No one saw a thing.

May 2, 2012


Mainline protestantism was flourishing and Roman Catholics, having demonstrated their patriotism in World War II enjoyed new status as part of Will Herberg’s “Protestant-Catholic-Jew” America. A kind of Christian convergence was the defining feature of this era.” *

What was so wonderful about the 1950s? I remember employment signs in Toronto which read “Irish need not apply.” In the U.S. there was the witch hunts for communists and homosexuals. It was a time when lynchings were still in vogue.

“Seven presidents between 1890 and 1952 petitioned Congress to pass a federal law.”[3] No bill was approved by the Senate because of the powerful opposition of the Southern Democratic voting block.[3] In the Great Migration, extending in two waves from 1910 to 1970, 6.5 million African Americans left the South, primarily for northern and mid-western cities, for jobs and to escape the risk of lynchings.” # (Wickipedia)

A lot of peoples in the Americas were illiterate. There was polio. There were no f bombs. But there were A and H bombs. Everyone smoked. Women didn’t work. Or worked in menial and low paying jobs. Everyone hated immigrants. Italians. Poles. And Maritimers. But with all that hate, lynchings, and exploitation, people went to Church. Every Sunday. Dressed up. It was the age of Mr. Magoo. No one saw a thing.

* Bad Religion: How We Became A Nation Of Heretics by Ross Douthat, Free Press

One Response to “No one saw a thing.”

  1. In the words of Sgt. Schultz, “I see nothing.”

    🙂

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