My two cents
Okay, so normally I don’t post a lot of political things because I don’t want to get caught up in all the arguing and the repetitive cycle of hatred that usually ensues due to someone expressing an OPINION of all things, but I have a lot of things going on in my mind that feel like they will burst out if I do not get them out. I figured blogging about this instead of inciting or adding to an argument on facebook, but I figure that since I am still writing about my opinion I will still get some flack from someone, especially since the political views of my “friends” vary greatly.
In light of what has happened in Ferguson, I recognize that quite a bit of “discussion” has been going on about how racism still exists and how that is aiding the downward spiral of our once great nation.
While I do not know all of the details of what went down (I honestly do not have time to read every article about the issue, nor was I there when the officer shot the kid), I do know that illegal things happened and the judges made a verdict. Even with the ACTUAL case closed, there are still riots/protests going on that include looting and other crimes in Ferguson.
Let me ask this question: Why should you commit an illegal act because what you thought was right did not happen? Does that make you more right? What gives a person-ANY person- licence to break the law just because things didn’t go their way?
I won’t say who I think is right or wrong in the case of the officer and the boy, but I will say this: If the officer actually feared for his life, then he had cause to fire. If he did not, then he didn’t. Who are we to judge? Only he really knows what went down and that is something he has to live with for the rest of his life, no matter the actual result. It is sad that a family lost a son, but what can be done now? a form of justice has been served and even if you do not agree with it, it is still not something that can be changed.
On the subject of race: I am am sick and tired of people saying that racism is a one way street. “What do you know? You’re just a white girl!” Um. Hello. Yes, I am white, but WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING? The definition of racism according to dictionary.com is: “hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.” I may not have experienced racism in a personal way, but that does not mean I haven’t seen it. If you disregard my opinion because I am white, you are-by definition- being racist. Everyone has value.
There can be racism against white people just about as much as there is against every other race. It is the same thing with sexuality. If someone says that they are LGBT, they are applauded, while identifying as heterosexual is seen as bigoted. Why? One person’s sexuality or race has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with another person’s sexuality or race. (Except genetics in the race situation. If your parents are white, you are going to be white. Unless you are adopted.)
Regardless of race, breaking the law is WRONG. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you call yourself, or where you are from. NO ONE has the right to break the law. If you feel that your race has some kind of special privilege and that you can do whatever you want because you are [insert color], then you are WRONG. (Here’s another definition of racism: “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.” Basically, think Hitler.)
Having a certain skin color does not make you better or less than anyone else. You should NEVER feel like you have to apologize for the way you look. (Unless you arrive to a dinner party and haven’t showered for a week and are wearing sweats.) It is your BEHAVIOR that matters. Behavior is not limited to a specific race. There may be some similar tendencies because of the culture you grew up in, but that does not mean that you have to commit crimes. You can be better. You can get an education. You can see the horrible things that go on around you and decide to be a better person and to make a difference by teaching the next generation that they can be better. You don’t even have to get an education to do that!
When Obama was first running for president, there were a lot of people who assumed those who did not vote for him were racist. As a white, conservative, young adult woman, I can tell you that race had NOTHING to do with why I chose not to vote for him. I did not-and do not- agree with his policies. If he was white, I would feel the same way. Why do we have to focus so much on race?
What we need to do is be better. We ALL need to treat everyone we meet with the same respect we want so desperately. Respect DOES NOT mean tolerance of illegal activity. Breaking the law is never the right thing to do. The right thing too do is see people as they are, not as what they look like. Our skin colors do give us some identity, but it gives us identity in the sense that we all look different from each other. Those differences are beautiful and give us variety in a world that would have us all be the same politically correct machine.
We can’t really do anything in the case of what is going on in Ferguson other than to keep the people there in our thoughts. If you are religious, pray for them to find peace. If you aren’t religious, then I’m not really sure what the equivalent of praying for them is to you, but do that. Hope for a better tomorrow.
And for goodness’ sake, STOP FIGHTING about your opinions with your friends and your friends’ friends. It will do no good. It will only incite anger, which everyone can agree is wrong. Love your neighbor. In the “iconic” words of High School Musical, WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!” Don’t you ever forget that. Make a difference. Do better. BE better.