Many people say, “Hey – racism and racial incidents were in the past. Get over it and move on. Don’t rekindle old issues.” The problem is that racism and the brutality that comes with it are NOT just a historical issue. They’re STILL an issue. They’re a present reality for tens of millions of Americans. Who are we to say “Get over it” to people who are still living it?
When we talk about issues of race, we aren’t rekindling tension. The tension is a regular daily experience for many. For example:
* Black children are 4 times more likely to live in poverty than white children (link to Pew Research study below). And the only difference is skin color. Gandhi once said that “poverty is the worst form of violence.”
* Black men are 3 times more likely to be killed by police when use of force is utilized (link below).
* Killings of black men by whites are 8 times more likely to be ruled justifiable than killings of white men (link below).
Those are just a few examples of many. Should we not raise awareness and help correct the situation?
Should we just ignore the problem and tell these children that we don’t care? And should we do nothing to make society more equitable? Just ignore it and hope it goes away?
Maybe the problem is that this isn’t a problem for some of us so we aren’t really concerned about it. Maybe we’d feel differently if it was us who couldn’t check our skin color at the door.
This info on black children being 4 times more likely to live in poverty is from the Pew Research Center https://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/15/us/black-children-poverty-pew-research-center.html?ref=oembed&referer=https://www.nytimes.com/svc/oembed/html/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F07%2F15%2Fus%2Fblack-children-poverty-pew-research-center.html
Black men 3 times more likely to be killed by police when use of force is used. The study is from the American Journal of Public Health: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/20/health/black-men-killed-by-police/index.html
Killings of blacks by whites are 8 times more likely to be ruled justifiable. This is according to a new Marshall Project examination of 400,000 homicides committed by civilians between 1980 and 2014. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/upshot/killings-of-blacks-by-whites-are-far-more-likely-to-be-ruled-justifiable.html?ref=oembed&referer=https://www.nytimes.com/svc/oembed/html/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F08%2F14%2Fupshot%2Fkillings-of-blacks-by-whites-are-far-more-likely-to-be-ruled-justifiable.html