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It seems like things have calmed down in Ferguson, Missouri at least it would seem that way on the outside. Last week, the little community looked like a war zone. Rather, it was a war zone. A peaceful protest demanding answers into the killing of Michael Brown, another in a long list of unarmed black males murdered by police, by officer Darren Wilson, who’s been incognito since that fateful day but has generated massive support of his own. The answer received was a militarized police force deeply troubled with racism that saw black citizens, and media reporters that came lately, as the enemy.
Living in this nation, you would expect public opinion to be heavily divided. Many, mostly white, people saw that Brown’s life would end violently before he turns 30 as they, without question, saw the ever-present “thug nature” lurking behind his black skin. The convenience store footage that appeared that Brown was robbing the joint and the excuse that he was jaywalking only made their opinions more brazen with some immediately claim that Brown deserved to die, put down like a rabid animal the same way those on the Right saw the protesters while embracing white victimhood.
But many people, including yours truly, opposed and condemned the usual racial bias. We didn’t care about the footage, especially since that there were no reports of 911 calls on that day, and that Wilson killing Brown had nothing to do with it. We scoffed at the mainstream media’s tricks of “thuggifying” another unarmed black male killed by police, brainwashing the public in some that that the murder was justified. We took a look at how that same media treats black victims as opposed to white victims and suspects, and saw that were was racial bias hidden article’s titles alone.
Yet, let the facts be damned! Certain people were adamant about a few things, including that Brown brought his death unto himself. Wilson was attacked by Brown, his life was on the line and was “just doing his job” taking down another thug. The protests shown how uncivilized black people are, concluded by faulty media reports of rioting and looting among other things, and proved that there is racism against whites more so than the reverse!
The protests that was sparked soon after the murder of Michael Brown took the nation by storm. It became a national issue concerning race that opened many ugly doors that was more than just the usual, yet tragic, cop killing of an unarmed black man. There was no argument convincing enough that eliminated race from the equation, and there were plenty of people crazy and stupid enough to try. As those who dispel that racism was a factor, they revealed their own racism by doing so. Ironic? Yes, but remember, some people think that revealing or talking about racism is racist itself.
There are a few things, however, that also need to be addressed openly and honestly.
As I read several articles about the events in Ferguson and the actions that proceeded them their and nationally, I noticed something was missing. There were hardly any mentions about black women being victims of police brutality. So far, there was the only one article that mentioned that black women are victims as well. Having black male privilege, if you wanna call it that, means that if a cop kills you, you and all other black male victims of police violence will be acknowledged before and more often than black females. It’s troubling that only black men matter in this struggle when black women are just as in danger. I don’t even think a lot of us are aware of names like Rekia Boyd, Raven Dozier, Ersula Ore, Marlene Pinnock and many other sistas that were harassed, raped, beaten and murdered by cops. Don’t they matter too?
Another thing I’ve seen is the generic “What about black-on-black crime” argument used every time as a piss-poor attempt to deny racism and raise shame. The argument is used mostly by those who do nothing about the issue but sit and scold, those who would rather want us to put in %100 of the work than dare go into our neighborhoods and actually lift a finger despite the fact that the work has been and is still being done to the best of the ability of those who call those areas home. So, it’s bullshit to call us out on a topic that not only did they not care about to begin with but yet, have the balls to criticize those of us actually doing something other than complaining. Besides, no one ever justified or diminished the murders of white people by inciting white crime.
As always, I turn to the mainstream media who, as stated earlier have sought to turn Michael Brown’s death into a ‘just desserts’ moment. While I’m glad that there were people that caught on, it still bothers me that the demonization of black people will continue, full speed ahead. Local news and newspapers will continue scavenging for any reports of black crime over black accomplishments or black heroism. The tabloid press will scour the Earth looking for black celebrities and black athletes behaving badly as opposed to giving back and doing positive things. TV and movies will still mass produce negative stereotypes into “what’s hot” further delivering the message that ignorance is cool. There will hardly be any significant push to change all that, and some of us will eat that shit up to entertain ourselves without knowing that such images are meant to destroy us in the long run. So, how can we be upset at the media for turning dead black victims into thugs, but will watch the same media for new episodes of “Love and Hip Hop, Real Housewives of Atlanta” Basketball Wives”, and the latest in rap songs that keep the thug image going?
Finally, there have been pictures comparing the events in Ferguson with Civil Rights Era images. Both sets of photos are strikingly similar. Some believe that the past has come back to haunt us. Others believe that not much has changed, and the murder of an unarmed black teen revealed way more than many people would like to see. In the end, just as it was back then, the lives of black people still don’t matter in this nation. Period.
It’s hard not to be angry and fearful, but there are those who disrespect us for being open with those emotions. What’s worse is that they will see the aggressors, the ones responsible, as the real victims in their own racist bizarro imaginations. Again, the undeserving existentialism of white victimhood rears its ugly pointed-masked head further questioning the moral and mental capacity of some people.
All these thoughts and more related to the saga unfolding in Ferguson will be pinned as nothing more than whining, part of a racist plot where the oppressor is the oppressed and all the while denying their obvious white-based racism. The souls who believe that black men and black women are born guilty of…anything and yet claim they are not racist are either dumb as rocks, crazy as hell or in deep denial of reality. Whatever it is, whatever you wanna call it, it doesn’t cancel out racism is a part of American life. Like it or not, we live in two nations. Separate and grossly unequal.