Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Stop thinking about young black men like that
We white folks, at least me and most my good friends, are comfortable with blacks in power, in jobs of importance, in command positions in the military, in the store, I don't think we are racist, I think we are fair minded. I want them to vote, to get into college, to have a good job, I like to see families in hotels and restaurants. But the media, both entertainment and news have conditioned us to fear the young black man, especially if he is strong looking, has that walk, or is in a group. The door locks click, people take a wide path on the sidewalk.
A recent study indicates this is not necessary. Violence and crime against strangers by black men is down almost everywhere. Guess what else is down almost everywhere blacks live? Lead and mercury pollution. As more old lead painted housing is replaced or destroyed, and with the elimination of leaded fuel (which settled lead on lawns and playgrounds) the lead and mercury in the blood of young blacks is lower than 20 years ago. These two poisons are a cause of violent behavior, confused behavior, mental, learning and health issues. Just cleaning up the environment and prohibition of lead in house paint and fuel, mercury in a number of household products, is making us all safer and keeping more blacks kids out of jails and graveyards. We have to stop thinking about (fearing) black men like this. The news media and politicains and TV are conditioning us as sure as Pavlov's kennel had bells. Try to stop this reaction.
I am not a pollyanna, I know the ghetto is dangerous, I know the gangs have got to be rooted out or starved of recruits, I know there are dangerous people in our cities, but it is not so bad as we fear, and sometimes our reaction is insulting, we need to be more trusting.
The study found the same thing in poor hispanic neighborhoods, the environment is less polluted and violence among young males is on the decline, a direct link to the cocktail of chemicals we encounter harming our lives.
President Kennedy and President Johnson did something we have not seen the likes of since. They did the right thing in actions and laws to install civil rights in law and in practice. They did it facing down the racist in their own party, knowing they were dooming the Democratic party to future losses as the Southern states backlash swelled the Republican rolls.?
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that." Martin Luther King Jr.