Our Hypocrisy Outshines the Sun
Posted on November 29, 2018
Seriously America! Are we blind idiots, sinful hypocrites, or both?
In my vacation and Thanksgiving, I turned off the news for a week. I needed a break and wanted to spend time with friends and family without politics. As I came back to the world, I was struck by what had happened during my absence from the political reality of these United States.
Here I was celebrating a Holiday predicated on native people finding it in their hearts to take pity on immigrants looking to a new land for safety, freedom, and hope for a better life for themselves and their families. We stuff our faces, drink wine and whiskey, and watch football until we feel exhausted from our privilege, fortune, and excess. A country of immigrants celebrating our collective good fortune in this new land (recognizing, like I know all of us do, the unfortunate price paid by native peoples and later slaves whose worlds were turned upside down so Europeans could establish this new country).
Turning on the news after a week of ignorant bliss, I see imagines of U.S. Border Agents tear gassing children. 60 Minutes exposes our intentional separation of children from their parents was more pervasive than initially stated. That on the holiday weekend that we celebrate the good fortune of our immigrant forefathers and mothers, we close our borders and intentionally set up roadblocks to people searching for the same safety and better life this Holiday is supposed to represent.
While I treasured my time with friends and family over the Holiday, coming back to reality, I wonder if we were celebrating a country that never really existed or is long dead. As the Native Americans and Pilgrims sat down to break bread, I wonder what words would fill their prayers of Thanksgiving, if they knew how, in a few short generations, what they started would end up with so much violence, racism, and death.
I love the United States for what I know we can become and all the fantastic people trying to realize that future. In this small consolation, I give thanks, and ask forgiveness to all those for which we failed to uphold the promise this country could provide.