America’s underwear unchanged
SUSAN K. SMITH | 6/25/2018, 10:49 p.m.
Crazy Faith Ministries
It is probably safe to say that all of us were told by our mothers when we were little that we should always make sure our underwear was clean. They said the reason was that we never know when or if we might be in an accident.
“You don’t want anybody to see that you’ve got on dirty underwear,” my mother would say.
America, it seems, has never changed her underwear.
The entire debacle of ICE agents ripping children from the arms of their mothers, and of putting children in detention centers while concurrently sending their parents to jail is not a new thing. More accurately, America’s power elite have a history of separating children from their families.
When Africans were brought to this country, it was common for those purchasing Africans to buy a mother or father, leaving screaming and terrified children behind. In many cases, those parents never saw their children again.
It is America’s underwear.
What allows anyone to separate families, ignoring the screams of mothers and their children, is the presence of cognitive dissonance, defined as “holding onto contradictory ideas simultaneously,” according to Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.”
In America, she says, people hold on to the ideal of freedom while doing something, which is totally in opposition to that ideal. Thus, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who would staunchly defend his belief in democracy and Christianity could and did defend the policy of separating families of people coming to America from Central America.
Sessions does not, cannot and will not allow himself to…consider that these people are human beings, parents who love their children and who would not even think of leaving a despotic political situation and leave their children behind.
He does not relate to the immigrants as human beings. He has disassociated himself from them and therefore cannot feel their pain and worse, cannot believe that they are capable of feeling the same pain as does he and others whose humanity he respects.
Heather Anderson Williams wrote in Compartmentalizing Slavery that “most White slaveowners … would have only a limited sense of what enslaved people felt and they did not pause the morality of an institution that deprived humans of their liberty and wantonly destroyed their families,” according to Slate.
Likewise, there was no sense of how Native Americans felt when the Europeans came to America, bringing with them diseases that Native Americans had never been exposed which resulted in over 90 percent of the Native American population at that time dying off. Nor did they consider what Native Americans felt when their land was taken, or how they felt when Europeans ignored their humanity in the quest for power and control of this country.
Martin Luther King said that there is a phenomenon called “thingification.” In an address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1967, he said, “A nation that will keep people in slavery for 244 years will thingify them – make them things. Therefore they will exploit them ...”