During the last several days, the release of a Senate report on torture at the hands of the American government was not too much of a surprise. However, I will say, I was dumbfounded by the response from the talking heads on television and much of white America for the most part.
One of my followers, who is a white woman, commented on a piece I wrote with the comment “I can’t believe my country did such things. I am ashamed to be an American.” To her comment and other likeminded folk – I will use a word white folk’s use, I am “flabbergasted”.
When you consider this country’s shameful history with regard to human rights abuses, its brutal past, and racism – really! How could anyone be shocked? I know, they tell us this is the great country on earth, God-fearing and Christian – yada – yada. But, if you ask a person of of any other cultural group that is non-white I guarantee you will get a different answer! They might use another word white folk’s use – ludicrous! It is only His-Story and the Bible that makes them believe such a notion to warrant such reactions.
First of all, America is a land stolen from its native people, who were massacred, infected with disease, and put on reservations to accomplish this theft from the country from which they came. The Chinese were used and abused in many ways like today’s Latin people but the most wretchedly brutalized people were those taken from Africa and enslaved. To be clear, each group was used as a beast of burden to build a nation and wealth for non-whites; all the while claiming “all men are created equal”.
This nation is the only nation to drop an atomic bomb on another nation – not one but two! America has dropped bombs on its own people – black communities – on more than one occasion; Tulsa, OK and Philadelphia, PA. They have lynched black people for sport and entertainment; and birthed a betrayal terrorist organization called the KKK. They burned their own women at the steak in the public square and raped black women under the guise that they owned them as property. Castrating and sterilized women; infected human being with diseases, and created apartheid on its own soil.
The criminal justice system is rigged against people of color, it incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world with most being black and poor; they ensure that many people, particularly African American’s are unemployed to keep them in poverty; hunger and starvation are at unconscionable rates. The occupying force paid to protect us can be compared to the Gestapo killing black men at will with no accountability. So why would anyone think the unconscionable acts of terror stated in the report was so farfetched.
Nonetheless many say, what was reported is not their America nor does it reflect its values. The woman who commented went on to say, “she is ashamed of her country”. My thought because of this – it was just the American way! Maybe she should have been ashamed of the Jim Crow era were black people were denied the right to drink out of the same water fountain or use the same toilet, allow police to train rifles, turn dogs loose on protesters, shoot down unarmed children, use fire hoses or use tear gas on its own people under cover of law.
I too am ashamed of the conscience of a nation that does these things and the same on the street, and in black communities in America. Home is where the hatred is – so the title flabbergasted says it all!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…