I was born in Youngstown, OH. I came into a world of cultural diversity. For the people who formed the economy and social structure of this Steel workers town, each of the neighborhoods was alive with fascinating jazz music, Polish dance, Italian food, middle class dress and stories that immigrants brought with them when they came.
Their customs were enshrined in their traditions, refined as they found work, passed on as they raised families and provided to the broader community as a gift, while their social heritage took a place in the immediate history of their new community. But, it wasn’t without a struggle.
There were haters and demonizers, too. Those who saw opportunities to pit cultures against each other, to control minds and profit from the power and money that comes from promoting fear and selling false security at the expense of freedom, brotherhood and equality. The struggle was always there.
This political struggle we are engaged in, with wave after wave of contrived issues designed to disguise reality, for the purpose of political control and monetary gain, is draining the joy out of life and replacing it with cynicism, anger and hatred.
While those initiating these assaults on the consciousness of our society expect they will benefit from the confusion and emotional agitation, their tactics are aging and the outrage they generate is being refocused on them. “You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” has never been so graphically obvious and the old liars don’t have the stamina they need any more.