In just the last few days, two African-American men were shot and killed by non-African-American police officers in
Immediately, familiar narratives came into play. The narrative for some African-Americans appears to reinforce the belief that racism and discrimination are responsible for whatever difficulties they face. For some whites recent events seem to reinforce the narrative, seen on local news, that African-Americans are violent criminals, welfare cheats or liberal politicians out for themselves instead of others.
Don't we already have enough to fear from Islamic terrorists? Must we also fear racial conflict, stoked by groups like "Black Lives Matter"? Are we reverting to the '60s when police officers were often seen as the enemy? Will some again refer to police officers as "pigs," fuzz," "The Man"? Will they have targets on their backs?
We don't really know each other. Labels and images have replaced human contact. Social media tends to make the problem worse. Information shared there is often half-true or completely inaccurate. The "hands-up, don't shoot" narrative that followed the
If you are white and reading this, how many African-Americans do you know? If any, do you know the names of their family members? Have you ever shared a meal with them or invited them to your home? Do you attend church together? I ask these same questions of African-Americans. Dr.
I was born in
Later, when I began playing basketball, I met, traveled, showered and ate with African-American teammates. Sport is a great equalizer. It was said that the late congressman and football player
Failed liberal policies, not racism, are mostly responsible for the condition in which poor African-Americans find themselves. Welfare dependency and the narrative that because one is black one will always be discriminated against keep many discouraged and defeated.
There are more African-American politicians today than ever, even in the
What is the biggest lie and worst narrative of all? It's that politicians can deliver economic and social salvation. Hating the police will not affect this narrative nor will it improve anyone's circumstances.