When I see people throwing around the phrase, “American values” I don’t feel a sense of pride nor do I usually want to follow or find out anything about the person saying it. Recently, the same people saying they want a return to American values are the homophobic, racist, misogynistic Christians who don’t see their white male privilege for what it is. Which values do they want to return to exactly?
Our country was founded by a group of wealthy white slave owners who didn’t want to pay taxes to a king or be told they had to worship a particular way. Fast forward to today and the ideological descendants of our founding fathers, the 1%, still don’t want to pay any taxes, think their brand of religion is the only acceptable possibility, and own more slaves in the form of employees and consumers than ever before.
I prefer a more global view of our world where we all work together to eradicate pain and suffering, to end discrimination and bullying (in all its forms), to lift each other up, and form a new society that does not rely on fear and keeping people distracted and fighting against each other while the 1% keeps all the power and wealth for themselves at the pain and suffering of the rest of the world.
So, if you are one of the folks saying you want a return to American values, how about you specify exactly which of those “values” you mean rather than use a catch phrase that has so many negative connotations associated with it. Unless, of course, a country run by rich, white, male, Christian slave owners is what you really do have in mind. In which case, fuck you.