Re: Roy Exum: Racism. . . Or Murder
Mr. Exum, in this case, I humbly ask that you look beyond all of the usual arguments and talking points and ask yourself why? Once the surface of these shallow rebuttals is cracked, you find a myriad of reasons that the black community has had such problems historically.
There are so many sources to read currently that outline the history of racism in this country, the judicial system, education, the list goes on. In general terms, the systems from the beginning were not constructed for the black community and therefore cannot serve them adequately. To merely discuss “black on black” crime without digging to find out about “red-lining” and deed provisions in our major cities that veritably forced blacks and other minorities into sections of the cities no one else would live in is a failure to tell the full story.
These are the discussions that the white community needs to begin with our black neighbors. We need to ask why before we make judgement. We need to be prepared to be very uncomfortable with the truths that will be found in these discussions. But real change doesn’t happen when people are content. I pray that our discomfort in discussion leads to a conviction that it is time to make real changes to begin to address the centuries of injustice inflicted upon our brothers and sisters.