a reply to: mistressofspice
It seems to me the only people wanting to start a war are the same right-wing crazies constantly ranting about the need for a second American
Revolution, primarily because they have a paranoid belief about the government or just don't like the decisions the democratically elected government
Now, we can rant for days about corporate influence in government, the massive military spending, the corruption of wall street and everything else
everyone thinks/knows/fears, but the fact remains that there is a group of people in your country who all seem to have the same ideological
The only people who benefit from a "race war" are the right-wing, the rednecks, the racists. They are the extremist threat your government has been
talking about, the ones who are so ridiculously suspicious of everything their government does, defiant to the point of calling for violence to get
No one needs to "manufacture" this, it's been there all along. No one forces the racist cop to beat up the black woman at the side of the road, no one
forces the KKK to arrive at a rally to preach their special brand of bullsh*t, no one forces anyone to do anything.
These are extreme people making choices for themselves, the only thing that has changed is that now it's public, it's being shared, it's being
discussed in the media when before it would have been hushed up and only a few locals would have know anything was happening.
The problem right now is that the federal government has been so slow to act on this, and so ineffectual in dealing with this problem, that the
country is only one more police brutality video away from going batsh*t crazy.
Imagine the LA riots being national. Imagine those pictures from 1992 happening again, but this time you have millions of enraged people out on the
streets saying that enough is enough. Now imagine that you have thousands of right-wing rednecks in the southern states reacting to that anger and
protest, with their own special brand of racism. Now imagine that new going national...
It doesn't need to be orchestrated by anyone.
Personally, I believe your government is to blame here. The US has had decades to fix this problem, to invest in education, to improve the standard of
living for all, to combat racial profiling, to hold police officers to account, to properly investigate accusations of brutality, to do all kinds of
things that over the course of those decades would have moved your country on in massive ways to be a more cohesive nation.
Instead, they cut funding to the poorest schools, which were inevitably predominantly black (because they've always been there, through no fault of
their own), they ignored police brutality, they allowed "ghettos" to continue to decline, they failed to hold police officers accountable, they did
next to nothing to bring in any kind of national policing standards, they did nothing to combat far-right extremism, they actively encouraged
If anyone is to blame for the way your country is right now, you can thank every president and both political parties for their utterly dismal
failures over the last 50 years.
And yes, the one with the least blood on his hands is Obama, he's the only one actually trying to push through changes. You could argue that this is
only because of the current problems, and perhaps he wouldn't be doing that if there hadn't been such a massive change in the public discussion as a
result of these changes, but every other president has faced similar and done absolutely nothing at all to rectify the problem.
The country had a lot of work to do after Martin Luther King, Jr. and they pissed that time away expecting things to fix themselves. You're now having
to deal with the fallout of decades of completely failed internal policies on race and politics.
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