Category Archives: Problem As I See It

Howard Zinn reminds us….

When the first English settlers moved into Indian land in Massachusetts Bay and were resisted, the violence escalated into war with the Pequot Indians. The killing of Indians was seen as approved by God, the taking of land as commanded by the Bible. The Puritans cited one of the Psalms, which says: “Ask of me, and I shall give thee, the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the Earth for thy possession.”

When the English set fire to a Pequot village and massacred men, women and children, the Puritan theologian Cotton Mather said: “It was supposed that no less than 600 Pequot souls were brought down to hell that day.”

On the eve of the Mexican War, an American journalist declared it our “Manifest Destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence.” After the invasion of Mexico began, The New York Herald announced: “We believe it is a part of our destiny to civilize that beautiful country.”

It was always supposedly for benign purposes that our country went to war.

 

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Huck-a-Beckism

Glenn Beck has been trumpeting again about the persecution of the Christian Church.

Glenn – if there is any persecution of the Christian Church in the US it has been fomented by wack-a-doodles like you, who spew your special brand of hatred because it fills your pockets with greenbacks. I seriously doubt if even you are as nutty as you sound.

Not to say that you and all those other fake ‘family values’spokespersons aren’t aided and abetted by the so called ‘liberal press’ and the decidedly off the cliff FOX so-called news, who have turned away from JOURNALISM to wallow in supermarket tabloid entertainment(?).  Read more

Suckling at the Teat of Racism

As a kid growing up in a rural NYS town just outside of NYC, my classroom, school, church and neighborhood were pretty much a sea of white faces. At the time it seemed that Catholics and Jewish folk were about as exotic as we got. Yet I can remember to this day my father telling the story of being accosted because he helped a black woman.

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Cult of the Dangerous Childhood

Insurance underwriters are merely the high priests of what has become our new American religion: the Cult of Kiddie Danger. It is founded on the unshakable belief that our kids are in constant danger from everyone and everything….The Cult’s dogma is taught diligently unto our children who are not allowed to use Chapstick unless it is administered by the school nurse, nor sunscreen, lest they quaff it and die of poisoning, nor, for the same reason, soft soap in pre-k. It doesn’t matter that these fears are wildly at odds with reality. They are religious beliefs, not rational ones….

 

Read the entire article by RUSSELL ARBEN FOX HERE:

White Privilege and Ferguson

White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there’s a reaction, a backlash.

 

READ the entire article by Carol Anderson HERE:

Carol Anderson is the author of“Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960.  She is an associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University and a public voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project. 

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