It's disappointing that a sizeable number of people are willing to simply listen to, believe and repeat the cries of 'racism' that they hear. Why do I think this?
Because of Emmett Till.
I don't think many of the people saying his name probably even knew who he was a month ago if they were honest. Even if, like me, you knew his story from 30 years ago there is nothing about the TM case that would make you link the two.
No, the only reason that Emmett Till is mentioned and brought up is because Crump did it first.
Even then, people wouldn't repeat it if they bothered to look at the facts. But of course people don't.
Someone on TV tells them what to believe and how to think and they follow along. They did it in the trial and they do it with evidence - the same bogus claims of a chain of events that never happened, twisted and manufactured at every turn, repeated at every occasion and the truth be damned.
This has to stop.
There cannot be progress until and unless there is honesty on both sides.
What America needs are Truth and Reconciliation hearings where the injustices of the past can be told and documented without the lies and spin. But I think the US is too divided and 'confrontational' to allow that to happen.
What needs to happen to bring about change? Change!
When black leaders are doing the same thing and trotting out the same rhetoric as they were 30 years ago, what makes anyone imagine that there will be a different outcome?
Isn't it time, after 30 years or more of these peoples so called 'leadership' that people questioned what it has brought and what their approach has accomplished? Has the community advanced under their watch or advanced any?
No wonder they want to distract attention away from what happens within it and make everything about what is done to them and away from what is done by them.
If we are being optimistic we can see Obamas speech as an admission that this has to happen. I hope that it is. There will be those who believe that it's all only about the injustices to black people and those who will want to use it as that for their own agenda. Let's not allow them to do that.
At the same time it explains the reactions and the feelings which is good.
Do we all believe every piece of it as presented? No, there are other reasons for reactions. When a white woman clutches her purse and looks nervous or people lock their car doors it can be because of the color of someone's skin but that doesn't make it prejudice. 'Experience' works both ways and with the much higher level of crime and massively disproportionate number of murders, muggings and rapes conducted by blacks people have a right to react how they do with suspicion and distrust inevitable.
Does that justify and excuse every occurrence of prejudice? No, of course not - but understanding and feelings and beliefs about injustices go both ways and both sides need to remember that.
People looking for and shouting for one-way-addressing of issues will be disappointed if progress is to be made because there are faults and injustices on both sides. Lets make sure demands for justice are fair and balanced and don't just contribute to feelings of resentment.