Racism In America: Reality vs Narrative

Right now, our nation is in utter chaos. Not only have we been dealing with a pandemic, but we are now dealing with cities being torn apart by groups like Antifa. With riots aside, there have been a massive amount of protests all throughout the United States. The reason for this is in response to the horrible death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Last week, George Floyd was pulled over for faulty checks. The cops were set to arrest him. However, instead of simply handcuffing him, the main cop, Derek Chauvin, decided to pin him to the ground and pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck cutting off air supply. This lasted for 8 minutes, 8 long minutes. During the duration of this time, Floyd was telling Chauvin that he couldn’t breathe, but Chauvin still kept his knee on his neck. We don’t know for sure if this was the direct cause of death, but it certainly is a major factor. George Floyd’s death was absolutely heartbreaking, and I think everybody agrees with that. Chauvin was immediately fired and arrested after this, and rightfully so. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In response to this, there were massive protests around the country rallying against police brutality and racism. Eventually, this turned into riots.

Now, just to be perfectly clear, the protesters and the rioters are not the same people. The protesters are protesting peacefully, and have every right to do so. I may not agree with the sentiment of the protests, but I fully support their right to do it. What I will not support is rioting and looting. You have a 1st amendment right to protest, but you do not have the right to riot. You do NOT have the right to destroy other people’s property. You do not have the right to steal. You do not have the right to beat up innocent people. Get my drift. The people who are rioting need to be arrested and put in jail. Of course the media has repeatedly come to the defense of the rioters. The reason for this is that the media wants to push a particular narrative.

The narrative the media wants to continue to push is that America is horrible evil country that is racist to its core. The narrative about racism the media push is that there is a deep fabric of racism in the system of this country that spreads through all areas of life. No matter where you go or what you do in America, racism is at the very center of it. Every day, black men are being hunted down by racist police. The police are, at it’s very core, racist. In order to change this, America must be remade from top to bottom in order to truly curb racism. This is the narrative the left likes to push.

The reality of racism in America is that, yes there are some racist people out there, but it is not systematic. Racism is of course a horrible evil ideology. Anybody who hates some based on the color of their skin is a horrible evil person. Everyone agrees with this. However, the idea that America at its core is racist is completely false. Has America have problems with racism in this country? Of course, no one’s denying that. We had slavery and Jim crow laws. However, this is not the case today. People of color have the same opportunities in this country as everyone else. The idea that black men are being hunted down every day by police is completely false as well. Statically speaking, you are more likely to be killed by police if you are white. The vast majority of police officers in this country are wonderful people, and they should not be lumped in with the few a**wholes in the force.

The very values America was founded on was specifically designed to curb prejudice in the world. It hasn’t always been fully applied to everyone in this country, but the values are at heart open for anybody of any race. In order to really fix the core issues in this country, we have to come to an agreement on these core values. We have to in order to survive as a country.

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