The Real Issue In America

The Real Issue In America

By Allofus

The attitude of the American majority toward certain American minority groups
in the U.S. and throughout the world has been and still is “the real issue in
America.” To a large extent the Industrial Revolution and American History
under­score the reason for this attitude. History reminds us that this American
majority (former British citizens) were once viewed by the British Govern­ment
as social outcasts who by necces­sity became the instrument of Great Britain’s
Industrial Revolution and the Institution of Slavery. At the time, these British
Subjects accused and por­trayed the British Government as the enemy and
oppressor of their dreams and aspirations in the New World (America).

However, history also records that these British Subjects won their free­dom
from Great Britain at the expense of African and American Indian free­dom. This
basic ideological contradiction eventually caused a split in America (Civil War­
North vs. South) with abolitionists who saw slavery and Indian reservations as an
equivalent in­justice to the British Government’s op­pression of their rights in the

Therefore, is it not fair and just when American Indians see them­selves as
prisoners of war under occu­pation by former British Subjects who defected to
North America? American Indians are angered further (justifiably so) when they
recall the many Indians who taught these British settlers to grow corn and survive
in a new envi­ronment (America), only to have their land appropriated. American
Indians view these actions toward them in the same light as foreign intervention
in Vietnam, South Africa, Korea, Argen­tina, Chile, Iraq, Palestine, and other
parts of the world.

In America, “the real issue” is al­ways the one nobody feels comfortable talking
about. For example, during World War II, Japanese­Americans, born legally as
American citizens, were detained and placed in U.S. Gov­ernment relocation
camps. German American citizens were not subjected to the same type of
treatment. Why the Jap­anese and not the Germans?

During the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, African­Americans, born legally
as American citizens, were killed, beaten and jailed across the U.S. for having
peaceful, non­violent demonstrations to achieve racial, economic, political, and
social equality.

Another example of this majority attitude sur­faced in the midst of the U.S.­
Iranian hostage crisis. Iranian people, some born legally as American citizens
and some not, were subjected to harass­ment by the U.S. Government and the
American people at large. Iranians were victims of mob attacks, personal threats
against their lives, and other barbaric offenses.

And of course, most recently, the witch­hunt for Weapons of Mass Destruction
(WMD) in Iraq that never materialized. This pre­emptive strike on a sovereign
nation was allowed under the pretext of an alleged connection between Osama
Ben Laden and Iraq that has never existed. Is this a political/terrorist issue or an
oil/economic issue for certain special interests?

We as Americans have the tendency to talk about human rights, yet, our attitudes
and actions show the world another picture of us. How can we stand by and not
remove the people at the top of the military/government that were responsible for
the torturing of prisoners in Iraq?

Should we deport, drop bombs on England, or harass all Brit­ish people in
America if England takes anti­American actions similar to the incident in Iraq?
Or, maybe the British should deport all the Irish in England who support the
anti­British revolt in Ireland. Why not deport all the Italians in America if Italy
becomes commu­nist?

The Klu Klux Klan and the Ameri­can Nazi Party have done more to dis­tort and
destroy the American Constitution and American founding father ideals than any
other organiza­tion, group or individual in the U.S. Why haven’t we deported
them to a communist country or some place else that accepts their philosophy?

In our recent past, the Haitian boat people were victims of this American
Government and/or American major­ity attitude. Our Government launched an
anti Haitian campaign long before the majority of the Haitian boat people even
arrived on our shores. And, once they did arrive, they were labeled with every
form of anti­social disease under the sun – from ‘Herpes to AIDS. Why was it so
impor­tant to mount such a blatant attack against the Haitian people? After all, the
U.S. Government admits they de­fected from a non­communist country, which
should mean they are friends and not enemies.

It seems that we have a history of putting dictators in power and then taking them
out of office by any means necessary when their existence is no longer expedient
to achieve U.S. goals and objectives. The “A” list is quite long: Noriega, Marcos,
Shah of Iran, Bastista, Osama, Papa Doc, Sadaam, and Khadafi (all non­white –
men of color).

How can our President or any other American citizen legitimately talk about
human rights when we ourselves have lessons to learn? As Americans we should
stop making ourselves the laughing stock of world opinion. Let’s take a close look
in the mirror for a change and soon we will discover “the real Issue in America”
(double standards regarding people of color).

Submitted to Lewis Harrison at the Harrison Center for Personal Development  by the author with permission to print in this blog.

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