Will Racism Ever End?
The year is 2018, and everything is ALL good. Everyone is getting along and black people can now sit in Starbucks without being arrested just for waiting. Or so we thought. It's 2018 but it's starting to look more like 1963 more and more each day. It's 2018 and black people still can't go to certain places without getting crazy looks, feel out of place, or be questioned for being in that place.
Everyday a new incident involving black people getting the police called on them for no reason arises. Everyday a new video arises on social media showing police handling a black person in an inhumane manner. At what point will black people be seen as an equal? Being black in America is like having a disease you can't get rid of; the color of your skin carries a burden that only a person of color could truly understand. Walking while black. Sitting while black. Eating while black. Falling asleep while black. Each of these situations must be in the police handbook because they have all ended with black people in handcuffs or dealing with the police.
The two black men that were arrested in Starbucks for waiting settled for $1 and and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for entrepreneurs. “We thought long and hard about it, and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see,” said Donte Robinson, who was 1 of the 2 arrested. “It’s not a right-now thing that’s good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time.” Waiting while black.
At Yale University, black graduate student Lolade Siyonbola was napping in her dorm's common room after falling sleepy from writing papers all night. A white woman who also lived in the dorm told Siyonbola that she could not sleep there and called the authorities on here. “I have every right to call the police. You cannot sleep in that room,” the woman was heard saying in the video. She was then forced to prove to authorities that she lived there and show I.D. to prove she was a student there. Studying and sleeping while black.
Three black women had the police called on them and were detained after checking out of their air bnb. The neighbor to the residence called the police because they were apparently looking "suspicious" because the group of women didn't wave or smile at the neighbor. The neighbor was an elderly white woman and when asked why she said the group looked suspicious, she said "Because they had luggage in their hand and they weren't really looking at me. You know, they just kind of avoided me, or they didn't wave." As the group was exiting their air bnb with their luggage, they were met outside by 7 police cars. The group also included another young lady who was white, but the call into police only reported 3 suspicious black women. Renting air bnb while black.
A group of black women in Pennsylvania had the cops called on them at a golf course for apparently playing too slow. That's right, they were playing golf to slow, which apparently merits police intervention. "I felt we were discriminated against both as women and minorities," one of the golfers, Myneca Ojo said. "It was a horrific experience." "They knew exactly what they were doing," she said. " It was five African American women playing golf and it was a problem for them." Steve Chronister, the co-owner of the course, called the police two times to complain that the women weren't meeting club guidelines and and were delaying the other golfers. The police determined that this was a non matter for them. The women eventually left on their own will. Golfing while black.
These are all real life situations, that would make one wonder...will racism ever end? The age of technology has put racism on a platform and is bringing situations to light that otherwise would go unnoticed and unheard. Hopefully at some point in our lifetime, we will be able to experience a lifestyle that exhibits true equality.
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