Social issues can only be remedied by a collective acceptance of those opinions we view as opposing our own.
Ever since the gruesome, unjustified murder of George Floyd, I have witnessed an egregious increase in racism. This racism is coming from all sides of the field and a majority of the time it is as unjustified as the murder of George Floyd. I'm baffled to see people arguing that they are, "anti-racist," all the while they are trying to silence others who are only trying to defend themselves against the racism they are using to spread their message.
Rather than sit here and prattle on about my own perceptions, I am going to offer a series of quotes from around the web coming from said, "anti-racist," individuals.
When the looting starts, the shooting starts.
— Donald J. Trump, POTUS
Anti-Racists Being Racists
General Disclaimer: Every quote here is taken from some public forum in which users may be publicly quoted. For their safety, and my own, I shall be leaving them anonymous.
- "You're white, you have no right to be speaking about our issues. Sit down and shut up, I can literally feel the rope around my neck every time you speak. It's about time you felt it around yours!"
- "It's about time white people realized they were the inferior race. They hate us because we breeding them out of existence."
- "If you are here to defend white people against racism then you don't know what racism is, you're part of the problem and need to get the f&%$ out of the conversation."
- "The day of the rope has arrived, but you whites didn't know you'd be on the hanging end."
- "You can't be white and say you aren't racist. Look at your ancestors and look at mine! There isn't a single race that doesn't hate you!"
- "Whites can't be racist against other whites, that's just stupid. Can't expect most white people to understand anyways because most of them are racist pieces of s&%$. What white people are calling racism is actually justice."
- "If you are white you cannot have a voice, you don't even know what it means to be hated for your skin color. Time for you to know what it's like to be silenced."
- "Time to drag all the white people into the street and hang them!"
- "We aren't protesting for George Floyd anymore, we are fighting for the power that white people still think they hold over our lives. It's about time we showed them who the superior race is!"
- "First we burn their cities down, and then we breed them out of existence! Death to the white man!"
- "All these white people crying about racism.. ni&%$s out here fitna stomp them into the mud and string em up for this ignorant s&%$. About time we started smoking white people."
- "If you're white and think people are being racist against you, it's about time you stepped down and stopped being a part of the problem. Shut up and stop crying. Sorry, not sorry! :D"
I'm sure at this point we can all see, so long as we are being fair and impartial, that racism isn't just a, "whites only," scenario where fair-skinned people are the only ones who can express racism. Nonetheless, people of every color, creed, nationality, gender, etc. are practicing the same behavior they claim to be against and it is gaining rampant support on a majority scale. It baffles me how anyone can get away with such atrocious behavior.
All Lives Matter—Sorry, Not Sorry
When I first heard the reports about George Floyd, how he, a black man, had died at the hands of a white police officer, I could already feel the biting racist tone with which the skin colors were being presented. The media doesn't mention the killings of white people at the hands of law enforcement, regularly letting justice fall by the wayside in favor of not promoting what would be labelled a, "whites only agenda."
Yet when I look at the news about George Floyd I don't see an anti-racist agenda; all I see and hear, from almost everyone taking part, is division and derision on the grounds of race. The second it becomes, "a black man killed by a white officer," rather than, "another valued American citizen killed by a law enforcement officer," is the same second that racism is being promoted. We mustn't forget the definition of racism either, "the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races."
When you seek to separate people by race, you are being inherently racist and divisive so as to spread a racist message. What I saw was not a white man killing a black man; I saw a law enforcement officer who is meant to uphold a higher standard, kneeling atop a man who seemed to have no real way to fight back. That man wasn't black nor any other color, he was simply begging for his life and for a mercy he would not receive.
Now his name, his message of love he tried to give to the underprivileged, is being silenced under the racism of self-proclaimed anti-racists who are rioting and protesting, supposedly, on behalf of his justice. All lives matter, and to racially charge everything is to admit to racism.
Justice for George Floyd
From what his friends and loved ones have been saying of him, the information I can glean from online, George Floyd was a gentle man with a rough past. His idea of what the future should be was one of unity, love, acceptance, and kind nature. He wanted us to revel in one another, so as to see each other benefiting where the powers that be only want to see us divided.
We, as a nation, are letting George down with our racist behavior. It is about time we start seeing people as people, not as skin colors and privileges. Protest, speak out, and riot if you must; I fully support justice in all its forms, but we all need to take a deep look into eliminating racism outright on all sides.
Let's make sure that George Floyd can rest easy as he looks on from the afterlife, and end this rampant racism here in America.
Kyler J Falk (author) from California on June 02, 2020:
@Bushra: Thank you so much, Bushra! Long time, no see as well!
Kyler J Falk (author) from California on June 02, 2020:
@Noah: I suppose my biggest worry in classifying the people racially, immediately, is that as a majority America cannot handle it. We can see that when we do so, every time, a good message gets hijacked on the grounds of race. It would be one thing if the media pushed it as an "American" issue, but our media pushes it as a "race" issue and further divides the people by race.
So, perhaps it isn't an issue of pointing out their skin color, it is the veiled racism hidden within the media's vitriol and constant push for the "white vs. black" narrative. You should see some of the things I'm getting told too.
I'm being widely accused of racism elsewhere, as we speak, over this article and the next one I wrote.
Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on June 01, 2020:
Noah G from Saint Paul, MN on June 01, 2020:
Police brutality towards any race is a serious issue. All races, including Whites, suffer from it. That's absolutely important to acknowledge, and many of the proposed reforms – body cams, police training, diverting police funds to mental health & education – would benefit all races.
At the same time, Blacks are 3× more likely than Whites (and 2× as likely as Latinos) to be killed by police officers. Blacks are also 1.4× as likely to be unarmed in fatal police interactions as Whites. And Blacks are incarcerated at a rate 5× that of Whites.
For those reasons, I respectfully disagree that describing a "Black man killed by a White officer" unnecessarily colors the perception. It's appropriate to highlight race because there are well-documented racial disparities in law enforcement.
Those Internet comments are definitely inexcusable, though. I wholeheartedly agree with Jordan Peterson and others who've said that the left is too obsessed with identity politics. We live in a democracy; race does not preclude you from entering a conversation.
Mapping Police Violence, https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/nationaltrends
Bureau of Justice Statistics, https://www.bjs.gov/
Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 31, 2020:
A system ran by individuals who would be eliminated if more individuals weren't okay with literal racism. However, I find that more often people will side with racism so long as it supports their opinions of how the world should be.
Trump is doing nothing but throwing fuel on the fire, undoing the kind things he has said with his veiled racism. So many problems, on all sides.
Thanks for reading!
Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on May 31, 2020:
You are talking about individual racist versus a system of racism. No comparison!
But hey....don’t worry.
Trump is a about to treat white people as brutally as America has always treated black people....(the anti Trumpers, anyway)
We will all get a lesson on what the system feels like.
A racist can’t destroy you.....the system can.