posted on May, 27 2014 @ 11:41 AM
Divide and be ruled. Unite and be free. Two different future possibilities.
Being mostly white Albion stock I don't get stopped and searched. It would drive me mad if I was stopped regularly. The expectation of a search leads
to body language that looks suspicious, which leads to a tense search. A common reaction is, "If you want me to be trouble I'll be trouble". The whole
thing becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Prisons have a high number of these people.
Two brothers, one with a black father and one with a white father, live in a city near here. Both are good honest boys. Having a black father in this
city means you get stopped and searched about once a week. Having a white father means you never get searched. That is the reality.
Here we step into a slightly surreal realm. Scenario fulfilment, seeing what you've been led to expect. A white burglar was caught after numerous
break-ins. He had been witnessed breaking in at night but was described as black. The image of the troubled black youth has become so inflated he
doesn't even have to be black. The friend who told me these stories works in prisons and finds this very concerning. The personal tragedies are real.
The imagined dangers aren't.
Getting onto anti-native racism. The mother of a young student tried to get help with his fees. After three days she said, "If he was anything other
than young native male with no criminal record he'd get funding". They opened a paypal account and asked for donations. People happily gave enough to
cover his costs. In other circumstances lack of funding for education could precede the decision to commit crimes.
Lack of education preceding crime is different from excessive stop and search preceding crime. The effects are different.
I was asked to write on this subject and I know almost nothing about it. I'd like to hear your views on how we can improve our situation.
on 27 5 2014 by Kester because: change wording