Recently there's been a lot of attention directed towards the black community regarding shootings and racism. It is important that we analyze how we got to this situation and where responsibility lies. This is because, unless all parties take responsibility for their actions, the issues will never be resolved. So in order to cover this, we should consider experiences and the emotions played in various encounters. In this case I will describe my various encounters with black people and my initial impression, as that is the most likely to be biased and therefore the biggest hint we have towards racism.
Scenario 1 : big black guy with muscles in gym clothes. Here I am amazed by the physique and not really afraid.
Scenario 2 : black guy with piercings in his but also tight fitting clothes. Again I am not afraid and even though he is muscular as well
Scenario 3 : black youth in a uniform. Again no fear
Scenario 4 : black youth with loose-fitting clothing with A diversity of friends. Also not afraid
Scenario 5: black youth with loose-fitting clothing by himself or with other black friends with loose fitted clothing. Here is where fear starts to appear.
As you may have no might have noticed I am not normally afraid of black people comma nor am I suspicious of them. I know quite a few of them over the course of my life. I've met them in high school where they wore uniforms and became my friends. In college I met more and even though they dressed in loose clothing, the friends they were with were diverse and giving the impression of being nice people. I also encounter a random black people on the streets or at work but I have no fear from them. This is because they dress in tight clothing in which you might see their muscles, but they are in gym clothes. Also if they talk properly then there is nothing to fear as well. The parts that anyone is probably most likely to be afraid of is the black youth with clothing hanging around other blacks with loose clothing. This is because this is the image of a gangster or someone and who might shoot you. Whose fault is it's for this image? I argue for two parties primarily: the media and the black community itself
I blame the media because they are the ones that give us the impression that a random black person we encounter and loose clothing is someone to be afraid of. Often in shows if you encounter a black person and loose clothing they are likely to eventually shoot someone or become gangsters. While a white person and loose clothing is most likely to be a drug addict or someone who isn't cool. In fact, according to the media, even the white guy will shoot you if he doesn't have his drugs.
Now for the Inconvenient Truth that will probably make the black community not listen to me, but it is true nonetheless. The people who think black youths dressing in loose clothing is cool are gangsters. That's how they dress and gangsters are criminals. Therefore, a reputation that a black kid will be a delinquent or criminal comes from dressing like criminals. It's not because of skin color and I can prove it.
A black guy who dresses well and talks well is not often considered a criminal. The exception are scam artists, but that applies to whites as well. Consider Motown. They dressed in suits and were well loved. Consider Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, James Earl Jones, and even President Obama. They are highly respected so that only the low of society would be racist toward them. The same applies to some great athletes as well. Calvin Johnson, Michael Jordan, etc. These people don't walk around or talk like gangsters but well dressed and clean speech. So if talk or walk like a gangster, then you will be suspected of being one.
There is actually another scenario were I really felt afraid. It was when I was in Bahamas and rode into a poor neighborhood and someone came up and talked about how the place was the drug capital of the area. I was afraid of being kidnapped. The fear wasn't so much about color as it was about the area being so surprisingly poor next to a resort. To clarify, it's not so much the poor to fear, but desperation. People go to visit the poor all the time, and in places isolated from civilization. However, I will argue that poor who are away from civilization are far less likely to feel the desperation that people who constantly see rich tourists.
This is actually a reason why I hate the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. It takes issues that apply to so many people and focus them on a small group on the claim of racism. Many of the injustices I see claimed stem more from gangster imitation or poor vs rich than skin color. I also see them applying stereotypes in a hateful manner, which is just as bad as racism.
I argue that black lives due in fact matter, but that's because #LifeMatters. Not only that, but the way you live your life matters. Dress well, speak properly, and act properly and there will be improvement. Then let's work together to address the injustices where celebrities get away with crimes. Especially to the point that they can get away with crimes and still run for president.
N. D. Moharo