THE LAND OF THE FREE (IF YOU’RE WHITE)
The United States of America, the country that boast it is the land of the free and the greatest democracy on the planet. A country in which its’ Declaration of Independence declares that all men are equal. This was written by Thomas Jefferson a Virginia Plantation owner with hundreds of slave so what it really meant was all white men are equal. If you happened to be black you were screwed. Not much has really changed over the past 298 years, for that matter not since the Dutch introduced slavery to the U.S. in 1619.
Over the course of the past few months there has been a number of young black men shot by police in different parts of the U.S. The latest is a 12 year old boy in Cleveland Ohio. He was playing with a fake gun and the cop mistook it for the real thing and shot him dead. This really nothing new in the U.S. as young black men have been shot or lynched for over 100 years. In Southern states a black man could be killed for looking at a white woman. Now sometimes it seems that they can be shot just for being black and in the wrong place at the wrong time. Since the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9th there have I believe been a shooting in Loa Angeles, two in New York City, and one as mentioned above in Cleveland, Ohio.
The racism that seem so prevalent in the U.S. is not just towards blacks, it includes Hispanics. And those who follow Islam. Racism is not just in the states but it is present in Canada but it is more of a covert version. I remember growing up and hearing names like, Sambo, Jungle Bunny, Nigger, Spic, Wop, Wog, Nip, Jap, Kraut, Yid, D.P., Chink, Paki, and Rag Head. For years the French Canadians were treated like 2nd class citizens and told if you want to get anywhere in Canada speak English. Finally this was rectified in 1969 when the Official |Language Law was passed and French stood on an equal footing with English. So we in Canada do not have an unblemished soul when it comes to racism.
I spent 6 ½ years in the American Army from the late 60s, to the early 70s. and witnessed the racism, which shocked me as I had never been around it before. The Blacks and whites might have to work together, fight together and bleed together but they rarely if ever really socialized with each other. When I was stationed in Texas the racism was to-wards the Mexican who were usually referred to as “Wet Backs” from swimming the Rio Grande River. Now most Mexican-Americans run the risk of being stopped by the Police and asked for their papers to prove that they aren’t illegals.
Although law enforcement says that racial profiling isn’t used it is as a young black man who will be stopped and searched before a young white man. Blacks make up about 12-13% of the U.S. population and 40% of the U.S prison population. Grossly lopsided isn’t it and this is because of the American Justice System, which by the rest of the democratic world is a joke. So here we have the so called greatest democracy in the world with a constitution that gives them all these rights such free speech, free assembly, freedom to carry guns. They forgot to pen one right into the constitution and that is the right to shoot each other. That it seems has just sort of evolved over the intervening years. So if you happen to be a young black or Latino male I suggest it would be safer for you to hibernate until you’re at least 35 that will increase your chances of survival.