As provocative as the post title is I think we need to stop the lies if we’re ever going to work out the serious problems of race relations in the USA.
I can be relied upon to enter into intelligent discourse over race,in fact I welcome it. To deny racism exists on an individual and institutional level in the USA is to show ones ignorance.
These points aside there is an aspect of our discussion on race that is equally ignorant. Perfect examples of this have surfaced on social media after the shooting at the Charleston SC Emmanuel AME Church. In an attempt to draw biting comparisons of race and law enforcement some of America’s smartest have offered up this:
The white man in question is of course Dylan Storm Roof who as the punk ass that he is complied all day long when confronted by law enforcement. He also didn’t even think about costing North Carolina or South Carolina tax payers money by fighting extradition. He changed into his inmate clothes and got on the plane.
The other image is Eric Gardner of Staten Island NYC fame. He resisted all day long and played a key role in the escalation of the confrontation that lead to his death. Had cig-man simply packed up and walked away he’d likely be on another street corner selling loosies.
To put forth that the only way a person of color is ever apprehended is heavy-handed brutality is such a lie that it not only cheapens police but people of color as well. People who think they have reached an intellectual plateau of awesomeness are in fact total assholes when lying at this level.
Another image which is supposed to be poignant but is poo instead is this:
I have no doubt Mr Peters is part of a group that would be up in arms over any police shooting but in this case he gets to hide like the lying pussy he is. He superficially presents imagery to illicit emotional response and well Jerrad you’re surely getting one from me. Roof is a sick fuck in my book. Sick,not crazy and deserving the full weight of the law and justice system,including beatings and rape in the SC penal system. Again though the reality of compliance and police professionalism is lost for a cheap shot at race baiting and hate mongering. The shooting of Tamir Rice is a tragic offshoot of a society that has lost most of its innocence. The thinking that nobody lighter in skin tone than Rice has never had their life cut short by a police officer is insanity though.
Deeper into the MSM and social media piles it is easy to find debates about word choices and the power of those choices. Whether Root should be called crazy or evil is all the rage. Is Root a terrorist or just a murderer? If so why? Why isn’t DS Root called a thug? The lies just stack up like wood on this one and few if any are looking hard enough at realities. President Obama has even jumped in2thefray to push for more gun control at a time when the investigation is far from over and the bodies are still on slabs in the morgue.
Superficial prattle about any headline event is dangerous but that doesn’t seem to bother enough of the populace to change the practice. Social media platforms have become too powerful in spreading misinformation and stoking fear and hate. All together the American people have become lazy and stupid and thoroughly incapable of guarding the Republic.
I’ll have further posts on Roof and racism but I really had to get this one out of my head. Do black lives matter? Of course all lives matter but the truth matters most. If we’re to ever have an honest discussion on and a set of solutions for racism in the USA we’re going to have to stop the lying.