Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Watcher | Yes, We Rise  America Indian

It seems that as hopeful as I am for some improvement in society overall, I always end up disappointed. I remember growing up in NYC and being blessed enough to talk to people from varying backgrounds and listening to their stories of growing up in different, often difficult, circumstances. The commonality that they all seemed to share was the opportunity to overcome. This opportunity usually occurred with help from others; in many instances it was multicultural help. 

When you live in areas where you are exposed to different people, you gain insight into other people's realities. It is real time experience; visceral, burned into one’s collective memory.

I think that the bane of the 21st century existence is the rise of the socially isolated, xenophobic voice that tends to resound because it is in an echo chamber. I’ve seen posts by people, which make me wonder what real world experience have they actually had. I see “talking points” and discredited philosophies used as explanations for a society that has the gall to exclaim it is a beacon to the world and yet it allows justice to be trampled on constantly. 

Studies come out, seemingly daily, that prove that even though we have the technology to land a probe on an asteroid, we are in many ways no more enlightened than we were when we burned people at the stake for being different, put people in chains because we found a scripture that was permissive of the practice and thought that women weren't as intelligent as males because that was natures way.

In many ways America has a several problems. We haven’t found a way to get around the historical implications of what shaped this country. I remember talking to a group of students and the status of Native Americans came up. We continued to talk about the contributions of Native Americans to this country and the fact that if weren't for Native Americans, American probably wouldn't exist because if they didn't help the Pilgrims, the Dutch & the Virginia Colonists in some form they would have probably either died off or returned to Europe. We got to the fact that there are still a large percentage of Native Americans on reservations. The students’ response was "I just thought they wanted to live there." I explained that they were, in many cases, forced to relocate as their ancestral land had been taken away (manifest destiny).

America is a nation of immigrants, who doesn't like immigrants! (ironic

We don’t like uncomfortable truths, fail to realize the importance of everyone’s story and even have the audacity to compare historical tragedies. While we are apparently just particularly interested in our past (the Good parts, John Wayne type stuff). America loves to tell various segments of her own society to just get over it.

This country can’t seemingly deal with the raging case of Negrophobia that it has. Look at the historical and legal implications of the legacy of second-class citizenry. Look at the facts instead of dealing the over-all issues of crime, violence and seemingly more bizarre behavior exhibited by various members of population; only certain members of said society are called out.

There has always been a struggle between those in power and those who want to be in power. What usually happens is that eventually those in power fall out and are replaced. The other universal truth is that the new power brokers usually are, in fact, as oppressive as those they have replaced. 

So the real questions are; what do we, as a nation of immigrants (whether voluntary or forced) do? Will we continue to observe that justice is rigged? Do we sit back and stop struggling against the faulty system? Or do we start to educate, reform and mandate accountability from all for all?

Quis custodiet ipos custodies? (Who watches the Watchmen)

** Dr. Headley **


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