Racial Division in the US

A young AP Correspondent has written an article in which she laments how the scars of slavery and racism and segregation were all lifted – until Trump became President. And now they permeate our country in every nook and cranny, even the smallest of towns where there was once unity, as in North Carolina. She then continues her woe begone tale and mentions the Ku Klux Klan’s presence in this small town in the 1980’s… well before Trump. She talks about a woman being harassed and targeted for her color in the 1970’s. Well before Trump. What she doesn’t mention is the fact that the division didn’t just occur this year – in fact the division was throughout the Obama presidency, Reagan, Carter, Bush, Bush, Clinton, Carter, etc…

Few would argue that the Ku Klux Klan is a racist, bigoted, divisive, hate group. But they didn’t materialize suddenly when Trump became president, and in fact their origins have roots in Hillary’s household. Perspective. There are estimated to be about 3000 members of the KKK nationwide. That would represent .0009% of the total population.

This young Correspondent reiterates about the ‘scars of slavery’ that these people have endured and overcome… But slavery ended in the US in 1863, 154 years ago – or the equivalent of roughly 5-6 generations… or her great, great, great, grandfather. I don’t know much about my great, great, great, grandfather, but I imagine he suffered hardships and trials that have absolutely no effect on me today whatsoever.

Of course no weeping article would be complete without targeting ‘police brutality’. Websites abound on the brutality of US police citing the fact that every year some 100-1000 people are shot by police officers.   Of course, they fail to mention – why they are shot.  In the commission of a crime?   Here’s a great headline: “Over 5000 civilians killed by police since 9-11”. Yes, and 90-99% of those civilians were brandishing a weapon, and/or committing a crime, and/or fleeing a crime.  Wait.  Isn’t that what cops do?

During the Obama administration the citing of police brutality reached its peak.   Odd.   Racial divisiveness was propagated and reached its peak. During his administration there were 40% MORE protests than the previous administration, MORE than the number of protests during the previous 20 years, and just over the total for the previous 30 years!  I’d say that was pretty divisive!

A list has been compiled which delineates the police shootings and why. Armed robberies, carjackings, stabbings, sexual misconduct with a child, kidnapping, the list goes on. Does this negate the fact that there have been issues of police brutality? No. It simply provides perspective. Death rates by gun in the US average 10 per 100,000, or roughly 33,000 per year. Over 60% are suicides, and approximately 10-12,000 are homicides. Of those homicides, it is estimated 50-75% are gang related.   If we eliminated gangs, our homicide rate would be less than half…

Perspective. Homicide by gun – 10,000. Homicide by abortion – 1 million. In fact the rate of deaths by guns is ranked 23rd out of 33 causal factors with ‘struck by lightening’ last. As for police brutality – the numbers would be less than ‘struck by lightening’.

Blame. Certainly not a new game, but its pervasive use has grown exponentially. Blame Trump. Blame whites. Blame white males. Poor Native Americans. Poor blacks, always the victim. Really? If we really want to blame whites, then we should blame Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, and The Netherlands – because that’s where all the American whites originated some 500 odd years ago. Let’s blame the Europeans!

Not to leave out Australia – which was colonized by a bunch of thieves from the UK who then attempted to eradicate the Aboriginals through mass murders…and the introduction of smallpox. So lets blame the Brits!

And slavery? Slavery was common in Europe during the Dark Ages. But it didn’t originate there. It is known to have existed in 3500 BC in the Egyptian, Arab, Chinese, Babylonian (Persians), Nubian (blacks and Egyptians) and even the pre-Columbia cultures of North America, which would include the Aztecs and Native Americans. So let’s blame slavery on the peoples that created it – everyone!

While this sloppy article attempts to create a pool of sympathy for slaves, animosity toward whites, police, and Trump, it really simply opens Pandora’s Box and shows that the statistics, the facts, and history reveal that the real problems with society originated um, everywhere, by um, everyone, forever.

4 thoughts on “Racial Division in the US

  1. In my opinion, a wide swath of the African-American population subconsciously sense that they have dug themselves into such a deep hole that no amount of government largesse can extricate. The digging has now reached a furious and violent pace.

    There are many crime statistics which are not allowed, by a PC culture, to be even recorded, much less published. Local, state, and FBI statistics do not address certain categories.

    Dialogue for peace, unity, patriotism (for THIS country!), and solutions, cannot be accomplished when facts are ignored, abhorred, or denied.

    I, personally, have spent my life trying not to be prejudiced. The older I get, the harder that desire becomes sustainable.

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