Let's try the truth for a change.
I know we all know it.
Let's admit it, just for once in our lives.Racism is alive and well in Amerika
Don’t be ashamed to admit it. It's not really our fault.
Before I answer why, let's look at a few points.
First, hate crimes are illegal. This is a good thing, maybe.
Is it reality?
Or is it a law using smoke and mirrors to hide reality?
Next, and be honest now. If you're a white guy in a group of white guys and one black guy, what happens when the black guy says, "I've got to get going. Talk to you guys later."
I can ask this because I'm a white guy, and I've heard the conversation change, turn racist and ugly.
I'm not saying I'm any better, like most of you I either felt really uncomfortable and left too, or stayed and added my two cents worth of racist bullshit.
I've also been in situations where I've been the minority in groups of blacks, or Latinos. They either gave me dirty looks, ignored me or we got along fine. Regardless of how I felt, I was afraid.
This is really harder to write than I thought it would be.
It all seems so weird and vague.
I know non-whites probably feel just as uncomfortable among a group of white people.
What possible good can result from this hidden disease?
Hate crime laws can’t hide it. It a cover-up. It's always there, just below the surface.
My wife locks her car doors when going through "bad" neighborhoods because she's afraid.
But afraid of what exactly?
What are we all afraid of?
What makes us afraid of each other and why?
These are odd questions, and hard to answer.
But recently there have been some very tangible results that can be used to gauge the impact of these fears.
Hurricane Katrina. What people were abandoned?
The poor and mostly non-whites.
If every white person that evacuated New Orleans in their car prior to Katrina's strike had taken one or two non-whites with them, the horror of the Superdome and Convention Center would never have occurred.
People had known for years that the levees might break.
What possible reason could have stopped rational people from trying to help out others less able to leave?
What about the government? Is this anyway to treat an American citizen?
"Looting" a case of beer.
That brings me to my answer to the questions "why it's not our fault" and why "dying Black people don't matter."
It's simple really.
Under the facade and cloak of trying to be intolerant of and shocked by racism, the truth of the matter is, that it's in the best interest of the government to keep racism alive and burning bright in the minds of Americans.
"Preposterous" you say?
Consider this, a great deal of what this country's government is involved in is not only immoral, (depleted uranium bullets, assassinations, lies about weapons of mass destruction, attacks on sovereign nations), imperialistic, (control of oil resources and countries that have them by means of military occupation), and downright Un-American, (Money ties to big business, no-bid contracts to favored corporations, patriot acts to subvert citizen's freedoms, etc.).
What better way to keep the American People from joining together and scrutinizing their behaviors than by keeping American people apart by fear.
Crime rates go down, news reports show nothing but murders.
Terrorists are everywhere. We must be afraid of our neighbors. They may be the enemy.
The government is using fear, breeding fear in all of us, fear against each other, to hide the ugly truth. They are not acting in the best interest of The People.
They want us all to be afraid.
To not talk to each other.
To avoid each other as the "other."
Someone that might be dangerous.
Racism is the perfect answer. As long as we fear and hate each other for the unfounded reason of race, the Government can go about its business undetected.
As long as we are at war with each other, the government will be free to wage war against the world, sending our children to die in the act of stealing resources from other countries for the profit of the Corporations.
As Bob Marley pointed out when he sang a speech of Halle Selassie in the song "War"
"Until the philosophy which holds one race superior to another
is finally and permanently abandoned
Everywhere is war.
Until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance
than the color of his eyes,
there is war."
And that's why dying black people don't matter.
In the stratified world of global economics and power,
any people dying don't matter.
You and me included.