In my last few posts, I’ve really tried to write about things other than race. I just didn't want myself or my blog to be pinned down as someone or something that revolves around racial issues, but one that tends to cover many different aspects of life. I wanted the blog to speak about many different interests in life and how they all tend to play a role in my every day thinking and how I view the world. But you know what I have discovered? You can’t escape the racial issue in America nor can you downplay the prominence that it plays for many living here.
I’ve also discovered that it’s an injustice to myself and to anyone who reads my blog to not give the issue of race more coverage, because the fact of the matter is, until this issue of racial inequality ends I’m obligated to go tell it on the mountain about the injustice that minorities face in this country just like every one else with a mouth is. The fact that not enough of us are wiling to do so and neglecting to do so, or taking action to do something about it is exactly why things are as bad as they are. It saddened me to see how Lebron James refused to speak about the issue with young Tamir Rice and how he was gunned down by the Ohio Police when the situation could have been resolved without the use of deadly force especially since the young man wasn't violent and was simply walking around with a toy gun.
Rice was neither threatening or brandishing the toy as a real weapon. All it took was some over zealous person to call into the police department and report someone with a weapon and the Police rushed to the scene with a shoot first and ask questions later mentality which ended a young man’s life for no reason. What makes it worse is that after they shot him, not one of the officers saw it important enough to hurry and call the ambulance and even threatened to arrest and subdue his family members who rushed out to try and administer help. So not only would they not administer help, but they refused to let anyone else do so when the young man would have had an outside chance at survival.
Next you have the issue with Lebron not wanting to speak out about such an injustice that occurred in his own backyard. Mind you this same young man and many like him who suffer from police brutality and racial inequality are the same people that support Lebron. They are the folks who buy his jersey, his shoes, and if they can afford so, tickets to go watch him play live. Some would say that Lebron is obligated to speak out in support of these victims. But I will tell you what made me more upset about how he handled the situation. Not only did he not speak out in support, but the bigger issue to me was how he said he didn’t really know much about what happened and that was why he didn't speak out. Brother are you serious?! How insulting can you be? At that moment, although I had never really been a Lebron fan, I was never a Lebron detractor either, but with that response I lost all respect for him.
I lost respect for him because he shows how little he thinks who have supported him all these years by taking them for idiots. How can you not know the details about such a nationally publicized incident, especially when it happens in your home city, the same city and people you claim to love so much and want the best for? If he didn't feel comfortable speaking out about the case then thats fine, just articulate that. But to say you won’t speak out against it because you don't know about it is asinine and insulting. He insults the very same people that support him, who help put money in his pockets. All over America we hear cases of innocent or unarmed black men and children being forcefully and fatally apprehended by police. Most of the victims were non violent and presented no threat to police or anyone else.
Each instance could have been resolved with negotiations or without force but they weren’t. For some reason African Americans aren't afforded peaceful apprehension or a chance at justice or freedom. There are some that will rebut with the ridiculous argument that all these victims shouldn't have put themselves in the position to be killed or approached by police. The will say thatin some cases these victims were up to no good anyway, or that the suspects could have avoided altercations with the police force by following the officers commands or directions, as if that in itself is cause for being executed. But if you believe that an unarmed young man being shot to death is justified from for not following directions, then what do you say about this Bundy group who forcibly took over government property and land in Oregon and have held the land captive and at one point hostages for going on a week now?
As a matter of fact local authorities even bargained and told the men that the would allow them to walk away free and clear with no altercation if they return the land and building back to the government. Really?! These men are domestic terrorist and the authorities are negotiating with them! But that goes to show you, they have the complexion for the protection. What does that mean you ask? Well, it means exactly what it alludes to. Because they are white men, they are allowed to brandish weapons, threaten the government, local law enforcement and anyone else who threatens to remove them from the property they have illegally pirated and do so without threat or fear for the loss of their lives! How is this okay? How is this fair at all?
If you can’t see the double standard in this situation and the clear proof that race and white privilege has played a role in allowing these men to still be in an armed stand off with local authorities and the United States government and not be killed or forcibly removed, then you don’t want to see or you do see it and are okay with it. You are part of the problem, a big part of the problem. You show that you are okay with white privilege and you believe that one race deserves preference over another. Young black men have been killed or abused by authority for a lot less. There are stories upon stories of black children being killed while carrying toy guns or no guns at all, I’ve even written about some of these cases in an earlier post entitled “Lack Of Focus.”
Hell, there was a young man shot to death in a Walmart while holding a toy gun. But we let armed white men, walk in and take over government property without fear of punishment or death. Yeah, this is America, this is what we’ve become. This is what we show the world yet we pretend like racism isn’t a bigger issue than it is or that we live in a post racial world. Don’t lie to me, stop lying to yourself and quit lying to rest of the world. America is a land of double standards when it comes to race and it has fatal consequences if you’re black. I for one am not going to stop talking about it no matter how much of my blog it takes up or how some of you begin to view me. I won’t stop until I’m truly afforded the same rights and privileges as my white counter parts.
And for those good police officers out there (yes I did say that, because I do know there are some good officers out there just as well as bad), I’m expecting you to step up and speak out against these injustices as well, or you’re disgracing your duty and badge just as bad as those that are brutalizing us black citizens. We all play a part in fixing the issue, everyone. If you’re an athlete, remember who makes it so that you can have that big contract and nice car. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking out, at least don’t pretend like what’s happening to the rest of us doesn’t exist. Because you never know, one day when you stop playing the game, when the fans are gone, something may happen to you too, and you may not have the complexion for the protection.