We’re Not Who I Thought We Were


by David Todd McCarty | Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I really didn’t think I’d see anything like this in my lifetime. Sheer arrogance I guess. I thought we were past this. I thought we’d evolved. I thought we were better.

But ask a person of color in this country, or most women frankly, and they’ll tell you what they’ve known all along. This is who we are. This is who we’ve always been. We were just kidding ourselves to believe otherwise.

In 240 years as a sovereign nation, we’ve fought 240 wars. None of them for freedom.

For 245 years, we kept black people as slaves in America. Since then we’ve just kept them around as a permanent underclass.

We oversaw the largest genocide of a people in human history with the decimation of the native population with somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 million lives lost. Then we moved to them to reservations. Now we’re running oil pipelines through their cemeteries.

We didn’t let women vote until 1920. We still don’t allow them control of their own bodies.

In the 1940’s we rounded up 110,000 Japanese Americans and forced them into internment camps because we feared they weren’t American enough.

In the 1950’s when everything was supposed to be so great, a junior Senator from Wisconsin terrorized the country with false accusations and lies, causing a wake of destruction in his path.

It wasn’t until 1965 that black Americans were allowed to vote. They weren’t considered equal to whites and therefore not eligible.

In 1971 President Nixon launched the war on drugs, but it was Reagan who escalated it. In 1980 we had 50,000 people in jail for non-violent drug offenses. Today it’s over 2.2 million people just in federal prisons alone.

America imprisons a higher percentage of it’s citizens than any country in the world, 37% of which are black even though they only make up 13% of the population.

So, you see. We are not the nation of freedom and liberty and justice. We are a small-minded, hostile nation with enormous resources, an unprecedented military and a willingness to kill without a second thought.

I honestly don’t know where anyone gets that we’re a Christian nation. If that’s what you can expect from followers of Christ, let me off the bus.

There are good things about Americans as well.

I just can’t think of any at the moment.

About me

I'm a writer, director, photographer, cinematographer and art director. A little bit of everything, all rolled into one. I'm a creative guy so it's not unusual to be a bit of a crank and particular about....well, everything. I'm a professed slacker with a pension for excessive creative output.


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Carla D. Wilson Laskey
November 29, 2016

Hi Angrydave! Today is the very first time I have ever visited your website. I am a newbie freelance writer and found out about your site from an article I was reading listing potential places for newbies to submit their writing. And yes, I did submit one to your site - lol! But after that I started reading through your posts and this one and the one where you talk about how you are changing directions both really resonated with me! This one because as a person of color in America it is always encouraging when we read or hear that people other than us "get it"! In regards to you changing your direction--I too after many years of traditional Christianity found myself in a similar predicament. I actually started a blog(The Root of the Matter) about the experience at the time and eventually another one called "Having The Courage To Believe Differently". Anyway regardless as to whether or not you decide the piece I submitted fits with your space here, I just wanted to let you know that your writing definitely resonated with me and has helped to fan the flame of Hope for better days ahead. Thank you for that. And yes, I will be following you now - lol :-)!

    November 29, 2016

    Thank you for your response. Not everything submitted is my cup of tea. So far it's been very much my voice so I struggle on how to include other voices and keep a consistent voice.

    But I'm interested in reading your blog. What's the URL?

      Carla D. Wilson Laskey
      December 10, 2016

      You're welcome and I completely understand! Here is the link to my blog :-).

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