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Sunday, November 30, 2014

What to Know About Ferguson And Your Perception Of The Cop Killing

Self-segregation as prevalent across the land as apple-pie. And, served not with Vanilla Ice Cream; served with large scoops of White Privilege.

Ferguson Missouri and the killing of Michael Brown bares all.

Fox News's business model is solidly entrenched in opinion and discussion of topics regarding race with white guests, hosts and pundits only. The classic example: "White Santa; white Jesus" via white panel. There should be no mistake, Fox News executives, managers, production teams and hosts, know the optics of discussion regarding race with all white panels. But, the network's business model, as with all business models, is driven by the customer (viewer) and is singularly centric: "Give the customer (viewer) what he or she wants." 

MSNBC and CNN also broadcast with strict attention to their viewers. MSNBC would never think of  staffing a panel as such and CNN simply staffs most panels with conservatives. CNN networks producers are coy enough to book black conservatives who are existentially tantamount to staffing with a white guest. For conservative viewers, optics also matter.

I recently published this piece with a notation of additional screeds on a topic Fox News's chief host vehemently pretends to deny: white privilege.

Let's move into the piece with a look and listen (if you can stomach doing so) to a few minutes of Fox on Ferguson with an untarnished white perspective. It is interesting the show producers didn't even call-in the networks "Robin Hood" African-American: Juan Williams.

Of course, the Fox News viewer expects such reporting to the point de-homogenizing the panel would have provided a viewer tainted forum.  Unless, the Fox News Sunday team was serving enough to book an Alan West or Kevin Jackson to the panel. Both are well known anti-progressive administration haters and I am in no way reticent in sitting they are both anti African-American. 

Ferguson, Missouri is driving discussion of white privilege that will permeate the minds of those who wish to accept the reality and those who so abhor the reality the find comfort in Bill O'Reilly's denials. 

Self-segregate...natural but poisonous in the long run
As I have stated in previous pieces, we as human beings are not differently than other animals: We tend to flack together comfortable in our likeness.  While animals flock, herd and congregate for comfort and security, human beings "self-segregate."

We are doomed to our likeness and similarity unless we undertake concerted efforts to break the cycle. Problem is.....the cycle shows a majority that will never relinquish overt, subtle nor implied privilege. 

An old relic that embodies what we are seeing from many police departments and cops.
The Public Religion Research Institute...

American Values Survey

PRRI Fact Sheet: Race, the Criminal Justice System, and Police

Social Networks
Drawing on techniques from social network analysis, PRRI’s 2013 American Values Survey asked respondents to identify as many as seven people with whom they had discussed important matters in the six months prior to the survey. The results reveal just how segregated white social circles are.
Overall, the social networks of whites are a remarkable 93 percent white. White American social networks are only one percent black, one percent Hispanic, one percent Asian or Pacific Islander, one percent mixed race, and one percent other race. In fact, fully three-quarters (75 percent) of whites have entirely white social networks without any minority presence. This level of social-network racial homogeneity among whites is significantly higher than among black Americans (65 percent) or Hispanic Americans (46 percent).
Without casting disparaging remarks, whites really do not assimilate. 

Sally Kohn recently keyboarded a piece that works well at delineating a perspective on white privilege from a non African-American perspective.

The essayist (progressive) pundit and CNN commentator.....

" When black people are protesting in Ferguson and across America, they’re not protesting against white people. Maybe this seems obvious, but it’s worth stating. In fact, in the case of Ferguson, the protests weren’t (primarily) about one white cop. Black communities are ultimately protesting systems of injustice and inequality that structurally help white people while systematically harming black people. Just because you’re white and therefore generally benefit from those systems doesn’t mean you inherently support those systems — or need to defend them. Benefiting from white privilege is automatic. Defending white privilege is a choice. 
Privilege is like oxygen: You don’t realize it’s there until it’s gone. As white folks, we can’t know what it’s like to go through life without racial privilege because we literally haven’t. You may have heard stories about black friends being monitored in department stores or seen the research that black names on resumes get half as many job interviews as white names on the same resumes. Maybe you know that a black man or boy is killed every 28 hours in America by police or vigilantes. Maybe you’ve read the studies on implicit “shooter bias” — how we’re all more likely to pull a simulated trigger on unarmed black men than unarmed white men — and maybe you know that even the most egalitarian Americans harbor unconscious negative attitudes about black people. The studies and the stories are overwhelming. Just this week, police shot and killed a black 12-year-old for holding a BB gun. 
But still, in some part of your brain, if you imagine that wouldn’t happen toyou even if you were black, it means you believe something other than race is to blame for all those statistics and studies — which can only boil down to some rationalization of inherent superiority on your part. And then you’ve just shown exactly what privilege is and why black folks feel the need to assert their basic humanity. See how easy it is to reinforce white privilege, even unintentionally?"

The Atlantic's Robert P. Jones wrote even more basic and descriptive piece about privilege, and how the social reality swaths across the nation.  Jones uses the Ferguson killing as a backdrop and foundation for exploring perception of the killing as perception differs based on race.
Polls since the incident demonstrate that black and white Americans see this incident very differently. A Huffington Post/YouGov poll finds that while Americans overall are divided over whether Brown's shooting was an isolated incident (35 percent) or part of a broader pattern in the way police treat black men (39 percent), this balance of opinion dissipates when broken down by race. More than three-quarters (76 percent) of black respondents say that the shooting is part of a broader pattern, nearly double the number of whites who agree (40 percent). Similarly, a PRRI found that overall the country is divided over whether Brown’s shooting “raises important issues about race that need to be discussed” (44 percent) or whether “the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves” (40 percent). However, black Americans favor the former statement by a four-to-one margin (80 percent vs. 18 percent) and at more than twice the level of whites (37 percent); among whites, nearly half (47 percent) believe the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves. 
Clearly white Americans see the broader significance of Michael Brown’s death through radically different lenses than black Americans. There are myriad reasons for this divergence, from political ideologies—which, for example, place different emphases on law and order versus citizens’ rights—to fears based in racist stereotypes of young black men. But the chief obstacle to having an intelligent, or even intelligible, conversation across the racial divide is that on average white Americans live in communities that face far fewer problems and talk mostly to other white people. 
A 2012 PRRI survey found that black Americans report higher levels of problems in their communities compared to whites. Black Americans were, on average, nearly 20 percentage points more likely than white Americans to say a range of issues were major problems in their community: lack of good jobs (20 points), lack of opportunities for young people (16 points), lack of funding for public schools (19 points), crime (23 points), and racial tensions (18 points).
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The Jones piece has one central theme: whites must work beyond their comfort zones and paradigms if, and a big if, they wish to understand the significance of the Ferguson killing and other killings of young black men.
"If perplexed whites want help understanding the present unrest in Ferguson, nearly all will need to travel well beyond their current social circles. 
Updated, November 25, 2014: Since I wrote this post, PRRI gathered new data that shows a few other dimensions of the racial divide over Brown’s shooting. PRRI's American Values Survey was in the field before and after the shooting, and it captured a snapshot of divergent white and non-white reactions. Before the shooting, there was a 15-point gap between the attitudes of white and non-white Americans: 44 percent of whites agreed that blacks and other minorities receive equal treatment in the criminal-justice system, compared to 29 percent of non-whites. In six days of interviews conducted immediately after Brown's shooting (from August 10 to 15), the gap had doubled to 32 points, with 48 percent of whites, compared to just 16 percent of non-whites, agreeing that the criminal-justice systems treats blacks and other minorities fairly. There’s more information on the results here."
My personal view: "It will not happen." Most white non-liberal and some progressive white males have no interest in strife and oppression that afflicts the black and Latino communities.  As is the case with political elections, a majority of white males have social interests that do not find any capacity for concern with minority communitiesThose who are married generally drive another dynamic; their wives adopt their social views and vote in accordance with their husband's paradigm. For those who will read the last sentence and write ballistic comments about their perception of the remark as sexist, should recognize I carefully chose the word "paradigm" vs. (husband's) "wishes."

It will not happen because, as human beings the comfort of likeness is far to deeply ingrained for dispersal in the name of diversity. The ultimately tragedy is 'self-segregation' as it relates to job opportunities and fair application of services (state and federal) and a penchant for minority group manipulation view corporate entities. Housing is another area of disparity, but an area that mirrors self-segregation as tight as a human shadow at high noon. It will not happen universally, but it must happen regarding application of the law. (".... 6'5" nigger just out of prison....." OJ Simpson trial as a defendant in the killing Nicole Simpson and an associate. We all know how that testimony rocked a trial and freed Simpson). We have just witnessed the end on a so-called grand jury process that released a killer to the open fields of celebrity and the status of wealthy.

There is no sane reason Darren Wilson's "summary" execution of Michael Brown have received the legal support of the St. Louis County Prosecutor. It is completely unfathomable Wilson now sits as the nation's newest millionaire from the lust for black blood and from the ratings garnering decision of ABC news. &

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