Sirwin
Sirwin

America, as an American I'm sick of your shit.


I've been told over and over again that I just don't get it because I'm sitting on my couch bathing in my white privilege.  I didn't want to touch on politics here, but enough is enough.   You're right, most of us normal, sane, reasonable people don't get it. We don't get why the cop wasn't fired and prosecuted long before Floyd's death. We don't get why cops get qualified immunity. We don't get why some people are treated worse than others. We don't get why skin color is such a big deal to A FEW PEOPLE.   You know what else I don't get? I don't get how destroying your own neighborhood is challenging the government. I don't get how murdering a 70-something-year-old black former police chief proves that black lives matter. I don't get how white people are victims of interracial crime at a rate almost 30% higher than blacks, but we're privileged. I don't get how 67% of black people murdered are killed by blacks but somehow I'm to blame because I'm white like that cop I've never met who killed that one black guy 2200 miles from where I live. I don't get how a black student getting 50 bonus points on their SAT score just for being black is oppression or white privilege, especially when Asians automatically lose 3 times as many points for being Asian. I don't get how I'm bathing in white privilege when I barely manage to make ends meet each month and I live in a shitty 2-bedroom apartment with 7 kids (though I do barely manage to qualify for foodstamps). I don't see where my white privilege was when white cops were stopping me and stealing from me when I was a kid just because I was walking down a street in a black neighborhood. I don't get how being white helped me when, at 16, six white Walmart security guards took me into a room with no cameras, slammed me THROUGH a table and beat me so badly I shit my pants, all because I stole a keychain. Where was my white privilege when I was 12 years old being beaten, cuffed and pepper sprayed by a white cop in my own living room because I refused to pick up an empty video game case from the floor. Where the hell was my white privilege when I was fighting the state for 2 years to stop them taking my kids away because one of the little ones was found standing in my yard near the sidewalk for less than 60 seconds before an adult came out looking for him? I couldn't even get a public defender in that case, so I had to take on the state pro se. They even faked a positive drug test to extend my case because I was winning.   See, I have anecdotes, too, and I'm about as white as they come. Your stories mean nothing if they aren't backed by stats and the stats just don't back up systemic, widespread racism in America. The real problem is that most black communities are poor because they were formed when non-whites were considered less than people. However, black Americans now have MORE OPPORTUNITIES THAN WHITES thanks to "affirmative action." UNCF, NAACP, minority hiring requirements for businesses... The list goes on. I'm sick of people blaming racism for poverty's crimes.   Here are the facts. Black households at or below $75000 annual income are four times more likely than similar white households to live in neighborhoods where the poverty level is 40% or higher. Those neighborhoods have drastically higher rates of violent crime. Where there is more crime, there will be more police interaction and therefore, by law of averages more police brutality. When police encounter suspects with a history of violent crime, they are much more likely to shoot with less provocation. White neighborhoods with poverty levels 40% or higher have crime statistics more similar to black neighborhoods of the same poverty level than with higher income white neighborhoods and so, by extension, have similar rates of police brutality. Therefore, it is not an issue of race, but of criminal activity that leads to cops killing people. Who would have guessed? Oh, that's right, normal people with brains.   Is it racism that leads to blacks being in poverty more often? Still no. At least, not racism today. Is it racism that prevents poor black communities from getting out of poverty? That's also a no. The secret is education. Black students graduate high school and college at a lower rate than whites, leading to lower incomes over the course of their lives. However, as I have already established, blacks have ample educational opportunities. If the schools in a black community suck, black students can be bused to better schools nearby on the state's dime. Colleges are incentivized to recruit and graduate black students far more than whites. So why do blacks still graduate less than whites? That is a cultural problem. Whatever injustices blacks are suffering in America today are primarily (not always) self-inflicted. I am not to blame for black lives sucking in America because I am white. I do not discriminate against anyone for any reason: I hate everyone equally.   I hope one day YOU become more aware of the toxicity of an entire group of human beings playing the victim and being rewarded for it. I hope you stop blaming your problems on society and start taking steps to better your own life so you can share your success with those who really do need your help. I hope that we can all agree that EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY SHOULD BE HELD FULLY ACCOUNTABLE TO THE LAW NO MATTER WHAT. I hope that, one day, people agree with me that cops should face penalties so ridiculously above what an ordinary citizen would face for the same crime that no cop would ever dare break any law, since they swore to uphold and enforce them. And, if we can't agree on these things, I hope the riots and the looting finish destroying the people and communities that support such behavior JUST before the military shows up to restore order.

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tipplenurkey
tipplenurkey

Disabled veteran, father of 7 and crypto investor with a natural talent for research and a God-given gift with numbers.


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My real name is Jordan. I'm a disabled combat veteran of the US Army, husband and stay-at-home father of seven. This will be the generic blog for all things not related to my website or potential earning opportunities.

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