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Column: Do black lives matter?

Do black lives matter? Apparently not to young black males who are killing each other at an alarming rate throughout the country. When racism was a real issue in the early 20th century, black on black crimes was seldom heard of.

They didn’t have gangs of black youths ducking their responsibilities to their communities by committing heinous crimes in civil societies. We do now at a time when blacks are equal in the eyes of the law, and equal in the eyes of civil societies. Is it only blacks who believe in racism these days? Does racism really exist? Racism is like curses and lucky charms, they only work when people believe in them. Did the Chicago Cubs believe in the “goat curse” for over a 100 years? They did, until they did not, and won a World Series. Racism, like curses, only works when people believe in it. Not all black people believe in racism or curses, neither do all Caucasians, Hispanics, Asians, or other ethnic groups. But those that do, do so with a passion that blinds them from rational beliefs. Take for example the O.J. Simpson case, in which racism was used as a defense for a heinous crime. Everyone knew that racism had nothing to do with the crime that occurred, but was used to convince people that racism killed two innocent people. We know that O.J. committed that crime, but used the “race card” to get a “get out of jail free card.” The “race card” rationale was then employed on a nationwide basis to defend criminal behavior throughout society. Is that why the black youth of today commit a disproportionate amount of crime in society? Take a look around, most people who grew up in America came from an under-privileged background. But was it really? Before we had all the social programs, people managed to find a way to take care of themselves and their families. Maybe America over-indulges youth, maybe we should require more from our youth and the parents of those youth. Apparently, throwing a little money at the problem just created more problems than it solved.

Down here at ground level, I do not really feel a lot of racism between peoples in our neighborhoods, and believe me, I live with all races of people in my neighborhood.

However, whenever we interact with one another, there is no hostility between neighbors because of racism. If racism does exist, it seems to be coming from the rich and powerful elite, by professional race baiters, whose only purpose for being is to stir the racial melting pot we call America.

The Black Lives Matter protest groups that roam the nation spewing their racial hatred does nothing more than that, create racial hatred. Again just look around, we are all equal, no one is being oppressed, no one is being subjected to a dictator’s regime. We are at the top of the mountain Martin Luther King Jr. was referring to, we all have the same opportunities and freedoms that America can provide. We have integrated all races into society and from what I can tell everyone is doing pretty well for themselves. Mr. King must be rolling over in his grave right now, seeing what has become of “The Dream.”

The hard, cold truth of all this, is that no one really cares if you are black, brown, yellow, red, or white. We only care about ourselves and what impacts our lives. Most people would agree that we pick our friends because they kind of look like us, and think like us, and are trying to accomplish the same goals, which is to survive in the world today in peace and prosperity. That would be a little easier if men and women weren’t so superstitious about curses, racism, and such things.

If you look at the history of mankind, we have always been a superstitious lot. We have believed in some crazy stuff over time, until we didn’t.

For example, look at the affirmative action programs installed in America’s psyche. We no longer really believe that people of color are somehow less equal than Caucasian, but we still try to legislate racial discrimination programs on the masses. If we truly want a “color blind” society, then all should be “judged not by the color of their skin, but by content of their character?”

A 100 years from now, will history reveal the ignorance of a free society that tried to legislate human morality and behaviors to such a degree that they legislated away freedom in society?

Only time will tell, but we as Americans, have always come together, all races, especially when times are tough and persevered. The American people have trusted the constitution to guide us in how to govern a civilized democracy, and it has worked very well so far. If we play by those rules as a society, we may be able to keep living in this democratic society as “We the People."

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