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my expanded response to a post in livejournal:
"never again" after the holocaust was a call for action in the face of future storms of intolerance and genocide. there was no prevention of—or even meaningful reaction to—cambodia, bosnia, rwanda, timor-leste until too late. that leaves me none too sanguine for important, timely reaction to future atrocities-in-the-making.

yesterday's terrorist act was a supremacist's wet dream: the killing of an african-american man during an assault on what was perceived to be a jewish target. we treat hate-speech and hate-action and hate-advocacy by white americans differently: white americans funded terror in ireland and britain with impunity, incitement is preached over the airwaves by white demagogues with nary a reaction (or, worse—and encouragingly—flaccid hand-wringing), perpetrators of terrorist action in the united states are given free-reign, unless, of course, their skin color, ethnicity or religion place them outside the so-called mainstream. you can be an aged white man with murder on your mind and a shotgun in your hands and walk through the capital city of this nation and no one will touch you; i regularly see three and four police cars pulled up at a traffic stop for a non-white driver.

the american love affair with individuality—and national disinterest in community and collective vision and action—and our phallic fetishization of firearms make yesterday's crime, as well as wichita and columbine, inevitable.
i continue to think of atwood's the handmaid's tale as prophecy; will we ever turn it into imaginative fiction?

Date: 2009-06-11 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toddpage.livejournal.com
Wow.

Beautifully said, and beautifully worded.

While everyone has some awareness of ethnically diverse getting more harassment from the law, I don't think it really hit home from me until I experienced it through my friends in high school [and some from my REU]

It's just amazing to me.

Date: 2009-06-11 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leafshimmer.livejournal.com
All too true. every sickening word.

Life goes on in the #1 terrorist power....

summing up mainstream America

Date: 2009-06-12 06:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tkn1114.livejournal.com
nicely:
the american love affair with individuality—and national disinterest in community and collective vision and action—and our phallic fetishization of firearms make yesterday's crime, as well as wichita and columbine, inevitable.

Keep talking. There ain't enough people doing it. Or often enough, either.


A thought off-topic:
You know, I don't think we're about individuality. Because any attempt at this is marginalized as subversive or weird in America.

I hate to say it, but France, as an example, is a country that values and celebrates individuality. Nobody is ever weird there. Just different.

Here, we like to say that, but we don't act it.

I think we're about a collective way of being that is "perceived" by the masses as "American" which to many people means individuality. Like, the notion of the cowboy as a symbol of individuality. This "maverick" that symbolizes a meaningless and generic notion of "doing your own thing" which many Americans like to embrace to feel "apart", cool, tough, different, individualistic when, in fact, everybody's doing the same thing.

Because the very act is conformist, the majority of Americans are conformists.

I think we're about self-importance and mistaken the vamity that it breeds for individuality.

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