American Class

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?!

Losing our way.

Are we done with morality in America? I ask this question seriously because the way it’s looking we are on our way to something that doesn’t bode well for my children. A few years ago, I had faith in the path of America. We, as a people stood together throughout some of the toughest times in recorded history and as a voice began to stand for hope. Though it was short lived, I had faith in the growth of America, what it’s people was showing me and what I started to see in myself. I believed in the country’s possibilities, not because of the election of Barack Obama to the White House; but the feeling that came after that.

Though the divisions in America began rather quickly after President Obama’s election, there was still this strong undercurrent of belief in what is right, what’s good. A belief that America is more than what it’s history had portrayed for so many years. For the first time, I didn’t see the country as black and white, I saw it as America. I began to understand that there were people who just weren’t going to like you, no matter how much you strive for their acceptance.

America is a country of freedoms. You learn this in school but when you’re a black man growing up in this country of freedoms, you soon learn that yours are limited. You learn rules that I’d rather not discuss now but have become all too familiar in many a young black man’s mind. Those times weren’t the culmination of Barack Obama’s election, they were there well before that; but Barry O’s election bolstered belief in what was possible.

Reminiscent of John F. Kennedy’s election and the Catholic religion’s impact on America several decades earlier; African Americans saw this as their chance to be seen and accepted as equals in America. Sure there was a minority of people who harbored ill feelings toward such progress but the overwhelming majority wanted change and believed in the hope of America.

Don’t get me wrong, I know that America is still dealing with the scars of slavery and many remain upset about losing their primary working force, but those times were supposed to be behind us. We as Americans were ready to heal those wounds and move on together towards a stronger tomorrow.

Those hopes and with it the change a majority of Americans fought for appears lost. Vile hatred, once a smoldering undercurrent of America and its history, has become a mainstream theme. The racial divide being promoted by today’s political climate is very different from anything that I’ve experienced in my life.

Bolstered by what can only be described as a child like, self-confirmed racist, America’s scar is being picked open and the wound is threatening to poison the body. The stories are becoming more prevalent. Stories of blatant racism being splashed on the screen. Stories of this insidious poison impacting those once considered civilian in this war of race, the children.

Though it cannot be laid squarely at President Donald Trump’s feet, because this poison permeated from a small region of America since the civil war, I can say with certainty that he will go down in history for its prevalence. Thanks to the glaring eye of technology America and the world is being re-introduced to things that we had hoped to defeat.

I follow my question in the beginning with a few more. Will America still have a chance to be what it was meant to become? Has the great experiment failed? Are we on our way to another civil war?