As these examples show, our overseas mass killers, the military, provide the U.S. persona with an edgy chaos that’s psychopathically hip in a Training Day meets Apocalypse Now sort of way.
This analysis may seem pessimistic or cynical to some. It isn’t. It is merely a description of a specific phenomenon: life at the center of the Empire, life in what used to be called “the belly of the beast.”
But King wasn’t killed for being a dreamer. He was killed for being an uppity mass movement leader dedicated to transforming society by confronting white supremacy.
This means that moving forward on this issue requires a massive rewrite of U.S. history in order to show the ways in which white supremacy has defined the nation from the beginning. It also means confronting all the nation’s institutions in order to root out white supremacy’s hidden presence within them.