An irreversible Act Racism and Othering in the Land of Immigrants

The United States is known as the land of immigrants. The first settlers came from Europe, and with them they brought Africans as their slaves. Once African Americans gained their freedom, they became functioning members of society, but they were still oppressed by white people and treated like literal trash. After the African Americans became free, the Irish started flowing into the US. Then the Italians, and then the Chinese. Reports say that there were Muslims on Columbus’s ships. Hundreds of thousands of European Jews were brought into the United States after World War 2. It seems like almost every possible race and religion is present somewhere in the United States, and yet, everyone is oppressed in some way, shape, or form.

The Ku Klux Klan. The anti-black terrorist organization. They’re a terrible group of people. They wanted all black people to be lower down in society than white people. Um, sorry there Mr. White Supremacy, but I’m pretty sure the American Constitution states loud and clear that all men were created equal. It’s taken long enough, but finally all races these days are looked at equally. Oh wait, I almost forgot about another group. Another, more recent group. They also believe in the superiority of one group, but not white people. The group: Black Lives Matter. I look at Black Lives Matter as a modern day inversed Ku Klux Klan. They call for the death of white police officers. One woman even told people to go burn down primarily white neighborhoods.

The Ku Klux Klan burning a cross in a field.

In August of 2016, a man by the name of Sylville Smith was fatally shot by officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown after Smith pulled a gun on the officer. Some called Heaggan-Brown a murderer, others said he was doing his job. Personally, I think he was doing his job, but that’s a story for another day. Anyways, after news broke of Smith’s death, riots started all over his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Several days after the riots began, CNN reported on a video of Smith’s sister calling for an end to the rioting. A short while after CNN reported this, a YouTuber by the name of Mark Dice made a video exposing CNN for twisting the news to fit their agenda. On CNN, Smith’s sister was shown saying, “quote.” What Smith’s sister really said was, “You’re burning down s**t we need in our community. Take that s**t to the suburbs. Burn that s**t down.” Not only was Smith’s sister inciting a riot and should be charged with doing so, but CNN was trying to cover it up and make her look like she was calling for peace, when in actuality, she was calling for the rioters to shift their attention towards the white communities, which she refers to as the suburbs. There’s one more thing that really pisses me off about this situation, though. On December 15, 2016, Dominique Heaggan-Brown was charged with one count of first degree reckless homicide. The maximum sentence for that is 60 years jail time. Try to comprehend that. A man could get upwards of 60 years in prison for doing his job. That’s like a history teacher getting arrested for 60 years because they were teaching history, or a car mechanic getting arrested for fixing a car. It’s his job. To me, that seems unfair and unjust.

Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown (left), who shot and killed Sylville Smith (right)

When you look at the Sylville Smith case, you also realize that Heaggan-Brown isn’t even white. He’s black, just like Smith. People called white people racist over a black cop killing a black criminal who was evading police.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not a racist. I think that all lives matter, but what BLM is fighting for is no longer an issue. Black people aren’t oppressed today as they were back when Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were fighting for equal rights. Speaking of those two, look at the effectiveness of Martin Luther King Jr. Never once did he call for the use of violence to gain equal rights for black people, nor did anyone use violence in his name. He did it peacefully. Now take a look at BLM. BLM is using violence to get their point across, and all it’s doing is turning people against them. If Martin Luther KIng Jr. was still alive today, I can say with total and complete confidence that he would be 100% against BLM.

An example of a racist police officer, Officer Aaron McNamara

I KNOW that there are some racist cops. That’s an indisputable fact. But most examples of a cop being called a racist is just over exaggeration of the situation. For example, back in 2014, BLM started rioting about the death of Michael Brown due to a fatal shot fired by former officer Darren Wilson. On Saturday, August 4, 2014, all was calm in Ferguson, Missouri. Suddenly, 18-year-old Michael Brown robbed a small store. After a chase with the police, Michael gave up. It looked like he surrendered, but he decided to try and grab the officer’s gun from his belt. Officer Wilson took the gun and fired into Brown. He died. People looked at this as a sign of racism and aggression from police and wanted Wilson charged with the death of Brown. Others, just like in the Sylville Smith situation, saw it as Wilson doing his job. In the end, Wilson was not charged federally for civil right violations, which just made BLM riot even harder. In total, over 80 people were arrested during the riots and one person tragically lost their life. In just one parking lot, 12 cars were burned to a crisp. Police cars all over the city were put up flames. The damage was immense. All over the death of one criminal.

18-year-old Michael Brown (right), who was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson (left)

So, in conclusion, racism isn’t just one sided. Racism isn’t just white people being oppressive to other races we looked at as inferior a long time ago. It includes any race being oppressive and discriminative towards one or more races they look at as inferior. The Michael Brown and Sylville Smith cases do NOT fit that definition. What BLM fights for is something not worth fighting for. Equal rights for black people was gained decades ago. All lives matter. Not just black lives. I believe that the BLM Movement is useless.

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