Cross the Great Divide

Posted: August 26, 2013 in Discrimination
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There is a deficiency in American culture today that most people are too ignorant to detect in themselves, though they are ready to excoriate others for the same practices.  They wax philosophically with a venom that is most toxic and just as polarizing as those they would speak against.  Each and every day in this country, racism takes center stage and is proliferated by those who are blinded in their hypocrisy.  Left, right, Liberal and Conservative are all guilty of it and the bigotry is not limited to race only, though that is the most prolific and vocal form of the display.

It is no great secret that our country is victim of some rough times currently.  The political parties who have sworn to protect our Constitution and are supposed to have our best interests in mind are polarizing and constantly combative with each other.  Over the years they have repeatedly driven wedges among our populace and used those same wedges as platforms to continue their personal and party agendas.  Each side has used the media and irresponsible elements of the virtual world to espouse the correctness of their causes rather then providing solutions to the suffering they had their hands in.  Upstart elements of these parties who no longer believe in or find no advantage to the existing system are publicizing their “causes” in vain attempts to deliver us from the perils we face in dramatic fashion in what to me appears to be designed to “save” us all while maintaining the power they have grown accustom to instead of the white knights they make themselves out to be.

Greatest among the mass of woes that affect our country right now is the prevalence of bigotry and racial divide.  It seems that every day is a shocking new crime that is used as an exemplar of the disparity between the races of this country, and it is the politicians and the media hacks they use to serve their cause that proliferate it.  The sad part is, what I would consider otherwise reasonable people, many of whom I am friends with, buy into and help to add to the situation.  Each and every day there is some crime that involves parties existing of different races.  In a country as diversified as ours is, and with regional economic disparities as prolific as are found here, it is inevitable that there will be black on white, white on black, Latin on either and countless others who make up our quilt.  Race on race is not a singularity on the most heinous of crimes, inter-race is just as common yet not as reported; that has neither the drama nor the polarization from which they can hide behind.

There are many individuals out there who are frustrated and have bought into the political polarization.  They post on and comment on racially charged articles and memes as if they are righteous and true in their opinions, yet they never realize they are just as bigoted as the situation they oppose.  In a day and age when it is becoming more the norm than not to have interracial relationships, it is a shame that the same hatred and bigotry that defined some of our less impressive attitudes of the past is standing front and center.  We are of a time that should be more enlightened and minority should not be defined by race or color of skin but rather by the diminishing of those who would proliferate such attitudes.  The sad and discouraging fact is that it is not simply the bigot who has the loudest voice in the matter, quite often it is those who see themselves as enlightened who in their zeal against injustice and disparity who are the most prolific contributors to the division.

I hope to raise my children to be tolerant and when they see it to stand against injustice.  I want them to know that should they witness or hear about senseless violence that is the act that justice to be sought for.  All the other things which lead up to the act may be contributing factors, but that sometimes that is all they are.  They should not assume based on opinion of others that because  white visits violence upon black or black visits violence upon white that the reason is racial in nature.  The first thing they should understand regardless is that it was senseless as is all violence of a criminal nature.  Sometimes things do not make sense and to try and find answers where none exist is futile.  Our criminal justice system is not perfect, it requires updating, but more often than not for the most heinous of crimes it works as it is supposed to when not used as a platform for agenda.

My hopes for my children and future generations may seem naive to many, that is fine.  I tell my children the truth about the world as best as I can tell it and I never degrade our country to them.  This is a great and wondrous place to be, even if we have not always lived up to the ideals we espouse to the rest of the world and occasionally fall short of expectations within our personal spheres of influence.  The American Dream to me is not about each person being equal in all things and having politicians that cannot keep their own houses clean telling me how mine should be run.  We should be selfless for the betterment of others not because we are legally obligated to but because it is the right thing to do.  As my children grow into maturity and responsibility I hope they will feel obligation towards those around them to demonstrate how they can make their own opportunities.  What they should not have to deal with is animus towards a people in their older years which they had none towards while they were on the playground.  At some point in time in our own lives we have all felt the ease with which we can fall into prejudicial thought.  That ease is not something that comes to us naturally, it is a learned trait that I hope diminishes with each generation, but I fear is stronger in this time than it was when my immaturity overrode my better judgement.  It is disappointing to me that Americans as a race fall hypocritically short on the world stage on so many levels despite the amalgamation of ethnicity that we were founded upon.

I wanted to make this a rant about the stupidity of so many who spread the vitriol of hate without even realizing they are doing it.  As the words started to come out I realized more that I needed to speak of my disappointment.  It i not a time for wit or venom, that is what has disappointed me so much lately in my fellow Americans.  It is our duty to effect change where we have the most influence, not to over-reach as so many do.  The best I can effect is within my family and the ground I can reach around me at any given time.  If I can add something to what someone else is thinking or feeling that is a bonus.  Wake up America.

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  1. G says:

    Mark, after almost 17 years of doing this, I came back to the BIGs for a tour. I have never in those 17 years seen such rampant racism as I am now. Due to my background, I don’t know if it is just this unit, or if this is a reflection of what is happening across the spectrum. However, it’s disgusting. All levels are aware of the actions and issues, but no one seems to have a grasp on how to deal with it. Even senior leadership is afraid to squash the acts and actions because they then put themselves in a precarious situation. I fully agree with you that it should and needs to go away. My time prior to now had been great because of the cultural mix that was simply life as I and we know it. To feel this sanctuary of sorts now being encroached upon is just another frustration that I have.

    Some of us will continue to stick together to make and “keep” it free for all.

    Stay sane Brother,


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