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    Moreover, the literal white washing of the history of a traitorous Confederacy, what was a military state dedicated to racial tyranny, and a willful lie about the benevolence of whiteness, loom large in the Conservative political imagination. Those dreams are amplified and made more imminent when a black man is President of the United States, because for the populist conservative, neo-Confederate crowd, nothing could be more of an abomination.

    As an immigrant I like to say that American history and American behavior is not isolated from the human history and the human behavior in general. Nothing that happened here on these lands are specific to its geography or the mindset of its populations. Yet as a land of multiple dimensions the suffering and lows are as great in America as the hights and the greatness of potential reached. That's why we see such contradictions like people who can write that amazing Constitution while not being able to create that heavenly state of human dignity and happiness in their lifetime. My guess is that because they, like us, were bound by "time." The promised "heaven" does not get accomplished in our time/space enslaved existence. We can only strive towards it. And through that struggle, we are being awakened somehow.

    I taught American Literature in a southern state college last Fall and I was able to awaken a good number of my students to the truth through literature which did not make them feel intimidated or guilty about themselves. The class was a mixed race class and we were able to look at the facts of the slavery without whitewashing it. What helped was the study of the multiplicity of the literature that began with the Yuchi and Hopi creation tales, the Salem witch trials, Bartram's travels, Jefferson, Franklin, Equiano, Twain, Bierce, Washington, Dubois, Cummings, Hemingway, Hurston, Hughes...all the way to Bashevis Singer. Throughout the semester we studied America with its beauty and ugliness, warts and all, plus that ultimate promise of America, that our struggles and suffering are not in vain, without getting angry. American Literature helped that unearthing of truth without putting blame on anyone. That was good.

    Do we also not seeing how the things that are happening in America are watched by the rest of the world and that our fights and struggles with our own devils are helping, guiding others to hope to free themselves, no matter how imperfect the results in the "time" being are?

    Everything the diarist says is true yet here on this 'multidimensional coat wearing land' we have the chance to awaken and to free ourselves from our own slavery.

    Why such venom of hate is pouring out of the mouths of the right wing crowd as a reaction to the 'black American president'? Because he is their 'medicine.' As it is the first procedure in an ER to treat the posioned patients, Barack Obama's presidency is making them vomit out the poison inside them.

    And that's a good thing.

    It will take many more treatments and vomiting to heal of course but time is always on the side of healing.

    Thank you for reading this long and heartfelt rant.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 07:48:29 AM PST

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