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On Reverse Racism…

Posted in Grumblings with tags , on February 1, 2016 by chemiclord

So, I got this shared with me today…

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/university-of-connecticut-to-build-blacks-only-segregated-dorm/

I immediately accepted two things:

  1. That people in the halls of higher learning prove to be colorblind even as they strive to be inclusive.
  2. That the cries of reverse racism were going to scorch the Internet.

Initially I felt this was incredibly tacky decision and I have a sneaking suspicion that the University of Connecticut didn’t exactly get a gauge of how their black students would approve of this, much less their student body as a whole.

In a way, I still think this is a tacky decision.  Even if the technical definition of reverse racism is a non-sequitur, you don’t exactly do any racial divide favors by creating an exclusionary environment of any cut.

Then I remember a happening at my place of work, and a co-worker (who yes is black).  She accidentally left a convenience store without paying for a fountain drink.  Now, that in and of itself wasn’t a big deal… the people who run the store knew her, they knew she was good for it.

But when she returned to pay for it later, she got this joke:

“Man, you’re lucky.  Your people have been shot for less in this country.”

That was disturbing on two levels; first that someone felt absolutely comfortable making such a joke while having no reason to be (even if my co-worker didn’t take offense)… and second, that it’s true.

That is the society that black people, and other minorities, have to try and trudge through every single day.  Even when they’re not being shot for carrying a BB-gun or otherwise outright murdered by police, they face a society which looks at this carnage and tries to make a joke out of it.

In that sense… I dunno… maybe it can’t hurt for black people to have a place all to them where they don’t have to deal with the majority bullshit.  Even if it seems counter-productive.

If stuff like this dorm is the worst us “crackers” have to deal with in regards to our racial struggle in this country, we’re getting off pretty damn light.  Perhaps we just need to let it slide.

On Violence and Gun Control

Posted in Grumblings with tags , , , on August 27, 2015 by chemiclord

Well, here we are again, my friends.  Looking at the aftermath of another day riddled with horrific gun violence in a very public fashion.  And once again, it’s time to rev the engines on the hottest debate to flood through the laymen and women of this country… gun control.

Now, I don’t want to dismiss the issue of gun control.  I do believe it’s important.  I do believe that easy access to guns with very few restrictions and little effort to enforce those few restrictions is a very big problem.  But at the same time, it’s not the only problem, and just improved gun control isn’t going to solve the tragedies that seem to occur on nearly a weekly basis nowadays.

These sort of events, this sort of complete collapse of humanity and general empathy to another person or group of people isn’t like a visit to Dairy Queen, where you pick one thing and consider your dessert run complete.  It’s more like an all you can eat buffet, where you get a whole meal taking from a bunch of different items.

Just removing easy access to guns isn’t going to solve the distressing lack of support for mental health and initiatives that aid people with mental illness.  It’s not going to quell the increasing disquiet about simmering racial tensions and culture of fear that lead to police officers shooting unarmed black men.  It’s not going to solve the increasing plight of people feeling they don’t have any other options to affect change in our social and economic structures.

It’s all well and good to fight for stronger gun control.  But humans (especially us Americans, it would seem) have this very obnoxious tendency to win one battle, then happily walk away like we had won the entire war.  We cannot allow this one flashpoint be the only one we address in our deeply scarred culture.