Whites in America are Oblivious
By Scott Brownirgg
Most white people in America are completely oblivious.
This eruption of talk of racism specifically in the police department was brought about by the non guilt verdict of the Ferguson case where Darren Wilson was free of charges for killing and unarmed Mike Brown. People, mostly black, are outraged by this verdict resulting in riots across the country. In his article Tim Wise brings light to the fact that this kind of treatment towards blacks occurs everyday and where it started and why it continues to happen and how we can stop it.
Since African Americans were first enslaved by whites they have been thought of as lesser, weaker, and dumber. Although they now have rights to this day most of them still receive lesser treatment than say a white person in the same situation. Less job opportunities, higher costs, and constant assumptions purely based on their skin color. Back when blacks were still slaves and even after they received they're rights they would sometimes be killed by the hundreds. Worst of all is that half the African American killings back then were committed by police officers. It is clear that this treatment has carried over into our generation. There are thousands of reports of officers mistreating or abusing black individuals on no basis but purely because they look like trouble. The Ferguson case was the perfect example of this. Mike Brown was seen stealing a pack of cigars, officer Wilson was sent to arrest him which he deserved but we all know the end result of Micheal Browns death. Did he deserve to die because he stole a few cigars? Shockingly many white people in this country would answer yes and stand by and remain opinionless.
Everyone knows the American dream. We all know the America we strive to be every day where everyone is equal, there's no poverty, no abuse, no crime. Now although we are far from it we would be surprised how much of this could be achieved if we treated blacks as equals. Until we truly strive to achieve this aspiration all America this treatment will continue. The only thing standing in the way of this perfect America, is ourselves.