% of their resources while forcing them to live in rubble without power, water, or employment. It’s the kind of “generosity” we have come to expect when the white man comes to your land. Hillary again makes it clear that the only blood spilled of any value is “American” blood… and “it’s time the Iraqis demonstrate they understand that.”
This is the same kind of awareness and sensitivity Barbara Bush demonstrated when confronted with the horrific Superdome conditions after Katrina.
“What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is ( chuckle ) working very well for them.”
Only a white man ( or in this case, again a woman ) could make such a statement after seeing these desperate starving people ( who had lost everything ) jammed into a football stadium overflowing with feces, garbage, and bodies. Once again, we see that from this unique perspective ( “typical” American white ) “these people” are understood to be “doing well” in conditions worse than livestock receive.
“All Men are created equal, but not all men are treated equally.” C-SPAN viewer
So here we are, right where we’ve always been… Lying to ourselves about our origin, lying to ourselves about our behavior, lying to ourselves about our freedom, and lying to ourselves about our system of inequality. While we continue to falsely proclaim ourselves the self-appointed saviors of the world, we demonstrate that we don’t even have the courage to face ourselves.
The rulers however, are now faced with a very serious dilemma. A black man running for president of the United States ( and doing so extraordinarily well ) was not at all part of the plan. Just as IBM thought the mainframe would be the permanent computing environment, just as the oil companies think oil will be the fuel for all time, the rulers also think that American racism is a permanent and reliable part of this country and the world. Easily exploitable at any time to play to the fears ingrained in the mis-educated “typical” white person.
It appears however, that the rulers have made a grievous error in judgment. In a glorious demonstration of evolution in action, people of all ages, shapes, colors, and sizes have been flocking to the Obama camp despite the color of his skin or the efforts to demonize him. Predictably, the mainstream media ( owned and operated by the beneficiaries of hopelessness ) has embarked on a campaign to paint Barack Obama as the “black man” that “typical” white people have historically feared. It is their only chance to stop an irreversible change in American and Global culture that would put a black man in the highest ( public ) seat of power.
“I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama’s campaign – to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against,” she said. “For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It’s been a very sexist media. Some just don’t like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.
“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she continued. “And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.” Ferraro does not buy the notion of Obama as the great reconciler.
“I was reading an article that said young Republicans are out there campaigning for Obama because they believe he’s going to be able to put an end to partisanship,” Ferraro said, clearly annoyed. “Dear God! Anyone that has worked in the Congress knows that for over 200 years this country has had partisanship – that’s the way our country is.”
Yes, that’s the way our country is, isn’t it. And it is exactly that kind of old-world ignorance that this country desperately needs and wants to get away from. I couldn’t be anymore ecstatic about Republicans ( young and old ) having the same desire to see a new path for America, yet Ferraro finds this upsetting and threatening. She said it very clearly… She wants to keep “our country” the way it is.
So prepare yourself for the new barrage of racially motivated commentary designed to appeal to the most primitive aspects of humanity. While the likes of Pat Buchanan question whether “nature of nurture” is responsible for Obama’s ability to relate to “white” people, aspects of the true racist core elements are sure to surface. It is the last best hope to keep the people divided, afraid, and angry enough not to see the real threat to their well being. This is just one more glaring example that the mainstream media would much rather feed the “typical” American ego than inform the electorate. The reasons should be clear by now, and it’s time to get rid of these “typical” commentators once and for all.