I've been trying to ignore the threat of another Black Lives Matter rally but feel the need to address it now.
There is no doubt that American blacks have historically gotten the short end of the stick. That being said, the past few generations of blacks have received unprecedented amounts of governmental assistance and despite that, they as a group, seem to have have difficulty pulling themselves up by the bootstraps. Now why that is, I don't know nor do I know of any person with that knowledge. It seems to be one of the mysteries of the modern world.
The fact is that all of this controversy started when a madman (who happened to be black) tried to have a gun battle with several off duty Chicago policemen. He lost the gun battle and now the blacks are mad and attempting to characterize all of the neighborhood residents as being racist. Let's just say the causal connection is weak.
The truth is that everyday, thousands of blacks visit Mt. Greenwood without incident. They shop at Jewel, attend school, wait on the corner for the bus, eat at restaurants or simply pass through in their cars. There is absolutely never a problem.
Now we have this BLM organization, which is funded by some secret source of money, insisting that there is a problem and pointing to the shooting death of a madman as proof. Could it be that they are fabricating a problem with the intent of obtaining political mileage from it?
Black people are just like us. They have the same wants, feelings and motivations. They pray to the same God as us and pray for the same blessings. Most of all, they just want a good quality life with an expectation that their children's lives will be even better. How can anyone be take issue with that?
Do they have anger? Yes they do and often it is justified. Black children are born as innocent and pure as any other child and live in loving environments. Slowly, they learn that the white dominated society does not always treat them fairly. They develop defense mechanisms to help them cope with society's rejections. Some of that behavior is counter productive and causes white society to treat them with even more hostility. The result is a never ending cycle of rejection-hostility-rejection-anger.
I say now is the time to try to stop that cycle. Let's not take the BLM bait. Instead, lets reach out to a black and shake their hand. Hold a door open for them, make eye contact and wish them a good day. Maybe even give them a hug and let them know that you understand what they have been through. Eventually, you may be able to draw them out of their defensive shell and everyone will be better for it.