Monday, September 29, 2014
The Curse of Being White
That's a trumped up headline we have not seen, probably will not see and, indeed, SHOULD NOT see!
Why? Because factually, at least at this point, it's a FALSE CHARGE intended to raise the specter of racism when racism probably had nothing to do with it! (I said "probably" because, like the news media, I have been guilty of being too fast to rush to judgment.) Who knows what tomorrow's headlines will bring?
Why then, did only a few media sources question it when the tables were turned in Missouri and a large black man was shot and killed by a white police officer in the line of duty. The news media rapidly JUMPED on the racism angle. While most did not emphasize it, virtually every story mentioned that a "white" police officer shot a "black" man" and then left it up to the reader's imagination.
Take this August 16th sub head in the Daily Mail next to a picture of Darren Wilson: "Darren Wilson, the white cop who shot dead unarmed black man" (That's a direct quote and also the worst case from what may be the most irresponsible newspaper in the civilized world.).
It seems that white on black violence is still (all these years after racial tensions were actual headline-worthy news) looked at, regardless of the circumstances, as the 'evil that white people do', while black on white violence is often looked at as "understandable" if not "justified" due to the sins of our white ancestors.
Oh those "sins" were very real and white people, no matter how decent they act toward 'people of color' will, in many minds, always carry the 'white curse', the brand of racist.
Why is that so? Well I'll leave that up to your imagination.