The reports coming out of New York City are at first somber, slightly haunting, and then, ultimately, they are funny. Not funny in the Ha Ha manner, but funny in the peculiar, odd, and completely ridiculous manner.
Families openly mourning their loved ones that perished on September 11th 2001. OK. Fine. That’s not funny or silly or stupid. It’s kind of natural, if the media’s bloated lense wasn’t positioned on their every tear.
But then the shitshow begins. (Shitshow is the correct colloquialism for this 9/11 anniversary, and it sums up the 9/11 rally being held today). You might also say: And now begins the Spectacle.
Look hard. The “liberals” are calling those in opposition to the 9/11 Ground Zero mosque “…bigots funded by corporate $”. (Source)
The “conservatives” are toting signs reading “Never forgive, never forget, no WTC mosque.” (Source)
Just to clarify; there is no mosque going up at Ground Zero, but instead a community center to replace an old Burlington Coat Factory. But, we’re going to act like it matters. We’re going to create another spectacle.
More signs, more shouting, more slogans, more Americans with a firm set of unwavering beliefs. That’s exactly what the country should purge.
My word has been, and still remains that America is a cartoon, and is becoming even more ‘cartoonish’. A good philosopher would say, “What the hell does that mean?” But a ‘good’ American will just get angry.
America is a slogan, a name brand, a corporate model. Obama is a brand. McCain is a brand. Republicans and Democrats, a brand. 9/11 is a brand. We buy it and sell it. We hate it or love it. We prefer one, or the other.
And all the while, we boil down the whole extravaganza into one wild cartoon. America, once again, a spectacle.
A cartoon is made up of caricatures, it is usually easily understood, it follows simple, childish guidelines, it is at once colorful, and almost always devoid of mental nutrition.
A cartoon is made up of childish maxims, meaningless slogans, gratuitous violence, and an overall need to broadly entertain.
America is that cartoon, filled to the brim with all of those things, and while it is colorful, loud, and has become increasingly obnoxious, the country has turned trivial, unimportant, quick to anger, and gratuitously violent.
My solution? Instead of not forgiving and not forgetting (whatever that means), America must forgive and forget 9/11, take a good, deep look inside, and start treating this country like an honorable place where dreams (you know, the old American ‘key word’) can and will, once again, actually come true.
And not just for white people.