Welcome to America, the land of the “free” and home of the “brave,” that is. But who exactly is considered the free and who is considered the brave? Year after year, black males are killed for little to no reason and their murderers get away scot-free. If black males are not killed, they are heavily incarcerated.
According to the NAACP’s Criminal Fact sheet, African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites. African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months).
For example, White-Hispanic George Zimmerman was charged but acquitted after murdering innocent black male, Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was minding his business and on his way home when attacked by Zimmerman. After attempting to defend himself he was murdered and then blamed for his death. White male Johannes Mehserle was charged and sentenced to only two years in prison after murdering innocent black male Oscar Grant. After displaying good behavior in prison he was released only after serving 365 days. Oscar to outsiders was just a “menace to society” that “deserved to die” because he had recently been incarcerated and released for drug charges.
When researching these cases amongst many others, it was surprising to see what people said in defense of the people who committed these crimes. Some people automatically say that these things are not racial. Often times they say that only black people make them racial. But when black and witnessing how the system fails certain people over and over and over again one could possibly understand the outrage. One could possibly understand the fears and worries. It is scary to even bring black males into the world and expect them to actually live in peace and die after their parents. It is scary to watch them grow up and walk out the house into the world not knowing who and what they will come across and be faced with. People cannot call the police on the police!
Why care so much? Is it just because they are black? No not at all, it is because they were human. They did not deserve to die. One cannot truly understand the world a black male lives in or the perspectives they have if never experiencing any of these things first hand.
Some argue that people are all afforded the same opportunities and it is their choice on whether or not they take them. But in all reality they are not all afforded the same opportunities at all. People rejoice in the fact that slavery is over, that there is a black president, and how everything is so "changed!" Oh how we have "progressed" and made a difference in the world! But that is not the reality of things at all. The time has changed, years have passed and people now live in a different time of life, but people are all still in some form of slavery such as prison.
It seems like no matter what when one is a minority in society they automatically have it harder than most. Why? Sadly it is just the way society operates. The judicial system was not set up for certain people to have justice and society was not set up for them to be a flourishing part of. Blacks have to fight their way through life in every situation it seems. Everything is a race and one can never seem to make it to the finish line good before someone with the upper hand has come along and erased it from right up under them.
While society is focused on bringing them down they are only making them stronger. How? Minorities have to struggle on a regular basis so when they make it to a goal they know what it genuinely feels like to win because everything wasn't handed to them on a golden platter or fed to them with a silver spoon. They can automatically work more sufficiently under pressure and stressful situations because that is their everyday life circumstance in this world.
Everyone in the world is not racist but in these cases and so many others race does play a part. One has to remember not to limit their mind to their everyday circumstances and become unaware of the real world they are living in. People who do that are probably amongst those who say things like, "it's not racial, they deserved it." Do not be shadowed from reality and truly believe America is the "land of the free and home of the brave." Free to whom? Brave enough for what? America is the only place that kills people who kill people because killing people is wrong through what is known as the Death penalty.
People must become aware and remain aware of the world they live in. Sometimes it is not about being able to distinguish black from white in a situation but instead being able to distinguish right from wrong in this land of the free and home of the brave.