Article #26: Education, Race Relations
In the movie A Few Good Men, the legendary actor Jack Nicholson’s character was named Colonel Nathan R. Jessup. He was the Commanding Officer of the United States Marine Ground Forces at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba.
While on the stand during a trial of two marines who had followed orders (that were given to them from him through the chain of command) and inadvertently killed a fellow marine, he defiantly said:
“I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it.“
He had neither the time nor the inclination, but he definitely was forced to make the time to explain it. He was a military Commander in a country where the Constitution is King, not the military leaders nor an actual King, and the U.S. Constitution is all about “We the People,” not ‘We the Military.’
That’s why those three words, “We the People“, are the very first words of the U.S. Constitution.
Now the person who was questioning Colonel Jessup was looking at the chain-reaction of events of how they got to those freedoms.
Simply because the why matters as much, if not more, than the end, and to make a point that the ends didn’t justify the means. However…
…when it comes to race relations in this day and age, the why matters just as much, but this ain’t a movie.
This brings me to the clueless (but increasingly normal) privileged person and journalist, Wendy Bell. Check out what she said:
“You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday… they are young black men, likely in their teens or early 20s…They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs…“
She then wrote about a young African-American man, this one a worker she saw in a SouthSide Works restaurant. She said she called over the manager and praised the man, saying:
“I wonder how long it had been since someone told him he was special?“
Really? No, really?
See, THIS is what we’re talking about when we talk about privileged people being mostly clueless, which brings me back to my point about the A Few Good Men movie.
People of ‘your color’ spent centuries pillaging, raping, killing, and oppressing multiple cultures on multiple continents.
You stole an indigenous people from one continent, took them to another continent, killed the indigenous people on that continent, too, then set up the educational, criminal justice, economic, and employment systems to benefit you and literally enslave the indigenous people from the first continent for 400+ years, then condescendingly say crap like, “They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs…” with absolutely no historical context?
It must be nice to ignore the ridiculously-crippling chain-reaction of negative events within an entire race of people that your race caused, all while currently and previously benefiting from virtually-free labor and the multi-trillion-dollar benefits that said free labor bore your ancestors and the societal totem pole ‘high horse’ status on which you are currently sitting because of it, huh “Mrs. O’Toole”?
In a phone interview with the Associated Press, Bell attempted to defend her racially-ignorant comments, stating that the story was not about her, but about “African-Americans being killed by other African-Americans.”
Well, I just KNOW then that you’ve done a story about European-Americans being killed by other European-Americans, right?
No, no, I KNOW you did, because 83% of you all are killed by you all, so I KNOW you did a story about that, right?
Oh, I got it!
Maybe you were too focused on the story you did about how more Americans have been killed by European-American male “Christian” domestic terrorists than “Muslim” terrorists since 9-11, right? You DEFINITELY did that story, right?
No? You didn’t do those stories? Oh, my apologies. I thought you were a journalist…you know…objectivity and all?
“It makes me sick. What matters is what’s going on in America, and it is the death of black people in this country…I live next to three war-torn communities in the city of Pittsburgh, that I love dearly. My stories, they struck a nerve. They touched people, but it’s not enough. More needs to be done. The problem needs to be addressed.”
The problem needs to be addressed? Really? That’s interesting, seeing as though the problem is the system, yet all of your words were speaking about the side-effects of that system, not the system itself.
So you were actually attacking the people who are suffering in large part due to the problem, yet offering no actual solutions to addressing the problem.
Hmmmm, why do you think that is?
Might it have something to do with you living in a blind, automated-societal-acceptance bubble?
Might it have something to do with you living in a top 5% income earner economic bubble?
Maybe it has something to do with the parent company of the very news ‘program’ for which you worked being one of the culprits of spreading the non-nuanced propaganda that you programmingly-spewed on your now deleted Facebook® page using individuals like you who live in the unearned blind utopia of the privileged?
Or maybe because you work with a black person, who probably makes close to the money that you make, you think, “Why can’t all black people be like him?“
Race-relations in America are currently strained more than at any time I’ve seen in my lifetime, and it’s for several different reasons, some of which are the ignorant, hateful offspring of another:
Because one side of the isle is talking and the other side isn’t listening.
Because one side of the isle is taking a beating societally from the other side while the other side is standing there asking ‘Why are they bleeding all over the place?’
Because one side’s rich and political classes have used race, the Southern Strategy in-particular, to fuel their economic and political agendas.
Because one side seems to not have any clue of the privileges with which they were born and benefit invisibly daily.