Given the ongoing fuckery with Civil War statues, assorted violent protests, and the seeming conflation of the proscription of First Amendment rights with good taste, we thought this apropos.
Ripped from the pages of Facebook! (by Stephen Hilliard)
The current state of affairs in America has me thinking of 2 things: the Iraq War and the DARE program (war on drugs). Hang on and let me explain.
The Iraq War. When America went to war in Iraq it had the best of intentions. Oust a brutal, defiant dictator and free the Iraq people. We had the best of intentions and we acted quick as hell, but what we didn’t have was a long term, strategic plan for maintaining order among the people of Iraq. The unintended and far-reaching consequences of destroying confederate monuments without any sort of plan or strategy will do absolutely nothing to reduce the white supremacist and/or American nazi movement. As a matter of fact, you are going to see their numbers grow to never before seen sizes because of it. Our leaders and the well-meaning, but ill informed, leftist movements believe that tearing down statutes IS the plan, but they are dead wrong. Much like destroying the symbols of Iraq oppression (their leadership), if the confederate monuments are beacons to those disgusting, racist movements then all they have done is light a fuse. With no plan of appeasement, pacification, or control all they have done is create a rallying cry for these movements.
The D.A.R.E. Program. When I was in middle school and started going to the mandatory DARE programs I had never heard much or really anything about illicit drugs. Do you know what the DARE program did? It shoved illegal drugs in my face and told me ALL about how they were bad and would make me feel funny. As a kid that age I never had access to drugs, but many of the millions of other kids who attended those “rallies” did and you know what happened? Drug use among teenagers skyrocketed in the 80’s. The formerly taboo and hidden subject of drug use was no longer. You were SUPPOSED to talk about it and as a result kids did talk about it, but unfortunately, they talked about it with other kids and scored weed and other drugs at never before seen rates.
I believe the exact same thing is happening and will continue to happen with the white supremacist and American nazi movements. They had become almost entirely marginalized and their numbers were at record lows. They’d show up in movies as rabid, bumbling idiots occasionally, but they weren’t getting the exposure they needed to rally their cause. We are apparently now making every effort to give them as much exposure as possible and as a result Americans will start talking about this formerly taboo subject. Many Americans who had never previously considered talking about white supremacist will talk to a neighbor, dentist, or co-worker and their cause is not going to sound so out of whack to them.
My prediction is that we are entering an era of civil unrest the likes of which we’ve never seen. Until Black Power and White Power become American Power we are screwed. Until Black History month and the notion that every month is white history month turns into American History Month we are screwed. Until America truly makes the effort to become color-blind, we are screwed and the divisiveness and racial tension will continue.
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