This morning I feel compelled to address the white elephant that is in the room and this is the almost pathological hatred that is woven into the fabric of American society. Something simply must be said and it must be addressed because, as the old saying goes, hatred is as American as apple pie. Normally, I like to keep things less negative and divisive but this simply needs to be discussed. Throughout history, America has always had somebody to hate or an enemy: whether it is the native nations, people of color, the mentally ill, the poor, or what have you.
Ironically, the first Europeans to come to America were fleeing persecution and hatred. The Pilgrims and the Puritans faced rampant discrimination and persecution in England and they came to America only to forget that from whence they came. The Pilgrims and Puritans came to America only to discriminate against, and mistreat, the native people that have, for centuries, lived, loved, and respected the land. How quickly we forget that our own ancestors fled the insecurities of persecution.
If you were an Irish, Jewish, Polish, or Italian immigrant, you were once considered the outcasts. Chinese immigrants endured hellish conditions as well. If you are a person of color or you identify as a member of one of the American Indian, you likely still face rampant discrimination. If you are impoverished or mentally ill, you are seen as to blame for your own position in life. When will America learn not to hate each other? Why is it the case that hatred still exists? Hatred is profitable as there is practically an entire industry that grew up around it.
Hatred is lucrative because it keeps people divided and distracted. The everyday person is so consumed with their own dissatisfaction and scapegoating that it has allowed the wealthy to easily run roughshod over us. Imagine what we could achieve if we put aside our hate and set our crosshairs on those truly responsible for our position in life: the people we we elect to represent us and the wealthy that have turned us into a profit model. If we took the same amount of love that we give our canine and feline companions and turned it towards our fellow women and men, America could be a great nation.