Message to the Right: Racism is Alive and Well in America

I realize I have covered this topic already in the last day, but our friend Jeff has written such a thoughtful post, expressing himself far better than I could, that I simply had to share it. Thank you, Jeff.

On The Fence Voters

When it comes to race in this country, I sometimes hesitate to weigh in. After all, I’m a 58-year-old white male. What gives me the right to comment on the plight of African-Americans and other people of color when I haven’t experienced the kind of institutional racism they have?

I’d be remiss if I didn’t say anything, though. The rage I feel inside is real. It’s called empathy, the last time I checked. It’s putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, or at least an ability to think in that manner.

When I see a white cop with his knee on the neck of a black man screaming, “I can’t breathe!” my first instinct is to say to the white policeman, “take your goddamn knee off his neck, you’re killing him!” If that were me suffering the same fate, I’d like to think most would mouth those very same words.


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14 thoughts on “Message to the Right: Racism is Alive and Well in America

    • I know the feeling. You know what made me the maddest though? It was seeing those other 3 cops just standing there watching. Like you, had I been there, I think I would have killed the cop, or at least tried, and if they arrested me, it would have been worth it. But three other police officers stood there and watched. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  1. Hello Jill. A point being under reported is the police arresting journalist with no explanation. These are clearly marked, badge, clearly journalist with logos of their companies the police are arresting, harassing, and in one case with a local affiliate shot directly at the reporter while she was online with rubber bullets. The first time we don’t see the officer, the next two times he looks right at the reporter, raises his weapon and targets her. He was enjoying his power in the situation. The police are trying to condition the people to the idea they are the authority, the ultimate power, they are the law unto themselves. They are trying to reinforce the idea that this is normal for them to remove reporters and to stop reporting on their own activities. They blame the news for pointing out their wrong doing, their killing black people. So they want to make it so reporters don’t dare report on the police. Hugs

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    • Yes, I saw that … and mentioned it in a later post. What do you expect when for four years Trump has denigrated the press and referred to them as the “enemy of the people”? Sigh. Let’s hope they fail in their efforts to ‘normalize’ this behaviour and intimidate the press, for if we lose our free press, then we have lost everything. Hugs.

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  2. Trump is flaming the fires of hate by holding Antifa and the Radical Left responsible for rioting & looting. Totally baseless and false accusation, that’s who we have as “leader” of the free world.

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  3. as protesters march on Trump Tower in Chicago & the White House, a frank media might point out the death of Mr.Floyd happened under a democrat mayor, democrat senator, democrat governor, with a democrat county prosecutor. the only person who did shit was a republican. Trump.

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