Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Racism Divides Americans

Historically, the people with racially motivated mentality were addicted to victimizing and enslaving the non white folks. Beyond doubt, the said bitter reality still haunts Americans. That’s why, the ‘civil rights leaders’ have been advocating for self reliance for people of color because they realised that people of color were brainwashed to become dependent on the Whites for the necessities of life.

The curse of racism includes individual bias, stereotyping, prejudice, hate-mongering, hate speech, assaults and murder to anti-immigrant actions, labor market segmentation, police brutality, racial profiling, and unequal incarceration rates.

However, the “civil rights movement” successfully minimized white privilege with the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. By ending Jim Crow segregation and overturning racist electoral practices, these laws instituted an “equal playing field” — disparities in life-chance could no longer be made on the basis of race.

But, overwhelming evidence shows that racism is alive and real in American society, __Pl See! Racism and Structural Solutions (Michael A. McCarthy) http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/1609
Obviously, American peace is in serious trouble as the St. Louis County grand jury ended weeks of uncertainty with a finding of “no true bill” — legalese for no probable cause to indict Wilson on charges of killing Michael Brown, 18, in August. http://www.thestar.com/news/2014/08/15/police_michael_brown_shot_after_store_robbery.html

Immensely destructive reaction to the verdict: Grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 death by shooting of Michael Brown led to eruption of sporadic violence in Ferguson that grew more intense as the night wore on. Police cars were vandalized and several gunshots were fired. At least a dozen buildings were torched during night of looting, vandalism, arson and clashes between protesters and the police.

 “We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions,” the family of Brown said in a statement. “The death of Mr. Brown is "heartbreaking," as President Obama said Tuesday, but it is also a reminder of the toxic racial legacy that still infects cities and suburbs across America.” http://idolforums.com/index.php?showtopic=715235&st=0

The president said first and foremost the nation is built on the rule of law. He said despite anger and intense disagreement on either side, Americans need to accept the decision that the grand jury made. He also called on law enforcement to use restraint and also called for more training for law enforcement to treat people fairly while fighting crime and noted that many Americans feel the law isn’t applied equally. "I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur," he said.

"As they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury's decision as an excuse for violence ... from the vast majority who just want their voices heard around legitimate issues in terms of how communities and law enforcement interact. Mr Obama said the decision of the grand jury was always going to be a subject of intense disagreement across the country and called for calm. "First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law," he said. "And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make.

All eyes now are focused on Ferguson, where the evening announcement came as an alliance of more than 50 protest groups were gearing up for mass demonstrations against the decision. Protests are also planned in more than 75 other U.S. cities right from Los Angeles to New York. The protesters/marchers waved signs and shouted chants of “Hands Up! Don’t shoot,” the slogan that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the U.S. The demand is arrest Darren Wilson. Make it happen, Mr. President. You have the power insofar as no one can really stop you from doing whatever you want to do. Then inform the mob that, having gotten what they wanted, they can all just go home.

As discussed above, “Jury found 'no probable cause exists' to file charges.” "They discussed and debated the evidence among themselves before arriving at their collective decision," Mr McCulloch said. "After their exhaustive review of the evidence, the grand jury deliberated over two days, making their final decision."

The shooting death of the unarmed teen ager, a resident of the predominantly African-American city of Ferguson, sparked days of riots and protests. The grand jury, with nine white and three black members, had been meeting since late August and heard evidence including witnesses called by the prosecution as well as a private pathologist hired by the Brown family to review the shooting.

Furthermore, lawyers for the victim’s family claimed the teen was trying to surrender when he was shot at least six times, while Wilson's supporters said he feared for his life and opened fire in self-defence.
Brown was suspected of having stolen cigars from a nearby convenience store shortly before the incident.

An environment of the existing deep mistrust between communities needs to be replaced through media and during the schooling years to ensure national unity based on equality rights with guaranteed fair treatment for all. The police must be focused on “to serve and to protect.” Defusing the crisis depends on Mr Obama as he enjoys the right of issuing executive order to solve the crisis when Congress and the Senate are inactive.


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