Who are We?
As the election fades into the background, there are some points that need to be addressed. They do not involve political parties or personalities, but rather how we see ourselves at this time. Will we change? Have we changed? Is it for the better or for the worse?
The most disturbing trend that I predict is the dehumanization of those who are not part of the new arrangement. This falls into line with the RWNJ view of people and society. The American tradition of helping one another through tough times is in serious jeopardy with the shift in philosophy.
Let’s look at the case of Mike Brown, the teenager shot to death by a policeman in Ferguson, MO last August. The instant reaction of RWNJ was to state “if he did as he was told, he wouldn’t have been shot”, or “he threatened the policeman”. Their understanding of what happened stopped completely at that point. RWNJ have no idea what problems exist in society outside of their own little insulated hives. The concept of police brutality is completely alien to them. Any time the police use excessive force it must have been justified, end of story in their minds.
This omits the problems of police brutality and racism in our society. I personally have heard people way “We have a Black President, what more do these people want?” That statement speaks volumes about the problems we have in this country. The sad part is that with the RWNJ acquiring more political power, one can be sure that these problems will only get worse.
I hate to say it, but I believe that the police officer in Ferguson will not be charged with a crime. This will satisfy the erroneous belief from RWNJ that anyone who opposes their “law and order” stance deserves whatever arbitrary punishment they receive, usually without due process. An outcome like this will not satisfy the minority communities in this country who endure these types of attacks on a daily basis.