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Donald Trump’s supporters collectively decided to have amnesia and forget the history of The United States of America. They want to make America great “again”, implying that it was once again a great country. “Great” maybe in size. “Great” maybe in power. But not “Great” as in good or morally correct. However, when you tell them that America was never good for us, let alone great, they tell you to leave the country. Woooowwww ok, maybe you all need a history lesson. Better yet, here’s some instances of when America was not so great.
Remember when the illegal immigrants came over and brought their rapists, criminals, and disease infested citizens? Our indigenous family in the Americas suffered and continue to suffer greatly. Their land was stolen; they were forced to move from their territory (Trail Of Tears for example); their chiefs beheaded; millions of native Americans killed, many due to diseases….need I go on? Due to the massacres and colonization of these white invaders, Native American’s numbers in population have decreased drastically. Their various cultures have been deemed inferior, yet used as props for those white invader’s children’s accessories. But that’s another article for another time…
In Massachusetts from 1692-1693, there was a sweep of paranoia that resulted in a series of hangings of people who allegedly practiced “witchcraft”; also, because of denial of enforced Christian beliefs of that time. This hysteria resulted in the accusations and deaths of many innocent individuals, mainly women. One of the “witches”, I found out, I happen to be a descendant of : Susannah Martin. When analyzing the situation, many of the accusations were based on suspicion, spooky mindset, and illogical reasoning. Not concrete truth. What a “great” moment in American history!
How can I not mention slavery? The kidnapping, castrating, raping, mistreatment of African people for hundreds of years. The criminal act of taking people across the atlantic ocean, many of whom died along the way; selling them in slave auctions; separating families, forcing labor on these men, women, and children….Unforgivable. I can go on and on about the tragedies of slavery, and its after-effects on blacks in America in 2016. I can write volumes about lynchings, injustice, and the shame America should have for her mistreatment, but unfortunately we have other American “greatness” to discuss…
Remember the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis? It was when 600 enrolled black men were promised free healthcare, burial insurance, meals on examination day, even the treatment of “bad blood”, which was a term used for afflicting diseases. Of those 600 black men, 399 had syphilis, and 201 did not. The men who had syphilis, did not get any treatment for what they had, nor were they informed of their diagnosis. The study administrators wanted to watch how the disease affected them, thus many black men died, infected their wives, and even some of their children were born with syphilis. It was supposed to go on for 9 months, but went on for 40 years from 1932-1972.
OMG What about that great American moment when Japanese-American citizens were forced into concentration camps due to yet again American paranoia? After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which is said to be a false flag attack, the FBI raided homes of many first generation Japanese immigrants. Many thought that they were spies for the Japanese government. President Roosevelt with executive order 9066 on February 19, 1942 called for anyone of Japanese ancestry to relocate. They were forced to evacuate into concentration camps with horrible conditions. Any attempt of escape meant death. After the “internment” closed, and the people were allowed to go back home, many Japanese-Americans received racist Anti-Japanese sentiments.
So, looking at American History, I’m trying to find an instance of greatness, in the sense of morally good. I’m struggling to find an acceptable reason as to why we should say “Make America Great Again”, as though there was greatness to begin with. This country was literally founded on the slaughtering of another people. Trump Supporters are too stuck in their anger and confusion to see what’s wrong with their slogan.
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