Living while black in America

This is an omnibus thread to cover the injustices that black people and other minorities experience in this country. Here are a sampling of this month’s grab-bag. I will add more as time permits.

On May 31st, a Sherell L. Lewis Jr. was struck by Martin Matthew. He knew that Sherell had died on the way to the hospital and had openly bragged about it on Snapchat. Matthew wrote on Snapchat “y’all i just hit a whole guy on the highway,” followed by three sob emojis. He referred to the person who died as “some nigger”.

On July 3rd, State Rep Janelle Bynum had to police called on her while canvassing in a predominately white neighborhood for her re-election campaign.
On July 4th,Rodolfo Rodriguez, a 92 year old Hispanic-American was beaten with a brick. During the attack, the assailant said “Go back to your own country.”

Late June, a white couple - the Krakoras - in Ohio called the police on an 11 year old boy because he mowed a part of their lawn. 11 days later, on July 4th, the white couple called the police again because the children allegedly wetted their house while playing outside. The couple said “We have always been told by the police that if we feel threatened, ‘Don’t confront these people, just call us[.]" and "We’re a slightly older couple. We have a white couple in their eighties next to us. If we feel it’s going to be more of an issue to go over trying to talk to somebody, for our safety, we just call the police.”

In California,District Attorney Michael Selyem wrote of Maxine Waters, “Being a loud-mouthed cunt in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this bitch by now …”

On July 4th,Devonte Ortiz was killed by a 41 year old white man. The white man claimed self-defense but the video that the police have indicate a different story. The video allegedly shows Ortiz, the white man, and the white man’s father arguing over firecrackers. The white man is seen unholstering and holstering his gun multiple times. The white man’s father attempts to intervene leading to shoving between Ortiz and the white man’s father. The white man’s father falls to the ground, and the white man responded by shooting Devonte Ortiz to death.

On July 4th, Larry Lappin was recorded flipping out because he heard Mexican-Americans celebrating the holiday with Spanish music. “Sometimes I wish they would assimilate more. I hear them playing [Spanish language] music in the backyard all the time and it doesn’t bother me. Because of the day and what July 4th means to me, I felt disrespected,” Lappin said.

On July 4th,Adam Bloom demanded the identification of a black woman and reported her to the authorities when she refused.

On July 7th an African-American millionaire, Frank Davis, found a note with a racial slur in his hotel room.

Great thread idea, IMO. Hopefully plenty of Dopers will chime in with personal anecdotes as well as goings on around the country.

For several years of international travel, my wife (a black naturalized citizen) was almost always singled out for additional security screening/interviews upon our return, while I (a white birth citizen) have never been.

Loving one’s country is like loving one’s kids. If your love prevents you from seeing and addressing their faults, then you can never help them become better people. I’m afraid we have far too many people who fall in that category.

The fact is that this nation was stolen from its legitimate inhabitants whom we murdered. We then developed a lot of our agricultural growth using human trafficking to provide slaves, and we then fought a Civil War because a sizable portion of the South felt it was more important to maintain their right to own another human being than it was to maintain a whole and healthy nation. In other words, we didn’t get off to a very good start to say the least.

Unfortunately, those beginnings have resonated right into the 21st century. We still have supremacists who, if given a chance, would institute slavery all over again. Like their racist forbears, they truly believe Black and even brown people are subhuman and deserving of nothing in terms of equality and rights. Though there are Federal laws protecting the rights of minorities these days, it doesn’t change the fact that these people are seething with rage and resentment and miss no opportunity to discriminate against or even violently confront the people they hate.

In the South, they are even more open and obvious. They glorify the Confederacy to this day with statues of its leaders and by waving their “battle flag” which is, in reality. a racist slave banner. They romanticize what was nothing more than an evil entity in the hope that people will find it charming and palatable.

The result of all this is that, in a very real sense, the Civil War is still being fought. It’s just a “Cold War” now instead of a hot one. Minorities are the casualties, of course.

Is there a solution? The only hope is to open people’s eyes through education and through experience with other cultures. In cities, it’s much easier because you have many people of many cultures living in close proximity. In red neck country, it’s another matter. You have racists, all of one mind, living together and reinforcing each other’s prejudices and mindset. They teach their children those same attitudes, so it carries on and on.

Point of order: that’s true of every nation. And don’t forget that the native American tribes warred against each other.

Fresh today:
Woman fired for calling police on black man wearing socks in pool.

Neither of those is a point of order, but your racist horseshit is noted, thanks.

But we are in theory hoping to be more educated, mature and reasonable about it these days aren’t we? All races and groups should be able to figure out how to get along now. For a while it looked like the world was maturing, but in the last 20 years or so I feel like we’re backsliding in some areas.

Yes, but that doesn’t make it right.

So it’s racist to point out historical fact?

You liberals are getting stupider by the day.

Bringing up irrelevant facts in an attempt to justify or minimize historical white supremacist atrocities can be reasonably characterized as racist, yes.

Worth noting this happened in California. Lappin should remember that their ancestors were there long before his were.

Who wears socks in the pool? :frowning:

You’d have to be a real fucking moron to think this is true. And an easily offended racist, probably, as well. Good luck.

Clearly, criminal thugs who deserve to be arrested.

I wouldn’t say that. But it does sound peopleofWalMartesque.

"Woman wears a Puerto Rico shirt.

A man confronts her for wearing it, repeatedly approaches her within a couple feet, and questions her citizenship.

When the woman pleads for a nearby police officer to keep the man back from her, he ignores her."

Maybe, but does that warrant calling the cops on them?

(missed it)

I wouldn’t have unless it was specifically against pool rules, I was the one employed to enforce pool rules, and they wouldn’t follow pool rules or leave. But I’d hate to be in that position because I think involving the police in petty nonsense is petty.

What I do in that situation is not worry about the footwear of patrons of the pool, and just make sure everyone is having a good time.