Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The World Keeps Spinning

There are many reasons why I don't post much anymore. One the main reasons is that regardless of the situation that arises, it seems I've already dealt with it in the past. Here's a couple of lines from a post I wrote back in August of 2008. I think it makes perfect sense in the light of the court decision over the weekend. 



There are those that will accuse me of being a whiner or playing the victim card or the race card (whatever the f&^K that means), but until you've had to walk a mile in the shoes of someone else, you shouldn't judge them. The question I would ask is how many indignities does someone have to suffer before they have a legitimate right to complain? How many times does a society have to show that it considers you a less valued member before you can cry foul? How many times do have to be made to feel almost sub human before you say enough? How many times do you have to passed by for less qualified people who just happen to be white before you have the right to make some noise? How many times have I have heard people say that the racial problem would go away if people would just stop bringing it up. That always amuses me because it reminds of the attitude of many Southerners during the civil rights era. There are many quotes from people saying that there was no racial problem in the South. It was those agitators from up North that were stirring up the blacks. It's amazingly easy not to question a system that works in your favor. I have lived in NYC for 30 years and you would be amazed at the number of times that a minority has been "accidentally" shot or otherwise abused by the police. The amazing thing is that during all of the time that I've been here, there has never been an "accidental" shooting or incident of brutal violence by NY's finest against anyone who wasn't "of color". I find that an amazing coincidence. And I might have chalked it up to coincidence if I hadn't been subjected to sub-human treatment at the hands of the NYCPD myself.


There is some notion in the press that this is some kind of transformative event, but even if the improbable happens and Obama were to win, the facts on the ground would remain the same. The richest of us will continue to maintain and grow those fortunes on the backs of the poorest of us. Racists and bigots would continue to be racists and bigots. Who you know is still going to be more important that what you know and the police will continue to "accidentally" shoot and abuse minorities.This piece is probably a little more rambling than I would have liked it to be, but I'm just God damned tired of people trying to tell me what me what my reality is. or why I shouldn't feel the way I do about the police. Or why we don't live in country where the color of your skin can give you an advantage. I don't live in that fantasy land. The real truth is that America can be deadly if you happen to be in the wrong place and are the wrong color. Do you think that we would have heard of either John McCain or George W. Bush if they were born into the same circumstances as Obama? Comedian Chris Rock tells a joke about the fact that there wasn't one white person in his audience who trade places with him in spite of the fact that he was rich. That may have been intended as a joke, but it is also the reality of America.
It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. Until next time. 





2 comments:

Beach Bum said...

There are many quotes from people saying that there was no racial problem in the South.

Being a white guy who tends to blur into the background, generally because I hate talking to idiots and rather remain silent when I am around them, I love hearing Southerns complain about how they are not racists but...

You can probably fill in the rest of that statement for yourself because I have long since tuned them out. Long story short while superficially race relations are much better than they were in the 50’s or 60’s the usual suspects have just re-entrenched and cloak their true attitudes when in public. Of course, I know that is old news for you.

SJ said...

Yeah I just read Tom Degan's post at The Rant(that dude still blows me away) and have to concede I don't want to devote the energy to arguing with people on the wrong side of this issue, or who want to conveniently explain it away; their unspoken motives are too obvious and shameful. A guy at Slate wrote that people were overreacting to this teenager's death, someone again trying to flatten it all somehow and iron out whatever attendant racism lead Zimmerman to the point where he profiled a kid, followed a kid, (despite being told not to by the police dispatcher,) ultimately harassing, fighting and killing him. The tide line of racism across all of our minds in America is one of the most embarrassing aspects of our collective psyche, but when it drives a man who even in his, rent-a-cop, neighborhood way to thoughtlessly fight and kill somebody who, -let's face it-, he was actually supposed to be protecting, well, the least we can do is not pretend this was all some big misunderstanding. ...the absolute least we can do.
-SJ