In response to a friend who stated that the video of youth assaulting a confederate flag toting individual is “proof that our (in relation to Black ppl) community is out of control.”:
“Our community” is not out of control. This is a small portion of Blacks. The majority of Blacks are fighting politically and systematically. Your first statement is a reflection of White privilege. Its a reflection of institutionalized racism. Notice how we are not discussing how a KKK rally is setting back “our community”. Notice how the focus goes to how WE (Black ppl) look to THEM (White Ppl). But we aren’t concerned with how a KKK rally looks to AMERICA? Or upholding a symbol of racism and historical dissent looks to America. If someone cannot see that this is not every black person then they are already lost. The same goes for black ppl. All generalizations are incorrect. We, no more than ‘they’, can control the reactions to racism. We never will be able to. There will always be the misguided. The rash. The impulsive. There will always be those just looking for an excuse to show out. On all fronts, with each race. But we wont always be able to identify them. There will always be politicians who appear to be down for our cause but are just capitalizing off of our plight. These things are out of our control. Racist Whites and those individuals who are determined to ignore race issues will always see the minority of our population as the majority. In other words, one criminal who is black will equal 100 or more criminals who are black in their eyes despite the fact that mass murderers and serial killers and pedophiles are predominantly white. One violent act committed by 5 Black ppl will supersede the peaceful protests of thousands of Blacks. Its happened time and again. We cannot worry about the things we cannot control. Even if they are our own ppl. These ppl arent setting us back in the grand scheme of things. Its a distraction. Hence, this video being posted and shared instead of the peaceful protests or the activists working on legislation or the forums and petitions, etc. Our community is NOT out of control at large. There is no proof. No more than the KKK rally proves that all white ppl are confederate flag toting bigots. This video does not prove anything except that racism is alive and well and it is a problem. It affects everyone. Not just ppl of color. Recently, media outlets were claiming that racism did not exist bc we had a black president or a latin supreme court justice or an asian governor, etc. But this video proves that racism is alive and well. But what are we going to do about it?
Rakeem ‘OneVoice’ Person
BA in Religious Studies
Minor in English