Yes, there is a race war but it’s against the institutions that continue to oppress us. The majority of the black people posting that Black Lives Matter have never been to a ralley and have bo affiliation with the group. We just want all people to help us restructure our system so people don’t feel a need to protest it. We have published statics outlining the disparities for decades. The civil rights movement of the 60’s educated white people about our plight but you have been in contemplation about actually changing the ststem ever since. You sympathize with us but you don’t want really want equality I understand. I’m addicted to privileges when I’m privy to them too. It’s hard to change white privilege when it makes you feel good and comfortable. Well that same system has deteriorated us. We have experienced the same trauma that Micah Johnson inficted on Dallas for centuries. We used to get lynched. That feeling is so familar that it’s hard for us to sympathize with you right now. Maybe now you can empathize with the way I feel when my husband, sons, brothers and cousins leave our homes. I imagine that’s what made Johnson snap, waiting on everybody to stop contemplating about changes. It’s unfortunate that he had to go to these extremes to get your attention. I don’t condone what he did by far. I am so disappointed that it takes a black man saying he wanted to kill white people and acting on the impulse to make you ask what’s going on. The financial, educational, judicial, health care, welfare, child welfare and every other system in this nation is corrupt and works against us people. The executive and legislative bodies are not effective at the national, state, county, or maniciple level. They may work well for the privileged but not for us. Look at the Flint water crises! What values did the people who made that happen have? Why were they comfortable to look away and not stick their necks out for the sake of himanity? People say cops kill white people too. Yes, they do but it’s not usually for a traffic stop. It’s for heinous acts like Johnson committed, robbery, or terrorism. I’ll have to look up the statistics to see if white people who commit mass crimes are more likely to be apprehended or kill themselves compared to the ones who the cops actually kill. If white men are being killed for traffic violations and child support, we should be outraged at that too. Why wouldn’t we? Why wouldn’t you? Please understand, our outrage is not just about the disproportionate number of black men killed by police. It’s the institutional racism that manifests in our daily lives. It’s disproportionate charges, sentencings, educational opportunities, graduation rates, suspension rates, predatory lending, redling property, health care issues and everything else. We yell black lives matter because it seems people ignore our plight despite staistics and reports. My parents dealt with these same issues, my grandparents endured it and the generations before thaem had it even worst. My white friends say I want to help but I don’t know how. Well, assess yourself first. What were you told about black people when you were growing up? What did your parents, grandparents and classmates tell you. Did they encourage you to interact with us or did they warn you to be careful around us? What are you telling your children about us? Are you challenging your spouses, grandparents and friends when they stereotype me? I don’t want to be the exception to the stereotype. I want to feel confident that the stereotype is the exception. I was horrified at a professional training when several of my peers shared their parents told their daughters to marry anyone but a black man. Why are white people still locking car doors or crossing streets when black folks walk by? All of those things compiled on top of being mistaken for a welfare recipient, prostitute or drug dealer/addict is compounded on top of all of these black men being murdered for seemingly stupid reasons and power struggles. I want change! We want change. We thought we’d get it when a black man was elected president but it seems like the last eight years has taken us back 80 in terms of race relations.
Tensions are high and there is so much misunderstanding. We need to talk open and honest about this situation before this institutional war becomes a civil war.
Humor me. What are your thoughts? Hopefully I haven’t lost any friends over this post because I know Black Lives Matter.