Sunday, February 08, 2009
I heard The Ballad of Emmett Till via Never Get Out of the Boat
and I was curious who he was. When I looked up the Wikipedia entry I was disgusted by the horror of it all. In short it's about a barn full of goddamned devils torturing and beating a 14 year old not just to death but way past it. It shook me up.
While we have come a long way, this happened not that long ago, and all people have to continue strive to understand each other. In my opinion, there's no better place to nurture that understanding than America where the country is not based on religion, not based on ethnicity and if you become an American it's not some conditional existence, because your father never buried an axe in the head of say, a Burgundian or Ostrogoth 400 years ago. You're an American. I'm not saying America is better than anywhere else, it's just that we're neck deep in diversity whether the godamned devils like it or not.
Yeah, go ahead complain about our imperfections, (I often do) because you can, but remember it's through understanding that we grow.