Racism is a topic I try to steer clear of because as it stands today, I don’t see a permanent significant solution happening. Also because it is a social issue, it takes a back seat to the financial and national security issues that pose greater threats to our way of life. However, someone recommended this topic so I’m addressing it briefly. Let’s start with the facts. Everything to do with the Civil War, segregation, and civil rights movement is over now. The injustice against blacks of that period has been repaid the best it could be done. That means that today’s generations of the African-American community along with other minority groups are owed nothing. Even still, affirmative action does a great job of preventing a lot of discrimination. Minorities also have many extra benefits such as additional scholarship opportunities compared to white people.
With that said, where does the source of nationwide racial tension come from today? It’s not from systemic injustice but rather single instances of racism or false accusations of racism. Controversial cases of blacks being killed by police officers such as Michael Brown, Freddy Gray, Eric Garner, and Alton Sterling have been the main source of racial tension the past few years. These stories got the most coverage along with the Trayvon Martin case. The police officers responsible for these deaths were acquitted based on evidence presented and evidence that was deemed false such as the “hands up don’t shoot” narrative. Michael Brown was struggling for Darren Wilson’s gun and Wilson fired in self-defense. I happen to agree with a lot of these verdicts because the officer is almost always in self-defense if he or she is in a physical altercation with anyone, all races included. I will say that there are terrible cops that murder, harass, and commit numerous crimes against all races just like anyone else, but the percentage is probably 5% at most and that’s being generous. There are a few bad apples on every tree. Nevertheless, a lot of African Americans find it hard to believe that racism isn’t systemic today within law enforcement. This is where I refer to my manifesto which I previously posted regarding how the Left appeals to emotion to gain political power. They push the “it’s a systemic problem” narrative constantly. It starts at the top with the president himself fueling the fire and dividing black versus white. In the previous cases I mentioned along with others, President Obama preemptively drew a conclusion that the police officers were solely responsible for the deaths of the people. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? What happened to waiting for the results of a full investigation where all evidence is gathered and analyzed? This false narrative is further amplified by major Left wing news networks such as CNN, NBC, and MSNBC that perpetuate the tension. Then you have another instance where the president is at a United Nations summit in New York discussing issues the world is facing today. He has the audacity and ignorant motive to invoke the events of Ferguson saying “all eyes are on Ferguson” in the middle of discussing terrorism and Russian aggression. I wonder how incompetent the other diplomats thought he was in that instance.
This fire that has been fueled by the president, democrats, and mainstream media has culminated into the formation of a group called Black Lives Matter that has a supposed goal of showing awareness for systemic injustice by law enforcement, even though it doesn’t exist. People on the Left will say there is a disproportionate number of minorities being prosecuted and in prison due to discrimination. It’s simply because minorities are more likely to commit crime and not a result of racial inequality and the statistics back up this claim. From the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, 4.7 percent of the black male population is in prison compared to .7 percent of the white population. That’s 2,306 per 100,000 black and 450 per 100,000 white people respectively. According to the US Department of Justice, blacks accounted for 52.5% of homicide offenders from 1980 to 2008, with whites 45.3% and “Other” 2.2%. The offending rate for blacks was almost 8 times higher than whites, and the victim rate 6 times higher. Most homicides were intraracial, with 84% of white victims killed by whites, and 93% of black victims killed by blacks. The “National Youth Gang Survey Analysis” (2011) state that of gang members, 46% are Hispanic/Latino, 35% are black, 11.5% are white, and 7% are other race/ethnicity. Do you see the pattern?
Back to Black Lives Matter, they have no righteous leg to stand on. I hold the politicians, current civil rights activists, and leaders of this group responsible. People that peacefully support the intention of shedding light on something they have been led to believe is happening, systemic injustice by law enforcement, are not my targets for criticism. However, supporters that embrace violence still share the blame. Just to name the most notable instance, after the death of Freddy Gray, in Baltimore these activists burned down buildings, violently rioted resulting in innocent civilians and police officers being injured, and a whole host of other terrible things. They ruined store owners lives. BLM has influenced attacks on innocent cops across the country, most recently in Dallas and Baton Rouge. BLM riots have been recorded on video in massive numbers shouting, “What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want them? Now!”
BLM has accomplished nothing positive and really made things worse on a grand scale. Violence you feel is not being addressed properly doesn’t mean you go and cause even more chaos and death. Two wrongs don’t make a right. So what are some real solutions? One great proposition was made by the Dallas police chief encouraging young black men to sign up for the police force and become trained to serve and protect their own communities. Another is an increase in the integration of the church. I’m fortunate enough to go to a church that is integrated with all kinds of people and it’s wonderful to see. Finally, the biggest solution to reducing the chances of a police altercation with a black man is education. That may sound odd but according to the US Census Bureau as of the year 2000 there were 2,224,181 blacks enrolled in college. In that same year there were 610,300 black inmates in prison according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The results are highly correlated with education. 30 percent of those without college education and nearly 60 percent of high school dropouts had prison records. As I mentioned before, minorities have all the advantages and resources to go to college and live happy productive lives. It takes local communities and parents especially to encourage academic achievement. The solutions are there to be used, but the false narrative of “systemic injustice” is impeding the progress of finally eliminating racism in America.