Black on Black crime "points", race baiters, police apologists and pseudo allies are not new to American blacks, in fact, some of the same lazy retorts have been used for more than 45 years now. As social media continues to evolve, we are able to engage in all types of conversations to make changes, ignite problematic issues, find love, make money and learn about each other. Unfortunately, in a deep, dark section of the internet are vie, disgusting trolls that usually hide behind fake profile pics and dummy accounts that troll black conversational hashtags with profile pics of racist memes, patriotic ensembles and worse, pictures of people of color in an attempt to act as if they are said person of color to spew hatred.
Yes this happens, far too frequently too.
The same conversations that surrounded Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and others have been repeated over the last half a century by narrow-minded people that believe American blacks deserve the treatment we get. Often, those same people love to quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as if they would respect him if he were still living. As I perused Tumblr, I found all of these hate letters sent to Dr. King before he was assassinated and the letters shockingly sounding exactly like the conversations I see everyday on social media.
Remarkable isn't it? Either there's been no absolute progress in human civil rights in how minorities are viewed by non-minorities of color in this country or racism is being taught and being passed down.
These letters can be found The King Center, and the New York Times. I think the thing that shocks me the most is how these letters almost mimic the same tone, hate and bigotry I see and hear when it comes to social activism like Black Lives Matter. It scares me in a way because it seems no matter how much it seems we are progressing as a human race, we seem to be regressing as a society.
It's 2016, and as a Black American I am concerned about the society I live in. I am concerned because these fake allies and racists are your everyday people. They aren't just people in the 1% they are your hiring recruiters, professors, landlords, bankers, bosses even - spewing all of these one-sided, illogical bullshit.
I detest the 'Black-on-Black' crime argument simply because white-on-white crime is just the same as black-on black if not higher. The argument is weak and very tired, please give it up.
Reflecting on Dr. King and reviewing these hate letters further confirms the whitewashing of Dr. King's legacy does more harm than good. In fact it needs to stop; the idea that Dr. King would not align himself with Black Lives Matter (because I believe he would) and he was some peaceful-like
Gandhi is wrong, disrespectful and just not historically honest.
Next time you find yourself pointing out moot points on social media, reflect on this:
...I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation's summers of riots are caused by our nation's winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.