Fear, Racism, and What’s Wrong
Many of my friends are on their way to the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting being held in St. Louis, MO this year. I can’t go this time for a couple of reasons or I would be there. I could use the laughs, friendly faces and sights of the latest firearms and accessories.
Things look and sound grim right now. Gas prices, the rising cost of everything, and the anger that exist in America right now is scary. It has made people wonder about their futures. I have heard a young couple say that they didn’t want to raise a child in the current environment. Funny thing about that statement, is that I have actually lived long enough to have heard that before.
Despite how jacked up today is for us, it will be the good old days for our kids if you choose to have them anyway.
The death of Trayvon Martin has brought to light the darkness within close friends and family. I have heard more racist stuff since February 26, 2012 than I have in a long time. I have counseled friends distraught that their friends have said some pretty hateful things that shocked them. I’ve made a couple of amatuer videos with my beliefs in them for sake of reaching out and helping folks realize that not all people have lost their minds.
I think America is grieving over the loss of many things. I have a list but it is not all inclusive. I hear it in political statements and country music that say “we need to take our country back.” Back from where, I ask? Who has it? Why did we let it go? And for the record, that statement, sounds racist most of the time.
One of the stages of grief according to a theory first introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is anger. I think it comes after denial. She had five stages. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and then acceptence. We are definately in the anger stage as a nation. President Obama used the word HOPE during his successful campaign. Milton, author of Paradise Lost said,
Where no hope is left, is left no fear.
We are afraid. Our false expectations appear real. (F.E.A.R.)
We are afraid of:
of the world ending,
of law enforcement,
Young Hispanics, blacks, whites, asians, and foreigners
We mistrust of the justice system, the executive branch and the legislative branches of the government.
There is a industry of incarceration.
We want more government services but don’t know what we are asking for when we do.
We have loss real family values.
We have loss of faith in God.
We have lost faith in our education system.
The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
And thrown right in there as the perfect scapegoat are gunowners and supporters of the Second Amendment. I’ve unfollowed a few folks myself in media this month from some of the stuff I’ve read. Friends have taken opposite sides. Racial lines have been drawn. Lynching parties are popular. Buy yourself a hoodie and you don’t have to say a thing.
Personally, I am going to follow the teachings of the Jedi masters.
“Fear is the path of the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Master Yoda