Racial Pain, Recovery Rhetoric, and the Pedagogy of Healing -- 2nd Edition
Chapter 5. Mediating White Pain: Ritual Recovery, Yellow Ribbons, and Patriotic Wars
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MEDIATING WHITE PAIN
Ritual Recovery, Yellow Ribbons, and Patriotic Wars
The war in Vietnam threatened to tear our society apart. And the political and philosophical disagreements that animated each side continue to some extent. It has been said that these memorials reflect a hunger for healing. Well, I don’t know if perfect healing ever occurs, but I know that sometimes when a bone is broken, if it knits together well, it will in the end be stronger than if it had not been broken. I believe that in the decade since Vietnam the healing has begun. And I hope that before my days as Commander in Chief are over the process will be complete.
– Ronald Reagan (1984: 1825–1826)
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