Living While Black

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  1. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago
    Some Caucasian people, mostly Caucasian women, have been making false accusations to police regarding Black people e.g. In Central Park (NYC) Amy Cooper called the police alleging that Christian Cooper "threatened" her because he instructed her to put a leash on her dog.  On June 3, 2020, Svitlana Flom approached Jana'e Brown(Black) while she was sitting on a park bench, telling her to leave "her neighborhood" (Upper West Side-NYC).  Svitlana reported Ms. Brown to the police, lying that the latter was "threatening her & her children".  Svitlana harassed the woman for over an hour.  She even went so as to ask Ms. Brown to accompany her to the police.  Making false reports on Black people seem to be a commonplace occurrence these days.  Your thoughts?

    1. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      No matter how hard we try there will always be a few bigots in the world - nothing we can ever do will eliminate all of them.  That fact, coupled with modern media capabilities and a willingness (eagerness) to report that kind of thing guarantees that we will hear of it.  It may be .000001% of the population, but we are led to believe it is a common, everyday, event for all black people.

      It isn't.

    2. Ken Burgess profile image72
      Ken Burgessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Racism exists all over the world, in all forms.  But lets consider the bigger issues that are becoming common place in the world today.  Thoughts?

    3. Credence2 profile image78
      Credence2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Grace, as a "black woman" this article may be of interest, it is a bit long but give me your assessment. A lot of this current "controversy" is distracting  fluff brought to life by the cell phones. The more substantive issues behind it as usual remain concealed.

      It probably happens, fortunately, no one has behaved that way toward me, at least not recently. … -owed.html

      1. gmwilliams profile image82
        gmwilliamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Credence2, I am Black.   I was born into a solidly middle class family in Harlem in 1954.  My father was an instructor in the postal office while my mother was a registered nurse.  I was one of the lucky Blacks who never had childhood deprivations.  I find the phone calls to be dangerous, even insidious.   You maintain that the phone calls are superficial fluff but such phone calls can be quite dangerous, given the nature of some police officers.  These people are making fabrications on innocent Black people which in the wrong circumstances could get them arrested or worse.

        Black people need to become socioeconomically empowered.  In that way, Black people will be respected instead of being barely tolerated at best & disdained at worst.  Socioeconomic empowerment, not marching & voting, is the only way Blacks can gain respect.   Dr. Claude Anderson, who is Black, indicated that the net worth of Blacks hasn't changed since Reconstruction.   Dr. Anderson further relayed that in 2050 as things progress as they are, the net worth of Blacks will be zero. Black people are being attacked by others because others know that the latter's socioeconomic net worth is very insignificant. 

        P.S. No one has ever behaved that way towards me either.


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