The recent uprising in Ferguson as a result of the decision regarding police officer Darren Wilson and Mike Brown has been the center of almost every news story. When it comes to controversial topics in the media like this, I tend to keep my mouth shut and sit back and watch everyone voice their opinions. But this time was different.
It’s hard for me to listen to people say it’s not a race issue, because it is (regardless of much we don’t want it to be). Even worse? It’s not going to change. People like to think of the world as “fair” and “equal”, which it is… if you’re white. We tend to forget that the color of our skin comes with privileges, ones that we’re born with and don’t need to “do” anything to obtain.
I’m not saying I’m against police or anything of that matter. I don’t know enough about the details about the legal system to begin with. I don’t think it’s right to talk down on those who serve and protect us just because of the controversial actions of a few of them; however, I do think that perhaps this situation would have played out differently had the races of those involved been reversed or changed.
I’m not saying Mike Brown was innocent or did nothing wrong – I don’t know. None of us do. None of us were there. None of us will really know what went on during his interaction with the officer. The bottom line? No one deserves to die that young and under such brutal circumstances…. But if your heart doesn’t ache for the Brown family, there’s nothing I can do or say to change that.
I sincerely hope that someday more people will realize just how influential race is within our judicial system. I could include various statistics about just how common racially profiled crimes are, but why should I? If you didn’t believe that the Mike Brown situation was a race issue to begin with, you probably still don’t think it is now. I’m not asking you to change your mind or argue with me over the matter, I’m just asking you to consider where others are coming from.
Look, if you’re going to voice your opinions and have to include the phrase “I’m not racist but….”, save us all the trouble and keep your comments to yourself. This isn’t a white man’s battle.
We will never understand. We will never feel what they feel. Black lives matter. Everyone’s lives matter.
“If racism is something you’re sick of hearing about, imagine how exhausting it must be living it every day.” – Jon Stewart