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Let's Protest Racial Double-Standards

By Friday, 17 October 2014 12:30 PM Current | Bio | Archive

ABC’s new black-sitcom "Black-ish" raises some serious social issues.

Not to mention, it simply isn’t funny.

Is it offensive that a show openly touts race? No. Or, at least it shouldn’t be.

We’re grown-ups. We can change the channel.

That’s live-and-let-live, where people don’t have to scream in righteous protest over everything they dislike. But that type of tolerance is in short supply, replaced by double standards that inflame tensions and needlessly generate resentment between races.

Could you imagine the backlash if a network tried to air “White-ish?” Producers would get fired, actors blackballed and the network would spend countless hours issuing nauseating apologies and mandating racial-sensitivity training.

That is where our system breaks down.

The issue isn’t the racially descriptive entity, but the increasing resentment among white Americans who, as the oddballs, are not allowed to do likewise. Their perception, not without merit, is that they have become the only race without the same rights as everyone else.

White comedians get censured for saying the same things as their black counterparts. Black politicians openly advocate the election of black mayors. Whites sometimes lose out on job opportunities and college admissions in the name of diversity.

Racial discrimination, in all forms, must be battled. And that includes reverse discrimination.

But selective discrimination has been deemed acceptable in today’s America. Far from creating racial harmony, reverse discrimination is quickly becoming the flashpoint in the powder keg of America’s race relations.

Nowhere is that more on display than in Missouri.

First, in Ferguson, Mo., 6 feet 4 inches, 300-pound, 18-year old Michael Brown, who had allegedly just committed a felony, was shot after disobeying, then physically engaging, a police officer, again, allegedly.

The officer being white and the shooting victim black should have been irrelevant until unquestionably proven that race played a part in the shooting. But that became the headline, and violent protests ensued facts be damned.

Black anger erupted nationwide, directed at both whites and the police.

Then came round two. After an off-duty police officer shot and killed a man near St. Louis, Mo., who police say engaged him in a gunfight.

Large protests focused on racism, since the officer was white and the shooting victim black. But no one has the guts, on either side, to ask the important questions pertaining to right and wrong, lawful versus unlawful.

Lost on protesters, a smorgasbord which included the "Occupy" movement, unions, and gay-rights activists, were, the victim was wearing an ankle bracelet — a court-ordered monitoring system as a condition of bail in a gun case — and, the police claim that he fired several rounds at the officer.

The deceased’s family says he was unarmed, carrying only a sandwich. Whether the shooting was justified will be answered only after an impartial discovery process.

That’s why God made investigations.

But to automatically assume race is unequivocally wrong.

Yet inciteful and woefully inaccurate statements, from the victims being “executed” to leaders stating they were both shot from behind — evidence and reports say neither were — serve only to push race relations closer to the edge. When we go over the cliff, there will be a backlash of epic proportions, which could make the riots of the 1960s look tame.

If we ever hope to eradicate racial tensions, we need leaders of all races to unite and demand colorblindness for America — from police, to entertainment, to the workplace. “Equal opportunity for all, special treatment for none” should be our motto, where race should be an afterthought.

America’s uniqueness makes it the envy of the world, where even its most downtrodden can overcome adversity to become successful.

But that rise must never come because, or at the expense, of race.

When it does, we all lose a part of what makes us so special, our common bond — being Americans, and ultimately, members of the only race that matters: the human race.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.


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If we ever hope to eradicate racial tensions, we need leaders of all races to unite and demand colorblindness for America — from police, to entertainment, to the workplace.
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