Sunday, January 8, 2012

"Don't shoot the White Guy"

Ok, this is the Allstate man, the leader of the Unit, Dennis Haysbert.
I truly love him, and his voice. I have even met him, across the serving line, (another story another time), and he is all that! But I digress from the start. This isn't about him, but something he said from a script in The Unit. (there were several episodes on CLOO this am).
"Don't Shoot the White Guy"
At first it seemed humorous, but then the old brain waves kicked in. I left the silver screen (not, it was my TV) and googled, (aoled?) the stats on percentages of shootings (by law control aka police)  according to race. I knew it was bad, but heck, if you are of any other persuasion than Anglo-Saxon your probabilities of being shot are phenomenally higher. Go research if you think I kidding. It just makes me angry.... I watch the news, I read the news, I even read the newspaper (yes I still get one). I know that there are whites are commiting crimes left and right, commiting heinous, physical crimes, not to mention the "White Collar" crimes. Why do we see more, hear more, about the Hispanics, Blacks and Asians being shot while the White guy is merely apprehended. I know I am not expressing this the way I intended but perhaps you get my drift....
Just hit a nerve in the early hours....


  1. Hello my friend, I am not sure what ur post is about. Soooo....I will google & read. Education is ongoing. Love ya, Bethe

  2. I was a sociology major when I was in college more than 40 years ago. I took an evening course one summer that had mostly adult students (as opposed to my 19 year self). During a discussion about why black male youths were more likely to be shot than white males of the same age, a black woman expressed the opinion that it was because, "People assume that black men have nothing, so they have nothing to lose." She went on to explain that someone was more likely to commit a senseless violent crime if they had no structure in their life to ground them, i.e., a job, home with a mortgage, or a future. She said that police (her brother included) assumed that because young black men felt they had no future, they were more likely to throw away their present because they became wrapped up in the bravado of the moment. Things have changed since I was in college, but not nearly enough. It's frightening to think that the same issues that were discussed then; health care, lack of opportunities for inner city youth, crumbling infrastructure, public transportation, and senseless wars are still unresolved today and young black men catch more bullets with their bodies than their white counterparts.


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