I Lived Through Violence. It’s Coming To America

When people speak violently and show their guns, believe them

5 min readDec 10, 2020


Rachel Bess, Ghost Blood, 2011

Americans don’t seem to understand, but people talking about violence eventually do it. I have seen this happen in Sri Lanka. I have seen this happen to my dog. Now it’s happening to you.

The telegraphing of violence is nothing new. It’s been this way for millions of years. Dogs growl, rattlesnakes rattle. What makes you think America’s far-white is any less serious? Look around you. Listen. Hear the howling noise from your TV set.

Blood is on the wind.

Where you are

This is where you are.

American society has already collapsed. 285,000 preventable deaths, accellerating to over 2,000 a day. Not numbers, people. Look at them. Mothers, fathers, teachers, neighbors, children. All gaping holes in your society. If you don’t call this collapse, then are you living in a society at all?

America’s government in the middle of a stupid coup. Your President is attacking election results and nearly 90% of Republican legislators support him. In the meantime you don’t have a functioning federal government at all. This is the worst thing about a failed coup, it leaves you crippled and extremely vulnerable to attack. It happened to Sri Lanka and that’s exactly how it turned out. A stupid coup is still a coup.

You can comfort yourself saying it’s not this, it’s not that, but then what is it? If you don’t use these words does the reality go away? Put down the bath salts of your mythology and look around. You’re lost. You’re screaming. You’re covered in blood.

Where I’ve been

I have been here. Millions of people have been here. Violence is nothing new. It’s been there since the first ape picked up a bone and bashed another over the head. It’s been all over the world. You think this is something that only happens to the third world, but America is the most violent place on Earth.

Ask the four million people you enslaved (at peak). Ask the 2.3 million people you keep in cages now. Ask the 37 million people displaced in your Terror War and the over a million killed. Ask the people you besiege…




Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at www.indi.ca, or just email me at indi@indi.ca.