Sunday, August 17, 2014
Some Call It "Justice," I Just Call It "Looting"
I don't believe that anyone thought for a second that racism had vanished from the hearts and minds of all Americans, but let's face it: America has come a long way since segregation. As far as we've come, race tensions still hold fast. However, the race issues of the 21st century are not your grandma's race issues. The problem today is that any time a non-black person kills a black person, the immediate assumption is that the killing was racially motivated.
Allow me to illustrate my point. It's pretty safe to assume that just about everyone is aware of the Trayvon Martin - George Zimmerman case; and now it's likely that most Americans are aware of the Michael Brown and Darren Williams case. But how many people know about the case of Robert Arnold and James Whitehead?
I never heard about it until today. Apparently, it was not a big deal, because when I attempted to conduct research on this incident, I couldn't find any information about it on any of the major news outlets. Low-hanging fruit I suppose.
At any rate, Robert Arnold was an Orange County Police captain who shot James Whitehead, an Iraq War veteran, in an O'Reilly's Autoparts parking lot. Arnold is black, Whitehead is white. Arnold was off duty, and was at the store. Whitehead was getting into a verbal altercation with a store employee because the part he bought didn't work. Arnold attempted to stop the altercation, and he asked Whitehead to step outside. A verbal altercation ensues, and Whitehead is physical enough without actually attacking Arnold that Arnold felt the need to draw his off-duty gun.
Long story short, Arnold shoots Whitehead. All accounts indicate that Whitehead was an asshole, but all accounts indicate that Whitehead was trying to leave while Arnold prevented him from leaving.
My point is, a black, off-duty, police officer shoots and kills an unarmed white man, and the nation does not hear so much as a peep about it. Where were the race riots? Where was the burning and looting of businesses? Where was the civil rights investigation?
The race problem in America is that whenever a black person is shot by a non-black, the African American community surrounding that particular victim attempts to pain the victim as some sort of saintly angel who was just innocently strolling down the street until an evil, sadistic, racist white guy rode up to brutally execute the victim. Nevermind that in both of these cases--Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown--that both victims had a history of violence and social deviance.
Hell, there is a video showing Michael Brown robbing a convenience store the same day he the incident with Officer Williams took place. Are we honestly supposed to believe that an officer with no prior record of violence--with no complaints against him at all, and who had just recently received a medal for exemplary service in the line of duty--just got mad at a kid that punked him and decided to execute him in full view of "witnesses"? Or is it more plausible that Michael Brown--a man who had just violently robbed a convenience store that same day--engaged in a physical altercation with an officer of the law?
Regardless of what happened, many African Americans in Ferguson felt the need to start burning and looting local businesses. Some report that it's out-of-towners doing all of the damage, but the crowds of rioters--by all reports--are predominantly black. The same people calling for "justice" think that justice comes in the form of committing crimes against innocent citizens.
They call for justice, they call for greater equality, and non-blacks are left asking them "how much more equality do you want?!" Non-blacks are already passed over for job offers and promotions because of Affirmative Action. Being white does not get you preferential treatment for college acceptance, but being not-white can get you to the head of the line. Whenever a black person kills a white person, we don't hear so much as a peep. But when a white person kills a black person, it makes national headlines.
The race problem is that all whites--whenever they make a decision that adversely affects a person of color--are accused of being racist. Well guess what: that is racist. If I stated that "every black male is a gangsta thug niggah," I would immediately be branded a racist. If a black person says that "every white male is a racist cracka," everyone just agrees and moves on.
The riots and the looting should be evidence that many calling for justice and equality don't even really understand those concepts. They're using events like the Michael Brown shooting as an excuse to literally do as they please under the guise of "peaceful protest." As if it couldn't be any more ridiculous, they then complain about being tear gassed as they burn down the convenience store that Michael Brown robbed. A man gets robbed, and so his store gets burned down.
Yeah, that's justice alright!