Response to MrScorpio (Original post)
Sat Sep 21, 2013, 12:54 AM
Tigress DEM (7,887 posts)
7. I think things WERE getting better and that may have actually scared deep seated racists.
We had some of the worst battles behind us. Literal slavery of course. Voting rights.
Integration at school, public and private levels. Red Lining was busted and beginning to turn around, getting actual neighborhoods less segregated.
White people were really actually meeting more blacks personally. When you get to know someone they become a person to you and it's less about what they look like than who they are. Even TV and Movies started having less scary / stupid / stereotypical black characters and started having a wide variety of roles being played by really good actors/actresses.
More and more you could see successful black people in all walks of life. When Clinton got in office a lot of people joked that HE was our first black Prez because he's someone who is comfortable with regular folk and isn't putting on airs. He was in there getting the job done with some cheapo watch, but it kept time and did whatever other things he needed for his running. He loved jazz and respected the people it came from.
In some ways all the good stuff that happened, even though lots of bad did/does still happen, blew some of these racist's minds so they doubled and tripled their efforts to find ways to grind blacks and anyone who stands with them into the pavement.
I saw steady improvement with backlash here and there, but because people were so determined to move forward the progress was not being halted by stupid. Then came Reagan and his "welfare queen" crap. Fox News and their "scary black people" propaganda. Wealth redistribution to the top 1% via corporate welfare policies and tax inequality. The obsession with "voter fraud" because the more people vote and pay attention to what's going on, the less the greedy bastards can get away with behind closed doors.
All that crap, just to get the bottom 95% fighting with each other over a smaller and smaller piece of the pie. Faux News has made inroads with some people who would have naturally began seeing things clearly if they hadn't been slapped silly with the idea they are victims in need of a scapegoat.
I THINK that people who REALLY view all Americans (and people in general) as equals have just as good of opinion of the majority of blacks and are sick and tired of America persecuting people for the color of their skin. In THAT way race relations are still "good" in respect to having made progress.
But for people still living with the results of progress that seems to generate resentment in some whites who will spend their whole life energy to undoing that progress, denying that progress, destroying that progress and anyone who is in the vicinity of said progress... I can see how this shit is so old, it's got its own carbon dating system.
Just like back in the day there was MLK and Malcolm X there are people on both sides who think this whole civil rights debate has 2 different kinds of solutions. Bring everyone together and live in peace or bring on the violence and throw down.
I think so many people "get it" that MLK and Bobby Kennedy and Ghandi had the right ideas. Work for justice and do not let the crazies bring you down to their level.
But I also think this world is SO stressed that we can get tempted to think it might be easier to just go knock some sense into someone somehow. DEMs don't give in to that rage, but I think we still feel it. If I did give in, I'd be on the wrong side of the colored line beating the hell out of some racist stooge because I just can't stand it any more.
Trayvon was a tragedy and a terrible miscarriage of justice. It broke my heart. It set my rage on fire. It made me LOATHE Florida and their farce of a justice system even more than I had before.
UNFORTUNATELY.... there is even more double standards with the Stand Your Ground Law. Michael Giles followed that law, shot only in self defense and HE got 25 years. Why? Because he was bwb - black while breathing.
Going to post this petition in a few more places to get more signatures.
I could go on and on, but even here I might be a bit much.
Thanks for listening.
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