The Black Think Tank Discussion: American Exceptionalism: Fact or Fiction?
When: Saturday July 31, 2021
(9:00 AM -
- EDT (America/New York)
Duration: 6 hours14 attending · 2 maybe · 2 declined
The United States, for generations has led the world in economics, industry, science and countless other areas. Americans have claimed much of this success is attributed to its exceptionalism. Given the number of immigrants, including myself, who fled their homeland in search of a better life in the U.S., that claim is hard to dispute. However, in the last two decades, and more concentrated in the past four years, America seems to be on a fast decline and is no longer considered, by most, the shining city on a hill. More Americans are moving away from democratic ideology and accepting lies and totalitarianism. There is an ongoing push to reduce or reverse voting rights. On January 6th the world witness an insurrection led by the former president. All these events share a concerning similarity to political instabilities occurring in third world dictatorship countries. Furthermore, the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games has started and we are seeing historical first time defeats for American Teams.
Topic questions of the week:
- Is America exceptional?
- What, in your opinion, justifies America’s claim of exceptionalism?
- How does United States’ military shape this exceptionalism?
- Is the idea of American Exceptionalism synonymous to white supremacy?
- Has the idea of American Exceptionalism impede equality for black people?
- Has America lost the right to claim its exceptionalism?
- Can America maintain or regain its right to claim its exceptionalism? How/Why not?
- Creation of a Black First Manifesto.
Link to working document https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dNyYytr0gMbfOtvAzj_nh1li3ZYuIXfpyOrlHzce56k/edit?usp=sharing
- Creation of a cryptocurrency backed by precious mineral.
We hold these sessions every Saturday for 6 hours from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT. This gives members from all timezones the opportunity to join.
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