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Essay: Uncle Sam needs self-introspection, psychological counseling

For Uncle Sam there is much to balance and he is showing clear signs of debilitating stress

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Uncle Sam at Madame Tussauds Orlando. Photo: Flickr/jared422


Satirical Perspective:  Uncle Sam critically in need of self-introspection, psychological counseling

Rarely has self-righteous Uncle Sam taken responsibility for his own flaws, content only to point an index finger at others, calling them out for shame for which, admittedly, he has been correct to a rather stupendous degree when referring to such as Dutch Africa, Anastasia, and Mother Russia. But when it came to his own indignities, he’s turned a deaf ear, stubbornly unwilling to mend his ways, wearing hypocrisy like a second skin.

But Uncle Sam always had issues. He was the first to deny his ethnicity — not Rachel Dolezal. It was Sam. He’d always been led to believe he was White, purely of Euro extract. The truth is, “Unck” Sam has been bi-racial all of his life with a gene pool largely dominated by Native American and Black Mexican of Mexico, the latter of which originally owned California.

The fact that Uncle Sam is insanely wealthy, having amassed riches inherited from his forebears between two shining seas and stolen from Native Americans, has not helped his wayward leanings. Sam always knew his precious metals: gold, silver, and copper; all manner of gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opal, sapphire, and agate, could buy him loyalists throughout the global community, never mind his glut of oil and natural gas, other raw minerals, and valuable hardwoods from the abundant land he inherited and seized in America.

Uncle Sam never much cared if others didn’t truly like him — as long as they pandered to him. Admittedly, some held a fondness for him, like Euro and Aztec-Maya, but they benefited the greatest financially from his generosity.

As time transpired for Uncle Sam, respect for him has eroded in the global community from Mother Africa, Anastasia, Mother Russia, and Inca. Euro and Aztec-Maya have noticed his failings, too, but remain stalwart allies. Mother Africa, Anastasia, Mother Russia, and Inca in recent years have come to consider him a slowly unraveling “mental case” in need of psychological counseling, if for no other reason than his radical eagerness to point the proverbial blame to the rest of the world, ranting about their errors and deficiencies, all the while un-accepting of his own glaring shortcomings.

From the late 20th century to 2017, one prevailing question lingers: Is there hope for Uncle Sam? The answer may only come through critical self-introspection and acknowledgment that he has a problem.
But first, let’s take a look how Sam came to be who he is.

Uncle Sam emerged in the year 1813. That makes him 204 years old. fter two centuries, he has amassed a closet full of “issues.” In fairness, Sam probably wasn’t aware he harbored psychological issues until he was at least in his mid- to -late teens. Up to this point in his young life, Nation-America raised him to believe he was lily White, 100 percent Caucasian with strictly Euro lineage. But, sometime during his maturation into manhood, Sam realized he was bi-racial — part Euro, Afro, Latin, Asian — blood coursed through his veins out of many nations. He tried to suppress it to no avail. Someone was always questioning his race. Talk about an identity crisis.

The question of race churned within him like a rumbling volcano — White sentiments clashing with Black, with Asian, against Latin, percolating, snarling, gurgling … long before the invention of Rolaids and Tums. Uncle Sam rarely slept well, never mind trying to “hold down” his meals.

For the longest, Uncle Sam was a sick fellow and he had to endure it because there was no treatment for his maladies. He has endured some gargantuan issues: Slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 were among the first. That was debilitating. One side of him wanted to “free the slaves,” another side argued for “perpetual bondage!” /br>
The mental and psychological anguish would not end there for Uncle Sam. Wars and rumors of war have permeated his thoughts since he came of age around 1826. The Texas Revolution and the Seminole Wars gripped him in 1835, followed by the Mormon Conflict in 1838, the Mexican-American War in 1846, and the Apache Wars in 1849 — the latter simultaneously fought on myriad fronts against Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Nez Perce, Cheyenne, Navaho, Ute, Mohave, Sioux, Arapaho, Shoshone, Paiute, and others.

With the latter conflicts embroiled within his consciousness through the year 1891, Uncle Sam remained at dire internal conflict due to the unrelenting truth that a large portion of his bloodline was Native American. As said, his blood flows out of many nations.

Uncle Sam received no respite after the aforementioned boiling conflicts.

Next came perhaps his most arduous internal battles, which overlapped the warring with Native Americans from 1861-1891 — the American Civil War! He was torn by a clash of conflicting beliefs — Union sensibilities versus Confederate passions. This took a heavy toll on Uncle Sam and has not fully diminished to the present day. Suppressed in Sam’s psyche, the Confederacy still colors his personality, today, mostly in the Deep South, largely clinging to his thoughts and ideology through a rebel symbol — the Confederate flag that flies above official houses of government mostly in the Nation-American South, to this day.

Without question, Uncle Sam is a confused soul. The aforementioned homegrown wars conjoined with those of a global scale in the Spanish-American War in 1898, World Wars I and II in 1914 and 1939, respectively, followed by heavy conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan in 1950, 1964, 2001, and 2003, in that order, seared his soul. Add to this ball of confusion a Black-White racial divide that never healed following the Emancipation Proclamation, decades of post-slavery bias, “Jim Crow” segregation, and the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, further embroiled him. This turbulence was exacerbated by undocumented Latin immigration from the early 1980s through the first 17 years of the 21st century.

With the swirl of multiple racial denominations, Uncle Sam is not really sure who he is in 2017, amid questions of global viability and respectability, Black humanity/equality, Latin humanity/sovereignty, White supremacy, color-blindness, and race harmony.

For Uncle Sam, there is much to balance and he is showing clear signs of debilitating stress. His problem has become full-blown. Uncle Sam is complicated and will be given to self-introspection.

Ultimately, this may help him reconcile who he truly is — one whose blood flows from many nations.

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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