Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | July 22, 2013

Open letter to the disrespectful Social Media comments…

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

I wasn’t going to comment because I feel these facebook/twitter interactions at times are pointless. We can sit here and argue over who is right or wrong. But the reality is poor race relations existed long before this trial that many claim divided the country.

Though race is not real (we are all human beings), racism is something entirely different. Racism stems from money and power. Now black people can be prejudiced all day and night but it is not possible for black people to implement racism especially institutionalized racism. We don’t have that power in this county.

It would be nice for us to all be Americans but we are divided for many historical reasons. Division is not in our best interest… While we fight, corporations will benefit. Racism is profitable. Whiteness – invented. Blackness – invented. Racism – invented. Why? In the name of profit.  We are all Americans when it is time to fight a war but not when it comes to social justice.

There are some people who are respectful and genuinely considerate but others are unwilling to understand the historical context where all this profiling comes from. Maybe if history books were balanced we all would have the same view of US history. But our realities are very different. We don’t live in a country that is based on equality. Some of us are working on it. The system is not balanced.

Fortunately, there are people who are compassionate and realize the reality of the imbalance. Those individuals are taking steps to work towards a better tomorrow. The funny thing is I can write all this and someone would ignore, insult or just miss the message. Either way, if you take away anything realize that black people are still being killed because of the color of their skin, black people are still being mistreated because of the color of their skin, black people are still being incarcerated because of the color of their skin, black people are still being profiled because the color of their skin and black people are still being lynched because of the color of their skin…

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