By Keisha Thompson-Contributing Writer, The Drive Student Blog
I Have Questions!
What gives some White people the audacity to call the police on Black people for no legitimate reason? What occurs within a White person’s mind when they see a Black person and decides to call the police? What clicks in their mind to say yes – I will call the cops on this Black person?
Many videos have surfaced depicting how racist white individuals abruptly confront Black people for no apparent reason all the time. Black individuals who were going about their daily routines were then stopped and questioned by the police. The videos also expose the quickness and ease of the white individual to call the cops.
A White Yale University student called the police on a Black student who was taking a nap in a dorm area. An employee at StarBucks called the cops on two Black males who were waiting on their business partner. A White woman called the police on a group of Black women who were leaving their AirB&B rental. Another White woman on a college tour called the cops on two Native American teenagers who were also on the same college tour.
Even NBA players are not immune to such treatment; Milwaukee police officers tasered a Bucks player who was parked illegally. However, the incident that shook the nerves of all Black people was the incident on the 4th of July. A White male called the cops on a Black woman because she wanted to swim in the same pool. The list of episodes where White people call the police on people of color is much longer, and I cannot possibly name them all, but these provide a strong comparison to the Jim Crow era.
“Many White people today move and behave as if they are now the new masters and that they can do whatever they want to any person of color.”
Our Black ancestors fought and died for us to have the right to swim in the same pool as Whites many decades ago. Today in 2018, the descendants of those Blacks who fought for equality are still fighting and dying for equal rights. Moreover, what gives any White person the right to question whether a Black person has the right to swim in a pool, the right to eat in a restaurant, the right to take a nap in their dorm area, or the right to go on a college tour? It is a move right out of slavery!
There was a time in American history when White masters or any other White person would stop any Black individuals and ask for their permission slip. Many White people today move and behave as if they are now the new masters and that they can do whatever they want to any person of color.
What gives White people the confidence to behave in this manner? The right to openly ask any person of color whether they belong in America? The ill-treatment of Black people in America’s history began with Lincoln’s writings that Black people are like animals. However, even before Lincoln’s signature, the first successful English settlers arrived in Virginia around the 1600s seeking religious freedom. Africans later came as slaves.
Neither White or Black people were born initially on the soil of these United States of America. Both White and Black people arrived on a boat. So, why are Black people still being questioned about whether they belong in these United States of America? Black people and other minorities have built this country from the ground up.
Perhaps these few individuals feel confident in their activities due to the Trump administration’s policies and stance that supports their ideology. Trump began his presidential campaign by attacking Mexicans, Black people, and even disabled individuals. Mr. Trump immediately stated his racist position on immigration.
“How many training seminars will their be to teach white adults not to be racists?”
Mr. Trump has forgotten the journey of his Scottish mother, an immigrant, who traveled to the United States around the late 1930s. His slogan alone is an insult, “Make America Great Again.” Trump’s ideology of making America great again includes going back to a time in American history when whites both privately and publically humiliated and insulted Black people.
These are all mundane routines that many Whites engage in daily. These occurrences are happening at an alarming rate, and there are no severe actions or punishment in response. How many more apologies will companies CEO’s issue? How many training seminars will their be to teach white adults not to be racists?
This leads to a question. Will these racist individuals who are easily threatened by people of color change their fundamental belief that people of color are second-class citizens? How does one de-programming session change a racist individual’s mindset when they have spent their entire life believing in and living by this lie?
In the year of 2018, the fact that Black people are still stopped, questioned, harassed, and racially profiled for merely existing is inexcusable and should be labeled as a crime.
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