Until then I again present a column from the past that unfortunately is as relevant today as it was when written years ago.
I HAVE FRIENDS
I’ve stated this many times but it appears today’s world isn’t listening.
I don’t have Black friends.
Never have never will.
I don’t have Brown or White friends either.
I HAVE FRIENDS.
Sadly the current state of affairs in America appears to be falling down “racial” lines.
Of course for those who actually understand biology there is no such thing as a black or white race but I’m tired of explaining that one too.
Due to this fatigue I’ve decided, for this post, to jump in with the rest of world and use bigoted terms like Black and White.
It seems to be the only way any information is passed these days so without further ado.
It’s safe to say that currently the theme crossing the country on networks and social media is that Black Men/Women are having a dramatically different “experience” in America and that White Men/Women will never understand the racism, abuse and the daily murder of Blacks taking place.
Furthermore because of this “institutional racism” Black Men/Women don’t have any chance to be successful today, tomorrow or any time in the future.
The system is broken and it’s time for White People to get woke and admit they are racists, that they hate Black Men/Women and that reparations must be paid indefinitely to equal the playing field.
Even if all that were to take place there is still no way White Men/Women could or would ever understand the plight of Black Men/Women.
I’ll accept their premise and with anything that I am willing to accept I must apply logic.
If White People have no idea and will never understand what Black People are going through then logically we must accept that Black People will never understand what it is like to be White.
It’s not an opinion.
It’s simple logic.
If Whitey doesn’t have the capability then Blackie doesn’t either.
Now it’s time to do the Pros or the benefits of each supposed “race”.
Let’s start with Whitey.
Pros: Constitutional Rights, Electricity, the Automobile, Airplanes, AirCraft Carriers, the Cotton Gin/Industrial Revolution, Homogenization, Pasteurization, Vaccination (currently not too popular but in the appropriate hands life saving), the Television, Radio, Telephones, Cell phones, Movies, Computers, Satellites, The Internet and millions of other inventions that are used every day across the world by billions.
Now it’s Blackie’s turn.
Pros: Greatest Athlete I’ve ever seen, Greatest Basketball Player I’ve ever seen, Greatest Hitter (steroids included) I’ve ever seen and Motown.
Of course none of these possibilities would have been available to Blackie had Whitey not created Football, Basketball and Baseball, the record player and recording equipment so what does Blackie have to offer?
Abject poverty, ghettos, thugs and drugs?
Sounds pretty bad when put in those terms doesn’t it?
Of course it does because it’s bigotry.
White People didn’t create all those things listed.
Individuals named Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson, Edison, Tesla, The Wright Brothers, Whitney, Doubleday, Naismith, etc. did.
Black People didn’t earn those above titles.
Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, Barry Bonds and Berry Gordy did.
All White People aren’t rich right wing racists and all Black people don’t live in abject poverty, ghettos, thugs and drugs.
To believe that is not only bigotry, it is factually wrong.
America isn’t a Democracy.
We don’t protect the Majority or the Minority.
We protect the Individual.
Okay Jason that’s all well and good but Black men are being murdered daily across America by racist police.
First, law enforcement comes in all colors.
Second, law enforcement isn’t racist.
They are being stretched to the limit by too many horrible Mayors, Police Chiefs, Sheriffs and out of control citizens and criminal foreign nationals.
The front line men and women are doing the best they can with the situation they are in day and night.
Finally, more White men are killed by law enforcement than Black men and more law enforcement are killed by White and Black men than the other way around.
It isn’t a color thing.
That’s a bigoted view.
Law enforcement, starting with the Justice Department and the FBI is corrupt at many levels.
The Deputy, Officer or Trooper answering 911 calls is just trying to go home at night.
If we really want change it’s the politicians who are allowing the breakdown of our cities and towns so they can trade favors and line their pockets that have to be dealt with.
Otherwise the manipulation by those at the top will continue and those at the bottom will continue to be fed into the chipper.
Black or White doesn’t matter to them but they’ll continue to use it if we let it matter to us.