Issues are not black and white.
In light of current events, I am trying to sort it out in the simplest possible terms while doing my best to be impartial.
Is there racism in the US?
Yes, I have no doubt about it. And racism is here for a long time to come.
Racism has been illegal in the US since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But you cannot end racism just by legislature. The flames of racism are burning brighter now due to the killing of black Americans by police and the reaction of black community.
I think that killings by police is nothing new and the police are very seldom at fault. For some reason it all came to light recently in Ferguson.
The danger of generalizing.
There is a lot of outrage after the killing of an unarmed black men by police.
I noticed that the media is lumping all those cases together. The problem is that each case is different.
You cannot blame all police. You cannot blame the police every time.
Are there bad policemen? Yes, of course.
Are there poorly trained policemen? Yes.
Just like in any profession. But we should not blame the entire police establishment for being racists. I want our police to be here for us. To serve and protect.
Who are they? One person I hear from is Al Sharpton, who is using the situation to promote himself. Al Sharpton is not a leader, he is an opportunist. Rights come with responsibilities. By just demanding rights and not teaching responsibilities, leaders like Al Sharpton do more harm than good.
Many black people are successful in our country. They are politicians, they serve in the military, they are actors and writers, teachers and scientists. These are the people who should be role models for all of us, especially for the black community. These people have proved that despite difficulties and racism, one can succeed in our society.
Many of them talk about racism and racial profiling and unfairness to all black men. And it is absolutely correct, but what I do not hear too often from these successful people is, “I worked hard, I overcame a lot of obstacles, a lot of prejudice and I succeeded. Look at me.” Why I do not hear this from prominent successful black people?
Is that fair? Probably not…but necessary. It takes generations to change, to overcome the old thinking, stubborn stereotypes.
So, where do we start?
There is no single solution. There are no simple solutions.
The problem starts with families. There are many broken black families. There is an old stubborn black culture of victimhood and suspicion.
Anti-white, anti-learning, “Oreo cookies” culture. Black kids who want to learn and excel are being bullied by other black kids. Black people who want to succeed and learn are facing difficulty in their own neighborhoods. At school they are dressed like any other person around them, but they change their appearance before going back to their neighborhoods. This black culture holds kids back and makes it very difficult and challenging to succeed. It is as damaging as racism.
We have black kids in our extended family. We have black neighbors who are immigrants from Haiti. Our sons are about the same age and are friends. At one time our son told us that his friend’s grand- mother forbade him to play with our son because our son distracted him from studying. Family culture!
Everything should be done for those who want to succeed. Good education should be available for those who want to learn, who want to brake the cycle of dependency and poverty. The lottery system for the magnet school enrollment is a disgrace.
Access to education for those who want to learn is the most important way to address guns in our society.
In our gun-crazed society police have to be extra careful. Officers are suspicious and sometimes paranoid about being shot. And there is a good reason for this paranoia, because anybody might have a gun. So,considering that split-second decisions usually occur in life and death situations, the killing by police will continue as long as we as a society remain obsessed with guns.
Lets be honest with ourselves. If I see a black guy in our neighborhood, do I get suspicious? It depends. I have black neighbors, I know their kids and I treat them just like any other neighbor. But, if I see a group of black guys with their pants around their knees hanging around my neighborhood, (actually if I see any such group of young people) I will call the police The reason why I would call the police is that I would be concerned for my safety.
On the other hand if a white person showed up in an inner city black neighborhood, he or she could be in danger, and it is not because the neighbors are concerned for their safety.
I think that the case in New York was wrong – use of unnecessary force. The case in Ferguson is still open for investigation. Each case is unique and should be studied as a separate case.
And one more thing. In the class of “citizen police academy”, I was told to obey the police officer’s command…even if you have no idea why the police stopped you. It will be sorted out later, just do what the police tell you to do or they will force you to do it!
My personal opinion is that many of the protests are misguided and are unfairly vilifying the police.
I want to conclude that the blame lays in part on some in the black community and that race relations cannot be improved by violence and reckless rioting.