originally posted by: DeathSlayer
We have a black president in the white house and since he has been in office it seems to me that racism has grown? Why is that? You would think this
would be an issue that needs to be addressed EVEN MORE now than ever.
There are several reasons, in my opinion...
1. There are still a lot of very ignorant people in the USA, people who would love nothing more than to see a return to the darkest days of
segregation and even slavery. They have become increasingly angry and violent as they see the society change around them, and on various issues. When
you find a racist, you usually find that they call themselves "Christian", they're usually Conservative (yes, complain all you like, it's a fact, deal
with it), they're usually homophobic, and they're usually very vocal about their imagined right to use violence against people they don't like. In the
past few years we've seen all their favorite issues being confronted and they feel desperate, backed into a corner, angry that their beliefs about the
society they want are not at all supported by the majority of Americans - this is what breeds extremist acts. Christians no longer have a hegemony,
conservative morality is being increasingly rejected, gay marriage has passed despite their protestations, people are increasingly calling for tougher
gun laws... collectively these changes feel like an assault on them, when really it's just that they want to live in the 1950's and don't know how to
deal with societal progress.
2. Racism in policing has never really been dealt with. In the UK we had to face institutional racism in the Police back in the 1990's, but the US
doesn't seem to have passed this milestone at any point. Admittedly, it took us in the UK to see massive failures in investigating a race hate crime
for it to come to the fore and be dealt with, and maybe that's what you're now seeing in the US with the very public discussion about the shootings of
unarmed black men.
3. Media likes to grab hold of every story relating to an issue when it shows it has legs - "if it bleeds it leads". Given the protests and the
violence over police brutality cases, the media is picking up every story about race when perhaps just a couple of years ago it wouldn't. These things
have always happened, only now they're being reported on more eagerly because it gets viewers.
4. Social media allows idiots to say anything they like without them considering the consequences. It's really not unlike the drunk in the bar who
goes into a rant about something and ends up in a fight, normally they wouldn't do that, but they're drunk. The same applied to social media in my
opinion, people feel as though they're insulated and can say whatever they feel like saying and they don't consider that everyone out there can see it
or what that might mean for them. There has always been ignorant village idiots, only now they have a megaphone.
5. Far more people have the ways and means to record incidents which would otherwise go unseen or unbelieved. These days, when a cop is arresting
someone (anyone) someone is filming it. Combined with the attitude you have in the US of giving police the power to act with impunity, and given the
corrupt nature of police supporting each other under all circumstances, it's inevitable that these behavioral norms from police would increasingly be
caught on camera and displayed to a society which pretended it wasn't happening for far too long. People have always faced abuse from police in the
US, both white and black, and it's been left unchecked for decades. This has led to a policing mentality where they "can do no wrong", where even a
suspect is presumed guilty, or even justifiably executed for imagined crimes, bypassing the justice system entirely. You have police thinking they are
the judge, the jury and the executioner, when their job is limited to investigating crimes and detaining those SUSPECTED of crimes to the justice
On the last point about civil war, I don't think you're anywhere near that yet. People on ATS like to claim that a war is coming every other day.
What is plausible is massive civil unrest. That's always a danger and it's easily started. When you have "Oath Keepers" showing up to civil protests
armed to the teeth pretending they're in the army you do need to take it seriously, one wrong move can start a spiral of warring groups which
ultimately starts to polarize a society in much the same way Syria went.
I don't care if people want to complain about this perception, but the Oath Keepers are not governed or sanctioned, they are not under any form of
oversight, and therefore they are and should be considered to be a terrorist threat. When you have a group of armed men appearing on the streets with
their clear and obvious biases and bigotries about people within their own society, it is a terrorist threat.
Unfortunately I can see something like the Rodney King riot happening again, and on a larger scale too. It all depends on how events are dealt with,
and whether the forces involved are intent to increase tensions.