Thank you for Eating Crow with Humble Pie for dessert (but I’m full)
Dignity is defined as “the state of being worthy of honor or respect”.
Human Dignity is used to signify that all human beings possess inherent worth and deserve unconditional respect, regardless of differences among us.
We, as Americans seem to bounce from indignity to indignity.
We try, but we just can’t seem to get it right.
There is always some kind of victim in the wake of our historical and social development.
It is becoming embarrassing that we live with, and tolerate injustices toward each other and accept as authorities those who would humiliate us and strangle our sense of fairness and what we know is right as human beings.
Even as we are still eating (Jim) Crow over the travesties we have committed in our brief history by enslaving one people (African Americans) while usurping the land of another people (Native Americans), we now prepare our dessert.
“Humble pie” was considered inferior food, in medieval times.
The pie was often served to lower-class people and was originally called “Umbal” pie. It consisted of liver, heart and otherwise undesirable cast offs from any beast eaten by the wealthier class.
Evidently, Poverty is the new Black.
We continue to treat the poor (of all races) as though they were separate from us, as though they should somehow rise above their station and join those who do not sit in waiting rooms, submitting to scrutiny of their lives to feed their children.
We keep them standing in lines at low income housing, food banks, and the few overcrowded medical clinics that will accept them.
We segregate them from blatant view by insulating ourselves with the ridiculous notion that they have every opportunity to alleviate their own plight.
It is apparent that humiliating one another has woven it’s way into acceptability as a permanent attribute of our culture.
Not only have we oppressed and humiliated ourselves, our own, but now we have been so numbed by the prevalence of a lack of dignity, that we don’t even balk when we are required to strip to our underwear at an airport or submit to searches, surveillance, inspection, and herding of humans into the slaughterhouse of our dignity.
We have expanded our menu.
Evidently, acquiescence is the new Patriotism.
Patriotism: A pride in one’s culture or nation.
The implication of such devotion to a “fatherland” that one is willing to even sacrifice one’s life for the ideals that it stands for.
Sacrificing our humanity by humiliating others, naming them the lessor, the other, the enemy, the evil, or any other term that inches us toward idiocy so we can build a selective economic empire on their suffering and loss of dignity is just too much to swallow anymore.
I am full up to here with Crow and I would like to skip dessert, if you don’t mind.