What is this? There is no concrete term as far as I know. White apologetics, perhaps, or cucks in slang. In any case it is absolutely ridiculous. The notion that you are responsible in any way for the actions of your ancestors, and that you should apologize to hatred-filled accusatory victims who expect this sort of thing, is almost funny. Almost. What is reality is that we live in a system in which anyone can get a job, start a business, etc. so long as they make the right decisions. There is no reason behind a white man saying to a black man, "Listen, I'm sorry that you aren't as successful as me. It's my fault for enslaving your ancestors." To many, this is actually an insult. It asserts that there is some invisible force which controls the black man and drives him down, when there is none. None, but the people who tell him that he can't. And in reality, even if you are convinced that such a wall exists, it is undeniable that all we are, is the here and now. I am not my ancestors and you are not yours. I will expect not to have to apologize for anything that it not my doing. If problems exist today as echoes of our elders, we will solve them as the people of today -- without unnecessary quarrel and hatred.
Read & Swipe. My heart is heavy. Still, God is in control, even when my flesh and finite mind attempt to tell me otherwise. Pointing out oppression doesn't make me anti anything, except toward injustice, regardless of the parties involved.
"Mommy stop screaming. I don't want you to get shooted." No 4 year old should know that.
Although not my everyday experience, the sheer terror I feel when stopped shouldn't happen. Neither should my darkened skin against a darkened sky increase the probability of dying for something I can't take off. #philandocastile.
Excerpt from "Chapter 12: Get Rid of the Gavel" from my book, The Power of Perspective: How a Shift in Your Thinking Can Change Your Life Forever. #ianmdavis#powerofperspective.
A piece published by the Minnesota Star Tribune last Friday, the same day a jury found Yanez not guilty on the charge of manslaughter, revealed small, but significant, details about the 12 men and women selected to hear the case against the ex-cop. Even after viewing dashcam footage of the harrowing final moments of Castile’s life before he was riddled with seven bullets from the officer’s gun, jurors moved to acquit Yanez, sending shock waves across the nation.
The acquittal didn’t come as a surprise to many due to the U.S.’s dismal track record of prosecuting officers who shoot and kill Black Americans. The makeup of the jury board, then, provided further evidence that the odds were already stacked against Castile in his family’s quest for justice.
According to the Star Tribune, there were just two Black jurors on the panel. Juror One was described as a young African-American who “who works as a shift manager at Wendy’s and a personal care attendant for his mom.” Though he’s never had any run-ins with the police, the juror expressed some distrust with the justice system, saying “he believed the wealthy and powerful could get off in the legal system because they could hire better attorneys.” Juror Eight was an 18-year-old Ethiopian woman who had immigrated to the U.S. when she was just 10 years old. The newspaper noted that the defense tried to remove her from the panel due to her unfamiliarity with the American justice system, but “the judge denied the attempt.” The rest of the jury, however, was comprised of mostly middle-aged white Minnesotans who expressed outward support for law enforcement or an unwavering faithfulness in the justice system. For instance, Juror Two was characterized as an older white woman “who manages a White Bear Lake gas station that has a contract with police.” The judge in the case denied prosecutors’ request to strike her from the board despite the revelation of pro-police posts on her Facebook page, accordi
This just took victim blaming to a whole other fucking level. #philandocastile followed every damn rule and still got murdered so plz tell me wtf else we suppose to do to stay alive around racist police?! #blacklivesmatter#fuckthepolice