Amerikan Dream i.e. U.S. Nitemare!
We have 2 (hahaha) major problems in our country: 1) most of us do NOT know the truths about our history; 2) and we do know the lies, propaganda, myths that are so pervasive in our society they are in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat – they enter long before we are conceived, we are born w/this legacy of lies and justifications for our past - and our present.
We want to think of ourselves as “good people”, industrious, smarter then most, enterprising. We want to believe we really DESERVE the riches, the life styles, the access to walmart, walgreens, 24/7 cheap stuff – that we have what we have (and other people don’t) because we’ve worked hard, pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps, paid our dues.
We want to think we go around the world truly helping people – not helping ourselves to their resources: their land, their oil, sugar, rubber – whatever we need during whichever decade – even their labor, their lives.
We don’t want to believe that everything – EVERYTHING – we have from our homes on this soil, our education, our jobs – has been gained thru genocide, rape, enslaving people – wars, invasions, occupations. Who had to die in order for us to be able to pursue the “American Dream”.
Do you think I am telling you this so you can be depressed? Overwhelmed? Hopeless? So you can justify going back to our lives as usual because we can’t do anything anyway, it’s tooooo awful, toooooo much.
NO – I’m telling you this so that we can be empowered: with the truth! With the ability to see thru the lies; the tools we need to examine our history, lies, myths and tear them down so we can rebuild. That’s what we’re doing here today, REBUILDING! RECREATING! REDIRECTING! Knowing this legacy on our backs, adjusting it’s weight, and working to unburden especially the world – but also ourselves – from our u.s. nitemare!
Please take the time today to read the timeline; study the nitemare!
Our NITEMARE visual… THANK Phoebe Ackley, artist extraordinaire – Jane & Leeza! Julie & John – everyone else – naming people dangerous at my age, as I forget.. sooo sorry
Timeline banners: contributors Brenda Hillman, Tamara Cushman, Elana Levy – hands on work: Sandy Sanders but ESPECIALLY BOB O'Sullivan!!!!