Last week I posted an article on Colin Kaepernick. In case you’ve been stuck on a road in Portugal this past week, let me help you out. Kaepernick has taken upon himself to protest the abuse of white police officers targeting black males. He does this by kneeling during the National Anthem. I said that he had every right to do this. I then added that because you can do something doesn’t make it a good decision to actually do it.
In this particular case, I said there were two reasons why it doesn’t work. First was the importance of National Anthem as a symbol to a majority of Americans. If you’re dissing the Anthem, you’re dissing this country and the people who sacrificed everything for its freedoms. Second, Kaepernick, by doing what he is doing, is not helping his cause because of how he is doing it. I don’t think that more people are now prone to discuss this issue because of Kaepernick’s actions. They are discussing his choice of protest.
Since that article I have received feedback from both sides of the fence. All have been cordial and respectful. One of the opinions I received said that because I am not from the inner-city, then I cannot understand. Well, if we are going to use that logic, nobody would understand anything. Most of us live in our own world, doing what we do every day. If you say I can’t understand you because of what I’m going through, and that’s just the way it is, then we are in trouble. We could use that logic on most of the issues in our lives, telling people they don’t understand because they’re not me. Nobody would understand each other.
Which leads me to the issue of racism. Does it exist? Yes. Do I see it? No. I live in southern California, white in a city that is mainly Asian. I don’t see racism and really never have. What I do see are blacks wanting to be equal with whites. And they have every right to be equal. Being a racist is ignorant. Believing you are better than somebody because of the pigment of your skin is absurd.
But here is what I find disturbing. It’s not the issue that gets discussed, it’s the way it is being brought to light that is enlightening. In some colleges in the U.S., administrations have designated certain housing as “blacks only”. WHAT? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. You want to be equal but you want to be equal away from everybody.
From the College Fix:
“Cal State LA joins UConn, UC Davis, and Berkeley in offering segregated housing dedicated to black students. While these housing options are technically open to all students, they’re billed and used as arrangements in which black students can live with one another.”
SUNY now offers this course:
My point here is
that we will NEVER end racism by excluding one ethnicity over another. Until there are no more types of Americans, African-Americans, White-Americans and there becomes only Americans will all races have a chance to be equal.