Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Why Am I Not Surprised?

Why am I not surprised that the usual conservative angry white males are screaming 'racism' in light of the recent controversy involving Professor Gates BS arrest and the Cambridge, MA Po-Po's?

The same wallowing in white male privilege people who refuse to acknowledge their ignorance of the concept that racism=prejudice plus power.

It's laughable that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are quick to holler that President Obama is an 'angry Black man' or has 'problems with white people'.

You know it's bad when Faux News distances themselves from your comments.

The bottom line is that African Americans and white Americans will never see eye to eye about the police. You believe in that 'Officer Friendly' po-po's can do no wrong myth.

We have a negative perception and suspicious hostility to the police rooted in our 400 years of life in America. They were used as the stormtroopers enforcing white supremacy. It never fails that we hear accounts of institutional racism within the police forces of this nation. Far too many innocent Black men, women and children across all ages have died and continue to die as the result of confrontations with white cops.

Oscar Grant ring a bell? Sean Bell? LaTanya Haggerty?

There's a bitter joke that transcends generations in the Black community.

What do you call a Black man with a PhD?


That bitter joke took new life with Professor Gates arrest. It also brought all those painful memories of negative interactions of African-Americans and white dominated police departments back to the surface.

Combine that that with the racially different perceptions of this incident based on what side of the racial divide you live on and we have a recipe for drama.

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