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Racism in America is Thriving

Updated on August 7, 2019
Speechless is my only word. This conduct by police is warranted in Galveston, Texas.
Speechless is my only word. This conduct by police is warranted in Galveston, Texas.

The photo has gone viral and a great embarrassment to the Galveston, Texas, police department. On it's face, without any context, it is racist. It is a despicable photo of a black man being led by two white police officers tied to a rope through the public streets.

It has since incensed people of all color for its raw depiction and reinforces the notion that white supremacy still exists in the USA in not only police departments, but just in the general public. This happened on August 3rd, around the same times as the mass shootings from white supremacists corrupted by some of the racist dialogue from President Trump.

The man being led by police is Don Neely, 43, a mentally ill man charged with trespassing, a minor misdemeanor. In the past, he has frequently slept on benches and well known in some areas of the city. A basically harmless man charged with one of least serious crimes police deal with. The Galveston police department clearly stated that what the two white officers did was within their approved police department actions, but admitted that the officers should have simply called for a police car. Yet, the two officers are clearly racist by electing to walk the man through public streets because the police department approved this sort of thing.

That is mind blowing. A police department condones walking a criminal suspect by rope through the streets. I know this is Texas, home of many white supremacists toting their guns (they are a minority), but how can a police department approve of this technique in criminal apprehension?

After the photo went viral, the police department did suspend this arrest technique. They defended the two officers saying neither had malicious intent and were not suspended from duty or that anything would happen for their racial conduct condoned by their police department.

The thing about this policy at this police department is does it specifically target only black criminals can be led through the public streets of Galveston, or just any criminal, regardless of color? Many black Americans are incensed with this photo because if you were alive before 1965, this kind of thing could have easily happened in many parts of the southern states where racism was thriving.

As for the police officers - because they knew the police department policy, they hid their own racist attitudes by hiding under the approved policy. Naturally, they would not physically hurt the man unless he resisted, so yeah, no malicious intent but they knew they could get away with it. The officers should be fired, or at least suspended.

President Trump may not think he is a racist and the vile remarks he makes of some people of color, he may not think they are racist, just is his opinion. What Trump does say does impact and resonate with some deranged white supremacists. When he does not tell his supporters at rallies to stop with the racist chants, he endorses it. While Trump does attack all people of color, he tends to target people of color more often than not. He is a man that does not like what he sees America becoming, it is no longer a white dominant nation, but it is a nation of color. So, he blames them for many of the social problems as a scapegoat and this encourages people with similar views to act.

To them, an act of war being condoned by Trump.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      7 months ago

      On its face, this photo is bad for race relations and because the police are white and not black or brown, and because of the history of racism in the southern states thru 1965, it is damning. Allowing police to practice this via department policies (which hides an officers real motives as in the Galveston PD) in unbelievable. Everyone should be outraged. It would be great if the Governor of Texas would demand that police chief be removed for allowing this policy to still exist.

    • Leland Johnson profile image

      Leland Johnson 

      7 months ago from Midland MI

      As usual, you couldn’t possibly be more wrong than you are. Trump has established programs letting minorities out of prison giving them a second chance. What did Obama do except polarize the races even more than they had been? Under Obama police officers were murdered. Officers were disrespected, in part I think, because of Obama’s disrespectful attitudes and comments towards the police. He called them “stupid” then when he got called out on his nasty remarks called for a “beer summit” to smooth things over. What a joke. I’m so sick of people blaming Trump for all that’s wrong with the world including violence. How many school shootings occurred under Obama? Get real man, and get off the band wagon.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      7 months ago

      That is certainly one issue, but the optics of the photo only heightens the racism issue, that does exist, and probably always will.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      7 months ago

      perrya

      I think my point outweighs the federal case made of this photo.

      And the real issue is why is he homeless?

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      7 months ago

      You have a point, but in this current environment it is hard to draw any other conclusion about this incident when the officers could have called in a squad car. This is just in your face racist allowable within the police department gone amok. I am sure the internal guidelines have been changed regarding this, but it is a reflection of what these two officers intent was.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      7 months ago

      Did anyone ask the black men in question what he thought?

      The problem is that you see a picture, and then the media tells you what it means. By taking these positions for something that is so minor compared to mass shootings does nothing but increase the division in this country fueled by the democrats. This is using racism for political gain.

      Put it into perspective, everyone is inferring what it means to them, and objectively it is nothing. Is the media that desperate that they will use this to continue their biased reporting to divide the country supported by the democrats in congress who should be uniting the people, not uniting for a Civil War.

      Also, we have according to democrats an epidemic of gun shootings every week, but the media doesn't cover them, they just cherry pick like they did this last weekend.

      They conflated them to blame president Trump, and neither one of them was attributable to him. The El Paso shooter said that his issues pre dated Trump. He blamed congress, and he said the democrats were worse than the republicans.

      The Dayton shooter, even killed his own sister, and he did it to accelerate the socialism of Sanders and Warren.

      The President didn't blame Sander or Warren for this shooters killing and he said so in a press conference.

      The democrat presidential candidates are inciting rage and violence with their attack on the president falsely blaming him personally for not toning down his rhetoric. It is ironic as their rhetoric is toxic to the point of demanding action, and who knows how many nuts think they are directly talking to them.

      I think that congress should censure these presidential candidates for inciting division and using it for political advantage.

      How are these democrat politicians upholding their oath to office while they fuel another Civil War in America? They are so desperate to make a Race issue out of a homeless person while offering no solution for that problem.

      The republicans aren't doing much in solving that but unlike the democrats they are not focusing on Illegal Aliens to continue to break the law.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      7 months ago

      Homeless is both a republican and dem issue, neither want to address it, and the two officers should be suspended and for the black police chief for failing to do so is only adding fuel to the fire. Must be an uncle tom of sorts.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      7 months ago

      perrya

      "Galveston Police chief Vernon Hale stressed that the two officers seen in the photo with 43-year-old Donald Neely were not acting maliciously. He is seen above speaking at the town hall Tuesday"

      Chief Hale is Black, so much for white supremacy.

      What are the democrats doing for the homeless like Donald Neely?

      Nothing they are too busy dividing the country every color against white which is Racist.

      They focus on illegal immigrants while ignoring homeless Americans.

      Who in this country is going to protect us after you keep going after the police?

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Up until Obama was elected president, America seemed to be evolving for the good on the topic of racism against people of color. But, the last two years, America had taken a nosedive.

      You're welcome. If I have to continually repair things for you, I'll expect payment.

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