It was conveyed to me, from a reliable sourse, that there are more black people getting shot by police since 2008/2009 than blacks being lynched since the Civil War. Isn’t it ironic that this started happening AFTER the election of President Obama? One thing I love (not) is how others can call him a black man. He is not black, but bi-racial. Is that hard to understand? He has a German mother, who is white and an African father. I too am bi-racial and get very offended and upset by others calling me black, or try to make me identify myself as black, when I have white culture in me as well. It is the same as the term “African Americans” to describe black people. I dislike the use of that term for blacks. Why? There are South Africans, that are white. They too are African Americans. Just like people from Egypt are called Egyptians, but they are Africans. Either way it goes, all of Africa are Africans (South Africa, Egypt, Libya, etc.).
As I think about life in America, I think of how racist this country really is. Most people refuse to talk about race, saying we are better since we have a black (but I call him bi-racial) president in the white house. Most republicans talk about they want their country back and he is an Arab and things of this sort. He was the one that got Bin Laden, not Bush. Bush wanted to do what his father could not do, which was kill Hussein, now we have a greater thread – Isis. Funny how Hussein kept Isis at bay and killed Isis members until his death by his own people, which signify Isis want to gain control of the region. Now, here we are today right..
To be back on point – it is a shame police officers get away with murder. Shooting of innocent people (unarmed) is something police has been able to get away with for YEARS; yet they will arrest you for shooting other people. It is a shame that some cops make it bad for all cops, which is the same as cops judge others, yes? They judge one black person or mentally challenge person as that is the whole group.
I heard about the Utah gentleman that gotten shot and killed.. shot in the back by police officers. He had an afro and was not of fair skin. After the murder, the mother, who is white, said if her son was 100 percent white, the cops would not have shot him, but because he looks black, they shot first and apologize later. Who does this remind you of… George Zimmerman, maybe?
Racism used to occur a lot in the south, and now it is occurring a lot in the northern states now. The statue of Liberty and the national anthem states, “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Is it? Are we really free? Cops choose to be judge and executioner, even in states that does not support the death penalty. As a former military person, I have conflict of how this country view me and appreciate the blood and sweat I have suffered for it; just to be called names and constantly looked at as I go shopping in stores. Being of mixed race is just as bad as being black in society as we are judged as such.
We are good enough to play basketball for Team USA. We are good enough to box (boxing) for Team USA. We are even good enough for track and field for Team USA; but we are not good enough to be Americans AFTER we bring medals to the land of America. They are being treated like military veterans injured in combat, lost limbs, and returned to America – rotten and cruel; often called names. Funny how people say to me, as the movie of Tuskegee Airmen have shown as well – why do I want to fight for and willing to die for a country that thanks me by calling me “nigger.” My answer, I really don’t know. I have family members that are all former military, and I guess I have to keep that legacy alive, but that is a valid point. Society only see black, white, and Latin. Society don’t believe there is a such thing as bi-racial people.
Are we Americans when the mood suites you?
CF Boston Brian