This article is nice and caring and smart and all that but seems just like every other piece put forth on the topic of race, especially around these parts. It’s the expansion of our general societal response to race problems. That is, the initial (back in the day) reaction would attribute the negative consequences of some event (black child losing their life gun violence) to the bias or racism of the immediate party (the police officer). We then hired and promoted minority police officers.But then, as enlightened and well educated citizens, we realized it might be greater than the racism of the actor (police officer), but actually the organization or institution (police department) mandating the procedures and actions of the officers, motivated by racism. Then we installed sufficient minority leadership within the institutions. As problems persisted, we step back even further to look at city governments, and finally, in the past few years, the “it must be the racism of [some group of people] perpetuating this” has permeated the conversation. At this point, the attribution of many inner city issues is attributed to everyone within the continental US, and will likely soon expand to Canada and Mexico or wherever we can theorize a racist boogie man.
I’m not saying society’s racism doesn’t play a role in all the horrible shit that happens to black people. I’m saying maybe its one of many things, and potentially not the most significant in resolving the more pressing problems of today.
What if we admit there is a serious gun violence problem in black communities and this creates heightened police presence? This article appeals to the racist boogie man theory, but provides facts supporting the idea that gun violence is disproportionately poor black thing http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/category/the-stone/?_r=0
This comes from a nice liberal source. Facts are facts.
We need to at least take into account another the underlying problem of black america committing atrocities on one another, and the legitimate fear of cops being shot while on duty. Even if we attribute the current problems to past racism (for the sake of argument), finding more current racism won’t provide a solution. The government won’t solve these problems (it’s been trying for years) and neither will the extended societal realization of racism being pushed here, and most other places.
Actually, the further search for racism will only alienate large parts of the American population that don’t have time to read Michelle Alexander on their way to work. They’re sick of being called racist and then reading about this http://fox8.com/2015/12/19/15-year-old-tennessee-football-player-killed-during-gang-shooting-while-protecting-3-classmates/ and this http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/11/us/boston-officer-shot-video-released/ and this http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/11/10/chicago-9-year-old-tyshaw-lee-funeral-gang-violence/75514152/ and this http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-ci-indictments-20150611-story.html
This is not propaganda, but just 30 seconds of google search to show some real shit that happens in between cops firing their guns, and who are the boogie men here? It seems like the inconvenient truth for all Millennial conversations about race. Even if these events are somehow caused by racism, understanding our racism won’t stop them from happening in the future, but they sure as hell will cause more jittery cops patrolling the streets.