Nationalism is a scary thing. I mean take a look at WW1 whenever nationalism is at an all time high something dies whether within the boundaries of whatever country it is happening in or outside their borders. I’ve never been one for sentimentality, or celebration (I am not curmudgeonly at all). I’m not trying top be a kill-joy or a buzzkill but as a citizen of the USA and a denizen of the world I cant help but reflect on the times, the historical significance of where we are as a nation and as a global society. This little ditty by Howard Zinn got me thinking and while I know thinking is frowned upon I thought I would share it with you. I figured if you read this much so far and are continuing to read it doesn’t have to worry about the usual negativity that comes from talking about serious things on a day off
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So sad, yet there is so much relevance to this post. It’s a matter of perspective.
There is an article that has been all over my Facebook. It is the inspiration of this post below. I know that if many of you saw the images and content of the post below first you would probably get upset or say that I had bad taste so here is the article that spawned it all for me. It was Published on April 16th, 2013:
By Tim Wise
As the nation weeps for the victims of the horrific bombing in Boston yesterday, one searches for lessons amid the carnage, and finds few. That violence is unacceptable stands out as one, sure. That hatred — for humanity, for life, or whatever else might have animated the bomber or bombers — is never the source of constructive human action seems like a reasonably close second.
But I dare say there is more; a…
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Never heard the story of young George Stinney. That’s a sad tale.
Racism is a not a cause to me, it has always been a means to an end. I believe for some person if material comfort means treating people badly they are more than happy to go for it. At the end of the day race is the easiest difference to point out and to rally others around. If enough people have that mentality then large-scale, systematic exploitation of millions can happen and it has happened, and it is happening now. Slavery is still alive and well in the world, sex and human trafficking is a reality not just a story. However I feel collectively, as a whole are closed off to talking about it.
- I have noticed a recalcitrance to engage in a serious discussion about past transgression in America. Any time the Africa American and Black Experience ( Notice how those two words are different) are brought up, no…
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