Genocide annihilates communal societies on a regular basis; however, the crimes go unnoticed while the heroes are glorified for their late arrival to the scene. The purpose of this entry is to explore the implications of memorializing the heroes who fight in historical genocides, and how current genocides go unnoticed because of the societal mantra “not me”.
Memorialization is important for reflecting on past experiences, but when it comes to heinous acts of murder is glorifying the past heroes the best way to remember the innocently damned? History has a curious way of repeating itself amiss all the contextual knowledge applied to us in classrooms around the nation. This applies to medial knowledge that was conditioned in us to believe the United States was the hero when it came to every war. Specifically, the narrative that Americans swooped in and saved all the Jewish partisans from Hitler during WWII, when Americans knew all along the slaughter was happening. When we focus on the heroes of the war we neglect the ones who lost: lovers, friends, siblings etc. The conditioned egocentric thinking, provided in school learning, leaves us to not consider others or avoid the prewar antics of our own nation.
The rise of authoritarianism in our current political climate, leaves us injudicious to our government’s ability to be honest with us, as any American would. In contrast, this leaves us to overlook Americas historical precedent. Americans are blind to the “not me” mantra. This amplifies in our actions of daily life, because we have benevolent perceptions that our lives are the only ones that matter. Specifically, denoting immigrant segregation as a prewar tactic to separate groups to establish power, like Hitler actions when he used symbolic imagery (Star of David, Pink Triangle etc.) to separate “divergent” individuals from the aryans. Our implicit associations were conditioned, but we can overcome this idealistic thinking process by being cognizant of worldly news and national affairs.
Americans have a civic duty to protect their national community. We are not doing our job as Americans if we ignore the blatant signs exposed to us through: propaganda, national agenda, and authoritarian rule. Amiss our presidential electoral mistakes, we still have the power to change the world views we find oppose our own beliefs of what is right and wrong. Neglecting this right by adopting the “not me” mantra will ultimately lead America down an unforeseen path of genocidal tendencies. An example; the trump administration imposing a familial separation plan at the border. Child separation from their parents is the first step to an oligarchical rule, without the parent’s perceptions influencing the child’s mind the care and new ideologies fall on whoever has responsibility over the child, when parents are forceable absent. Reaffirming the point of, intricate details of prewar genocidal perceptions go unnoticed when no one is paying attention.
Americans can overcome their egocentric mindset that the problems foreseen have nothing to do with them. Being conscious of one’s implicit biases and associations is the first step to eliminating the “not me” mantra. I stress that we as Americans work together to overcome the issues that plague our society currently. Our right as allies to the world is to be vigilant of all issues that affect the systems equilibrium of peace.
Ogubuike, Marachi. “Is Trump Feeding a Hunger for Authoritarianism?” The Christian Mail, 10 Mar. 2016, www.thechristianmail.com/is-trump-feeding-a-hunger-for-authoritarianism/.
Ashlyn Brown is currently a student at Old Dominion University. Pursuing a double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She is striving for peace with remembrance throughout her various entries. In her free time, she enjoys reading and reality television. She hopes to grow in her understanding, throughout the class, of the various mass annihilations of diverse groups of people. She hopes to explore through: cultural, socio-economical, and psychological lenses. With her growth she intends to help others, while carrying the information, informing the public of unbeknownst injustices.