Living in a democracy, my chance of being murdered is about as large as being hit by a meteorite. This is also true because, as a visible Jew, I live in a Jewish state where the vast majority is alert of anti-Semitic terrorism.
Now watch the above clip. A dark-brown CNN reporter and his camera crew get arrested by the police. For nothing. While his Caucasian colleague, two blocks down, gets not. But that’s not my point.
Watch how the reporter becomes extremely slow and calm, voicing his willingness to cooperate and stand anywhere the police want. It breaks my heart. Here is an innocent man who has to make sure to not frighten or irritate the police since they might kill him. Not inside a dictatorship. In what Americans call “the greatest democracy on earth.”
Every black, brown, and Hispanic man in the US knows that any wild move or annoyance could get him killed in a second. They try to stay under the radar, to be invisible in public, all day long. This is not only a violation of equality and opportunity. It is so humiliating. Their lives are not protected by police but actually are endangered. Black Lives Matter is the exact opposite of reality that black blood is cheap in the US. How can any white American live with this?
The story went that many black American boys are beaten viciously by their mothers. Not because of their mothers’ incompetence or sternness. No, they try to beat out of their innocent kids any resemblance of pride because that could get them killed. Supposedly, the beatings, as contrary to child abuse, did not leave the boys feel unloved. Thirty years ago, I was told that this was a remnant of the slavery time. Not so! Heart-breaking.
Oppressive stereotypes often try to create the opposite image of reality. Women live longer but they are called weaker. Children are very smart but they are called stupid and made fun of because they may lack some facts. Blacks are called dirty while they shower more often than whites. Another opposite stereotype is portraying black and native Americans as violent, justifying white violence against them.
The oppressed may even themselves start believing the stereotypes. So some women feel powerless, some blacks act violently. This still doesn’t validate the prejudices. And, whites typically feel scared around non-white equals. It’s a pack of lies that scares us. Reality is the reverse.
Any time a white American refuses to pass on racist words or stereotypes, s/he may just have prevented a murder. Especially, when you’re a Jew.
Take an example of this sheriff: