George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin. A series of protests have been held, but it seems like things aren’t going to change anytime soon.
Early this month, Jemel Robertson, a security guard was killed by the Police after he stopped a shooting in a bar. The police and the authorities tried to suppress the story as they did for other cases.
It’s sad that incidents like this continue to happen in 2018. It seems that no progress has been made. The general White society believes that they are innocent of any blame and they deflect the blame for these shootings to other things. When Whites are challenged about these shootings and systemized racings, they automatically defend themselves instead of admitting to the truth.
It seems that there is no amount of death, violence, and mistreatment that will make black lives matter to others.
Voting trends from the midterm elections show that there is a wide gap in how both races play politics and come to terms about issues. Whites think that racism is a thing of the past that is unnecessarily politicized these days. They pretend that racism doesn’t affect Blacks these days.
Whites see themselves as free of any prejudice while they benefit from systems that promote racism. They wrongly believe that racism can only come from those that are explicitly racist. They refuse to see things for what they truly are and sometimes even respond callously.
Violence against blacks is now so mainstream and widely accepted that people are getting numb to it. Liberal Whites do not even think it is much of an issue again. More black people continue to die, and prayers and afterthoughts are continued to be offered. Prayers alone can’t change the status of things.
The failure of the justice system to care for Blacks has created a system of hopelessness. In the case of Botham Jean, the police department blamed the system and claimed that the officer responsible was overworked. Whites continue to defend the flawed systems instead of seeking to change things.
Some White people even think that the police officers responsible for the shootings were being victimized and their lives shouldn’t be ruined for an ‘honest’ mistake. They don’t talk about bringing an end to racialized practices that created this situation.
Blacks live in a constant state of trauma and oppression, and things don’t look like they will change any time soon. White Supremacists continue to find ways to perpetuate violence against Blacks. These are not limited to marches or isolated racial incidents.
Whites must stop the double standards. They must believe that all Black lives matter truly. They must get more educated about these issues. They must move beyond mere observation to active activism to stop the systematic oppression of Blacks.
Black lives mattering to Black people is only part of the journey. Black lives must also matter to White people for there to be a change and for White supremacy to end.