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A Language and Culture of Violence
Junious Ricardo Stanton

The United States of America is the most violent nation on this planet, bar none. Every week thousands of US citizens assault, beat, kill, verbally abuse and taunt their follow citizens, we cheer for our sports teams to pound their opponents into the ground and we consume countless hours playing violent video games, watching television, motion pictures and literature saturated with bloodshed, sadistic language and imagery.
The US is a gun culture; firearms are easily available, they are viewed as a civil and personal right and are held sacrosanct by the vast majority of Americans. They rationalize this by saying they are sportsmen, claiming they use their guns are for hunting and for protection. Who goes hunting with a large clip assault weapon? How is that sportsmanship? Then when a Columbine Colorado, a Charleston South Carolina, an El Paso Texas and a Dayton Ohio occur we ask, how can this be, why is this happening?
The answer and reason are, America was birthed in violence. Almost immediately after Europeans made contact with the indigenous inhabitants of this hemisphere hostilities initiated almost always by the whites broke out and rapidly devolved into a deliberate and wholesale campaign of subjugation and genocide that continues to this very day. No matter which nationality whether French, Dutch, Spanish or English, the Europeans engaged in open violence towards the native population. They said this was their right, part of their “covenant with God” to capture these lands for their kings, Popes, the trading companies; this is a telling indictment against Western culture. The carnage and imperialism continues but today conquest is not for “God”, it is to spread democracy, capitalism, national security and secure “markets”.
We pretend violence is not deeply ingrained in this culture, we are total in denial that it is part of a collective ethos which is systematically and institutionally promoted and reinforced, because to admit this means, we have to discard the false narrative we’ve constructed about ourselves as the “good guys” the exceptional and indispensable nation.
When we are honest, we are forced to admit this is a violent, war loving nation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgAVpPNusTs Our very language exposes this truth; stop and think about all the sayings and phrases we use every single day in so many situations, at work, about sports, dealing with others or just describing what we do that promote violence. To bring this point home here are just a few of them: when push comes to shove, tear it up, rip off, stabbed me in the back, go f___ yourself, bloodbath, Hulk out, battle royal , Chris Brown you, more bang for your buck, fighting words, he or she broke my heart, punch in the gut, shooting holes in an argument, hit the jackpot, hit the road, pound it out, kick the sh___ out of someone, get away with murder, going in with guns blazing, knocked up, shoot yourself in the foot, going ballistic, canned, sudden death, thrash, whip, roll with the punches, weaponized, throw someone under the bus, he or she bombed, stomp it out, snuffed out, take no prisoners, get in someone’s face or space, crush, beat down, fight for, battle , kick ass, slap you into next week, slap yo’ momma, take our best shot, shoot for the moon, war on drugs, war on crime, slain in the spirit, conquer your fears, killing me softly, you’re killing me, so and so blew up, Bogart, bum rush, brow-beat etc. I could go on but you get my drift.
Violence in America is personal and collective. African-Americans have been the victims of both overt and covert violence ever since we were forced here. In fact this summer (2019) marks a hundred years since the infamous “Red Summer” when whites went berserk and initiated wholesale violence and terrorism against Blacks not only in the South but in cities all across the county. Red Summer was a deliberate campaign to terrorize and intimidate Blacks to keep us “in our place” following WWI, the war the warmongers and propagandists said was fought to: make the world safe for democracy because it was the war to end all wars!
When you study American history you discover up until the 1960’s the phrase “race riot” meant mobs of white folks collectively unleashing unrestrained violence on Black people. Tulsa Oklahoma in 1921 is but one example. We have lived with this psychopathy for four hundred years in this country.
Internally our community is also plagued with externally induced but self-inflicted violence be it verbal, psychological and/or physical. This internal violence is the result of the massively racist anti-African programming we have been subjected to and internalized to the point we detest ourselves and those who look like us. This self hatred and self negation makes it easy for so many of our people to engage in maladaptive behaviors such as selling lethal drugs to children, becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol, knowingly allowing ourselves to be used to desecrate, degrade and defile our people in our music and visual images in an attempt to gain fame and fortune in what the late psychologist Dr Amos N. Wilson called “service to white supremacy”.
We know the problem, what’s the solution? Its simple, love; love is the answer. Love yourself and love others in the same manner and degree you love yourself. This is the first step in solving the violence problem. Thousands of years ago the Buddha said, “In this world hatred ceases not with hatred, but only by love, this is the eternal rule.” This saying has been repeated by many Avatars, mystics, poets and philosophers. It is a universal truth. The esoteric core of most organized religions contains this message, but the ruling elites suppress it because our anger, hatred, division and self-negation allow them to manipulate us so they remain in power.
As Marvin Gaye wrote and sang in his song Wholly Holy “We can rock the world’s foundation everybody, together, and wholly holy we’ll holler love, love, love across the nation, wholly holy together and holy we proclaim love our salvation.” Love is the answer, we can do this.

Posted By: Junious Stanton
Sunday, August 11th 2019 at 2:48PM
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Violence is a human trait. It's by no means exclusive to America, or worse in America than the rest of the world.

Monday, August 12th 2019 at 9:09AM
Steve Williams
Your statement belies the real numbers, shootings and gun violence are greater here than anywhere else in the world. The United States is the gun violence leader by all accounts https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41488081 in other categories violence in other non industrial nations is higher but when it comes to guns, the USA is #1. https://www.criminaljusticedegreehub.com/violent-crime-us-abroad/ But the fact you ignore is this nation was birthed in violence and genocide and that pattern continues to this day domestically and in its foreign policy.
Monday, August 12th 2019 at 10:19AM
Monday, August 12th 2019 at 10:20AM
Junious Stanton
America was birthed in violence by a European invasion. Those who were invaded fought back against the invaders. There is nothing new about that.

Monday, August 12th 2019 at 12:25PM
Steve Williams
What is unique is the European invaders no matter which nationality or economic enterprise initiated the violence and genocide against indigenous people everywhere they set foot on this planet with the exception of Antarctica. This is unique in the annuals of human history.
Monday, August 12th 2019 at 12:51PM
Junious Stanton
It was unique because the Europeans developed a unique ability to transit the world's oceans so they set foot in more places.

Monday, August 12th 2019 at 1:36PM
Steve Williams
The only thing unique about the Europeans is their love of violence. Africans and Asians circumnavigated the globe thousands of years before white men which is an indisputable fact. How do you think Black and Brown people populated places like New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Fiji, Melanesia and the Americans before whites? All one has to do is do honest research and not be duped by Eurocentric 'history" and apologists for European warmongering and violence.
Monday, August 12th 2019 at 2:50PM
Junious Stanton
I'm not talking about circumnavigating the globe or millennia of gradual colonization. Europeans spread to the four corners of the globe in a matter of centuries. They were dominant because of technology and a uniquely corrupt religion, not a violent nature.The American Indians were just as violent but kept their violence to a sustainable level.

Monday, August 12th 2019 at 8:34PM
Steve Williams
Europeans spread war and violence to the four corners in a short period of time because of their innate drive of war, plunder, pillage and rapine which was in deeply rooted in their DNA (their immediate ancestors were the Vandals, Goths, Visigoths, Jutes, Pict, Angles, Saxons, Norse et al who even they call barbarians and their more ancient ancestors were the Aryans, Kurgans, Scythians etc https://www.europaindigena.com/2ª-el-neolítico/iv-the-origins-of-war-and-patriarchy/indo-european-invasions/ ) Once these barbarians learned to navigate their ships beyond Europe they took their culture of plunder and war world wide.
By contrast the Chinese built larger ships and mastered seafaring but eschewed wanton marauding and raiding because it was not in their consciousness or values. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_history_of_China https://asiasociety.org/education/chinese-trade-indian-ocean Neither was it in the nature the Africans who sailed around the globe.
As for technology, the Chinese and Arabs had exploding black powder but used it for ceremonies and later crude weapon propulsion whereas the Europeans weaponized it immediately for killing and war based upon their consciousness and values which by the way also created what you call their corrupt religion.
Monday, August 12th 2019 at 11:16PM
Junious Stanton
Where did you learn about Chinese DNA, consciousness, and values?

Tuesday, August 13th 2019 at 7:59AM
Steve Williams
By studying history and philosophy. The issue at hand is not Chinese violence. Read Iceman Inheritance : Prehistoric Sources of Western Man's Racism, s*xism and Aggression by Michael Bradley and John Henrik Clarke to get an understanding of European psychopathy.
Tuesday, August 13th 2019 at 11:47AM
Junious Stanton
From my study of Classical Chinese I see records of common human violence, things such as the Warring States Period, Biographies of the Assasin-Retainers, etc. Human DNA and human consciousness are held in common by European and all other human cultures.

Tuesday, August 13th 2019 at 12:11PM
Steve Williams
And let's not forget:

Genghis Khan[note 3] (born Temüjin,[note 1] c. 1162 – August 18, 1227) was the founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia. After founding the Empire and being proclaimed Genghis Khan, he launched the Mongol invasions that conquered most of Eurasia. Campaigns initiated in his lifetime include those against the Qara Khitai, Caucasus, and Khwarazmian, Western Xia and Jin dynasties. These campaigns were often accompanied by large-scale massacres of the civilian populations – especially in the Khwarazmian and Western Xia controlled lands. By the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.

Before Genghis Khan died he assigned Ögedei Khan as his successor. Later his grandsons split his empire into khanates.[7] Genghis Khan died in 1227 after defeating the Western Xia. By his request, his body was buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in Mongolia.[8] His descendants extended the Mongol Empire across most of Eurasia by conquering or creating vassal states in all of modern-day China, Korea, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and substantial portions of Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. Many of these invasions repeated the earlier large-scale slaughters of local populations. As a result, Genghis Khan and his empire have a fearsome reputation in local histories.[9]

Beyond his military accomplishments, Genghis Khan also advanced the Mongol Empire in other ways. He decreed the adoption of the Uyghur script as the Mongol Empire's writing system. He also practised meritocracy and encouraged religious tolerance in the Mongol Empire, and unified the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia. Present-day Mongolians regard him as the founding father of Mongolia.[10]

Genghis Khan was known for the brutality of his campaigns, and is considered by many to have been a genocidal ruler.[11] However, he is also credited with bringing the Silk Road under one cohesive political environment. This brought relatively easy communication and trade between Northeast Asia, Muslim Southwest Asia, and Christian Europe, expanding the cultural horizons of all three areas.

Tuesday, August 13th 2019 at 1:11PM
Steve Williams
The Mongols were a distinct group of nomadic Eurasians who as you point out were very violent It seems Eurasia breeds warmongers. The fact is Europeans have an unbroken nonstop legacy of internecine, inter-tribal and nation state wars. For example in its 243 year existence the United States has been at war 93% of the time. https://www.globalresearch.ca/america-has-been-at-war-93-of-the-time-222-out-of-239-years-since-1776/5565946. Look at a list of wars fought in Europe https://www.totallytimelines.com/wars-fought-in-europe-499-bce-to-present-day/
Your attempts to trivialize, evade or deny this reality are a total waste of my time so this exchange is now over.
Tuesday, August 13th 2019 at 3:39PM
Junious Stanton
Europeans are better at technology, that's all.

Tuesday, August 13th 2019 at 4:25PM
Steve Williams
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