A Literary Venn Diagram
United States citizens are big on freedom. There’s no hiding that. In the past years, we saw anarchy throughout the country that resulted from the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the shooting of Jacob Blake. Cities around the country burned as people took to the streets in protest. We saw Donald Trump hold up the presidency because white privilege doesn’t just stop at the civilian level. The country saw the January 6th riot, where even affluent Americans took center stage to fill their roles in the mutiny of our government. In both instances, both sides were fighting for freedom. Or at least their own meanings of freedom. Both sides rebelled, each blaming the other for the issues in our society. And no one actually taking ownership.
The country, our name is ironic. The United States has never been united. The foundation of our nation is divisiveness and hatred, or some call it bipartisanship. In all of our conflicts, there are two sides, black against white, right against left, liberal against conservative. It’s always a coin flip. In this piece, we’re focusing on the liberal and conservative fight. I’ve been around both sides and honestly, both are fucked up. They are more alike than different.
At the time of the nation’s unrest, I was still in Seattle. I went to the autonomous zone and saw the destruction and organized chaos. There were rumors about armed guards and violence. During the downtown marches and looting, I chose to stay away. I didn’t want to catch any unnecessary charges. But I digress. The destruction was not constructive if that made sense. Looting material items has nothing to do with the cause. The cause was supposed to be racism and police brutality. In Seattle, like many other cities, things escalated. At the Capitol riot, things escalated. They were allowed to.
Liberalism and Conservatism share that common thread. This is especially true in regards to race. Don’t get me wrong, there are some ride-or-die freedom fighters out there. But many people do sides for likes, attention, or just because. Both sides, however, do many things at the expense of black folks…