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 If Canada’s neighbor was the most accessible model?

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Jul 10, 2020 - 03:59 AM

MONTREAL  ( Owono Jacques ) – Don’t believe that witchcraft is a medieval phenomenon in the United States.  Nay!  In Africa, the word witchcraft is used to express any behavior, attitude or situation that is out of the ordinary. 

From this point of view, the American situation would appear to any African as pure witchcraft.  Witchcraft is born from the cognitive relationship that this country has with its situation in the world: a desire for leadership, power, domination and an example of success, the sustained illusion of the “famous American dream” that we want to sell at all costs to the planet, but which hides poorly the filthy and incomprehensible social flaws that are difficult to conceal. 

It is a real denial of reality, of the self-perception of oneself, of the invention of an imaginary self other than the real self, which is supposed to silence the underground groan of a state in agony, the whisper of a devil’s kiss announcing the imminent eruption of chaos, if nothing changes. 

How can we understand and accept that 50 years after having “set foot on the moon”, the famous “great step for humanity”, the country is still unable to “reach out” to the humanity of its minorities? How can we understand and accept that the United States, after having shed so many rivers of blood of innocent peoples on the planet, considers itself, without a modicum of restraint and drunken shame, as the guarantor of democracy and human rights in the world?

The violence is not to be found on the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, still less on the kalachs and tanks that are sowing death in Iraq, or even on the knee of the officer Derek Chauvin who is preventing George Floyd from breathing,  but in the heart of a system, maintained and nourished, which, since the extermination of the Indians, the slave trade and dehumanization of the Blacks, the war against Islam, considers the Other, the Stranger, the non-White as a non-being.

The greatness of a nation, however, does not lie in the power of its weaponry, or in its ability to subjugate the other peoples of the world under its diktat, or in its ability to send rockets into space, but in the care it takes in dealing with its minorities. 

As if by chance, the leitmotif of this Covid-19 pandemic is “taking care of each other”.  But how can this be possible if we have never before been “guardians of our brother or sister”? 

In the United States, precisely, there are one and there are others.  No care is allowed between these two worlds.  So it is no open secret that the “most powerful” country in the world seems to be “the most vulnerable” to the pandemic. 

The question is, then, what makes us so “powerful”?  Is man no longer the measure of all things?  Whether we like it or not, it is through altruism and attention to the weakest, the poor, the elderly, the vulnerable and minorities that every society transcends its present to build a future common to all. 

Like it or not, the United States will one day have to wake up from its slumber and realize the sad reality of things.  And the first evidence that will have to be faced comes from Canada’s neighbour, because, if you look closely, the United States is to Canada what Communist East Germany was to democratic West Germany: simply its shadow. 

Perhaps because in terms of human rights and care for minorities, there is a 50-year gap between them.  The simplest thing would be, in the short and medium term, to seek to bridge this enormous gap.  And then, afterwards, to invent a real destiny, otherwise disaster is assured!

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