Who among the guards?

    May 12, 2018

    ‘Out of Many One’

    E Pluribus Unum

    13 letters-13 colonies.

    This was considered the U.S. motto until the mid ‘1950’s when this nation adopted ‘In God We Trust’, right around the same time the government added, ‘One nation under God’ to the pledge of allegiance.

    With the unity of the 13 colonies the country was ideally formed out of many to become one nation.

    ‘The philosophy of the Declaration, that government is set up by the people to secure their life, liberty, and happiness, and is to be overthrown when it no longer does that, is often traced tot he ideas of John Locke, in his [1689] Second Treatise on Government.

    It talked about government and political rights, but ignored the existing inequalities in property. And How cold people truly have equal rights, with start differences in wealth?’ (A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn, p. 73)

    The preacher Theodore Parker told his congregation ‘money is this day the strongest power of the nation’ (p. 221).

    ‘The memory of the oppressed people cannot be taken away’ (p. 443).

    Langston Hughes wrote in a 1930’s poem, ‘Lenox Avenue Mural’:

    What happens to a dream deferred?

    Does it dry up

    like a raisin in the sun?

    Or fester like a sore—

    and then run?

    Does it stink like rotten meat?

    Or crust and sugar over—

    like a syrupy sweet?

    Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?

    Yes, Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election, at the very least, with disinformation on the Internet—interjecting false ads, the majority of which did not necessary align with a particular candidate, but were motivated by social distruption: race.


    Additionally, “900 [race-related spots] were posted after the November election through May 2017”.


    In the days after the November 2016 election, an increase in racist slogans and hateful messages was reported, especially in schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center found 867 cases of hateful harassment or intimidation in the 10 days after the Nov. 8 election.

    Two recent examples, May 2018:


    Shaun King on Twitter: “That is Anthony Wall, in prom clothes, being lifted off the ground and choked by a Warsaw County police officer @WaffleHouse. He had just taken his little sister to prom. And yet again @WaffleHouse called the cops. Anthony, of course was unarmed & non-violent.

    Perhaps a more direct caption: #Lynching2018

    ’People in time, in friendly communities might create a new, diversified, nonviolent culture, in which all forms of personal and group expression would be possible. Men and women, black and white, old and young, could then cherish their differences as positive attributes, not as reasons for domination. New values of cooperation and freedom might then show up in the relations of people, the upbringing of children.

    To do all that, in the complex conditions of control in the United States, would require combining the energy of all previous movements in American history—of labor insurgents, black rebels, Native Americans, women, young people—along with the new energy of an angry middle class. People would need to begin to transform their immediate environments—the workplace, the family, the school, the community—by a series of struggles against absentee authority, to give control of these places to the people who live and work there’ (Zinn, p. 639).

    Rise like lions after slumber

    In unvanquishable number!

    Shake your chains to earth, like dew

    Which in sleep had fallen on you—

    Ye are many; they are few!


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