“The fault in our humanity is when we presume that we exist above others. When we do so, we actually fall well beneath the bar set by the lowest dregs of us.”
There is not much that deeply bothers me. But there is one exception: false piety. I cannot stand those who believe that, because of their heritage or their status in the world, they live outside of the rules of man. They believe they exist outside of society and the laws upon which society is built, and therefore cannot be judged for what they say or do. Their words represent absolute truth.
According to Breitbart:
“Student protesters rip 2,977 American flags out of ground at 9/11 memorial. The 9/11: Never Forget Project has been an annual nonpartisan event at Middlebury College for the past ten years. By participating in the 9/11: Never Forget Project, students honor the victims of the attacks, as well as honor the American principles for which they died…The protesters told Ben Kinney, president of the conservative club on campus, they were ‘confiscating’ the flags in protest of ‘America’s imperialism.'”
The ringleader of this “protest” is a woman by the name of Amanda Lickers. She is Native American. The purpose of her protest was to highlight the misdeeds the United States committed against the Natives long ago. Lickers defended herself on Climate-connections.com (Lack of capitalization is her bad):
“i am a young onkwehon:we, a woman, a member of the turtle clan and the onondowa’ga nation of the haudenosaunee confederacy…for over 500 years our people have been under attack…i have had enough…walking through the campus i saw thousands of small American flags. tho my natural disdain for the occupying colonial state came to surface, in the quickest moment of decision making, in my heart, i understood that lands where our dead lay must not be desecrated.”
Amanda Lickers was so quick to justify her vandalizing by invoking her heritage. She seems to believe that because she is a Native American, she has the right to vandalize a memorial. She destroyed a memorial dedicated to the lives of 3000 Americans to protest events that took place hundreds of years ago.
What is so infuriating about this is not the marring of a memorial—though that is disgusting—it is the pretentious, faux-noble stance that Amanda Lickers took after the vandalizing. Simply because she is the descendent of a group of people who were mistreated, she believes she is above the law. It’s a never-ending grudge.
If we want to go down that route, my Irish ancestors were mistreated as well. Every race and every nationality can find abuse in their pasts. If we go through life holding grudges that are linked to us only through our ancient ancestors, then the entire world owes the entire world an apology—and some money, I guess…and maybe a time share or something.
It is misplaced hatred that makes us think we have the right to destroy others. It is by this hatred that we become hard and dark inside, leading to acts like the one committed by Amanda Lickers.
I would hate to go through life with as much anger and false piety as Amanda Lickers and those like her. Anger does not automatically make one pious, and piety does not provide us with the right to commit vandalism—whether it is physical or verbal.