|Are We Sleeping?|
SLC CA25 Saltshaker - Jan. 16th, 1944
During peace time we Americans did a great deal of sleeping on our rights and privileges. We knew so little about the rest of the world that the current war maps were revelations to us. The average American knew little about his own country, much less having knowledge of the South Pacific, North Africa, or the Aleutians. Though war has done much to awaken Mr. Average Citizen to a study of the earth's surfaces, and the returning service men will be able to spin "yarns" on a war with the proverbial "globe trotter."
Yes, we have become awakened to a new world about us in a geographical sense. But, have we become awakened to our new responsibilities, our new abilities? Has Mr. Citizen awakened himself sufficiently to realize that a New World socially and spiritually must arise out of the present debacle? Surely, we have all rationalized our presence in the melee, and justly so, to an extent. But, have we paused long enough to meditate upon ways that we might have employed to avoid it, and try to profit by our past failures?
We ought to know what the Atlantic Charter contains, but few can tell you. We ought to know what the trend of the conferences at Casablanca and Moscow was. We ought to know why coal miners and railroad employees in the United States are striking, hampering our war effort. We ought to give a little thinking on the subject of race riots, and more to the circumstances of minority groups in the post-war America. If it were possible, it would be well to know what's going on in Washington, but that might be asking to much.
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