WARNING: This is a video about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It’s pretty graphic. You’ve been warned.
I’ve recently discovered a piece of music called “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima”. Listening to it compelled me to do some armchair research into the actual bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
People right under the blast were immediately carbonized. If they didn’t just vanish into thin air, they were transformed into human-shaped piles of pencil lead. Holy shit.
Also, this dude survived both bombings. He was working in Hiroshima, and after the bombing there he went home…to Nagasaki. Holy shit.
Holy fucking shit.
Honestly, there’s no other words that can adequately describe my reaction to this knowledge. There’s also anger and resentment that this is never covered in American public schools, at least not in my experience. This is one of those tidbits of American history that they want to keep away from us. Y’know what I mean?
And then you have the American soldiers who actually dropped the bomb. You have the soldiers who had no idea what was going to happen and had no idea what sort of damage would occur, and you can see something in their eyes as they talk about it. I can’t imagine what sort of guilt and trauma they endured after this.
And then there’s that Paul Tibbits guy who’s like “I don’t give a damn, at least the war ended.” He still freaks me out, but I can’t help but wonder if that’s his coping mechanism. It’s possible that he deals with his connection to the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of civilians by turning his emotions off. It’s not forgivable, but it’s a possibility.
I’m just so mad that we never learn about this in depth. Imagine how much inhuman shit could have been avoided if stuff like this was discussed in schools. Or if slavery was discussed in further detail outside of “black people had to pick cotton and it made them sad”.
I’m outraged and resentful. And although my mom wasn’t even born at the time of these bombings and being a black American exposes me to my own experiences of oppression, I’m also ashamed of my nationality to learn of stuff like this. Just the fact that I was born and mostly raised in a country where this was considered a “necessary evil”. Nah, man. This is just evil.
And I consider myself a pretty well-rounded and well-educated individual, but the fact that I never knew the US occupied Japan after WW2 until ten minutes ago pisses me off.