The STRIPES of Healing
This biweekly newsletter will seek to explain the pain and suffering mainly people of color endure through no fault of their own. The dehumanizing excuses our people always seem to elicit from people in power that make our Christian Brothers and Sisters accept their reasoning as if it was uttered by the Almighty. Lastly what I see with my own eyes begs the question from my conscience. “Are we loving or can we really love our neighbor as ourselves”.
Issue 9: Careful What You Teach?
Back up a second and let’s look at exactly what was taught to those 26 other girls when the picture without the girl with Down Syndrome was chosen to be displayed. The other girls were taught that the girl with Down Syndrome was less of a human being than they are. The Down Syndrome girl wasn’t presentable enough to represent the school to the State of Utah and the world. A seed was planted in the other 26 girls that it is okay to look ‘down’ on another human being because she doesn’t have the same qualities of ‘appearance’ as they do. It is also okay to dismiss her feelings about the situation because the ‘adults’ (and I’m sure they are Christian Mormon adults) decided it was okay and executed their reasoning by excluding the Down Syndrome girl.
A mistake? Don’t call it a mistake. A mistake is an honest oversight that happens when you righteously live in a manner that respects and gives dignity to all in life and the environment. Oh, before I forget to give my usual warning. Please do not read any further if what comes next in this digital periodical offends your conscience. So stop reading at this point.
This is what my people, Black people, have been saying for centuries. When you design a system of slavery which by definition you don’t have to respect, give dignity, or extend basic consideration to another human being because you own them. You don’t have to think about their feelings. You don’t have to understand how oppression is weighing on their lives. You don’t have to think about how ‘excluding’ people makes them feel denied by the very society they help build. Why should you hear their cries to have full membership in their country? Why even acknowledge slaves exist except as property? Why acknowledge the basic dignity of a ‘Down Syndrome’ girl wanting to be a full member of her cheerleading squad with all rights the same as the other 26 girls?
You don’t have to because you have a historical record of cruelty to other human beings you’re trying to keep from being taught. Yes slavery has ended, but all the structures are still being passed down from generation to generation. What am I saying? The mental structures you idiots! Critical Race Theory seeks to heal the visual record of slavery and the invisible (the more insidious and massive structure) monolith that remains of slavery. I will be a licensed therapist soon and this is what I always tell the patients in the behavioral hospital where I’m honing my chops. In therapy there can’t be any off limits subjects. If it is too much for you to handle I can table it briefly, but I will return to the subject again. Healing is only possible by traversing the ‘road of truth’.
The 1619 Project brings a different perspective to how America was born. Are you too squeamish to learn how cruelty became the business model used to build a nation? Again then cover your eyes and put your hands over your ears because you are weak! Just like these white men who’ve been in power in this country for hundreds of years perverting the meaning of strength and bestowing it on cowards and stooges. A dictator is a strong man? Only a person that didn’t have to consider the cries of the oppressed could conclude that.
A strong man? An autocrat? A despot? Let me make an observation. If I am the ruler of all I behold then why am I afraid of competition? Both mindsets cannot be true. Both mindsets cannot be held at one time. If I am all powerful then why do I feel like I need to have eyes in the back of my head. If you are stricken with a God complex then be a God is all I’m saying. Why give money to ‘certain men’ of note that will do your bidding to keep you in power? Why pay off lapdogs to bark at everyone seeking to approach your throne? Oh, let me move on. Strong man? Yeah right.
Now to conclude this periodical issue with a review. That’s right. What those 26 other girls have been taught will spread out from them and give birth to even more injustice. They now know what they were taught. Cruelty, malice, and having a casual nature of dismissal of all that don’t measure up to what you believe is a whole human being is justifiable. Just give your reasons because they won’t be examined or challenged for their validity. How do you think racism and all the evil that comes with it persists!
Look. I’m a sinner and I do some things that I know God frowns upon, but I will pay for them and I certainly don’t try to worry or judge the sins of others because that is not my job. What I don’t do is teach the young that treating others disrespectfully and viciously is how you achieve salvation. I’ve been saying this consistently now. When you have had power for so long you don’t have a need to truly see the suffering of others. Why would you behold it? Their sufferings don’t matter because it doesn’t touch your life in any way. Let’s thank those Utah administrators for pumping more evil into the world by securing its’ legacy in the hearts of 26 more girls.