by Gray Graham
A police officer was found not guilty of killing an unarmed African American man and woman by shooting into their car 49 times while standing on the hood of their car and reloading after a chase after their car backfired. Now the Cleveland police department has agreed not to beat people in the head with their guns in an agreement with the Department of Justice.
An ultra conservative “journalist” was permanently banned from Twitter for making a death threat to a civil rights advocate. The response from liberals was a fear of Twitter censoring free speech.
The Baltimore police said that they would not perform their jobs as police officrs because they are afraid that they will be prosecuted because some police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
Media outlets questioned why Indian Americans excel at the national spelling bee and why White Americans have no chance to win.
The New York Daily News wanted to let us know that Aurora shooter James Holmes loved comedies like Arrested Development and Big Bang Theory and wanted to be arrested before he killed anyone.
A group of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis staged an armed protest outside of a Phoenix mosque because Islam is a religion of violence.
Only a few of the racist things that occurred this past week.
Almost on a daily basis I am asked the question why don't they [what we call White Americans] understand what racism is like in America? Is it because they don't understand or is it because they simply don't care? In our always connected social media world you see interaction, after interaction, that clearly shows there is a disconnect between the majority of White Americans and people of color [everyone else in America that is not White].
Even allies in the civil rights fight often have no idea the depth of racism in the everyday lives of people of color in America. Two perfect examples of this are feminism and gay marriage. These two movements are considered liberal forward thinking. We often hear both movements compared to the Civil Rights movement that African Americans have faced in this country for centuries. But when you pull back the layers is it as hard to be a woman or a homosexual in America as it is to be a minority?
I have discussed this many times with people of color who fight for women's rights and for LGBT rights and they will quickly tell you that it does not compare to being a person of color in America. Not even close. In fact these same people who also are part of these movements speak about the racism that they face even within these movements. I have know many people that would be considered Conservatives that understand and fight against racism more than many people that are liberals. So racism is not as clear cut as many would like to think.
Race is a very complicated and uncomfortable subject, even among its does that face its ugly burden. I know just as many African Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans that dislike discussing race as much as any White American. It really is stressful to discuss a topic that many, if not most, feel there is absolutely nothing they can do to change it. It usually takes a personal tragedy or at least a story that hits home, before people even want to bring up race. Unfortunately for America we have had far too many of those events in the past couple of years.
A perfect example of this for me is the number of African American fathers that never had "the talk" with their sons about interacting with the police or strangers before the death of Trayvon Martin. That was something that you would have never seen 15 -20 years ago but for a myriad of reasons many African American parents did not teach their children the realities of racism in America even though it could help save their lives.
I have a friend who is dealing with racism now. She is White but her children are black. People that for a lifetime she had considered good, loving family and friends completely changed when she had African American children. All of a sudden communication stops and the ostracization begins.
Of course they will never admit to racism because in America we have made it inconceivable to admit to being a racist but we have made it perfectly acceptable to behave as a racist. So as long as you don't use the N*word or wear a sheet on your head then you are not a racist. We have taught people how to hate in the most polite ways possible.
My friend's story is not unique. I have read story after story of other White parents with children of a different race or White people with a spouse of a different race, that never truly understood the day to day stress and agony of being non-white in America until they had someone they loved in their lives and they saw the pain they went through everyday.
Many people think that people just don't understand what racism is and that is why they do the things that they do. I however say people just don't care about racism because it doesn't effect them. But when it is something that affects them such as sexism or homophobia then they understand discrimination completely.
This might be why we hear so much talk about immigrants from China, Mexico, and India and why we keep hearing calls by various people that they are going to take their country back. The census bureau has already foretold of white people no longer being the majority in the country in a couple of decades.
I don't know why this is such a talking point and something that is mentioned over and over again especially when it comes elections. You would think that minorities in America are treated badly or something.