There might be someone who asks, “What is Ferguson Missouri? ” “What is there to care about?” Well…. 1st off Ferguson Missouri is a place in the mid western region of the US. What took place is the reason so many major news outlets in the US are now shining a light on a problem deeply engraved in American culture.
On August 9, 2014 an 18-year-old black male named Michael “Mike” Brown and his 22-year-old friend Dorian Johnson visited Ferguson Market and Liquor shortly after noon. The exact details around what happened inside of the store are unclear but there is an ongoing narrative and investigation. A Ferguson police officer responded to a call made by a customer alleging there had been a robbery. Responding to the robbery was a “white male” police officer who shot the young black male “Mike” Brown multiple times and he was “unarmed.” There have been a total of 3 autopsies and a myriad of investigations surrounding this particular incident. So many things took place after this incident that I would need multiple blog posts to go into detail. ( Please see info on Mike Brown or Ferguson MO via search engine of your choice)
If you are a regular visitor to this site, you know that the atmosphere is very open. There’s a glossary literally giving real definitions of race and even discussion surrounding the terms and why they are important. What I’ve come to notice is that people really aren’t interested in the biological factors and definitions. If solving our issues were as easy as teaching someone terms we would no longer have a problem. People want to know about the everyday interactions with family, relationships, friends, co-workers and etc. But why should people who aren’t racially “black or African-American” care about this incident? Why would people who are racially “black or African-American” care? Part of the reason there’s a misunderstanding about “why” is that “mainstream media” does an absolutely poor job of covering the depth and complexities of racism. There’s race, ethnicity, culture, colorism and an eternity of other variables. Most of the time the only incidents that you hear about is when someone who is famous is “intentionally racist.” The fact that there is structural and institutional racism that is the very thread of America is often ignored. There is a systematic approach to covering what “seems” to be important rather than what we should actually be paying attention to. I’ll bet that no one has turned on the news and heard terms like, “structural racism or institutional racism.” Often you’re only going to hear individual occurences of “racial profiling or voter suppression and other personal prejudices. There’s this term “minority” that everyone who is “non-white” has heard to describe themselves. It seems to just toss all the crabs into a bucket except for the “blue” ones.
This individual occurrence, although it’s one of many very unique incidents that happen everyday, allows the world to actually take a look at structural and institutional racism. Individual groups with specific collective interests can then decide how Court rulings will affect them. We need that collectivism. Because this incident has garnered international attention, it’s hard to ignore that there will be lingering conversations and opportunities to focus on the root causes of racism. It effects everyone differently but there are effects. For the people who check “other” as their race, it could be a very unique affect, but it’s almost guaranteed to reach you on a personal level because more than likely you could be “non-white” exclusively.
As this project grows and more collaborations are made I hope to shed a unique light so that we can see where and how the faces of particular demographics are represented.
Please take a look and listen to the narrative from a reliable source that is representative of your values. I’m certain you’ll find that the narrative if reliable will illustrate that structural and institutional racism is far-reaching.
Hello World Wide Web. As I dream about a conversation; one that can entertain the uniqueness of the growing individual. The one that is not defined by a race box, or cultural description. Single and Pluralistic in form, I keep dealing with this pretty little word called “DIVERSITY” I just ask what does it mean to you? When you hear someone say, they teach or practice diversity. I even saw a quote that said, “Diversity is not a choice, and inclusion is??” Really? Then why is there always a fight on the adult playground? It’s amazing, that laws change, and then the expectation of, “go now, and everybody play nice” means that someone is actually being diverse. When we’re young we go to school; make friends, even develop crushes. Sometimes they don’t look just like us. I remember my first crush. He certainly didn’t look like me but I thought he was dreamy! We talked in school, hung out….at school, and then went home to separate worlds that would never cross. Did that make us diverse? How do you get there? We have all these divided islands and no bridges. That’s the vision I have most times when I hear somebody talking about bringing people totally different together. Where’s the bridge? The relationship? It takes more than a conversation to consider ourselves diverse. It’s listening while the person speaks in passion of what you may not agree with and vowing not to change them. Accepting their individuality. Interracial relationships; people who don’t fit perfectly into “the norm” Do we have it? Can we pass societal norms? I’d like to know what you think. Chime in below. Do you have an idea or a vision to affect diversity? The world needs you! The safety of the adult playground depends on it!
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Good Morning, Afternoon & Evening World Wide Web! Today I’m going to look at briefly the concept of racism and give an opinion on a conclusion as the result. In a world where privilege is attached to capital and finance, and good fortune is directly misfortune for the rest of the population, racism and equality become a variable in the equation. Federal taxes for the wealthiest .01 percent have fallen from 51% to 26% over the past 50 years. Class place has a significant impact on all well-being, & it is directly tied to racism. The disparities in performance metrics shown everywhere from the public school systems to the distribution of wealth and access support that racism is by design the system where by access is afforded to one group. By definition racism is a system of advantage tied directly to race. In the U.S. racism perpetuates an interlocking system of institutions, attitudes, benefits and rewards that are designed to serve “white” people. This is also piggybacks “white privilege.” where some otherwise would be minorities are given opportunities by just claiming race & not ethnicity just because of skin color. Identity is always a subject of discussion that can go down a man-hole, but overall white privilege is one of the main components of racism. The standard of beauty where Disney literally just created a princess that black & brown little girls can even remotely compare features & even skin color with puts every person other than white at a disadvantage for even beauty and self-image from the beginning of their being rendered and liking the “girly doll” Anyone who is afforded white privilege grows without the mental disparity of being taught they are a “minority” or “less than” their entire lifetime. When someone is told, or even tells themselves something enough, the thought takes occupancy. So I’m led to believe that the term racism becomes obsolete when used to describe minorities. Can one practice racism without the benefit of the opportunity that is automatically given? The very construction of race is a system of oppression that determines how power, privilege, wealth and opportunity are spread. We’re talking about the most genius mind game of all times. Better than any gaming system ever created. The very existence of “racism” bestows an advantage that not everyone can take part in. If you’re not a party to the given advantage, are you actually practicing racism? Now let me just say, I know there are mean-spirited people of all races and ethnicity. This is not my go scream at someone that you’re not a racist but say something derogatory permission slip, but this is saying how can the system of privilege by which racism and white supremacy; that is a system of advantage, be practice by all when the advantage was created for white people? That was a mouth full. Let me sum it up. It is my belief, based on this information, that minorities are incapable of practicing racism when there is no direct benefit for doing so. I would agree with bigotry, egocentrism, even hatred in some instances, or possibly the lashing out towards inequality; but racism? I’m not so sure. Let me know what you think. Chime in below.
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I was actually surprised to see that it was! I know that racism and bigotry still exist. It’s one of the biggest hurdles that we face in the human experience. This just goes to show that although it has been legal for people to choose to marry outside of their race for over 30 years in most of the U.S., there is still plenty of work to be done with our overall understanding of race, culture, ethnicity and the understanding & respect of individual differences and beliefs. As for the beautiful, innocent angel in this video I salute her and her actor parents for making a conversation invoking commercial. Way to go Cheerios! I think I will go and buy some for my kiddos right now!
Let me know what you think? Controversy? or It’s about time? Chime in. I would love to hear from you!