Brown v Board of Education, the landmark 1954 supreme court ruling that segregated schools were unconstitutional, should have meant she and fellow pupils could take their places at Central High. But Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas, in the deep south, remained defiant and used the national guard to block their enrollment. The African American children were left in limbo for three weeks.[adapted]
Three weeks later, on 25 September, the group braved a hostile white crowd, climbed the school steps, and were escorted to class by US army troops. They became known and revered as the Little Rock Nine.
The cases or white racism can be found spread out across social media platforms, in newspapers, on television, in some history books, on websites, and even on podcasts.
They are so myriad and voluminous that we are almost numb to them.
Specific instances of it are so egregious that they stoke much of the anger that we have seen across the country culminating in violent street protests.
There was never any question about racism in America, the world understands the promise of America but it is not delusional about the past and present of America.
What makes America’s racism so intransigent is that it is Government policy, enforced by police.
Contrary to what you may have heard about racism in America, that somehow the government is working tirelessly to eradicate this ugly and ignorant scourge from itself, it is not true.
Racism is codified in literally every law passed at every level in America.
It is validated and where necessary brought back by the highest court in the country. (See Shelby Alabama Vs Holder). (See citizens united).
It is not like there is a set of laws that are being dismantled ever so slowly, with hope for a brighter future.
Many younger white people are morbidly racist, misogynistic, and Islamophobic as their older counterparts, even as many are enlightened and brave in fighting against injustices in a system they did not help to create.
Arkansas Republican US Senator Tom Cotton, and Florida Republican Representative Matt Gaetz are two that immediately comes to mind.
It is no great wonder then, that the vast majority of cases of racism in America, somehow has police playing some part in the whole affair.
American police see themselves as enforcers of the social construct in its original intent.
They envisage themselves as the last line of defense between an endangered fragile white America and an imaginary invading horde of black and brown, lesser humans, who are determined to tear down the castle walls.
As the most recognizable face of racism in America, the incoherent, inarticulate Donald Trump, made the case on Wednesday, August 12th in Texas:
“You know the suburbs, people fight all of their lives to get into the suburbs and have a beautiful home,” Trump said during a talk in Midland, Texas. “There will be no more low-income housing forced into the suburbs. … It’s been going on for years. I’ve seen conflict for years. It’s been hell for suburbia.”
This from the guy who was sued by the Federal government years ago for refusing to allow Black people access to his buildings. This is also the guy who wanted the innocent Central Park five executed, and still refuses to acknowledge their innocence today.
The guy who said that violent racists in Chorletsville were ‘good people”.
Yes the same one who has thousands of children locked away in cages.
“Oh my. I mean, it’s not even a dog whistle anymore,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D‑Conn.) wrote on Twitter. “Our President is now a proud, vocal segregationist.”
As Black Lives Matter activists march, and as people of all color took to the streets to demand fundamental change in the way police operate in America, the fundamentalist right who are the defenders of white supremacy will not go willingly.
They have had well over four hundred years to entrench heir roots deep into the national consciousness.
Someone said, “a hit dog holler”, the blatant racism you see and hear will get a lot worse before anything gets better.
They are not even pretending that they care to hide the unimaginable racist attacks they level at people of color, and why should they?
Trump is their leader and they believe that he will be in office forever, giving legitimacy to their most base instincts.
One sergeant of police in Colorado Springs tried to hide behind pseudonyms
while encouraging people and his colleagues to kill all of the protesters blocking thoroughfares.
it was not a one-time error in judgment, he made the same comments in more than one social media posts which was eventually investigated and we are told he was, get this.….….….……suspended for five days.
Sergeant Keith Wrede made the comments on June 30. The first comment was made in response to a live stream of a Black Lives Matter protest where demonstrators blocked an interstate for over an hour.
Here is the kicker.…..
CSPD Chief Vince Niski wrote a letter to the public Monday expressing his solidarity with those outraged by Wrede’s online behavior — calling his comments “unprofessional, distasteful, and not reflective of our department” — but also defending his decision not to fire him.
Here it is people.….…
“While his statements were harmful and reprehensible, I cannot deprive the community of a good police officer and his services because of an isolated incident of an error in judgment.”
I hope you did not miss the part about a “good police officer and his services”. It lined right up with Donald Trump’s characterization of violent racist in Chorletsville, ‘as good people’.
So a demonstrably mentally-deranged, sociopathic, wannabe, mass-murderer, is deemed to be a good officer and is allowed to continue wearing a badge and gun, to dispense his brand of law enforcement on people of color in Colorado Springs Colorado.
Based on these irrefutable facts, it is important that Black people understand, that when white people talk about good police officers, their idea of good cops does not comport with their idea of what that may look like.
Considering of course that the vast majority of African-Americans have never been exposed to anything that could be characterized factually, as good policing.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer,
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