morriswalters wrote:Assuming that society at large is racist(it is) it isn't unwarranted to believe the police could be as an institution. Even in the deep south not everyone was a loudmouth bigot. Racism can be more subtle than "fuck you n****r". It can be a subtle fear of faces a different color than yours. A greater certainty that the black guy walking down the center of the street is a thug. And when your job is dealing with the ass end of humanity, it acts like a magnifying glass.
That's true, Morris.
I don't want to be a Racist.
I had the Truth of your post brought home to me during a time when I was interacting with a lot of Black People and a lot of them were JERKS.
I got to the point, when I saw a Black Guy headed my way, I cringed and avoided him, if possible.
I could see it in myself.
I went to a friend. I said, "Talk to me. I am becoming a Racist."
He was Great. He talked and made fun of those guys. We laughed.
Then, I looked at him.
"Sadat; You're Black."
We were both laughing.
It was ok. I'm ok.
Loads of people don't know.
I think I am fortunate. I know.
We are a Racist Nation.
Not all of us are Racist.
It is not so much the color of our skin.
It IS the content of our character.
There is work to be done on both sides.
The institutions of our nation can help us or kill us.
The nation of the US has been weakened.
The institutions of our nation remain powerful.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.
We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.
Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.