i sat here watching the snow fall and my mind started writing a post. after i had been ruminating for a few minutes, i scrapped the whole idea of writing it. why? you may ask- because i am tired. i was talking to my mother today about a variety of subjects- i mean hey, al gore just won an oscar and- for some reason unknown to me limbaugh has been nominated for a nobel prize. you regulars may remember my mother as my partner in crime- she is the mycroft to my sherlock- she gathers intel and i spin it into a post. and- i have been delving into american history again- which causes me all sorts of fits- so onward and upward as i ramble. anyhoo- it occurred to me that much of any progress this country has made has come in the form of technology. technological- not cultural. not that that isn't important but as i am reading about the mentality of the american public and the american politicians of the 19th century (white folks natch), it struck me that these two time periods are nearly identical in mentality.
now, in all fairness, we have made strides. all citizens who aren't felons can vote now- to my knowledge- and can work if they can find it. most people in this country can live with each other side by side- regardless of race, religion or creed- and not worry about each other. doesn't mean that we like each other but there isn't outright violence in most cases. however,
there is a resurgence of white supremacy groups here and the number of folks in the media being overtly racist, classicist, misogynistic, etc., has been growing. racism and classicism has never gone away- we have just learned to keep it below the surface. now, we are reaping the whirlwind because it is coming back out into the open- and it in fact covers everything from the federal policies on down to our local policies. we white americans are fearful and dislike or outright hate folks of other colors and religions. these people are not civilized and are backwards in their thinking or can't learn or better themselves because of race and/or religion. tired of hearing folks bitch about the fact that we have -gasp- spanish spoken in america? well, we also have korean, chinese, ukrainian, polish, pakistani, arabic, german, italian, and so on spoken here. sound like 19th century america? yeah. sounds an awful lot like 21st century america too. get over it- we are supposed to be the melting pot of the world- not the glass of milk. please.