This Might Be the Most Offensive Portrayal of Race Relations That You’ll Ever See
From: pjmedia.com, by: Walter Hudson, on: May 13, 2015, see the article HERE.
A Facebook friend of mine just set the above image as his profile cover photo. He’s an activist in the Black Lives Matter movement whom I became acquainted with while working on an election issue in my state.
I look at this picture, and the first thing I think is: Wow. That’s… that’s really offensive.
Then I look at it some more. I think about it. Then I realize that for some people, like my Facebook friend, this accurately represents how they perceive the world in which they live.
We can criticize that. We can tell them that they are wrong to view the world that way. We can insist that things aren’t as bad as an image like this makes them out to be. And we may be right. But maybe we should stop and consider how terrifying life has to get for this to become your perception.
What do we do with that? How can we have anything approaching a productive conversation about race relations and criminal justice issues when starting from such divergent perceptions of the status quo?
Where do I begin? “We may be right”? “Divergent perceptions?”
Forgive me, but those divergent perceptions aren’t exactly based on equally valid evidence. Giving an intentionally skewed (and false) perspective equal weight with an accurate and true body of evidence not only isn’t fair, but starts any discussion off under an immense handicap. Honest and objective hard evidence proves beyond any doubt that the situation depicted in the picture is not only uncommon, but almost nonexistent. Why then, should we begin discussions from that assumption? It makes no sense. The picture is specifically designed to teach blacks to fear and hate police – there is no other way to interpret it.
It’s exactly this depiction of “so-called real life” that influences young blacks to distrust the police. In what way does this image attempt to impart anything positive to anyone? It is intentionally misrepresenting the police as not only Klan members, but the hooded policeman (with finger on the trigger) is pointing an evil black Glock at the forehead of an innocent child. And not even a belligerent rebellious teenager, but a sweet young child offering candy to the evil oppressive ogre who represents racism at its worst.
This is truly offensive – in fact, offensive doesn’t do it justice. Repugnant is perhaps a better description.
If this depiction is truly representative of what the “Black Lives Matter” activists are exposing young people to, it should be considered as an incitement to violence and denounced in the harshest possible terms – it is not doing anyone any favors, least of all young blacks.