There’s been a lot of talk in the news recently about race, racial tension, and race relations in general. With rioting organizations like Black Lives Matter causing violence in the name of equality, there has been an emphasis on the discrimination against African Americans. Does racism exist? It absolutely does. Unfortunately, in a human world full of prejudice and emotion, nobody is going to be perfect. Not everyone will be pure. We do our best to deter it.
But the implication is that racism is only towards African Americans and not against any other race. This is false.
While shootings are indeed tragic, they’re not always racially motivated. In a lot of instances, there may not be a simple prejudice as a motive. Did the Pulse nightclub shooting indicate a vendetta against the LGBT crowd? Nobody rioted in the streets. Nobody smashed windows, looted businesses, and attacked police officers in defense of homosexuals.
Was it because that some of those LGBT individuals were white?
There does seem to be active racism in society, but a great deal of it is towards white people. When a police shooting occurs, the level of coverage largely depends on the race of the cop involved. If a white police officer shoots a black individual, it receives national coverage while it is instantly assumed that the victim is innocent. This is not to say that the individual shot cannot be innocent, but nothing should be assumed until the facts are known.
Many cops are good, but some are bad. Many white people are good, but some are bad. This is true of anyone of any race, including African Americans. The entirety of a race should not be held accountable for the actions of an individual or small group.
Take the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover, for example. An armed group of men took over the refuge to protest the federal takeover of land. No shots were fired by the occupiers, thus no one was actually harmed or killed. Just property seized with a list of demands.
During this time, people lost their minds over the occupation, which was portrayed as a militant uprising. Among the criticisms was Montel Williams, an African American, who called for the white occupation to be shot. The media didn’t spend too much time covering this point, despite how shocking the words were.
But what if a white celebrity had called for a group of black men to be shot? It would have national headline potential.
Yet as organizations like Black Lives Matter peddle a racial narrative that portrays violence as only targeting blacks, reality shows us that violence is occurring regardless of race. We’re all targets, but the only difference is that white murder doesn’t get publicity.
If a group of any race other than whites had taken over a government building, would there be calls to have them shot? As radical organization Black Lives Matter incites riots in the name of equality while they push for black supremacy, the violence is heralded as heroic. As individuals storm the streets, setting fires and damaging property, they’re celebrated for their stance against racial inequality.
There absolutely is a racial problem in our society, but it’s whites that have become targeted. This is largely in part because fringe organizations like Black Lives Matter don’t want equality, they want supremacy. In order to achieve racial supremacy, others have to be degraded. This is wrong, though.
Just like black lives matter, white lives matter, as well.