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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Guns, the least of America's problems: Culture of Violence that is leading to Self-destruction is the real issue

Violence! (Photo credit: Rickydavid)
No, all this national debate over handguns stops us from talking about what’s really at the core of our nation’s problems. We are a violent and vengeful people. We resort to brutality on the national stage when things don’t go our way maybe because we resort to brutality in our homes for the same reasons. Or maybe our violent homes are a product of a violent government setting a large scale shock and awe kind of example. But whether the killing chicken comes before or after the killer egg, it’s time to get a better understanding of ourselves and who and why we kill.
If you read even a small portion of Sodini’s thousands of online blogging pages you can learn a little about the culture of violence. And those pages tell us the most basic thing: rejected by woman after woman, Sodini killed what he couldn’t have or couldn’t control. And in the end that behavior even included killing himself.
Perhaps the final lesson of Sodini’s killing spree should as a culture scare us the most: bullies eventually turn their weapons around and destroy themselves.   | Common Dreams

Violence is the American Way | Alternet
Contrary to the mythical self-image of the United States as a peaceloving nation, war has always been an integral part of American patriotism.
"Increasingly, Americans are a people without history, with only memory, which means a people poorly prepared for what is inevitable about life -- tragedy, sadness, moral ambiguity -- and therefore a people reluctant to engage difficult ethical issues."
-- Elliot Gorn, "Professing History: Distinguishing Between Memory and Past," Chronicle of Higher Education
The American Culture of Violence » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
As a child I played war games (cowboys killing Indians). My friends and I routinely shot each other with toy guns of course. In my south Bronx neighborhood, older gang members had real guns and sometimes shot each other. Like in the movies! The cartoons I adored as a kid were loaded with violence as were the war movies Hollywood churned out to make propaganda for the actual war against Germany and Japan.
Addicted to Violence: Has the American Dream Become a Nightmare? | Center for Media Literacy
The role of cultural purpose in the dynamics of violence — and particularly in the increasingly disturbing phenomena of random violence — came home strongly for me when I prepared for a number of speeches I made following the April 1992 civil disturbances in south Central Los Angeles. While reviewing the events of those days, I realized that the driving force behind the rioting changed over time. In its early hours, it seemed to be driven mostly by anger and frustration — ultimately the anger and frustration of people who felt they had little chance of winning at the American Dream. But as the violence became more and more chaotic and random in its targets, it seemed driven less by doubts about participants' chances for success in gaining the American Dream than by knowing at some level that even winning would mean little, that the dream itself had become empty. This ultimate despair became a force for destruction.
Guns in America: the culture of violence: Voice of Russia
To enter into any debate regarding gun control in America we must first delve into the psyche and the culture of violence that exists in America, for this is where the real problem lies. It is not in 2nd amendment rights to bear arms or self-defense or crime, although these are issues the pro-gun lobby in the U.S. always hides behind. The real root cause is in the minds of the majority of the American public, who may feel that a gun gives them a feeling of empowerment, the power over life and death, the feeling that if they want to they can take a life. Something they see glorified in the media every day.

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