Reaching Outside The Bubble

"This country does not need me to speak out on crimes committed by black folk because nobody in this country is held more responsible for the crimes they commit, and even the crimes they don’t commit, than black folk in America. Right now, young black men in America are incarcerated at a rate higher than South Africans were at the height of Apartheid.

I speak out on injustice. What happened to this man in Chicago was terrible. It was criminal. I hate it, but guess what — justice was swift. It was miraculously swift."

-Shaun King, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS-

"'This is hate. And hate doesn’t have a color,' former Chicago police officer Dimitri Roberts said Thursday, according to CNN.  'So for folks to talk about this is somehow connected to Black Lives Matter is absolutely the wrong way to look at this. ... And we cannot respond to hate with hate. It’s just going to perpetuate the cycle.'"

-Lilly Workneh, Huffington Post-

"'Having a politician who is so open about violence directed toward marginalized communities gives them a gateway to not be policed on shit that they’re doing now,' Basillas said. 'That’s why they are comfortable doing that.'"-Hrag Vartanian, "LGBTQ Activists Attacked by Trump Supporters While Leaving NYC Art Space", HYPERALLERGIC

"This is the problem with America, these people, with these huge platforms fueled by stereotypes and hate create these false ideas about black people–– we are all dangerous, lazy, thieving, Godless people who all subscribe to the same ideologies. The Becks, Lahren’s and people like them ignore facts and profit off of race baiting and divisiveness while the real story like Dylan Roof who actually murdered people because of the same kind of rhetoric they put out goes unnoticed."

-D. Watkins, SALON, "Tomi Lahren’s selective outrage: Chicago Facebook brutality draws her ire, but she’s silent about Dylann Roof’s racism"-

"It is sickening and deplorable [referring to the Chicago incident], but context is necessary. Number one: we have to recognize that in the US, what is antiseptically referred to as race relations are not very good right now. As you may recall, there have been a number of killings of black Americans captured on tape at the hands of the police authorities. Many of the police have not been convicted or jailed. And one of the principles of this nation and many nations is eye-for-an-eye, and tooth-for-a-tooth. And sadly, that kind of approach will leave us all eyeless and toothless. I am afraid as well that the ubiquitous nature of smartphones and the advent of the internet have allowed episodes that might have passed unnoticed and unmentioned, now become worldwide events. If you stir that all together, you get this current tragedy in Chicago."

-Gerald Horne, RT QUESTION MORE-

"But the context matters here. The simple truth is that America has a long history of systemic racism against minorities. There was slavery, which required the Civil War to abolish. Then white supremacist groups, particularly in the South, carried out a racist terrorism campaign for decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the US, culminating in race riots and lynchings explicitly meant to oppress black people. At the same time, state governments — again, largely in the South — imposed Jim Crow laws that forcefully segregated white and black people and stripped black Americans of their voting rights.
Today, there are continued racial disparities in just about every aspect of American life, including wealthincomeeducational attainmentlife expectancy, and the criminal justice system. And a man who ran a clearly racist campaign won the presidential election.
It is through this long historic thread that progressives’ concerns about hateful acts against minority Americans developed: It’s not just about an individual police shooting or act of discrimination, but about the broader systemic problems that the individual incident represents.
There is simply no comparable thread of systemic abuses against white Americans, so anti-white attacks, as abhorrent as they may be, don’t draw as much attention.
The Chicago attack also led to swift justice, with the perpetrators already criminally charged — leaving little need for advocacy groups that call for justice in other cases."
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"Our average white respondent believed that at the time of our survey in 2011, anti-white bias was an even bigger problem than anti-black bias.”
 
Conservatives in particular think this is driven in part by government priorities. Arlie Hochschild, a sociologist and author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, provided an apt analogy for how many white conservative Americans feel: As they see it, they are all in this line toward a hill with prosperity at the top. But over the past few years, globalization, public health crises, and other issues have caused the line to stop moving. And from their perspective, people — black and brown Americans, women — are now cutting in the line, because they’re getting new (and more equal) opportunities through new anti-discrimination laws and policies like affirmative action.
Again, there is plenty of evidence against this: White Americans still outperform their black and brown peers in wealthincomeeducational attainmentlife expectancy, and the criminal justice system.
But many conservative white people feel there is anti-white racism out there and that liberals just don’t take it seriously.
And when they see attacks like the one in Chicago and feel that the media coverage and liberal outrage just aren’t at the levels they should be, many of their feelings are, rightly or wrongly, validated.

-German Lopez, VOX-