The Unmasking of the United States

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

begin quoteThe fact is, the war the United States is waging on the African American population is strategic and deceitful. Most of the U.S. doesn’t even know it exists.

The March on Charlottesville was a symbolic moment for the White Supremacist; the comfort felt reigning terror in the streets, unmasked, shows just what the United States has become. We’ve all seen the posts “This is 2017” insinuating that it’s worse this year than years prior. But was it different in previous years, or are we just doing a better job of unmasking the white supremacy prevalent in our country?

There are a lot of things I think the United States has put a whole lot of effort into disguising: how the “War on Drugs” was a declaration of war on the African American community, how the founding of our nation was based on genocide, and how slavery is still in effect through the property tax-funded education system.

The biggest secret of all though, is the race war the U.S. has waged for decades. I think in a lot of our heads, we have some big blown up idea of what this would be, but in reality, it’s already happening. It’s been happening. What do you call the systematic targeting of African Americans? What do you think consistent instances of African American death by police are that go uncharged or acquitted? I could list the names of Rodney King, Jordan Edwards, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile and more, but what would it serve? It gives the other side a reason to argue and irrelevant reasons to suggest why they died. The fact is, the war the United States is waging on the African American population is strategic and deceitful. Most of the U.S. doesn’t even know it exists.

Structural inequalities in our school system, prison system, access to healthcare, job market, and government make it only too easy to target the African American community. The prospect of “losing” what the white man never had--supremacy over all other cultures--has garnered the structural violence we see today. At what point will we be able to live in peace, not fighting over dominance, but uniting under humanity? When the unmasking becomes complete, providing a space for healing, reparations, and growth.

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Jessica Dockstader
jdockstader@sandiego.edu
(858) 353-3933

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

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