Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Homeland

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Homeland

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CURRENT EVENTS Homeland, by Dale Maharidge. Photography by Michael Williamson. Seven Stories, July 2004. $24.95

This is a country that is afraid, angry, and divided, warns journalist Maharidge after speaking with and listening to hundreds of people in towns small and large in post-9/11 America. He reports finding two countries: one "living as if the 19905 boom would never cease" and the other "languishing as if locked in the 19305 Great Depression time warp." Maharidge, who earned a Pulitzer in 1990 for And Their Children After Them, contends that the terror of 9/11 did not generate but rather amplified social unrest that has been building for thirty years as "an array of bankers, politicians, lawyers, and business titans gamed the system against ordinary Americans [whose rage | waited to be harvested in dark ways, by someone, something, some event." He charges that, in post-9/11 America, this rage is being harvested and redirected by radical extremists into verbal, and sometimes physical, attacks on Arab Americans, non-Christians, immigrants, liberals, and especially anyone who speaks out against a "nationalistic" fever mounting in the U.S. Being united and patriotic, Maharidge asserts, has come to mean not talking to certain people, not challenging authority, not admitting that a lot of Americans are poor, underemployed, and uninsured-with little hope for a better future. …

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