SO, YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE ATHLETES PROTEST AT SPORTING EVENTS?

Unless you have been the victim of systemic racism your entire life, and all but a sparingly few  avenues for raising yourself out of poverty or out of danger, or into a safe, productive environment have been cut off to you, you have absolutely no right to tell any Black man or woman they cannot protest, and use the largest venue possible to do so.

Blacks and Whites live in two different Americas.

Racism is alive and well in America.  It has never gone away.  Even after gaining the right to vote, being allowed to go to college, allowed to use White bathrooms, opportunity for Blacks has hardly increased at all.  Allowed to do does not mean able to.  Subtle racism is rampant in the business world where people with Black names who apply for a job are 50% less likely  to be called in for an interview.

If you are White – even if you are poor White – you hold an elite status in society compared to Black people.

You can’t even imagine how difficult life is in the ghetto, where hopes and dreams and opportunity are stifled from the time Black people are born.

Let me ask you, were your descendants brought over to America naked and chained; sandwiched together in the holds of ships in unhygienic conditions, where dehydration, dysentery and scurvy which led to up to a third of captives dying?

Did your great grandparents work as slaves…beaten, deprived of freedom, earnings, medical care and education?

Yes, slaves were freed in 1860 but slavery did not end.  The same people worked for the same masters under the same conditions

Black people were deprived of education until just 60 years ago.  But that did not mean education was meted out fairly after that.  The great majority of Black people went to schools that received less federal funding and research grants than predominantly White institutions on all levels of education.

Black people using crack cocaine are sentenced to terms ten times longer than White people using powdered cocaine.  Blacks represent 72% of those sentenced under federal drug trafficking offenses (while making up 13% of the population.)

Among Black men born in 2001, 1 in 3 will wind up behind bars in their lifetime.  The incarceration rate for Whites is 1 in 17.

African Americans are 2.5 times as likely to be arrested than White people.

So, you say, well, if those people worked harder or did not do drugs then they could get good jobs and leave the ghetto.  You think that?  Well, you are a fool.

People of color are surrounded by crime, lack of opportunity, and not even allowed to dream, let alone have dreams come true.  Gunshots are their alarm clocks; screams their music.

Captured by the private prison system, Blacks stay in private prisons 67% longer than in state prison because of the “for profit” business model where they see Blacks as cash cows.

In Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was killed, 40% of the city budget was paid for by fines and penalties against Black people: parking tickets, moving violations, missed court appearances.  That equals at least one fine for every single Black resident of the city every single year.

Many cities consider Blacks and Back neighborhoods as animals to be milked, to be exploited and the money used predominately for the benefit of the wealthy and the White.

During the 2015–2016 school year, Black students represented only 15% of total US student enrollment, but they made up 35% of students suspended and 36% of students expelled.

In New York City, 88% of police stops in 2018 involved Black and Latino people, while 10% involved white people.  Of those stops, 70% were completely innocent.

During traffic stops, data show that blacks are three times more likely to be searched than whites.

In one US survey, 15.8% of students of color reported experiencing race-based bullying or harassment.  Research has found significant associations between racial bullying and negative mental and physical health in students.

White patients in the US received better quality health care than Black patients.  Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than a White woman, even at similar levels of income and education.

Black Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested.  Once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted, and once convicted, they are more likely to experience lengthy prison sentences.

Black Americans and white Americans use drugs at similar rates, but Black Americans are 6 times more likely to be arrested for it.

On average, Black men in the US receive sentences that are 19.1% longer than those of white men convicted for the same crimes.

In the US, Black individuals are twice as likely to be unemployed than white individuals.   Once employed, Black individuals earn nearly 25% less than their white counterparts.

One study found that job resumes with traditionally white-sounding names received 50% more callbacks than those with traditionally Black names

In the US, Black workers are less likely than White workers to be employed in a job that is consistent with their level of education.

Black students are three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students.

.Voting restrictions on the formerly incarcerated have disenfranchised millions of African Americans. Today, approximately 5.9 million people are not able to vote due to felony convictions. While laws vary from state to state—with some allowing for restoration of voting rights—1 in 13 blacks nationwide are disenfranchised due to felony convictions. In Florida, Kentucky, and Virginia, more than one in five black adults are denied the right to vote.

White infant mortality rates is  4.7  per 1,000 births. The Black mortality rate is 11 per 1,000 births

Work harder?  Be honest?  Is that your advice to Black people?  Well, what if there are no jobs, what if you are not educated.  What if you can’t afford to buy school books, what if gunshots at night keep you from sleeping”  What if you can’t eat breakfast?  What if you cannot afford to go to college?  What if the only way to make money is commit crime and your loved ones, who have no health insurance, are suffering and dying?  What about then?

You can’t even imagine what it’s like to live under those conditions, with opportunities so limited.

30% of Blacks under the age of 18 are classified as in poverty while only 8% of white are classified.

You think you can relate to Black people?  You think they’re just lazy?  Well why don’t you go down to the ghetto and talk to these people?  Visit their homes.  Share a meal with them?  No, you won’t.  You’re afraid to even go there.  If you lived then you’d see and feel the discrimination, the lack of opportunity.

Only 40% of Blacks own homes while 76% of Whites do.  But that only tells part of the story.  The average home value for Black is one-third that of Whites.  Family net worth of Black families is $17,150 and $171,000 for Whites.

Inequity in schools.  Schools in White neighborhoods receive $2,200 more per year, per student than schools in Black communities.

Only 25% of Black people go to college while 45% of white people do.

The rate for White incarceration is 400 per 100,000.  For Blacks it is 1,500 per 100,000.

Police kill black people at a rate 238% higher than whites.

Compared to Black people you live in a goddamn fantasy world of unlimited opportunity; a gilded cage free from danger.  In the Land of OZ.  Emerald City, up in the clouds.

As I said, racism is alive and well in America.  Little has changed in 150 years.  Small efforts have done little.  Local marches or protests have done little to nothing.  So you are suggesting that Blacks continue to try that route?

How do you solve systematic racism in America?  You make it known wherever and whenever you can.  You take advantage of the most visible and largest venues possible.  For most Black people that is their sports stadiums: the only area where Blacks are more represented than Whites are.

The narrow, limited reach of protests since Dr. Martin Luther King have barely moved the needle.  Is your suggestion to tell Black people to just be patient?  Maybe wait another 150 years?

Don’t tell me, don’t tell Back people you don’t like it when they kneel or wear “Back Lives Matter “T shirts.  Tell me after you’ve been enslaved, beaten, deprived, disenfranchised, denied opportunities for let’s say 150 years.  Then you have the right to speak.  Until then, keep your mouth shut.  Don’t speak; you know nothing.  Just listen, maybe you’ll learn something you didn’t know or didn’t understand.

 

 

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