That's it, in a nutshell. All it does is help strengthen the existing stereotype of the dumb, ignorant, violent, can't-be-tamed "blacks".No one is excusing people that use incidents like this as "proof" that black people are lesser than or as card blanch to continue to be racist. However, things like this do NOT help advance our cause.I can never understand this point of view. People don't see us all (black people) as animals because some black people act a fool. People see us all as animals because they WANT to. Because they're racist. Because they're ignorant.And stuff like this is why certain people see us as animals instead of people. Such a small minority, but it speaks so loud. That's a damn shame. I am with you Nea, they need to throw them under the jail.
Some white person is acting a fool somewhere every damn day. And yet, the world isn't pizzed at the entire white race because of her actions. Black people don't have the privilege of being seen as more than a monolith of negativity. And that's a problem caused by racism. Not by foolish black people.
We could wake up tomorrow and discover that every black person in the world was a literal saint. And we'd STILL have a ****ty reputation. Because racism and stereotyping isn't about what black people are DOING it's about what racists are IMAGINING and expecting.
I feel the same way when black people complain about getting poor service from waiters because some black people don't tip well. Instead of blaming the ignorant asz waiters for assuming that ALL black people are ****ty tippers they blame the black tippers! Sorry, but that's effing retarded. ****ty tippers are going to tip ****tily regardless of their race. And drunken criminals are going to do ****ty things regardless of their race.
It's pretty disheartening that a non-Black person would interpret the actions of a minority as the actions of a whole people. Anyone who does assume such a thing is more of an azzhole than the drunken thug. Thugs will be thugs and are called out on it. But we're somehow okay with letting the stereotyping racists slip under the radar.
I had some dumb relative of mine mention the, "Black folks are just reacting to the Trayvon situation" excuse. Yep..he got read his rights. How the heck is that helping anything? Trayvon is dead, as wrong as that is. He ain't in a jail somewhere, tryna make sure he doesn't drop the soap in the shower. May he rest in peace. But those clowns in that video? They goin' down. I hope that watch and iPhone was worth it. The idiots standin' around "filming" the whole mess, while doing nothing to help stop it, need to be thrown under the jail with the rest of them.
Side note: And as far as "tippers" go, yes...in my experiences (as a waitress) black folks were the WORST....always. You can get mad, or get glad. Don't bother me either way. Now, I didn't base my service on the color of my customers, but that's how it was for me. So....
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