Over on Facebook, a bunch of people who are friends of friends or who find my posts because the topics are “trending” have said some decidedly racist things about Mike Brown and the Ferguson situation more generally. I’m always amazed what people are willing to write under their own names … until I realize that these people honestly don’t think they’re being racist, mostly, it seems, because they think of racism as something that happens to white guys like them.
Here’s one example:
Racism? I am growing very weary of hearing this thrown out there anytime a white guy is involved in an incident with someone from another race. If there is racism involved, it is wrong and should not be tolerated. What is also wrong and should not be tolerated is how quickly racism is cited as a person’s motivation. There is no evidence that the police were motivated by race. Have all their decisions in this issue been good ones? Not sure yet. I do know one thing. There is racism involved in this issue. It’s called the New Black Panthers.
In other threads I’ve been seeing demands for more black officers in black areas. I’m wondering just how many black people want to be police officers. With the fairly common gangster rap and “snitches get stitches” mentality you probably have a smaller pool of interested candidates. You can’t force them to be police. You can’t force them to run for city council or mayor in Ferguson.
Babies are being beheaded, men are being crucified, and women are being kidnapped by the dozens and hundreds in Iraq yet this one upstanding guy *possibly* gets murdered and all of a sudden people get worked up into a frenzy about violence. So sorry if I find this guy’s death fairly non shocking for now but sympathy for *possibly* murdered thugs is not my thing.
In the first case, the guy is saying the following: “I’m not yet sure if all the decisions made by police in this case — including shooting an unarmed kid and tear-gassing peaceful protesters — were good ones. But I *do* know that the racism I definitely see in this case is coming from the black people.”
In the second case, well, that’s just overtly racist.
And when I told these two guys (both of whom are white gun activists who commented initially because they were deeply offended by my insinuation that white gun activists were hypocrites when it came to Ferguson) that their comments sounded pretty racist, they were shocked and horrified that I would make such a statement about them!
Shame on you!! Racist is a very heavy label. I’ve said nothing (and never will) against another race. The point I was making is that racism can go in all directions, not just white towards black. This country is far too quick to jump to racism as a motivation.
And Guy #2:
WTF are you smoking?? I said I have seen hardcore racism firsthand. I’ve seen it done to and done by different races. A friend did it to a black guy and we are no longer friends because of it. I had it done to me in HS and after I got out of the Army.
So, yeah. People get pretty angry when you tell them that they’ve just written some incredibly racist things. Go figure.