Just as it is today, some of the media of past times were critical of how things were being done in the USA. SPLITSIDER.COM describes Puck Magazine as follows: ‘Puck was America’s first successful humor magazine, which is to say it was long-lived (1876-1918), influential, and quite prosperous.”
One of my favorite Puck Cartoons was entitled “A Skeleton Of His Own” by Udo Keppler. This illustration was published on July 29th, 1903. It shows Uncle Sam holding a paper labeled “Protest against Russian Outrage”; he is standing with his back to a slightly open door revealing a skeleton labeled “Lynchings” and holding a handgun and rope in his closet, he looks at the skeleton, realizing he is caught in a double-standard.
(Download a copy from Library Of Congress: https://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/ppmsca/25700/25763v.jpg )
This double-standard was old in 1903. Some colonial people were advocating freedom for slaves in the British colonies in North America. When the 13 rebelling colonies became the USA they rejected efforts to make Freedom and Equality the national norm for all Human Beings. Instead, they left slavery and other abuses in place. These sins became the new nations’ Congenital Curse which plagues and hobbles it still.
“Am I Not a Man and a Brother?” 1787 medallion designed by Josiah Wedgwood for the British anti-slavery campaign
In 2016 the USA still keeps a skeleton in its national closet. This nation still rants about the Human Rights abuses of people living in foreign lands while it protects its treasured home-grown Bigotry in Government, Public figures and American Terrorist organizations. Donald Trump is current leading home-grown bigot and he has won the Republican Party nomination for President.
If the USA walks like a Hypocrite, talks like a Hypocrite and even stinks like a Hypocrite – IT’S A HYPOCRITE.
200+ years of an addiction to anti-democratic Bigotry has not been enough for Uncle Sam. Every day this Dirty Old Bastard’s demons in Governmental and private organizations promote old and new forms of bigotry in this nation. Every day the hype of Freedom, Equality, Justice, blah, blah, blah, drones on in government and education.
“We The People” have not been, and are never going to be “GREAT” as long as we feed and breed the Skeleton Beast of Bigotry.
Article by Stephen Maddox Sr.