How We Make Racists In America

I lived in Los Angeles during the events that led up to the so-called Rodney King riots. Word was that a racist climate (perpetuated by then-LAPD Chief Daryl Gates) set the wheels in motion that made the videotaped beating possible, a suburban white jury clearing the officers, and the deadly unrest that followed. On live television, a white man was dragged from his truck, savagely beaten, left for dead in the street, just to be rescued by black Samaritans who were later called sell-outs.

All races became involved in the fallout and subsequent “discussions”. All we do know is that events of the past are seldom let go and the innocent are still paying the price for the evils of others.

On Christmas Day, a Major with the Salvation Army taking his three children into the organization’s community center in North Little Rock, was held up and shot to death (in what appears to be a botched robbery attempt). The Major and his children are white and the two perpetrators were black. Given what we know about how long it takes for racial wounds to heal, what’s to say that these three young children (four, six, and eight) who witnessed the murder of their father become personally hostile to every black person they see, and who could really blame them?

I’m sure Major Wise’s wife Cindy, who was inside the community center while the shooting took place, is a good Christian woman and will attempt to make her children understand that there is evil in the world, but let’s be real: these children saw their father gunned down on Christmas Day, going to help the very people who took him away from them. One can only imagine what’s going on in their heads today.

No beer summit will ease their pain, and despite all the prayers and hugs these kids will get from a mother whose anguish we can only imagine, the hate for black people that may be within these children must be enormous and growing by the hour.

Will the “adults” in the equation come up to the plate and denounce this heinous act? Surely if the races were reversed, we’d hear the outcry from the usual suspects, and even one or two that would fly in to join the public outrage. This was a criminal act. Race should be irrelevant, but because of the way we treat crimes (giving some more weight than others purely because of the victim’s race, religion, or sexual orientation), this crime will not transcend race. It will justify the racism of some, and I can understand why.

As a ‘minority’, I’ve never agreed with those who make excuses for those of us who commit crime. Those who use justifications such as the perpetrator’s socio-economic conditions or race experience, demean all minorities by declaring us soulless beings devoid of the knowledge of right and wrong.

When these murderers are caught, will the community seek to make them pay for their crime, or will activists come out of the woodwork and demand the very mercy they denied Major Wise?

I’m concerned for Philip Wise’s wife, who has to explain to her children that not all black people are bad, and that volunteering to help those least fortunate has its rewards. To those young children, helping others cost them their father, and the faces of those who took him will be etched in their minds for the rest of their lives.

I hope they grow to not see all black people as potential killers, but if they do, who can really blame them?

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  • dratster

    “I hope they grow to not see all black people as potential killers, but if they do, who can really blame them?”

    Perhaps we cannot really blame them, but I would blame the adults around them and perhaps society. We teach such hate.

    Just as I would blame those “civil rights” leaders who help to teach Black youth to “hate White people”.

  • Ralph Short

    I truly hope they do not become racists as that is a false creed. We are individuals and accountable for our own actions. Recently, in the state of Maryland an 11 year old girl was killed by a white guy. He was a registered sex offender, had been convicted of rape and was recently indicted for burglary. Also, he was unemployed. Note however, regardless of previous record he was free.

    Assuming they catch the lowlifes who killed the Salvation Army guy I would bet my life savings these individuals also have a long record of criminality. I would not be surprised if we read they were also under indictment for something else but were still out of jail. It is the same old story of liberalism, let the lowlifes free so they can prey on the citizen.

    They need to be locked up forever or terminated. I am sure most can figure which one I prefer.

  • Ilion

    Bob Parks:When these murderers are caught, will the community seek to make them pay for their crime, or will activists come out of the woodwork and demand the very mercy they denied Major Wise?

    Which is to say, will the usual suspects demand the perversion/destruction of both justice and mercy for the sake of racial/tribal power politics?

  • Ilion

    My younger sisters, especially the one, might be called “bigots” (in distinction to being “racists”) precisely because of the torment the four of us received at the hands of black kids from the time they were about seven. My brother and I, being older, had an easier time seeing past the race of the bullies, to see them simply as bullies.

  • The Machine

    Necause?

    “Because”

  • The Machine

    Those kids are in one of the best Christian organizations in the world.

    In true Christianity, forgiving is the first step towards freeing, not others, but yourself.

    And — Necause of that environment, they will KNOW where their father is and that they WILL see him again.

    Matter of fact, I think those three children, being raised in a Christ worshipping family like that, are more likely to be able to cope with this horrific situation better than most adults will be.

    So hand the two perps over to me…

  • OldnyFirefighter

    There is a comradeship among Firefighters that go beyond race. We are all there to do the same job & if called, would go into a raging inferno to rescue a fellow Firefighter. The only color, is the color of flames & fire, that will take your life in a second. Firefighters, possibly more than any other Professionals, have a sense of oneness, respect & compassion one would have for a sibling. We are all Brothers & Sisters who watch each others back & in doing so will not let skin color define our actions. It’s too bad this can’t happen in the general population. Criminals come in all colors, Religion’s & economic classes. To me they are are just criminals period & that is as it should be.

  • bobkatowc51

    “Social Justice”! The belief that someone is a not criminal because of some perceived grievance that the criminal had. As long as we have “Social Justice” color, gender, sexual orientation will matter. As they sayJustice is suppose to be blind. Social Justice is never blind.

  • n.n

    Excellent essay.

    not all black people are bad

    We are individuals, and should be held individually responsible for our actions.

    volunteering to help those least fortunate has its rewards

    The progressive society will exist when people help each other by choice, and not by mandate. Voluntary exploitation develops the character of both the giver and receiver, while providing immediate assistance to someone who has faltered momentarily.

    May Philip rest in peace.

    May his children learn to judge people as individuals based on the content of their character.

    May we all avoid a confrontation for frivolous, superficial reasons.

  • sara123

    There have been many black gang attacks on lone whites over the past year in the cities. Racism in all it’s colors and excuses is deadly. Liberals have failed miserably in re-shaping our culture and social ideology in this post segregation era. We need change, but not of the type the Left seeks to impose on America.

  • RoseRRR

    Sorry about the screwed up post. Kids are 4, 6, and 8. Don’t know how that ridiculous smiley icon showed up.

  • RoseRRR

    The AP is reporting that the Wise couple had recently adopted the children (ages 4, 6, and 8) who were siblings from an abusive family. These poor kids are gonna need a lot of help.

  • Uncle Rick

    I’m not one to praise or flatter, Bob, but it deserves to be said that it is people like yourself – and some others I know – who give us reason to hope that we can, indeed, live in a world where color doesn’t matter.

  • Lazarus Long

    Well said.