In a war, people often don’t want to kill fellow human beings, so how do we encourage more killing by our troops? Simple. You dehumanize the enemy. You’re not killing a Japanese family man; you’re killing a nip.
The central question, then, is if this snow blindness is intentional or not. Are people unable to see racial injustices, or unwilling?
The problem with both of these (and a couple of other ideas that I’ve read) is that they are knee-jerk reactions to a very serious flaw in our system that has been festering since, well, frankly since the Constitution was written. Passing legislation so quickly means that much will be overlooked. These are “feel good” resolutions, but either go too far or are simply surface level modifications failing to seek out and address the root problems.
Don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that I favor these riots and the destruction they are bringing. The officer most responsible for the death of George Floyd has been arrested (the quickest arrest of an officer in Minnesota history as I understand it) and charged with murder. Investigations continue on the other three officers present, and charges against them have not been ruled out. I hope the justice system will treat these charges seriously and give fair trials and proper sentences as warranted, but if these officers were the only cause for the protests, then they would have ended by now. This is the result of deeper inequities that have never been addressed.
Something needs to be done and going down the same path isn’t the right answer.
THEY don’t see it as racist. THEY don’t see it as sexist. THEY don’t understand, because it’s not their culture being exploited. But arguing that this logo, which is clearly offensive to some people, is not offensive is actually a form of racism as well.
How dark the world must be when filled with such ignorance.
When I think of this incredible story, I can't help but wonder how much talent, how many innovations, how many advances have been thrown away throughout history. How much more would we know, how much further would our technology have advanced, how much better off would we be if we didn't throw away people's talents, skills and intelligence because they were the wrong gender, or their skin was the wrong color, or because their God had the wrong name?
My point is not to suggest that people should stop being critical of the president. This is our right as Americans, and as guaranteed by the constitution. My suggestion, though, is that we should be more careful of the nature of which our criticisms are couched.