Swept Under The Rug Part I

This summer the tension between races in the United States grown into what can only be described from my point of view, as direct combat between the police forces and the black population of this nation.

I cannot call it anything other, as bodies pile up on both sides of the racial spectrum.

On the side of the police, shooting deaths have increased dramatically. A relatively new trend in this upsurge of violence against those sworn to “Protect and Serve” comes in the form of ambushes. 14 police officers have been slain this year so far compared to 3 officers killed in ambushes the previous year.

Across the nation from Colorado to Arizona to Indiana to South Carolina 37 police officers have died in the line of duty, mostly to firearms. Some of these cases in direct retaliation to rampant police brutality.

On the other side, 591 people (and counting [1]) have been killed so far by police officers. According to the FBI’s 2012 Supplementary Homicide Report, Black people make up around 13 percent of the nation while representing 31% of police shootings. A black person is 21 times more likely to be killed by police simply because of the color of his skin. According to analysis of that data from 2010 to 2012, in just a three year time span, 185 or more than one white person person per week would have had to be killed to equal the risk black people face.

Just now if you look in the local news, riots have emerged in Milwaukee as police killed a black man by the name of Sylville Smith. In Milwaukee the black populations, fed up with the apparent geocode by the hands of the police have resorted to setting fire to local businesses and burning police cars. The local Governor has issued the national guard to “keep the peace” in light of further violence.

On the surface they will talk on the news and television about whether or not the black man had a gun or a criminal history, yet the conduct of the officers or the murder on their hands quietly slipped under the rug.

The real reasons, the underlying systemic issues involving this cycle of violence in America is clear, yet swiftly kicked under that proverbial rug.

The years of mistrust the police have garnered in the black community due to their over policing, profiling, unchecked and unbridled violence toward its inhabitants: Under The Rug.

The brewing anger over a “Justice System” that fails them time and time again: Under The Rug.

The fact that the city of Milwaukee is the most racially segregated in the country. Swept Under The Rug.

The case is the same for the rest of the United States. Whenever the white man has forced the black populations into Ghettos [2], concentrated poverty, crime, a unfit educational system, and lack of access to resources follow.

If we venture to understand the ghetto and it’s history we see that the term came about to describe the German’s forcing the Jew’s into specific area’s of Venice during World War II where they were isolated and seperated Jews from the rest of the population. At least Hitler and the German’s had the courage to call it what it was, while the hypocritical white man here in America had perfected the use of ghettos long before the Nazi Party was even a thought in anyone’s mind.

Once we venture to understand the ghettos and how shrewdly the white man has maneuvered us into ghettos through unequal distribution of wealth in our neighborhoods and denying us the same opportunities in offered to white citizens through tactics such as Redlining we can begin to understand why these things are kept under the rug.

We must come to understand that for 400 years black people were the property of another group of people. The entire nation must deal with the results of the unresolved mental and physical scars that those 400 years in bondage left us.

Which brings us to our current situation as a people in captivity in America:

Direct combat between the police force and the 44 Million black captives of this nation.

Those captive to the ghettos and slums of a society that casts us the crumbs and bare minimum (sometimes less) to a people while offering its best to another. All while purposely misinforming or “Sweeping Under The Rug”, its practices that lend itself to this situation.

Once the captive becomes aware that he has been captured, only then can he begin remove his shackles and chains. But this purposeful misinformation, this sweeping of the truth under the rug, this collective shrug by the even the moderate white [2] has left us not only unaware of our captivity, but leaves us in a take it or leave it situation.

And when you put a people in a take it or leave it situation, it is just that, take it or leave it. We have been taking it so far, because the only people to not only watch its exploitation, but aid in it, has been the black people of this country.

Even in light of the nation’s first Black President, he’s passed a law for every group in in the US except the black group. Those groups get laws to tackle their specific and unique needs. The 400 years in captivity made us the only people in American history who were not even considered human beings, not allowed to learn by law, dehumanized by those same laws, and every other group in the world benefitted from their captivity. The entire world got rich off the enslavement of black people except the ones who were enslaved.

If we allow a black man to hold the office of President, not address our specific and unique needs and do for every other group except the one that identifies with him the most it will continue the trend of accepting the “sweeping it under the rug”.

So we must hold Obama accountable for addressing our issues before he leaves office or hope that the next President, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will and good luck with that.

So if we have been taking our situation up to now then it is time to begin to leave it…

[1] A live counter of people killed by police shootings available here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2016/

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