The man in this video terrifies me. He is relatively young, strong, and wears his prejudice on his sleeve for the entire world to see. I fear that he is the kind of man that is always on the edge of violence. In this video, he is targeting protesters while saving special disdain for the black person operating the camera.
But it isn’t just the fact that he is letting his racism show, it is also the fact that he is also acting like so many people that I know here in Oklahoma. It leaves me asking myself how we are ever going to get past the prejudice that permeates society.
For one, my answer starts by standing with all the people that have been, and continue to be, victims of prejudice. I will grant that I fail to live up to my ideals, but the best that I can do is to continue to try.
I want a better world than the one that we have now, and returning to the prejudice of the past isn’t the way to achieve it.
There seems to be some confusion over the Civil War. Here is a popular article that can help clear all that up.
This afternoon, in announcing her support for removing the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley asserted that killer Dylann Roof had “a sick and twisted view of the flag” which did not reflect “the people in our state who respect and in many ways revere it.” If the governor meant that very few of the flag’s supporters believe in mass murder, she is surely right. But on the question of whose view of the Confederate Flag is more twisted, she is almost certainly wrong.
We know these things are true. Anyone that looks into race relations knows that people of color are treated as inferior. Their lives are considered as less valuable than the lives of white people. How can we know this and do nothing about it?
The general criminalization of Black children [extend] … into the minds of many Americans. In our nation’s classrooms, where children spend most of their time, teachers subjectively interpret misbehavior based on racial stereotypes and are more likely to “label Black students as troublemakers.” Based on these stereotypes, Black students are more likely to be disciplined harshly by teachers and administrators. These stereotypes endanger Black children in many settings, be it the classroom where they encounter harsh discipline, the judicial system where they are cruelly and unusually sentenced, as they play with toy guns in public parks, or as they attend suburban pool parties where they are aggressively mistreated by officers of the law and civilians alike.