In light of the recent George Zimmerman verdict the issue of racism and discrimination has once again made its way to the fore-front and reared its ugly head. The opinions of many are being plastered over almost every social media. Once again lines are being drawn attempting to separate what should be a cohesive nation. “United we stand, divided we fall,” is just as true now as it was when John Dickinson wrote it in 1768.
“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;
In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,
For heaven approves of each generous deed.”
Sadly enough, even after 200 years, the concept of brotherly love and kindness is lost on so many. Discrimination is alive and well in America. The trials of both George Zimmerman and O.J.Simpson caused racial uprising. The “race card” was seen in both trials just at opposite ends of the spectrum. If racial injustice was seen in one trial, then we must conclude that it was equally unjust in both trials. I did not sit in on the trials of either Zimmerman or Simpson. I was not privy to the details that the members of each jury sat in on but I have to believe that the jurors did the best they could with the information they received. I may or may not agree with the verdicts but as I stated previously, I was not there day after day listening to the witnesses. I was only given the bits and pieces the media fed to me. Realistically, I can not make an informed decision on either trial; the only thing I can do is offer my opinion just as everybody else can offer their opinion.
Now, there are many statistics one can find concerning white on white crime, black on black crime, white on black crime and black on white crime. What is the real purpose of stating those statistics? I can’t help but wonder if the reason those statistics are readily stated is to instill fear and keep our nation separated. The one statistic that all races share is this: most victims of crime know their assailant. That’s right. Black or white, generally the victim knows the perpetrator.
Amazingly enough, many of those that cry out that they are the victims of discrimination (black, white, yellow, or polka dot) are the same ones who discriminate against others with an “acceptable” form of discrimination. In many social circles it is “acceptable” to make fun of or shun people who may be “different” than the main stream. Fat people are discriminated every day. If you are fat and black or fat and white, you are an equal target to negative comments and snide laughter. Although this country wants to say that “gay is okay” our actions indicate otherwise. Dykes and lipstick lesbians as well as Queens are still faggots and easy marks for ridicule without people being “appalled” at the name-calling. These are but a few examples but the list goes on.
We, as a nation, must move beyond playing the race card and institute the human card for all of mankind equally. As Bill Cosby so wonderfully states: It is NOT about color; it is about behavior. This statement is true about all people!
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