Yes, America the beautiful sure does love her Black citizens. Black people have such a lovely life in the good ‘ol USA.
The following ABC NEWS “20/20” and “Primetime” show videos can certainly attest to the fact that living while black in America has not gone out of style for Black Americans.
Take “Shopping While Black”.
An undercover investigation looks into how people of various races and genders react to how a Black woman customer is treated in a department store. Notice how many of the White customers duck and hide from confronting the racist and rude store clerk who loudly insults the Black woman customer.
Notice the behaviour of the White people throughout the video.
Staring. Looking away. Ignoring the obvious blatant racism that the clerk baraged the Black woman customer with. One White male customer during the video was asked what he thought of the situation, and he responded that the Black woman was trying to place the race card. Race card!? Heck, if anyone was playing the race card it was the White store clerk. Then when the test was revealed, he changed horses mid-stream and tried to sing a different tune. One White woman had the nerve to burst out crying as if she was the one who was being yelled at and accused of being a criminal. Then, of course, Mr. I Am Manly runs to her rescue and hugs her as if she was under attack, while the Black woman who was being savaged is left to fend for herself. Damn. The White woman crying crocodile tears, the White man running to her rescue, the Black woman stared at as if she is Capone/Dillinger/Gotti/and Presidents Bush and Reagan all rolled into one.
Only one White person spoke up in defense of the Black woman customer: a White woman customer who acknowledged that what was done to the Black woman was reprehensible and vicious, and she stated she would not shop again at the store if that is how they treated some of their customers due to race. Only then, did the other non-Black customers start to come out of their foxholes after all the death and carnage subsided.
Meantime, a Black man and woman spoke up as well, then again, they were just Black people speaking up for another Black person. That’s those Black people, always sticking together, always circling the wagons.
After it was divulged that the incident was staged to see how people would react to in your face racism, many Whites sheepishly started the old CYA response.
Moral of story: Only if a White person publicly acknowledges the racism that a Black person faces is the fact of racism given any validity.
But wait, there’s more.
You don’t have to catch hell only when you are shopping while black.
The following video shows the difference in how young males defacing a vehicle are treated. Watch what happens when it is White teenagers vandalizing the vehicle. Now, watch what happens when it is Black teenagers doing the vandalizing:
Only one lone non-Black tells the White teens to cease-and-desist, but, when it comes to the Black teens, a pack/posse/lynch mob gathers to threaten the Black teens with arrest if they do not leave the vehicle alone. One woman has the audacity to confront the Black teens by herself and threatens them with the cops, and even tells them her name!
But, she was not big and bad enough to roll upon the Whites teens as if she was Wonder Woman and Deputy Dawg all rolled into one. She obviously felt she had no fear of the Black teens because she probably felt she had the police, the courts and the law on her side against those super-ferocious and dangerous Black teens.
Throughout the video, time after time, non-Black after non-Black called the police/911 to report the Black teens vandalizing the vehicle, but only one call was reported when the White teens were destroying the vehicle.
With the Black teens, ten calls were made.
Almost as if reciting from rote robota response, the 911 dispatcher when answering the call asked if the suspects were White or Black.
As if no way could they have been Asian, Native American, Latino, or Alaskan Athabascan.
And here’s the kicker: the first calls to 911 were about two Black people in a car, both of whom were dozing. The callers were calling in that those threatening Black car occupants had to have been waiting to rob a bank. Yeah right, just copping a few zzzzzzzzzzs, chilling, me and my homey, just waitin’ for the heistin’.
Oh, but, it gets better.
In the following video, you see the respectful treatment of young Black men driving an expensive vehicle, a Black woman pulled from a vehicle, thrown to the ground over a traffic fine, Black women and men being asked “Ma’am/Sir, are you carrying drugs, or weapons or illegal contraband? Ma’am, Sir…..is that car you are driving yours?” Detained without probable cause on illegal searches, frisked and searched illegally……..racial profiling. You know………….violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.
Yes, living while Black in America has not lost any of its cachet. Living while Black in America still is a daily deadly reality show for Black citizens.
Racial profiling is a constant for Black citizens whether driving while black, eating while black, shopping while black, buying while black, living while black……..dying while black in America.
Hey, just ask these Black people what it felt like to be at the end of living while black in America:
Oops, my bad.
Apparantly they cannot answer for themselves anymore because America in its most heinous form has had the last word.