It’s All About That RACE

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If you didn’t know, this blog is 5 years old.

In five years of owing and operating this website, I have only tackled race issues 4 or 5 times. My point is, I have never made race an issue on this website or any other website that I have contributed to…until now. So why now? Why dedicate 2016 to Race Relations? Well because although we have a Black President, our 1st, which in hide sight, I thought meant race relations would be better in America, plus the fact that and we have more interracial couples, mixed babies and blended families than ever before, we still have deep issues with race in America.

Sometimes it seems that nothing has changed since the original Civil Rights movement of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Think about it for a second, Dr. King was killed April 4. 1968, and nearly 50 years later blacks are still achieving firsts in history (which is cool and kinda sad at this point). They are still being treated unfairly by the justice department (this includes SOME police).

2015 a tough year to be black

2015 was the worst year of race relations that I’ve witnessed since 1992 when O.J. Simpson was found not guilty in the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and the LA Riots also in 1992. Ironically, nearly 25 years later and N.W.A.’s  “Straight Outta Compton” goes platinum and the bio-pic movie is one of the break-out hits of 2015, ranking in over 200 million dollars. N.W.A., the rap group consisting of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella and Eazy E, rapped about street life, drugs, sex, guns, cars and police violence in the ‘hood of every inner city in America. We were shocked 25 years ago, surprised by what they said, unless you lived in one of those inner cities then you were validated by their lyrics. And a quarter century later, we are still talking about both (next month A&E will air an original movie about OJ starring Cuba Gooding Jr, and John Travolta).

Also we are still seeing blacks being treated unjustly, unfairly and inhumane by the very people sworn to serve and protect us.

F*ck The Police? Uh well.

Police have a tough job to do, I would not want to trade places with them. They are faced with tough life or death situations all the time. They are underpaid and unappreciated. There are no “BUTS” to those statements. I respect the law and try to obey them whenever I am pulled over. I will talk more about my personal experiences later and they will surprise you.  However, we are seeing police kill black people in a variety of ways, choke holds (RIP Eric Garner), bullets (RIP Michael Brown, Tamar Rice) and even mysteriously (RIP Freddy Gray, Sandra Bland). Remember these names, we will be talking about them all year.

But then we see people – other people…okay white people, who engage in a  shoot-outs with police and get arrested without a scratch. And we saw a white man kill 8 black people while in church and was arrested without incident, in fact, they took him to get a burger afterwards. That was nice of those cops but where’s the same humane treatment for us?

Why does so many situations with blacks seem to be a life or death situation? Where are the tasers and rubber bullets?

Here some more interesting questions to consider:

Could a black or Hispanic kid get away with an Affluenza defense after killing 4 people while driving intoxicated?

Why is Andrew Luck considered the future of the NFL and Cam Newton is not?

Why is okay for comedians to make insensitive comments about race and sexuality?

Why is Morris Chestnut the only black actor male in a leading role on network television (drama not comedy)?

Why does everyone love the SHRM National conference but hardly anyone attends the SHRM Diversity and Inclusion conference?

How can you manage, develop and lead minorities if you are afraid to talk to them or can’t relate to them?

If white women make less than white men, then what do you think Asian, Hispanic, Indian and Black women make?

Lots of questions – not many answers, but I will try to give some insight into the mind of a black man (who does NOT speak for all black men or black people). I will say this, I love being black, Even with all the struggles and prejudices, I love being black and most things blacks. “Most things blacks?” well, honestly, sometimes black people get on my nerves too. Face tattoos, gold teeth, baggy pants, teen pregnancy, dropping out of high school, street language and being more consumers than savers really bothers me. Our kids tend to have bills before they have jobs and that ain’t right.

So as promised, we are talking about race relations this year, the next article will explain why #BlackLivesMatter and #PoorPeoplesLivesMatter trumps #AllLivesMatter

 

*Clip art is credit to Ebony Magazine – August 2015 Cover Art*