We are color-blind. One of us grew up in the deep south and grew up playing with children with darker skin and didn’t care; the other was a sailor’s son and lived in military bases across the country with other families of mixed racial origin and didn’t care. Neither of us today give a rat’s ass what your skin color is.
That said… We are avid news watchers, and we are also dedicated researchers. So a lot of our time is spent online, naturally, looking up information for our various writing projects. We have found something interesting, and just want to pass this on in the form of an information graph. This is not scientific, merely our observation… but it might also make you really pissed off.
With all the recent news coverage of the death of black men by police officers (and also the Trayvon Martin death by the newly-added “white Hispanic” racial descriptive), we also noted something very specific and we wanted to share our findings.
Race of person who died while in police custody / was there a riot? / did Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson insert themselves to inflame racial tensions? / Did people lose their businesses and did people lose their jobs due to the destruction caused by rioters reacting to a police-related death? Here’s what we found:
Race? Any riots? Sharpton or Jackson? Property destroyed / jobs lost?
White No No No
Asian No No No
Spanish No No No
Irish No No No
European No No No
S. American No No No
Black Yes Yes Yes
Our question is this, then: Why do people with brown or dark brown skin (sorry, we cannot bring ourselves to say “African-American” because there is no “United States of Africa-America) have to destroy property and cause people to lose their jobs or their businesses they spent lifetimes building because they don’t like that someone of similar skin color died in police custody? Never mind that those men who died in police custody had long police records, according to news reports we have heard on TV.
We believe in what the great Martin Luther King, Jr. did and said. He would, in our opinion, be ashamed of what people with the same skin color as he are doing today. What does rioting and destruction of personal property and personal injury gain anyone? Not one damn thing.
We’re waiting now for President Obama to apologize to the world for having the same skin color as those people who burned down Ferguson and Baltimore… And shame on Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rollins-Blake for first telling the rioters that is was okay to destroy peoples’ property as a version of free speech: “It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well, and we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.” Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/baltimore-unrest/mayor-stephanie-rawlings-blake-under-fire-giving-space-destroy-baltimore-n349656e
So, Riddle Us This: why do brown-skinned people have to riot and destroy when they don’t like something? We are just asking, that is all… and is this what we want to be teaching our children? Shame on us all..