Can’t do ish.
There have been a lot of incidents occurring in America that’s causing more than a little alarm. I see them with a mixture of shock, dismay and sometimes complete outrage at what’s occurring. It’s just happening everywhere and I feel that now is the time for me to address it. I mean, it’s not like I have such a following where my words will fall on someone who can do something. No, I just feel like I’ve sat quiet for way too long and I need to say some things that I feel we all should be discussing. The issues I’m eluding to, are the increased level of mistreatment of minorities in America.
This isn’t something that many like to discuss. Some immediately throw up that their not a racist and others just try to ignore the entire situation, choosing to stuff their heads in the sand and hope it all just goes away. The problem with this issue cannot be ignored or pushed aside. Thanks to the current administration and this new found level of brazenness in the majority, minorities are left to decide themselves how to solve a problem that impacts all of us.
There is no right or wrong answer when dealing with the issue of race, but there should be some kind of conversation. When we, as a people, fail to communicate with each other, the people who want us separated win. The world is an ugly place and America is becoming the ugliest. Not only do we ignore the minority groups that beg for assistance from their brothers and sisters in their own country, we disparage those who have the temerity to receive assistance.
How many times have you, dear reader, stopped to help a homeless person that you see? How often have you spoken to someone that is not a part of your particular clique? Someone outside of your ethnicity? How comfortable do you feel in these interactions? Do you step outside of your comfort zone to do what’s right? How many of us know what’s right in today’s divisive climate?
I’m writing this because it just seems like minorities in America are being forced to conform to roles of subservience. While at the same time demanding that these same minorities do not feel impacted by their mistreatment.
This is not a blog about race, nor is it about uplifting those that have been condemned with little to no regard. No. This is about the continued attack on class. The continued assault on the morals of America, it’s spirit. That’s such a strange thing to say. America, after all, is just a country. But America has a soul. In my opinion, the soul of America has always become more prevalent at times of turmoil. During these times, Americans come together. We are a force of one, focused on the target of our ire. We all felt the love and connectivity of the country on September 11. We all smiled or hugged on November 8, 2008.
I believe these times and many others(The attack on Hawaii, after every mass shooting) show what Americans can be capable of when tested. I guess I’m writing today to ask, why do we have to be tested to be together? Why is it ok to take money fr9m the government for your business, but not to live a better life? When did we become a country that hates what we once stood for and what made America the greatest country in the world…I’m sorry, just writing that made me feel like I should be wearing a “MAGA” hat. Though we all know the hat should really read MAWA.
The funniest thing about what I’m saying is, according to history, when was America great? Was it during slavery? Maybe during the building of intercontinental rail? Was it during the First World War, the second, the revolution, the war on Irish immigrants and so on and so on. The list is huge with the atrocities that occurred under the auspices of country loyalty.
America was built by immigrants. White, black, brown, yellow and red; well, history has shown not red. They were here first, after all. There is no place for separation of people due to race, ethnicity, political affiliation or class. Are we not all American? If our enemies attack America, are the people on one side going to be saved because they were on that side? Are they?!