So I figured I would write about an interesting but not surprising response I got from a troll on Google plus a few days ago. I posted an update to my Google plus page with one simple question. That question was, "Why does America like to pretend that racism doesn't exist?" Now I understood that when I posted such a question for the world to see, that I would get a myriad of answers, some well thought out and positive and some negative and ignorant.
The response that I want to address came from a gentlemen who decided to respond in a very rude manner and with an obvious agenda to spark and argument which I didn't engage in. However, he got what he wanted as I witnessed several other thougtful people respond to his ignorance by trying to educate him then putting him in his place.
What was his response to the question you ask? Well his response was the reason he didn't believe racism exists in America is because we have a black president, black on black crime has increased, and the black family has continued to fall apart. As far as the black on black claim, that's a loaded response since it's a well known fact that over eighty percent of murders are committed between people that know each other.
Mayor Rudy Giuliani tried to present this preposterous claim as well in defense of over policing in black communities and police brutality, but he neglected to talk about the fact that when you take in account that most murders are committed between familiar parties, that it also means that over eighty percent of murders containing caucasions are commited by other caucasians as well but we don't see over policing in white communities or brutality against young white men and women. Yes the black family has seen a stark decline, but so has the traditional caucasion family. It's a well known statistic that the divorce rate in America across the board has risen.
So far, this genius is O for two, so it's not looking to good for his response. But his first reponse is the one that really worries me. And the reason that it worries me is many folks like this gentlemen think that "Black faces in high places" is proof that there is no racism or that the race issue in America has been fixed. People need to understand that racism in America is systemic and it cannot be fixed by throwing a few bones at the black community, hispanic community or native community.
Just because there are a few successful people from different minority cultures in this country, it doesn't speak for the fact that the vast majority of minorities are still overlooked, mistreated, discriminated against, and left to scrap for the little amount of vital resources that the dominant culture in America leave for them. I've even heard folks make comments that Native Americans shouldn't complain about anything since they own casinos. That's absolute garbage seeing as how they suffered through genocide, had their land (The Entire North and South American Hemisphere) taken from them forcefully, were forced on reservations that were far less inhabitable or fertile than their native stomping grounds, and were even stripped of their culture by being sent to boarding schools where they were beaten and not allowed to speak their own language until many of them forgot how to speak their native tongues and could no longer pass it down to their descendents.
If I'm not mistaken, many of the tribes that still exist aren't even recognized by the US government. How do you take someone's land and then tell them you don't recognize their culture as a people? How does the election of a minority President, who by the way has been disrespected more than any other president in history, or Oprah being wealthy, justify the plight and a system that is delibrately skewed to keep others down?
What does Ben Carson being a brain surgeon have to do with police shooting unarmed black men at a rate so alarming compared to their white counter parts that the Attorney General has had to step in several times and investigate a few police departments? Racism is still alive people, just as homophobia is.
Just because a few bills were passed to bolster gay rights doesn't mean that every American is accepting of homosexuality. Gay men and women will still have to struggle every day for equality. But then again I think he knew all of this, as we all know what his deal was. I've heard someone say that maybe he didn't think that racism existed because he may have grown up in a homogenous community where everyone looks like him so he's never had to witness or experience it.
But as I heard a pastor say once, "When you see the light, walk there in." Which means, you may have not known once, but once you do know the truth, act accordingly. Him, and others like him who want to be willfully ignorant have no excuse, and it's a reason America hasn't progressed as far as it could have.
So yeah, there may be a minority in the White House, one with her own TV network and numerous minorities prospering playing pro sports. But until the system changes and allows ALL OF US the same opportunities, support, and advantages of the dominant culture, then I contend that things will never be equal.