What Will It Take? By Rev Bruce Wright

What Will it Take?I for one am sick of news media “white washing” (pun intended) the Fascist behavior of White Nationalist Trump supporters. Point in case, the lamestream media, and not just Fox, aka Fascist News Network, but others like CNN, trying to minimize the White Nationalist Trump supporting, MAGA hat wearing youth some 1 year ago this month, back in Jan 2019, who threatened Native American Indigenous people protesting the US Gov’t and the Orange Julius Caesar’s Treatment of First Nations people. The one youth, who blocked directly Omaha Indigenous Elder Nathan Phillips, had to have a PR firm defend his behavior. If one cannot see through this fabricated response, than one is blind to the reality of what is going on in the United States of America.But, this is the reality in America today. Like the song by the Violent Femmes, “… Look at the Indians, Look at the blacks, Look at the figures, Look at the facts, Look at the facts, Check out the facts not the lies, And you’ll find out: big surprise That America is the home of the hypocrite, America is the home of the hypocrite…”. But, the unfortunate reality is that many Americans and much of the “lamestream” media does not want to be confused by the facts. In fact, Truth has become a lie. George Orwell famously said this, ” In a time of Universal Deceit, telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Idea”. Today, spectacle has replaced truth telling. News outlets are no longer bastions of investigative reporting, with the exception of some independent media and some international media. But, forces, such as Facebook, google and others now serve the purposes of government and big business to limit and censor voices of reason and logic. So called “hard news” continues to lead with the old adage, “if it bleeds, it leads”.“The spectacle is the nightmare of imprisoned modern society which ultimately expresses nothing more than its desire to sleep. The spectacle is the guardian of sleep.” ― Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle. People continue to live in a bubble or sleep. Or, they are amused to death with multiple sports networks, reality entertainment, and 24 hour news as entertainment. Youth are too often ignorant or uneducated by our so called learning institutions that offer limited or uninformed history that does not reflect what really has happened historically or currently, but what serves the purposes of Capitalism and Corporate America. Or, so much of our culture prefers the vitual reality of increasingly realistic video games that have sophisticated story lines and graphic action, where hanging out with friends is reduced to “hanging out with friends online”.As the Ancient Roman Empire was in it’s last death throws, the Caesars chose to give the masses in the ancient Colisseum, “Bread and Circuses”, as society fell into chaos. The Western world, in it’s conquest, colonization, and theft of so called South Nations and Nations of non whites peoples, took, raped, and pillaged, but learned nothing from these communities of color as it relates to relationship, collectivity, and community. As exemplified by the behavior of these MAGA hat wearing white, Catholic Students mob mentality, it is clear that we are continuing to face dangerous times, and the growing totalitarian society that every writer from George Orwell, to Marx, to even the prophets of sacred texts of the various religions, warned us of, is becoming reality. We must more than ever build solidarity movements from the bottom up of oppressed classes to organize and create the community we all need, or our society, our planet is doomed to a state of the ultimate authoritian society that has all too often been predicated. So we must now heed the warning. We must open our eyes and lay bare the spectacle. The Emperor has no clothes.

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