How, not when?
How will America solve the problem of inhumanity? What can humanities scholars do to change the culture of abuse?
Is this really only America’s problem? Or is the apparent fact that dozens of countries allowed the U.S to place secret torture prisons in their counties a matter of a global abuse of power?
Hollywood. This problem of global state-sanctioned torture needs a big finish.
The culture of abuse, reflected in our institutions, endangers what we hold so dear, freedom.
The higher education community must pay attention to the alarming societal trends of marginalization, ostracism, and brutality at the root of rape-killing-torture culture. This culture, eerily Fanonian, with ties to state violence, must change. Before change happens, the American education industry must reflect on its ties to state violence, as this Chronicle of Higher Education article on a sociology professor whose dad was a Nazi, reflects.
“The Negro enslaved by his inferiority, the white man enslaved by his superiority alike behave in accordance with a neurotic orientation.”
As, Fanon notes in Black Skin, White Masks, societies react strangely when confronted by the Other. Think of the revelation of weeping CIA agents witnessing intentional violent acts perpetrated against other humans suspected of wrong. These acts, outlined in the 500-page summary of the “enhanced interrogation” (torture) of those held in U.S. custody post 9/11, reveals tears shed by those hired by the U.S. government, with US. tax dollars. Weirdly, the salaries of good people who give a damn about others may have funded international state-sponsored torture produced by psychologists trained at U.S. institutions of higher learning.
We must ask: Does the American Psychological Association approve of the state-sponsored torture carried out by PhD-holding psychologists? Are college students being taught the “enhanced interrogation techniques” that were detailed in the #TortureReport?
If anything of what we have learned from the U.S. Senate Torture Report is true, then let the tears rain down; all of us should weep. Then, and only then, can the work begin to repair the damage caused by the neuroticism of segregated society.
How can we expect America’s youth to thrive in a system that is only just beginning to come to terms with a legacy of trauma?
How can we expect America’s talented to thrive in any man-made system that dismisses them simply due to circumstance of birth?
What Can Hollywood do?
This problem of gross abuse of power may be solved by the Hollywood entertainment industry. Hollywood exports culture. Hollywood can export reconciliation.
Hollywood power players may atone by exemplifying the qualities of humility and empathy desperately needed today.
Hollywood can integrate.
How can Hollywood become more inclusive and accepting of others so as not to perpetuate racist, sexist, classist, and segregationist tropes? Look at the recent Sony e-mail hack to see racism on display.
How can Hollywood address rape and celebrity culture?
Bigwigs of America, PhDs of Academe, your silence and your secrecy is killing us. It is time for you to take responsibility.
America’s elite must solve the problem of rape, racism, killings, and torture. Self-reflection, truth, and reconciliation matter.
Elites must work to repair society.
When elites start working they will ask themselves how is it that they have allowed PhDs to run secret torture chambers, or “enhanced interrogation techniques” programs, then maybe we will have the kind of change desperately needed, today.
Stop Racist Praxis
Racism infects American politics, as this article in The Atlantic outlines.
Time for change led by the perpetrators of ostracism has come. Society is fed up with dumb rationale for promoting the bullshit of bigotry, whether it manifests in rape, torture, state violence, or Sony executive-emails.
Gender and Education
Boys and girls of color are often singled-out by teachers when discussion of tone, attitude, and classroom behavior becomes their issue of concern. As this New York Times article suggests, girls sometimes need to go to court to fight against tyranny.
Rape and black man’s subjectivity
Race and income inequality
Here is a link to a Pew study on income inequality.
When Torture is What It Is: Torture
Human Rights Watch reports specific definitions of torture.
Jenna McLaughlin of Mother Jones reports that what ever ideas the public may have had about what it takes to land a job as a CIA interrogator, in the end, all it takes is an a attitude of carelessness.
Scholars who torture in the name of America must be interrogated, not tolerated. Hollywood executives who delight in social exclusion must realize the limitations of their own humanity and practice empathy through reparations. Law officers reduce their self-worth when acting with malice. Educators dismissing students for no reason perpetuate the cycle of hopelessness familiar to the ostracized.
How much of this inhumane treatment will the average person tolerate? Elites must prepare themselves to answer this question.
Society does not need elite guilt as much as it needs elites to assume responsibility and rectify problems for which they are responsible.