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Why there is no Back Lash if a White is Killed by a Black:Racial inequality is a Fact in America
Racial Overtones in America
Recently there was a hue and cry when a black young man was shot dead by a white man. I am referring to the famous Zimmerman case.The local police compounded the matter by not preferring charges against the white man, till there was this upsurge of popular opinion and the FBI stepped in. the law took its own course but everybody was not convinced that the right decision had been handed down.
The Obverse Scenario
Somebody asked me whether such a scenario in the obverse was possible. What if a white man had been killed by a black? Would there be a hue and cry like in the present case? would the black been let off? Would the police have acted the same way as they did in the Zimmerman case ?the answer to these questions lies in the roots of America and the legacy of slavery. A legacy that has existed for close to 250 years
Discrimination Against the Black
For close to 200 years the black man was discriminated against. He toiled on the plantation and served his master( the white man). His women were bedded by the master( again the white man) without compunction and all the black could do was watch. If he protested he was liable to be shot or whipped. The fact is the church did precious little for the black man in chains and that is an enigma that good Christians must think over.
Thus over 2 centuries, a culture grew up in America where the black man was always at the receiving end. organizations like the KKK came up to protect the 'purity' of the white race and it is on record that many blacks were lynched to death.
Is This Discrimination Ended
I don't think this discrimination has ended as another form of slavery is now in existence, the US prison system. America out of a prison population of 2.3 million has 900,000 blacks behind bars. That makes it a whopping 40%. Considering that the Blacks constitute only 8-9% of the population the facts speak for themselves.
Is the black man more prone to crime? Probably yes. But the fact is that crime and economic condition go hand in hand and it shows that the Negro in America has far fewer opportunities of economic advancement than a white. That is one reason more Blacks take to crime, as that is the only avenue open to them.
Forces of History
Thus when a black is killed by a white man, the forces of history come into play. Generally, the whites will just shrug their shoulders and would like to treat the matter as closed. in their thinking killing a black man is no big deal. Thus the police are also apathetic and they hope the matter will die down. This is beautifully brought out in the novel " To Kill a Mocking Bird". It shows the mindset of the white man.
However, in case a white is killed by a black there is no need to cry 'injustice' as the police will in such cases be pro-active. They will move fast and arrest the black man and put him up for trial. They need no prodding, hence the question of any agitation or anything similar is not required. Everything moves with a clockwork mechanism.
Thus American thinking is moored in the past. The ghosts of slavery and discrimination against the black have not been exorcised. There is a fringe in America who still feel the black does not deserve any rights. In a visit to America two years back I was stunned at the vehemence against Obama, ecause he had black ancestry.
But again America is changing, the black man is rising. He is converting to Islam and asking for his rights. people may be wondering what the conversion to Islam means. Does it have anything to do with discrimination and slavery? This is a vast subject and cannot be dealt in one line, but the fact is that many Blacks are converting to Islam as they feel it is one way to restore their ego. The road ahead can only be equality for the black. I do not see any other ending. Many whites also feel that American can only move forward if the black is an equal partner in the future.