Scheavo, your race baiting in the thread is inappropriate, and you have been told that in the past. Consider this your warning. Stick to the topic and not unfounded accusations regarding race.
This thread has "racism" in it's title. It's about a situations where race is playing a role. There is no way to not talk about this event, and the response to the event, without talking about race - especially not the proven, substantiated evidence showing the unfair treatment blacks and minorities face in our legal system, and have faced for years. And I'm not sure what "unfounded accusations regarding race" you could possibly be talking about. I mean, I don't even know where to begin by demonstrating that black people face an unfair system. It's like trying to defend the fact that the sky is blue. I even linked to an article earlier in the thread that showed how black people, specifically black people in Ferguson, we're being unfairly treated - and that the department has a long history of facing accusations of unfair practices surrounding race. I believe there's been lawsuits, but I could be mistaken on that last part.
Whether this young kid was shot because he was black, I don't know. I haven't ever once commented on that. I have only discussed the reaction to those shootings, and tried to explain why that response is as strong as it is. You may not think race is a factor, it may not be a factor, but clearly
thousands of people do. Can you explain to me why it is black people are far more likely to be pullled over and arrested for the same crimes as whites? Why it is that blacks use drugs at about the same levels as whites, but are far, far more likely to be in jail for it? I guess these historical trends and problems are just coincidence, and have nothing
to do with race? Any rational debate about these events that are going on in Fergusson has to look at and examine the fact
that blacks are unfairly targetted and incarcerated for the same crimes as whites. It's why there's tense relationships between black communities and cops. It's why a young black man might try to break away from the police, go for his gun, and get shot in the process (if that's indeed what happened). It's why a large community of black persons feel as if the police are not protecting them. It's why so many black people and black families are torn apart, can't get a job, and turn to the vicious cycle of crime.http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/rd_stateratesofincbyraceandethnicity.pdfhttp://www.drugpolicy.org/docUploads/NewJimCrowFactSheet.pdf
Just a small sampling.
It's frankly laughable to me that you consider what I said to be race-baiting. Do you even know what the term means? How could I be clouding logic and reason by pointing to statistics and history? I'm doing the exact opposite of race-baiting, because I'm not using false facts or seeking to cloud the logic of the situation. I'm trying to clarify the argument to what the problem really is.
If what I've talked about is off-topic or not "kosher" for debate on this topic, then frankly, I see no reason to actually have the debate or participate in this forum. So just ban me, and stop with this nonsense of yours where you warn me for something ridiculous. I would actually gain some respect for you, because if there's one thing I really hate, it's insincerity. So ban me because you don't like me, not because of some obviously ridiculous claim that I'm off-topic or "race-baiting."