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America in crisis between massacres and myths: Searching for a moral compass and commitment to change

Ethical philosopher, author, two doctoral degrees and professor and chair of the Department of African Studies at California State University, Long Beach, Maulana Karenga (File photo)

America is in crisis after becoming a society against itself, moving from massacre to massacre, ostensibly with a moral compass of a mad hatter and a sadly insufficient moral commitment to clear the way for abandoning weapons as a solution and saving and stopping the disabling and deadly violence against those different and vulnerable and even chosen children.

In fact, America cannot face the truth about itself and its history at this critical time. He called for a ban on burning books and a legislative ban on the study of difficult truths. And he insists, on top of the gun, to live with the lies about himself, others and the world.

He is trapped in a marriage “until death do us part” with its well-founded and still valid myths, a toxic mixture of hypocrisy, deception and deception that sanctions, supports and justifies violence. Hadji Malcolm teaches that “America’s worst crimes include hypocrisy and deception,” pernicious pretense, and self-deception and deception of others. And Nana Fanny Lou Hamer noted that there is so much hypocrisy in society. And if we want a free society, we must stop lying. ”

Society must stop lying about what it has done and continues to do to others and to itself at home and abroad. He must stop calling the truth. Imperialism is not humanitarianism; capitalism is not about human life or environmental justice, but above all with profit; invasion is not salvation; the occupation of foreign land is not self-defense, but forced domination and theft of resources; and there are no elected or higher people, no obvious destiny, no previous perfect union trying to become “more perfect.”

There was oppressive imperfection from the beginning, exclusion, enslavement, genocide and injustice, covered in conversations and paper claims to human rights, as they oppressed and killed the diverse and vulnerable in real life. Such hypocritical, deceptive, and false myths blind American society to the harm, suffering, injustice, death, and evil it causes, and the violence it imposes in this country and the world. And this deliberate or socially conditioned blindness makes America incapable of seeing, acknowledging, and resolving its critical ones. creating crisis, problems.

America, American society, is in crisis, a society against itself; and the world is looking to see if it can step back, solve its problems and save itself, or it will continue to get worse, doom, and take the world with it. In fact, as horrible, disgusting and inhumane as recent and previous massacres of the innocent may be, they must also be seen as symptoms of a greater social disease, a pathology of oppression.

Nana Fanny Lou Hamer noted that “America is a sick place and man is on the critical list.” She speaks here of a deep-rooted moral, social, and structural disease that America is suffering from, that must be questioned, faced, and given a regime of radically transformative treatment. It is a disease rooted in violent and predatory feelings, thoughts and practices disguised in moral, religious, legal and efficient language, and institutionalized structured policies rooted in ideas and illusions that are central sources of so much violence, evil, injustice, injury, lack of freedom and suffering in this country and the world.

No one can deny that we need gun control and rethink and reconstruct the role and use of social and commercial media, put a board in the back of corrupt and cowardly politicians and ultimately eliminate them, insist on accepting legislation and engage in social action to achieve these goals. But obviously there is a bigger problem, ie. the history and structural roots of American violence.

We are now focused on the crisis of gun violence, mass shootings and massacres, but the bigger problem is the pathology of oppression, racism, class, gender and other forms of oppression that carry seeds and sources of violence. We are rightly morally outraged and angry at the killing of children, adults and others through gun violence.

But can we muster enough resentment and anger to protect them from other violence? by calling not only for an end to violence with weapons, but also for violence imposed in other ways: sexual violence, social violence, educational violence, psychological violence and the slow violence of poverty and its continued suffering from inadequate food, water, clothing, housing , health, education and income, especially for children and people of color.

The country has an indisputable history of violence; it originated with predatory violence such as war of conquest and genocide and continued with the Holocaust of enslavement, deprivation of property, forced labor and the savagery of segregation and ended with evolving structural violence of various kinds, racial, sexual, economic, cultural and political.

It is also expressed in predation against the land, which leads to looting, pollution and depletion. It is an aggressive and predatory abuse that has led to climate change, the destruction of many species and their habitats, new viruses and their variants, and increased flooding, fires, famine and suffering around the world.

The constant and widespread presence and practice of violence in American society and abroad cannot be seriously questioned or denied. It is not only in mass and personal murders and suicides, but also in movies and television programs, in children’s stories and technological killing games and war toys.

It is expressed in a long history of sexual objectification and abuse of children in religious and secular institutions, as well as domestic and institutional violence against the elderly, the sick, the disabled, the poor and the treatment of prisoners as a single population.

And this is the way governments treat the mentally ill and the homeless, the preference for power and punishment rather than treatment, and the continuing attachment to the official spectacular murder, called the death penalty with witnesses. And this is the way the United States is establishing itself in the world.

In fact, it is not particularly important to observe that Dr. Martin Luther King describes his country as “the world’s largest provider of violence.” Imam Jamil Al-Amin noted that “violence is part of American culture. American is like cherry pie. ”

In short, it is built into the system and is the way the system is understood and practiced, at home and abroad, and especially against the various and vulnerable, especially in racist and racist ways.

Here, Nana Hadji Malcolm’s definition of racism as “war against the world’s dark nations” is instructive. Because what we are witnessing in Buffalo and Uwalde is the widespread play on the systematic cultivation of racist and generally corrupt disregard for human life, especially when it comes to people of color.

The fact that the shooter in Uwalde was a Latin American does not change the fact that American society is the source of his illness, his innocent accomplice and his criminal partner. In fact, as we often say: ideas do not fall from the sky, do not grow from the earth or emerge from the sea. They come from a society that values, teaches, encourages and practices them.

So, we say, we are Americans by habit and African by choice. We must choose to focus on others rather than engage in degraded forms of individualism. We need to choose ‘power with’, not ‘power over’, and share good concepts, not zero. We must practice mutual respect and cooperation, reciprocity, not hatred, hostility and predatory violence.

And this requires cultivating and developing a new human sensitivity to each other, breaking and reversing our commitment to technological and animal substitutes for quality human relations and building a multicultural, multiracial progressive social movement for social and structural change.

Together, as Nana Franz Fanon teaches, “let’s rethink the question of humanity,… combine our muscles and brains in a new direction и” and dare to embark on a “new history of humanity” free from violence as a social condition and personal and collective. practice.

Nana Dr. Martin Luther King says that America “must undergo a radical revolution of values.” “We need,” he said, “to begin the transition from a things-oriented society to a ‘person-centered’ society, from a concern for profit to a commitment to people.

Dr. King tells us that “our only hope lies in our ability to regain our revolutionary spirit and enter a sometimes hostile world, declaring perpetual hostility to poverty, racism and militarism.” In addition, “with this powerful commitment we will boldly challenge the status quo and unjust morals, ”in short, the ideologies and structures of the oppression and violence that engender, sanction, support and practice.

Thus he says, “Now let us dedicate ourselves again to the long and bitter but beautiful struggle for a new world,” a new world of expansive human good and sustainable well-being in the world and everything in it.

Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair of African Studies, California State University-Long Beach; Executive Director of the African American Cultural Center (USA); Founder of Kwanzaa; and author of Kwanzaa: A celebration of family, community and culture and Introduction to black research4th Edition, www.OfficialKwanzaaWebsite.org;www.MaulanaKarenga.org.

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