I’m sorry if this sounds harsh, and no doubt I will be called a racist, but it sure seems to me that the Civil Rights movement’s quest for equality has given way to the martyr complex created by #BlackLivesMatter.
Before anyone tells me that I can’t understand because I’m not black – I grew up poor in rural Mississippi alongside hard working black families.The stigma of being poor in a small, rural town clings to you like the stench of death. I had doors closed to me, not because I was a certain color, but because I was poor.
I saw real racism. I saw the vestiges of Jim Crow. I have relatives who stood on the police line at the University of Mississippi while James Meredith was admitted as the first black student at the formerly segregated university. I can guarantee that I know more about the so-called “black experience” than Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch or any CNN or MSNBC host or commentator.
This isn’t the Civil Rights fight of the 60’s.
I don’t know what this is but it isn’t righteous. It’s contrived anger over perceived harms. Our culture perpetuates events that it then amplifies and scales them far beyond any logical or legitimate bounds.
“Hand’s up, don’t shoot!” was fiction – as have been so many of the alleged racist incidents over the past few years that turned out to be hoaxes.
When you are looking to be hurt, it shouldn’t be a surprise that more often than not, you will find the hurt for which you are seeking.
I had a lab partner in college who was perpetually put upon. Normal requirements and expectations placed on the entire class were seen by him as specially targeting him – and as a result, I and our other partners (a black student and a female Asian student), had to do more work to cover his put-upon and entitled ass to prevent our grades from suffering – and we resented him for that.
There’s no doubt there is still bias. There always has been and always will be – and most of it has little to do with race, color, creed or ethnicity. Sometimes people don’t like people because the other people are just jerks and asses. Sometimes facing constant accusations of being a racist by people who think calling others racists give them an advantage gets tiresome.
But the facts are the facts.
According to actual FBI and police department date, it is twice as likely a white person will be killed by police than a black person.
According to a 2015 Department of Justice report about the Philadelphia Police Department, Black and Hispanic police officers are more likely to fire a gun at blacks than white officers – and this further confirmed that by another 2015 study conducted University of Pennsylvania criminologist Greg Ridgeway that determined black cops were 3.3 times more likely to fire a gun than other cops at a crime scene.
Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops. This is according to FBI data, which also found that 40 percent of cop killers are black. According to the data, a police officer (of any race or ethnicity) is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black than a cop killing an unarmed black person.
Bad cops are bad cops, no matter who gets killed but given the statistics, it’s hard for me to understand how these “protests” are about anything other than racial martyrdom.