Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Life

Racist Video Speaks Volumes About Us

Two black women were waiting for a tow truck when a neighbor approached. The racist video they caught on camera is sadly no longer surprising.

As the Washington Post puts it, a new racist video shows one more thing you can no longer safely do “while black.” In this case, it’s waiting for AAA to help you start your car.

An incident, recorded in an apartment complex parking lot in the Charlotte area, shows a woman angrily approaching two sisters.

The sisters are black. The woman who approached is white.

The sisters claim they could smell the alcohol on her breath.

She demands to know where they live and why they’re there.

She asks if their “baby daddy” is around and tells them they aren’t going to “sell drugs” there.

She even makes mention of a “concealed weapon.”

Police arrived and after reviewing the situation, they announced the woman was charged with two counts of communicating threats and two counts of simple assault.

And, as sometimes happens in the aftermath of these videos, the woman’s employer cut ties with her. It released a statement calling her actions “a blatant violation“ of their code of conduct.”

I won’t ask how we got here. We’ve been here for a long, long time. The Post mentions the racist video is something out of the Jim Crow area. And it is.

But the bigger question is this:

Why are we still here?

The Jim Crow Era is long gone. At least, on paper.

But the sad reality here is that it’s still perfectly alive and well.

It’s easy, when you watch a video like this — you can see it at the link above — to blame alcohol. But alcohol doesn’t make someone racist. Alcohol doesn’t cause a shift in you what you believe. If anything, it makes you bold enough to release those deeply-held convictions to the surface.

It may give you the audacity to express what you think, but it doesn’t change what you think.

If there’s anything to be grateful for in this story, it’s the poise of the two sisters who found themselves under attack. They remained calm. They remained dignified. They didn’t return anger with anger.

They didn’t raise their voice at a time when any of us, in that same situation, probably would have.

The recording continued quietly. And because of that, we all got a look in the mirror.

You may insist that you haven’t a racist bone in your body. I hope you don’t.

But if you truly don’t, I’m afraid you’re quite the rarity in this world.

Deep down, we all have some sort of racist suspicion. If not racist, maybe it’s sexist. Or ageist. 

Or something else.

Be happy that the video wasn’t a recording of you in a moment of weakness expressing the real you. 

And if that thought truly does make you happy, it may well be time to rethink those deeply-held thoughts.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.