What makes racism such an intractable problem in our society is the fact that we try to deal with it by denying the damage it has already been allowed to accomplish, while assuming we are presently all equal. We’re not. We might have started out that way, but a racist human hive that continues to systematically give one group of people the royal jelly, while giving another group of people the royal shaft, should have no expectation in 2015 that those who continue to be systematically shafted will somehow, nonetheless, remain equal and productive with their lives, even though racism continues to go unchecked.
While I fervently believe that all people were created with equal potential, created equal is where it ends in our country that still continues to degrade and fail to nurture large segments of our minority populations, while wondering why these minorities disproportionately commit illegal acts.
While there is no question that a society which has made “driving while Black” probable cause for being pulled over by the police, interrogated, and often much worse, there is also another difficult to talk about predictable resulting reality that society has also succeeded in creating—a disproportionately large segment of anti-social minorities that have been systematically pushed through our schools without an education, socialization, or the basic skills necessary to be gainfully employed members of our society. Furthermore, this lumpenproletariat does not even possess enough class consciousness for political action, but rather has too often predictably become a criminal element that feeds on its own community and the society at large.
This is the only rational explanation for the number of killings of Black men by the police as the predictable byproduct of unabating American racism. One fact that never seems to get mentioned in trying to understand why this is taking place is the fact is that 43% of all cops murdered are murdered by Black felons, when Blacks only make up 13.2% of the population. Could this killing of police by Blacks at a rate three times greater than one would anticipate by their percentage of the population explain why police tend to be more trigger happy when dealing with “suspects” of color?
I do not offer these statistics as some sort of justification of the wholesale murder of predominantly Black men by our police, but rather to link it as a deferred cost of not having addressed the disparity we continue to purposefully create in what remains segregated America.
Is it realistic to expect police with little or no human psychology training, who did not have to attain the highest scores on civil service examinations to become cops, to deal with the deeply seeded present-day reality and legacy of pernicious racism? Police do not have the power to change our society or even the ability in most cases to understand the context that puts them and their survival at cross purposes with truly being able “to protect and to serve” all citizens?