Forgetting Our History

As a society, we tend to only focus on major events for as long as they stay in the news. This is typically 2 weeks. As soon as something more interesting comes along, we no longer debate topic or spend the evenings arguing with the news caster about their opinions on the event. We rarely follow up on the news, for instance, once the victims of Hurricane Katrina  had been able to get out of the Super Dome and get help people stopped talking about the disaster. Earlier this year, when Ebola was a “threat” to the US, people were discussing Ebola on a daily basis, however, now Ebola is rarely brought up. Right now, the problems in Ferguson have captured the attention of people in the United States. People are enraged at the crime against Michael Brown, and particilarly the crimes of white authority against the black lower class.

These crimes are entrenched in our history. The inequality, and structural violence in the United States goes unnoticed, and undiscussed until something goes wrong enough to break into the media. We forget about our countries history of white violence against blacks, and rarely link it to current events. We never acknowledge the violence required to provide cheap labor to wealthy people or the inequalities felt by those of the lower class.. We forget about our history of Slavery, and how that is still felt in our society today. Since we rely so heavily on the media to tell us what we should pay attention to, we suppress the real issues in the US and leave them to go unnoticed. Ferguson is not only about the crime against Michael Brown, but also about what gave the white police officer the authority to think he could shoot an unarmed young black man. Violence is a large part of our Countries history, and it is time that we start connecting the dots, and talking about how the violences from our past are influencing the violences experienced today.

Reference:

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/09/09/the-violence-of-the-status-quo/

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