Monday, September 8, 2014

How Can America React With Such Swift Accountability After Viewing The Video of Ray Rice But Not With The Video of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, etc.?

Don't get me wrong, I think Ray Rice will probably deserve everything negative that's coming his way for assaulting his wife which was his fiancée at the time of the incident. However, I can't help but think how the corporate NFL, the Baltimore Ravens fan base, Ray Rice's teammates, and America in general were basically willing to give Mr. Rice a slap on the wrist for assaulting a woman. Rice was handed down a two-game suspension and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a bunch of very tough domestic violence policy changes for the league. Of course, this was all before TMZ released the full video this morning of Rice allegedly knocking his fiancée out cold on an elevator floor with a blow to her face.

Why doesn't it feel like America as a whole came together warranting the same swift accountability after viewing videos of Michael Brown being shot in the street by police, Eric Garner being choked to death by police in the street, and many other black men and women being basically murdered by police in the streets and on the corners of America?

Although I personally witnessed many white people come out in protest against police in both the Brown and Garner incidents, both incidents feels largely like "black" issues. The protests against what appears to be police misconduct has indeed been overwhelmingly black led and black attended. However, black people have also been just as outspoken against Ray Rice allegedly assaulting his fiancée. You don't hear many black people saying stuff like, "Wait until all the evidence is in" or "let's not jump to conclusions". In fact, you don't hear many white people saying that either after the release of the Ray Rice video this morning.

On the other hand, it is almost expected that when talking to white people when a white person may be on the punishing end of an incident to hear them quote the quotes above. On the contrary, when speaking to black people on issues where a black person may be on the punishing end of an incident, they tend to call it like they see it and is less likely to utilize such quotes as above. At least that's been my experience. Why is this? Someone please enlighten me.

Why is it so hard for so many white people to see misconduct or even murder by the police officers in the Brown and Garner videos but find it so easy to see a horrible crime in the Ray Rice video? To every single black person that I've spoken with on all three of these videos, the police officers and Ray Rice are undoubtedly wrong. The same sentiments holds true for nearly every white person I've spoken to on the Ray Rice issue (yes, I've spoken to several white people today on this issue). However, most white people that I've spoken to on the Brown and Garner videos are "waiting until all the evidence is in". Either way, two men have lost their lives and another man's life may just be ruined.

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