Reality is never what it seems

My younger brother posted a joke photo on Facebook depicting looters in Baltimore with the caption: “Looting: When free food, housing, phones and education aren’t enough.” The looters were African American so of course one of his black “friends” protested to the picture and called him a racist.

His “friend” implied my brother would not have posted the picture and joke if the picture depicted white people.  Well, one thing I know for sure the Facebook connection does not know my younger brother well.

It does not matter the color, creed, political affiliation, or any other group designation you want to apply, the act of looting is wrong.  But that does not matter to the victim crowd.  Rather than recognize and acknowledge the act of looting is wrong, his “friend” chose the militant approach and tried to silence my younger brother by accusing him of racism.

This approach creates more animosity and resentment towards African Americans than simply addressing the real issue. People looting, rioting, and partaking in criminal activity to honor a supposed saint makes no sense. The logic escapes me. People want to destroy businesses and other people’s property to honor the memory of a person they did not know. Then they wonder why there are no available jobs.

Pop quiz: If you were starting a business that requires a substantial time and money commitment are you going to build it in an area where you have to worry about possible riots or are you going to a safer area?

We need to shatter some myths.  The first is white police officers are racist and target blacks.  That’s like saying all Muslims are Jihadists, all feminists are ugly, and all Italians belong to the mafia.

According to a recent article in the Washington Times, more white people are killed by police officers than blacks but I do not see white people rioting in the streets. In fact, Gilbert Collar, an 18-year-old white student at the University of South Alabama, was shot and killed while naked, unarmed and under the influence of drugs by a black police officer.

I did not see a single news article on it until I started researching items for this blog.  I did not see white people rioting, demanding justice, or destroying other people’s property.  The bottom line is if you are partaking in criminal behavior, bad things are eventually going to happen to you.  If you do not want bad things ti happen to you because of criminal activity I suggest not partaking in criminal activity.

It seems pretty obvious.  However, if you do partake in criminal activity and something bad happens to you then you only have yourself to blame.  Accept it. Own it. And don’t complain.

Another myth is that only black people receive government assistance.  According to research from the Department of Commerce, the percentage of welfare recipients that are black is 39.8% while the percent of welfare recipients that are white is 38.8%.

Other than the familiar “white trash” moniker thrown at various groups that gravitate towards trailer parks I do not see white people admonished in the media for being freeloaders.  Why is that?

One possible reason is that white people are not rioting, destroying property, or otherwise engaging in activity that gets law abiding citizens to notice.  It could be that too many media types buy into the black stereotype.  It could be a combination of both.  In my experience, it’s never one or the other.  It always takes two to tango.

For the sake of society I think we need a new choreographer.

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About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 25 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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