Blackwhite wrote:The alt-right have been after civil war for ages, all they ever fucking talk about. This is why they wear those stupid Hawaiian shirts, bizarrely. It's a long story.
The alt-right can jerk themselves off to that all they want, but there is zero desire for that among the sane of people from both colors, nor the organizational power to do so on either side. A riot isn't "racial warfare", it's an expression of anger.
As a white person in America, we have to do all we can to point out inequality and the privilege we enjoy that African-Americans don't. You don't truly believe in equal rights if you don't.
A few examples? As much as I know most policemen and women are fine people, including the ones I know myself, and I’ve seen many eloquent social media posts from cops expressing their disgust and anguish at the actions of their own, I also know that I see a disproportionate amount of African-Americans pulled over for trifling matters I know I never would be pulled over for.
Guess what the first thing I do is when I drive by the scene of someone who has been pulled over? I see what their skin color is. Invariably, it’s black, and I just shake my head, knowing someone is likely being targeted for the color of their skin.
Where I live, 11 percent of the population is black, but that’s nowhere near the percentage of those stopped by law enforcement is. Driving While Black is not something I need to worry about, because I’m privileged, but I find it disgusting and it angers me that people of color have to worry about it everyday
Racial profiling is a scourge and people wonder why there’s mistrust between African-Americans and cops?
A bigger thing is that too many white people refuse to have any empathy or even attempt to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. This is the ultimate expression of privilege and often unspoken racism.
When someone says “don’t play the race card” or “why bring color into it” they are demonstrating a shocking lack of understanding that the very essence of these issues (and most issues on some level) are about race and color. Issues they don’t have to worry about because they’re not discriminated against.
Not being racist doesn’t stop at not saying the N-word and patting yourself on the back for “not being racist”. It’s about recognizing racism when it's seen, not burying your head in the sand, or making up a bunch of shoddy excuses for abuse of power.
Same thing with “all lives matter”. Of course all lives matter, but at the heart of these incidents are blacks lives being taken and blacks being abused by the power structure, not white ones. Why is that so hard for so many white people to understand?
As white people, we need to see these issues through the eyes of minorities. Too few have the inclination to do so. Until they do, these types of incidents will keep occurring. And anything we say about equality is just bullshit lip service.
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