FwRIteDAY: “Monochrome: Part 2”

This is an addition to my last post. If you want you can check that out here.


 

We hear a lot of news about how there’s a partisan gridlock in U.S. politics. As the old adage goes: When the Huffington Post has a section of their site dedicated to it, you know it’s the real deal. Well you at least know it’s a sensation. I personally think that the “gridlock” isn’t as bad as they would have you believe, but that doesn’t mean it’s nonexistent. When you hear members of the G.O.P. say that they are going to block Obama’s supreme court justice appointee no matter what, it’s obvious that cooperation amongst the parties is becoming more difficult. And before you think I’m putting a liberal bias on this, if and when the tables are turned with a Republican president and democratic congress, you know the same things are going to happen.

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FwRIteDAY: “Monochrome”

There’s something I find really troubling about American society. I know that’s how a lot of things you read on the internet begin, but this is about something I don’t see written about too much, so hopefully that first sentence will be the only cliche you’ll see. Geez, I’m setting a high bar for myself here.

Anyway, what worries me is that in a country that claims to be full of options, we often seems to only be offered two. Right or wrong, Christian or Muslim, Republican or Democrat, Bike or Scooter (The kids in that photo started beating eachother up after I took it). This dichotomization can be seen on every news show, heard in every conversation, and even felt in every inner struggle. It’s this kind of “If you’re not with us, you’re against us” mentality that can often get us into trouble.

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Blame and Responsibility

In one of my favorite episodes of The Cracked Podcast, a parallel gets made between the subversive nature of racism in America, and the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” I’ve posted the link to their episode below but if you’re too busy to listen to it, I’ll summarize it for you, but before I do that, I have to lay down some groundwork for reasons that will become obvious in about a paragraph.

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