Just thinking about orders or organizations like the KKK. Just the fact that people of equal beliefs (in how the world SHOULD be according to their view) exist in numbers great enough to form whole organizations. That’s scary. That’s a lot of hate.
To the members of the KKK specifically I would ask… why? Nursing hatred is an accurate term because hatred needs to be fed. And you feed it from within. It depletes you. It needs energy and fuel, and it needs to grow to survive. Where there is hate it is next to impossible for love to exist. Tenderness. Caring. Compassion. Because hate hardens the heart, and burns away every other feeling.
That said, I’m trying to imagine this glorious utopia that would exist if such a group had its way. Seriously. This is just what I’m imagining a bigot might want to make his country his own again, and of course in the below example my bigot is a white male because I’m imagining he is KKK. As I hope most of us understand bigots can be either gender and come in any color. But what I see of hate spam email I sometimes get….a lot of it expresses indignation by whites toward non whites or people of other ancestries/languages.
So ok, what would be the possible changes we might see if the KKK or people like them (skin-heads, the more extreme conservative Christians, etc.,) could have their way.
Well, all or most people who aren’t white enough would be kicked out of the country, for starters. Doesn’t matter if your grandparents or even their grandparents were born here in the good old US. Doesn’t matter if the only language you speak or have ever learned is English and you have a respectable job in a nice neighborhood and drive a nice car and your kids are straight A students in school. You’d be out. Sent packing. Because your skin isn’t white. Because you clearly are therefore UN-American.
Doesn’t matter if you or your mom or dad or their parents fought or maybe even died fighting for this country in a war, either. You’d be pointed in the general direction of the country where your ancestors are assumed to have originated from and you’d be told to “go home.” Most likely you’d be allowed to pack a few suitcases but, really, with the guys swarming around your yard in white cloaks and throwing bricks and burning crosses, and brandishing guns & threatening your children, how motivated would you be to abandon your stuff to save yourself?
That’s if you’re lucky. Some might not be so lucky. Some might be told they can only stay if they give up their right to person-hood, their right to consider themselves human beings. They’d be told you can stay but you’ll live in only crappy neighborhoods, only allowed to earn under minimum wage (if that) and be limited to menial labor type jobs, and you’d only be permitted to breed in small numbers. Your kids, if they are allowed to learn to read or write, would never make it past the six grade, and certainly any hope of college would be cease to be. You of course would not be able to use the same doorways as white people, or drinking fountains, or even go into many restaurants you used to enjoy.
Again, that’s if you’re lucky. Perhaps those guys in white cloaks would deny you even the chance to live in slums and live independently. Perhaps instead you’d be reduced to being thought of as livestock and forced to work for free, facing the terrifying possibility of being whipped or beaten to death or lynched or burned or have your ears, fingers and genitals cut off if you should try to run away.
As for women, well ladies, forget being able to vote. Why would we need to, anyway, right? We have our husbands to do it for us. Or at least the 50% of women in this country who happen to be married do. I’m sure we’d lose our right to own property. Perhaps we too would be denied a higher education. Certainly we’d be denied enough right of person-hood to have any say over what happens to our bodies. We’d be forced to carry babies whether we want to have a baby or not. In that way we’d be breeding stock, and of course this is a good thing because it would mean more white babies in a world where white people are (horror of horrors) fast becoming a minority.
I’d say too there’d be no inter-racial marriage anymore–in fact anyone of any other color just looking at a white woman would probably meet with a terrible end. But would there even BE people of other races allowed to live here anymore? Possibly not.
Let’s see. What about the pros to living in this country once all the UN-Americans are driven out or taken control of? There’d be less people here for one. A lot less people. Your opinion would again be the voice of the majority. You could decide who gets to be successful and who does not. Male only clubs would thrive once again and women would be denied the chance to play most sports. White males would have their land of opportunity for ALL back but for only themselves to enjoy again. Everyone else would be put in their place. Children would address adult men as “sir,” and little girls would only be allowed to wear dresses and only cross their ankles.
As for gays, sorry guys and gals, but you’d be out too. But in a much more permanent way, I’m afraid. Because, you see, you are an abomination in the eyes of God, so you’d be perfectly okay to slaughter on sight–in fact they might put a bounty on you to encourage your demise until you return to hiding in closets and pretending with all your might to be something else.
Witches too, I’m thinking, would be in danger, or really anyone with a faith that isn’t the national religion, which of course would be Christianity in its most conservative form. The bible would be taken literally. Women would not be allowed to speak in church or instruct or have any authority over men (sorry Sarah Palin). Women who committed adultery (or raped without crying out in a city) would be killed or severely punished, while the men could do whatever they please….
Hmmm. Have I left anything out?
Of course I’m exaggerating here. But by how much? What do bigots dream? If this country is so not right to them, what would they change about it? What would they want to keep the same? How far back in time would our society plummet? What would be required to make them content? I’m pretty sure i can safely bet that English would become THE only language permitted. Of course if you’re lucky you might still be allowed to speak your native tongue in the privacy of your own home. I’m also pretty sure discrimination would be okay to openly demonstrate/practice again. Women would go back to having lower wage secretarial type jobs. And as I said above, minorities would find their rights greatly diminished–assuming they’re even allowed to still live in this country.
So ok, this is getting long. I was just in the mood to have a rant this morning and now I have. Yes, I am white and yes, I also sometimes find having to hear Spanish and other languages being spoken around me rather annoying. But nothing in this world remains the same. It’s too bad that it can’t be the way it was–back in the day when immigrants came to the United States to become Americans rather than be whatever nationality they are, here. Used to be immigrants would gradually learn the national language and become, well, Americans.
Perhaps this newest wave will too, eventually. At one point when Europeans first came here, Irish, Norwegian, German, etc., they too spoke their own language and were discriminated against by others who did not. How many generations passed before they were mostly speaking English too? I like to think that the great melting pot is still what it is, and we just happen to be seeing a new wave of first generation immigrants coming into our country. Do we open our arms to them and adapt, which is what America has been tooting its horn about that this is what our nation stands for? Hoping they too will make some effort to adapt to us rather than try to replace us which may be how it also seemed when the first non-English speaking Europeans came here? Yes, our country will change. Nothing stays the same, ever. We have new cultures now pouring into the mix. But this is America. Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, and the equal chance to pursue happiness for all.
Or I would like to hope.