I have a problem. I was recently involved in a conversation where I was told that racism has been eradicated for black people; currently white people were the racial group being targeted and persecuted. So then I did what I always do, I got out that conversation and wrote a satirical piece entitled: A Friendly Open Letter to Caucasian Americans Everywhere. I was laughing while I was writing it, cited a cool sources, made many cultural references/ jokes. It was wonderful until I read the article out-loud to my blogging advisers.
They asked that I give them a hour head start before I post it, to avoid the back lash and guys in hoods mounted on horses. So here is my perennial problem I have had with talking about race in general: I am scared. It’s the only topic where my normal fearlessness wavers. Why ? because every time I speak about it, it is an act of insurrection. Here are a list of responses you get when you mention racism:
- It doesn’t exist
- It’s not as bad as it once was
- You’re ethnic group is racist too
- You live in the past
- This black guy named Darnell robbed me once
It rarely happens (but it does thankfully) that someone will acknowledge the logical possibility that racism still exists in this country. Meanwhile when I am in a car on a NJ highway or I see a cop looking my way I am scared shit-less seriously. The Darrin Manning case says it all. (All information taken from: Cop ‘Stops And Frisks’ African American Teen, Literally Destroying His Genitals)
SUMMARY: A 16-yr-old African American boy was sexually assaulted by a police officer during a “stop and frisk” pat-down. The assault was committed with such violence that the youth’s testicles were literally ruptured. Now, Darrin Manning of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania may never be able to father children, according to the doctors who performed surgery on his virtually destroyed testicles.
Here’s the kicker, police said the students were wearing ski masks and ran off. Manning and other players said they were wearing hoodies, hats and scarves that the school had given them to keep warm on a record cold day. During the arrest, Manning said, a male cop roughed him up, and while he was handcuffed, a female cop pulled on his genitals so hard while frisking him that a testicle ruptured.
Some readers were upset that reporters had mentioned that the kid was black and the cop was white saying that race had nothing to do with it. Many felt that because there were reports of large groups of students causing trouble around the city the cops were justified in stopping them. Some have even said that as Darrin is accused of resisting arrest and aggravated assault that he deserves what he got. This 16 year old honor student, with no criminal record, may end up in jail serving time after all he has been through
This is My Point
There is something wrong when after such a brutal attack Manning’s mother can be grateful: “I’m just grateful that they didn’t just kill him .”
This is my point: What I say is not considered valid and not socially acknowledge. When I get frustrated for not being heard and write something cynical or satirical as I have not just on this blog but in school and other areas of my life, I get chastised for coming off too strong for being to unrelenting, for not providing solutions, for bringing up bringing up old problems, for being friends with Darnell. If I didn’t resort to such extreme of presenting my opinion would I ever be heard? If I didn’t write on this blog would there be any outlet for me to start conversations about this topic or other serious topics?
So my question to you, is the same I ask my past gf every Wednesday night: How rough do you want it? How much can you take?
BTW- If you happen to be Caucasian, would you mind reading my satirical article? I would like to get your opinion on a few things. I need some advice and guidance.