I am sure someone, a politician, a civic leader, a talking head on the news will be quoted as saying, “This is not who we are as a nation.” That would be a lie, designed to deflect the responsibility of who we are as a nation.
It is who we are as a nation. We, as a nation, have a long and despicable history of murder, genocide, racial intimidation, and the promotion of hate as a political vehicle to gain power and wealth.
We do it here at home and we do it abroad. We celebrate it. We, as a nation, admire violence no less so than the Spartans of ancient Greece. We glorify violence in our culture. We are bored by anything less than the thrill of a kill.
It is who we are as a nation because we, as a nation, haven’t made any affirmative commitment to change who we are. If you think, “Well, I didn’t do this – I am not responsible,” then think again. If you accept it as a part of our nation’s daily life and do nothing to change it, how can you claim that you’re not responsible? None the less, We, as a nation, will collectively say, “I did not do this.”
Who would proudly raise the confederate flag over the SC capital? Who would see that flag flying there, at a concert, a sporting or political event and only see it as a quaint relic of the past or that it honors tens of thousands of people who suffered and died in the Civil War – albeit for the preservation of human slavery and lining the pockets of the profiteers of human misery? Who accepts that as just “the way we are?”