The misinformation of the millennial generation and the hypocrisy of BLM
by Diego on October 21, 2016 - 9:40pm
In the article ‘’The Baltimore Uprising and the Civil Rights Movement of the Millennial Generation’’, Hettie Williams tackles institutional racism in the context of the Baltimore riots. This article directly relates to my class The Myth of Race and Reality of Racism as it clearly displays the same belief of the existence of institutional racism in North America. Unfortunately, the point of view presented seems to be biased and goes against the reality of our society.
In her article, Hettie Williams defends the riots of Baltimore by trying to prove the existence of institutional racism with different arguments. She starts by mentioning Freddie Gray, a young African American who died at the hand of police in April 2015. While his death is unfortunate, it was officially an accident, possibly caused by physical contact, and Gray officially tried to run away, which didn’t help his cause. His death was ambiguous and there was no evidence that racism was a factor (3 of the 6 officers were black). Therefore the violent response of the riots was unjustified. But the author goes even deeper by stating extreme policing and mass incarceration. Unfortunately, while true, those facts don’t represent racial bias but rather a cultural problem in black communities in North America. The reason why black people are more likely to get imprisoned or arrested is because black people are also more likely to commit crimes than any other racial group despite only representing approximately 13% of the population. This important factor disproves the concept of racial bias from the police. Another argument that is displayed is the economical disparity between races. While also true, this argument doesn’t take into account the fact that economic disparities aren’t caused by racial bias but rather by the lack of education in black communities. The fact that black kids drop out of school much more often than white kids and also graduate less gives them less opportunities for high income jobs. Then the author goes back to the past to use slavery and colonial racism as an argument, argument that is also used in my class to prove institutional racism. While unfortunate, those historical events still don’t prove the existence of institutional racism. The system has changed and we can no longer find racist laws or policies. Comparing our current system to the colonial era is irrelevant. In 2016, racism only exists in North America because individuals believe in it. Finally, the author makes reference to the blacklivesmatter movement as a symbol of social justice for the millennial generation. From my point of view, the Baltimore movement wasn’t an uprising but an act of violence and savagery in which both white and black people were attacked or saw their shops destroyed and looted by thugs who pretend to protest for equality. All of this fuelled by blacklivesmatter, a movement that blames society and especially white people for their own problems. Institutional racism is a theory that can be proven by looking at wide statistics but by searching a bit more, I’ve come to the realisation that these statistics only show one side of the issue, if we look at the other side, the theory is completely false. The existence of this theory proves the misinformation of a big portion of the North American population. As an immigrant who experienced discrimination, I will not blame the Canadian system or the population just because someone told me to go back to my country. Instead of fighting ‘’invisible racism’’, black communities should instead take responsibility for their own actions and issues.
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