Response to article by black man essentially saying that blacks are always (uniquely) being picked on, doubting that Brown was guilty, and we whites really just don't understand black people, mostly because we are stupid and don't listen. He starts and ends by calling all dissenters bigots.
It may come as a surprise to you, but when you reference the word “bigot” in both the opening and closing paragraphs, assume your points are made beyond any possibility of contention, and accuse anyone who disagrees with you of being “self-righteous”, some people take offense at that.
Not everyone who disagrees with you is racist, and in fact most whites I observe have reached a point where, after so many years of the absolutely unanchored, unrestrained, reflexive use of that word to demonize everyone and stifle rational discussion, that we consider it a species of attempted bullying.
You are not right because you are black any more than I am right (or wrong) because I am white. It is racist, in the genuine sense of the word, the real sense of the word, to say otherwise, in my view.
Now, you are a psychologist. As such, you have received scientific training. You KNOW that a few anecdotes do not amount to a open and shut case. Let me offer some statistics: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ard0309st.pdf
42% of arrest related deaths were among white people, and 32% among blacks. The total number among all races was nearly 3,000 last year, making Michael Brown a drop in a bucket. If I extrapolate, that is some 1,260 white people.
One thing that irks me is this seeming black contention that bad things ONLY happen to them. Do think all of these deaths among whites were justified? Do you think the mothers and fathers of these kids cried any less, felt less rage at the system?
And you avoid the question as far as single parenthood. The simple reality is that poverty does not create single parenthood. There have been strong families throughout human history living in much worse conditions that the average ghetto or country farm. SINGLE PARENTHOOD CREATES POVERTY.
Black girls (and for that matter white girls) who graduate high school and who marry and stay married to the father of their first child rise out of poverty, even if that is where they started, very quickly. To stay poor, you need intergenerational single mothers—preferably uneducated--and we both know—and I can demonstrate demographically—that this is much more common in black homes.
And the children of two parent families avoid nearly all the bad things associated with single parent homes. They are less likely to be criminals, high school dropouts, to get someone pregnant or get pregnant, and to do drugs or abuse alcohol. These things are well documented.
And on that note, I would offer my own anecdote: a friend I went to college with signed up with the LAPD and eventually worked several years in the South Central Los Angeles. He said he saw the same stupid shit day after day after day after day. It never let up. He eventually left because it was making him cynical and racist. He started detesting himself.
But it is a matter of clear, empirical fact that blacks commit nearly all crimes at rates 2-3 times that of white people (the multiplier is even higher with Asians). For violent crimes it is as much as 10x higher: http://online.wsj.com/articles/jason-riley-the-other-ferguson-tragedy-1416961287 (Riley is black, by the way).
Are you going to seriously contend that cops be so inhuman that they completely fail to learn from repeated experience? Are you going to say that blacks bear NO RESPONSIBLITY for the experience cops have that they are much more likely than whites to commit virtually every crime that happens outside Wall Street?
Here is the thing: until the black family is reconstituted, the pattern of failure we have seen over the past 50 years will continue. Poverty will continue, crime will continue. Whites will continue to build themselves communities isolated in all but expressed verbal intent. Put another way: they won’t admit what they are doing, but they will do it anyway. Ferguson is black because the whites moved out. It’s illegal for Real Estate Agents to mention race, but do you seriously think they need to?
And you can’t blame them. Who wants to live in a high crime neighborhood? I’ve done it. I was scared every day I or my wife would be attacked. I heard a guy get shot. Another kid got shot a block from my apartment. Another kid got shot outside the movie theater. I had to hide all change and everything of value in my truck, and put a club on it, lest it get stolen. In that area, that year, roughly 15 cars were stolen in roughly a 10x10 square block area a month.
No doubt your own work is useful, but can you seriously claim that you can affect more than perhaps a few hundred lives in the next five years? The problem is nationwide, and affects many millions. By and large the kids who are going to be trouble, are on that path by age 10 or so, in my own estimation.
I readily grant the conditions of our ghettos are appalling, as are the lives of many who live in them. But this is not White America’s fault. We have bent over backwards trying to help, and many of us are suffering severe compassion fatigue.