“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” -Marcus Garvey
And so, here we are in these United States of America and I find myself thinking of that quote. That is, after reading about the outcry after Marc Anthony’s singing of “God Bless America” by mostly disgruntled and ignorant baseball fans. None of this amazes me, especially when it’s on the heels of the Zimmerman trial. Point is, if a recent white immigrant were on the same stage singing “God Bless America,” I’m sure there wouldn’t be an outcry.
Yes, I take any and all comments as an affront. I, like Marc Anthony, was born and raised in New York to Puerto Rican parents. I served 22 years in the U.S military. Need I say more? No, there’s nothing to prove. The ignorant have done well at proving that they are ignorant.
Let’s face it. We continue to live in a bubble and continue to ignore the obvious, that racism, bigotry and discrimination are alive, well and thriving. It’s not that we have come full circle, but rather that these very things have been brushed aside and have become more like the norm.
America’s fabric is torn and bursting at the seams. Whether it’s the Zimmerman trial, immigration debate or Marc Anthony’s singing of “God Bless America,” the education system has failed in teaching the real history of these United States of America in relation to its Latino population.
In the end, we are simply left with ignorance.
And ignorance, is just that..ignorance!