People say racism isn’t a problem we face today. Are you freaking kidding me? The riots earlier this year in Cincinnati have once again brought our nation’s racial tensions to the forefront. Citizens there rioted after an unarmed 19-year-old African-American was gunned down by police. Now granted, Timothy Thomas had 14 warrants for misdemeanors, was running from police and the officer who shot him says he believed Thomas was reaching for a gun. However, this is the 15th black crime suspect killed by Cincinnati police since 1995, and the fourth since November. That is racist and is only an example.
I was driving down I-45 one day when I got pulled over because my inspection sticker was expired. That was obviously not the only law I was breaking. The passenger with me was a black guy. The officer asked us both for our driver’s licenses. When the passenger told him he didn’t have his, he was asked to step out of the car. The officer then proceeded to ask him how he knew me, how long he knew me, where we met, when we met, where we were going, why we were going there and a million other questions that had nothing to do with my inspection sticker being expired. I was shocked. I had never experienced this type of behavior before. However, this was the first time I’d gotten pulled over with a black guy in the car. My passenger said for me not to make a scene, he wasn’t surprised and that it happened all the time. That is racist. I let him know it.
I recently I heard a woman refer to Martin Luther King Day as Martin Luther Coon Day. She laughed, as did others around her, thinking that because no black people were around then she had just made a funny joke. That is racist. Don’t worry, I let her know.
I was talking to a guy the other day who said he isn’t a racist but… OK, you know if you hear a ‘but’ you hear a racist. He said he likes blacks, Mexicans and Chinese, but everyone just needs to stick to their own kindnone of that mixing. I thought it was human kind. He’s a racist. I let him know it.
One night I was at the club and asked a (white) guy why he wasn’t dancing. He said he doesn’t dance to “this n***** music.” We were at Shenanigan’s so I guessed he assumed no one would be offended. That is racist. I was offended, and I let him know it.
It wasn’t that long ago that black people had to sit at the back of the bus, drink from a different water fountain and enter establishments through the colored entrance. Black people in America have been slaves longer than they have been free. We’ve made a few steps in the right direction and people believe that everyone should just get along and pretend we are equal. The sad thing is, we are not. While we have made lots of progress, and that is to be celebrated, we are nowhere near where we need to be. These are only a few of the examples of the racism I see. The problem is these people will raise their children this way, those children will raise their children this way, and so on. I could never begin to know the world black people face, and I hope I never do. Being a woman is hard enough. Racism is a huge problem. Just thought I’d let you know it.