What Separates Us?

By Jack Riordan

June 28, 2017

Why are we so divided and unwilling To Live and Let live? 

The majority of us have White, European, Christian origins and since Europe controlled most of the world for three centuries we evolved a belief that we and our cultural were superior to nonwhite peoples and their cultures.  This superiority myth justified colonial expansion and the suppression of native cultures such as forcing children into Christian Boarding Schools.  This superiority complex was used to the extreme by Hitler as the leader of “The Master Race” to eliminate six million Jews. 

Despite the fact that ships full of Jewish refugees were denied access to this country early during the Second World War, we have since added “Judeo” to Christian because of the success of Jews and their contributions to our society.  Our founding fathers believed “All Men are Created Equal” did not apply to nonwhites.  Even after the Civil War to end slavery, we legally and socially relegated Americans of African, Native, and Asian origins to less than equal status. Asians despite incarceration of the Japanese have prospered and are now the highest paid ethnic group because of their education and work ethic.  They are today fully integrated.  Some African Americans with outstanding athletic, entertainment, or intellectual skills have been able to work their way through discrimination into high status, but even the King of Basketball had racial slurs painted on his gate. 

With the election of Obama as President, I thought the battle for racial equality was over; also there were more interracial couples and successful Black professionals. Gradually his election unleashed an undercurrent of imbedded racial superiority bias.  A study of Google searches, discovered that Obama’s election triggered large numbers of searches of the “N” word.  To me the degree of this bias depends on the amount of personal interracial contact experienced.  In general, the chance for meaningful professional and social contact is greater in cities.  However White suburban flight has reduced school age interaction and the degree of separation depends on the degree of wealth expressed in housing.   

But Race is not the only source of our division; there are legitimate differences dealing with gun rights, abortion, global warming, fundamental religion vs the evolution of humanity, Gay rights, the role of Government in the economy, health care and taxation, (should it be user based or income tax).  Voters who are more concerned about protecting what they have and benefit their family at the expense of others tend to gravitate to the political party that espouses, tax cuts, balanced budgets.  Even if they realize that those much richer are reaping a disproportionate benefit, this trend toward the GOP continues until it’s mantra that Government services should be reduced at all levels begins to affect their own safety and needs. If it is the less equal that receive less, it is ok with them. 

It appears to me that what is happening is that those that benefit most from tax and regulatory reduction are using the genuine concerns of gun rights, abortion, and the other issues to use their vast wealth to surreptitiously sell their protectionist agendas with political contributions and concealed appeals of support of various courses and to cut help for the poor and middle income.  Well-intended legislators of both parties must spend more time raising money to protect their seats (including money with veiled strings attached) than they do legislating.  Elections are much too expensive. 

Freedom of Speech (by its nature Public) is not Freedom to Spend (Secretly) to influence voters and legislators.  Secret Money is destroying our democracy.  

We must make our voices louder in opposition to concealed political money.

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