Five days after the black teenager in Ferguson was shot a white 20 year old guy was shot coming out of a gas station by a black cop. He was on a call that there was someone with a weapon inside the shop. The white guy (who was unarmed) walked inside to get a soda and had his head phones in and when he left he didn’t see the cop nor did he notice the cop speaking to him. As he walked away he reached into his pocket for his cell phone…the cop shot to kill. Right in front of the white guy’s brother. It didn’t appear that there was anyone – white or otherwise- with a gun at the gas station.
You don’t see white people calling the guy a bigot and rioting or protesting across the country. “Whites” didn’t even demand the name of the cop because it was seen that white people in general weren’t going to make it a race thing, even though it was extremely similar to what happened five days before. It was probably a mistake and could have been avoided if the boy didn’t have his head phones in and he probably wouldn’t have been shot because he could have complied with the cop.
The thing that bothers me about this case…is that this happened five days after the black teenager (sorry, I don’t remember the name of either victim) was shot in Ferguson. It got just about ZERO press. Even though I hate the man to death, I reference that even Rush Limbaugh said it didn’t get the press it deserved. The man is a racist so I don’t believe it can simply be 50/50 but I do agree that it somehow doesn’t matter when a white kid is killed (because of his race or not) by people of a different ethnicity. And let’s face it…there are just as many racists from other ethnic groups as whites…but somehow the stigma is that only whites can be racist because of history and they we somehow owe it to them to keep silent when a white kid is killed unjustly.
If the black cop followed the rules perhaps the white cop did too? Perhaps the only difference was how different races are received in their areas? I don’t even know.
All I know is that in my life white people killed as a hate crime NEVER get the same attention as minorities. Any race other than white who is killed by a white person is automatically assumed to be racist. THAT is racial profiling.
The thing I hate most though…is that even though we are ALL Americans first we act like we’re somehow different (sub-cultures aside) than our brethren of different colors. In my mind all Americans should be treated equally by each other until one or the other proves to be a gigantic douche.