With all of the sadness and anger associated with the recent murder of Ferguson Missouri teen, Mike Brown, I have found myself battling with different thoughts on what’s reality, and what’s propaganda; what’s racist, and what’s fear; and what exactly the real issue is that the black community faces.
I’ve went on plenty of times before about how the black community has issues that we first need to address, and how those same problems will act as a ceiling and keep us stuck as a partially civilized society. There are so many things that we can be doing to hinder the things that cause detriment to our community, but for some reason, as a whole, we give more priority to seeking white validation, until a seemingly racist issue occurs, then we blame white people for everything that is wrong with our community.
As it seems, Mike Brown did NOT deserve to die. The only way his murder can be justified is if he indeed fought the cop and essentially broke the “law.” I personally don’t think that reason justifies it–but it’s the law, and everyone is supposed to pretty much understand that you CANNOT fight or physically threaten a cop without being severely hurt, or killed.
Since his killing, the black community has gone into an uproar behind this situation. There have been riots, emotional speeches, songs written, marches initiates, etc. It’s obvious that the black community is TIRED. They are tired of white people/cops being able to gun down our black men and women with little to no reasoning, and then little to no punishment; they are tired of hearing about how a black kid has been killed for no obvious reason other than their skin color; they are tired of our black people being profiled in stores, traffic stops, etc. They’re tired of racism and discrimination–plain and simple.
I am tired too. For all of those reasons–but much more. It’s seems as though the black community can come together and understand that the killing of Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Jordan Davis, Johnathan Ferrell, TrayVon Martin and many more were unjustified and flat out wrong, but are we (the black community) angry because these young men and women lost their lives? Or are we in an uproar because it’s so much easier, and gives us that much more credibility when we are able to prove that someone else has wronged us? Are we use to being the serial victim, and therefore jump on the bandwagon just because that’s where attention is placed. Did we really care about WHY these people were gunned down? Do we really care about finding a solution to the problem? Because begging white people to treat us like humans is NOT the solution.
There are some people out there with enough logic to understand that the problem begins at home–and by “at home,” I mean within the black community, but there are still those fake-deep, pro-black folks who swear that everything is racist–so much so that they’ve forget what actual racism is. Racism and Fear are two different things.
I get so sick of hearing people get angry when people bring up “black-on-black” violence. For example, how people blacked out their profile pictures for TrayVon Martin, threatened George Zimmerman, marched, protested and did everything synonomous with the Civil Rights movement, but never make any of the same noise when black communities are being destroyed by black people.
Those type of black people want us to place all our focus on these high-profile “racists” cases, but have some hood-rat logic about not bringing up the stupid ass violence in our own community, when that hood violence could very well be the direct reason why these high-profile cases happen in the first place.
Yes. Racism exists. Yes. There are still white people who just have no respect for blacks as humans. Yes. All of this exist. But you know what else exists; 13 people shot in Detroit within a 24-hour–No Marches or protests. 72 people shot in Chicago over a Holiday weekend–Not by Cops or over-zealous white people.
215 Aggravated assaults in Detroit in 1 week.
“In the last 12 months, Compton has been the 11th most deadly neighborhood out of L.A. County’s 270 neighborhoods, according to an L.A. Times analysis of homicide data for that period.
There were 2.87 killings per 10,000 people and 2.73 killings per square mile.”
So for all of the black people that only stand together when a white person wacks on of us, have you ever considered that it may NOT be blatant racism based solely on the color of our skin, but perhaps deep, innate and and reasonable FEAR! I mean, really, look at SOME of the statistics. We kill, rob, sexually assault and abuse each other at alarming rates. And a lot of the times we BRAG about it. This shit is scary. WE are afraid of each other. So why wouldn’t a random WHITE person be afraid? Our stereotypes and generalizations stem from the masses–not from individual cases, or situations that appear to be an anomaly.
Think about it…
When you’re out late at night in an urban city, who and what are you mindful of?
Fight compilations on WorldStarHipHop are saturated with who?
Who robs people for expensive, non-prescription glasses?
Who gives play by play illustrations of criminal behavior in music?
Who are you most afraid of?
Now don’t get me wrong, white people have their crazies and their stereotypes. For example, we’ll call them crazy, serial killers, bombers..etc.
but those are one-off high profile cases. You never hear of a neighborhood of white people who are full of serial killers or movie theater shooters. But you DO hear of a whole community of black people where robberies, murders, rapes and car thefts are common. You never have specific names. Because it happens too often.
Don’t call me an uncle Tom, because you’d be using the insult incorrectly; don’t call me a self-hater, because my main focus is the black community–not whatever the white people are doing to our community. Which brings me to my next point.
Whenever someone brings up these things within the black community that are affecting the black community, can ya’ll stop saying that “white people do it too.” That’s an excuse to keep justifying the detriment. Don’t tell me that there is more “white-on-white” crime–cause, duh! There are MORE white people. Don’t tell me that white people commit these same crimes, because that’s not stopping us from doing it, nor does it have the same effect on our community.
With us being such a small percentage of the American population. We can’t afford to have statistics like these…
So please refocus on your own community, instead of marching when some high-profile case hits the news. Place the blame where the blame is due. Theodore Wafer could have had no rational reason to fear Renisha McBride–and even if she was completely innocent, there are countless amounts of other black people who perpetuate stereotypes that instill fear not only in white people..But black people as well. Trayvon Martin could have been minding his own business with no intentions on causing trouble–but he was judged because of his brothers..the one’s who destroy their own communities daily; the one’s who slaughter their own people over a nice shirt or a cell phone. His brothers have planted a seed of universal FEAR. And even if the fear is unreasonable and completely made up–WE give them all of the evidence they need to keep the fake fear an issue.