FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Back in the USSR? No, It’s Actually Back in the U.S.

Yes, readers, it’s official, the U.S. is a country with all kinds of hate. I opened the Internet on Memorial Day thinking about my father-in-law, Bill Solomon, who said that he fought in World War II to stop Hitler. He was wounded in battles in North Africa and on D-Day, but never really wanted anything to do with the government after the war. I don’t know why he didn’t seek out veterans benefits because he needed them, but I do know that he loathed both the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

Back to the morning and the Internet. I followed a story from Warwick, N.Y., where a young man was sentenced to six months in jail for spray-painting Nazi slogans and symbols at a Jewish cemetery (“New York teen to serve jail time for vandalizing Jewish cemetery,” Times of Israel, May 24, 2018). I then moved to an article about more than 200 swastikas that had been spray-painted on headstones at a nondenominational cemetery in Illinois (“Swastikas Spray-Painted on More Than 200 Headstones in Illinois Cemetery,” Slate, May 26, 2018). Where does this penchant for hate come from in this country? Why is it so pervasive? Why do many not see the other as a part of themselves through a basic sense of humanity?

Then it was back to reading, this time about a primarily Muslim community in Michigan where some live in fear of attacks. The fear and loathing that Trump has engendered throughout this nation among people of goodwill boggles the mind ( “‘It’s brought us together’: at Ramadan, American Muslims on life in age of Trump,” Guardian, May 28, 2018)!

And if this were not enough, the Guardian reports that racism in the U.S. in cities experiencing gentrification of neighborhoods is now taking place regularly as those established residents clash with the newcomers in coffee shops across the nation (“Coffee shop racism; where America’s racial divisions are exposed,” May 28, 2018). Readers will recall the recent arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks who were waiting to have a business meeting.

I ended my reading for the day online with an article about the FBI’s statistics on hate published in 2017 (“Hate crimes in the United States increased last year, the FBI says,” Washington Post, May 13, 2017). Although these crimes took place in the pre-Trump era, common sense arguments can be made about the level of hate during the presidency of a black man.

More hate crimes were carried out in the United States last year, with an uptick in incidents motivated by bias against Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, among others, according new FBI data released Monday.

There were more than 6,100 reported incidents of hate crimes in 2016, up from more than 5,800 the year before, the FBI said in a report based on data submitted by law enforcement agencies across the country. The number of hate crimes increased for a second consecutive year, and as was the case in 2015, the largest share of victims last year — nearly 6 in 10 — were targeted because of bias against the victim’s race or ethnicity.

The U.S. seems to be in a kind of feeding frenzy of hate against groups that haters seem overjoyed to target: Jews, Muslims, blacks, and those from the LGBTQ community. I thought about my father-in-law who must have seen horrific things during the war. He spoke about giving out chocolates to kids in France as his company marched east from the coast.  A guess would be that he would be speechless if he would have lived to see the outrages around the world that hate and greed have created! 

More articles by:

Howard Lisnoff is a freelance writer. He is the author of Against the Wall: Memoir of a Vietnam-Era War Resister (2017).

January 23, 2019
Charles McKelvey
Popular Democracy in Cuba
Kenn Orphan
The Smile of Class Privilege
Leonard Peltier
The History Behind Nate Phillips’ Song
Kenneth Surin
Stalled Brexit Goings On
Jeff Cohen
The System’s Falling Apart: Were the Dogmatic Marxists Right After All?
Cira Pascual Marquina
Chavez and the Continent of Politics: a Conversation with Chris Gilbert
George Ochenski
Turning Federal Lands Over to the States and Other Rightwing Fantasies
George Wuerthner
Forest Service Ignores Science to Justify Logging
Raouf Halaby
In the Fray: Responses to Covington Catholic High
Kim C. Domenico
No Saviors But Ourselves; No Disobedience Without Deeper Loyalty
Ted Rall
Jury Trial? You Have No Right!
Michael Doliner
The Pros and Cons of Near Term Human Extinction
Lee Ballinger
Musical Unity
Elliot Sperber
The Ark Builders
January 22, 2019
Patrick Cockburn
On the Brink of Brexit: the Only Thing Most People Outside Westminster Know About Brexit is That It’s a Mess
Raouf Halaby
The Little Brett Kavanaughs from Covington Catholic High
Dean Baker
The Trump Tax Cut is Even Worse Than They Say
Stanley L. Cohen
The Brazen Detention of Marzieh Hashemi, America’s Newest Political Prisoner
Karl Grossman
Darth Trump: From Space Force to Star Wars
Glenn Sacks
Teachers Strike Dispatch #8: New Independent Study Confirms LAUSD Has the Money to Meet UTLA’s Demands
Haydar Khan
The Double Bind of Human Senescence
Alvaro Huerta
Mr. President, We Don’t Need Your Stinking Wall
Howard Lisnoff
Another Slugger from Louisville: Muhammad Ali
Nicole Patrice Hill – Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
The Scarlet “I”: Climate Change, “Invasive” Plants and Our Culture of Domination
Jonah Raskin
Disposable Man Gets His Balls Back
Thomas Knapp
Now More Than Ever, It’s Clear the FBI Must Go
January 21, 2019
W. T. Whitney
New US Economic Attack Against Cuba, Long Threatened, May Hit Soon
Jérôme Duval
Macronist Repression Against the People in Yellow Vests
Dean Baker
The Next Recession: What It Could Look Like
Eric Mann
All Hail the Revolutionary King: Martin Luther King and the Black Revolutionary Tradition
Binoy Kampmark
Spy Theories and the White House: Donald Trump as Russian Agent
Edward Curtin
We Need a Martin Luther King Day of Truth
Bill Fried
Jeff Sessions and the Federalists
Ed Corcoran
Central America Needs a Marshall Plan
Colin Todhunter
Complaint Lodged with European Ombudsman: Regulatory Authorities Colluding with Agrochemicals Industry
Manuel E. Yepe
The US War Against the Weak
Weekend Edition
January 18, 2019
Friday - Sunday
Melvin Goodman
Star Wars Revisited: One More Nightmare From Trump
John Davis
“Weather Terrorism:” a National Emergency
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Sometimes an Establishment Hack is Just What You Need
Joshua Frank
Montana Public Schools Block Pro-LGBTQ Websites
Louisa Willcox
Sky Bears, Earth Bears: Finding and Losing True North
Robert Fisk
Bernie Sanders, Israel and the Middle East
Robert Fantina
Pompeo, the U.S. and Iran
David Rosen
The Biden Band-Aid: Will Democrats Contain the Insurgency?
Nick Pemberton
Human Trafficking Should Be Illegal
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail