America is aflame due to systematic racism. Murders after murders of innocent Black Americans by authorities come to light daily. This isn’t a new phenomenon but one that is being highlighted because of the instant and quick distribution of videos caught by passerbys and/or body cameras.
Many Whites are in denial of this situation, in fact when such crimes and killings occur one often sees political officials downplay it, while right-wing sites and stations such as Fox run amok and do their utmost to blame the victims.
The recent video of University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing pulling over Sam Dubose and then killing him execution style has once again put in stark relief the inherent racism within the USA.
Interestingly, the Hamilton County Prosecutor, Joseph T. Deters, while noting the killing as “senseless and asinine” preceded to make his own asinine assertion, stating.:
“This doesn’t happen in the United States, OK?” he said. “This might happen in Afghanistan. People don’t get shot for a traffic stop.”
Mr. Deters is supposed to be an intelligent individual, after all he is a prosecutor for the state! What explains his cognitive dissonance and bias? This DOES happen in the USA! This HAS been happening in the USA for a long, long time!
Projecting this onto other cultures with such implicit racist statements is completely ignorant and problematically feeds into the false notions of American exceptionalism and superiority over other cultures that are deemed “inferior.” What’s doubly problematic is that Afghanistan is a nation that we have invaded and occupied. Many of those killed in Afghanistan have been killed by US Army personnel!
Deters is not alone in this demeaning attitude. Recall that Sen. Lindsey Graham (a presidential hopeful), stated after the massacre of 9 Black Churchgoers in Charleston by the White supremacist terrorist, Dylann Roof, that,
“I don’t know how you can sit with somebody for an hour in a church and pray with them and get up and shoot them. That’s Mideast hate,” Graham said Wednesday on the Senate floor. “That’s something I didn’t think we had here, but apparently we do.”
No, Sen. Graham that is American Hate! This hate was born, bred and perpetrated in the good ‘ole USA. It’s time for you and others to admit and come to terms with it.