If We Were Having Coffee – Nov.30/2014 : Guest Post

A Rant on Racism.

Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul and I’m happy to be here once again inside Willow’s home where it is nice and toasty, tending to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. We’ve moved inside to beat the winter cold in the garden. Willow has fluffed the cushions and stared a blaze in the fireplace to make a cozy place

to sit. I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. We can relax with a cuppa and calorie free electronic sweets while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

The talk of the week here in North America has been the Grand Jury in Ferguson, MO (US) refusing to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black man – Mr. Brown. This triggered rampant violence and rioting that has destroyed numerous buildings and many vehicles. For me this has unveiled a huge lurking problem that is the elephant in the American room. There are only two people who were close enough to see what happened: Mr. Brown and the police officer. And one is now dead. The policeman insists he did not do anything wrong and describes a scene where Mr. Brown tried to get his gun and assaulted the officer and his only defence was to shoot Mr. Brown. He makes it sound reasonable. Apparently the evidence matches the policeman’s story within reason. Hence the pass by the Grand Jury. It is still possible for the policeman to be charged but it is unlikely.

Would you like another cuppa? This story turns nasty very shortly. Have a sweet and cosy up to the fire. So, there were numerous complaints from the black community that disputed the policeman’s story basically saying that Mr. Brown was a kind and peaceful young man who was the subject of police prejudice and racism that resulted in his death. To the best of my knowledge no one has come forward and said they were close enough to see it and will testify. There were accusations that Mr. Brown was shot in the back while trying to remove himself – but it turns out all the bullets went into his front. Another blow to Mr. Brown’s supporters.

I used to truck in the southern US and I can tell you without any hesitation that the level of racism, hatred and prejudice between the whites and blacks is palpable. It has always been so and was imported from Europe and Africa when the US was settled. It is covered by a white wash (pun intended) of laws and political correctness but just below the surface is the rot, and this incident scraped the surface revealing just how bad the relationship between the races really is. For me as a Canadian, working in the south was scary – hearing the abuse and the racist vitriol that spews from the mouths of other wise perfectly fine and trustworthy people. It is not true of everyone, but many think this way.

The actions of the Grand Jury could not have been otherwise – the only one who could dispute their interpretation is dead. Fair or not, just or not, right or not – it could have ended no other way. Other than God, no one will ever know what the truth is. And if it had been a white man dead, the whole situation would have been left right there. But the dead man was black – one of a long line of dead black men. Perhaps one too many dead black men. And the built up anger and hatred and disrespect simply spilled over and burst out in the form of violence.

I watched President Obama’s message on the Grand Jury and I was seriously disappointed. He spoke for 9 minutes and came up with nothing more exciting than “We have to look at the positive side…” It was the most insipid, meaningless, trite speech I have ever heard come from his lips. If the Americans think for one moment that they can solve this with more police or more laws or even adjudication, they are seriously mistaken. This problem will require all the participants to respect each other as human beings for a generation or more before it starts to get better. And I am here to tell you that, in my mind, they are simply not capable of brushing off so many centuries of hatred passed from generation to generation. Neither side has the reason or the guts to trust the other side long enough to solve this. Anyway, it felt good to have a great rant like that. Thanks for letting me bend your ears.

My week personally has been uneventful – dialysis went well. . Would you like another cuppa? Willow and I are honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please feel free to look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you here for tea again next week.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/ 

Follow me on Twitter

Follow Us

Follow Us

Follow Us

Follow Us

France & Vincent

Writing Magic, Myth and Mystery

Sun in Gemini

SteveTanham - writing, mysticism, photography, poetry, friends

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

New2Writing

KL Caley - Novel Ideas

Hot Dogs and Marmalade

Salty like hot dogs (and tears). Sweet like marmalade (and life).

Two on a Rant

Rants, humor, sarcasm, and a haiku-like substance? It's hard to know what's going to come out of our minds next.

Ivor.Plumber/Poet

An Old Plumber, An Ex-Carer, An Amateur Poet, Words From The Heart

Trent's World (the Blog)

Random Ramblings and Reviews from Trent P. McDonald

Marsha Ingrao - Always Write

Having fun, while encouraging, and promoting bloggers

Caramel

Learner at Love

Chel Owens

A Wife, My Verse, and Every Little Thing

Sacred SoulSongs

Sacred Paths and Detours

Mr. Ohh!'s Sideways View

For those of you who aren't me...and I've noticed a surprisingly large number of people who aren't.

The Small Dog

Life from the Tail End

USUAL MUTTWITS

DOG TAILS by ZoZo and Jools

kimbladeswriting

poetry and short stories

Ben Naga

Gifts from the Musey Lady and Me. "Laissez-moi vous raconter ma vraie histoire."

About the Jez of It

Poetry, stories and strange odds and ends from the desk of a writer

The Sound of One Hand Typing

Music, Musings, Memoir, and Madness

"LIFE" ( You like it, I love it! )

"LOVE"-Keeping it real, and keeping it simple!

Our Eyes Open

Come along on an adventure with us!

Diary of a Dublin Housewife

Diary of a Dublin Housewife

J-Dubs Grin and Bear It

As Always, More to Come

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

Colline's Blog

a potpourri of thoughts and experiences

pensitivity101

An onion has many layers. So have I!

lynz real cooking

lynz real life

Darswords

Musings about Havenverse

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

like mercury colliding...

...moments of unexpected clarity

G-Bears Blog

Real Life - Hard Facts !

All in a Day's Breath

Art, Love of Life, Philosophy, Writing, Spirituality

Kevin Parish

Poetry, lyrics and other words...