"Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It's up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well - by creating the international child of the future."
Chester M. Pierce, M.D.
Professor of Education and Psychiatry at Harvard
"If, you've actually read Dr. Pierce and put this quote in the context of his larger body of work, Navy Commanders who study extreme environments, and deduce what makes you go bonkers in Antarctica...It ain't no sun for months, or 100 degrees below zero, that gets you...its the little things around you. He then draws the corollary that being black in America is like being in Antarctica...it isn't being lynched, redlined, being James Byrd'ed, Rodney Kinged, Emmett Till'd or Mary Turner-ed that gets to you...Its the little microaggressions, micro-insults, far more frequent and normalized that gets to you. He's basically saying American Racism and White Supremacy is so endemically normalized, that every child entering school in America is in effect mentally ill, because they do not have the language, social, scientific literacy, or cultural skills to operate on an international scale. As in Africa where it is considered normal to be able to speak easily 3 - 7 languages, to be able to do advanced mathematics like calculus, in your head, because your country's economy can't afford calculators, so you do calculus in your head...and you accept the fact that talent and leadership can come in forms other than a wealthy monolingual white male. Even 30 years ago, it was obvious that that the link between nationalism, patriotism, were linked to racism...unless you think the cousins of the Klan, the Nazi's, the John Birch Society, the Militias, are the only patriots. That only white people, can be patriots. The movie Avatar is this American attitude writ large...we need the 20 million dollar a kilo rocks, under the blue monkey's tree, and the monkey's had better move or die... murder and genocide of the indigenous are unfortunate precursors to progress... and you think this is normal? Liberty and Justice for All? All men are created equal, does not mean the same as All My Relations. Jefferson did not mean liberty and justice for all human beings...just rich white guys are the only human beings...it took blood and war...for people to get a semblance of equal rights. South Africa's Constitution looks better than ours in terms of explicitly outlawing discrimination and supporting 16 official languages. More languages you speak, the more intelligent you are...why would you insist on only one language...and a fairy tale "Columbus sailed the ocean blue, Democracy started with Jefferson or the Greeks, and there was no history on this continent before 1492, or before Jesus... By the way how many armies did Jesus lead? How many people did Jesus say to kill, or did Jesus kill? So the Klan can lynch people on Sunday and still have their sins forgiven? American National Socialists are not considered traitors but patriots? Chester Pierce the Harvard Psychiatrist and Navy Commander is crazy? He's just pointing out the contradictions."