Fanning the Flames & Cooling the Coals of Racism in America

African-American and white men embrace after taking part in a prayer circle July 10 following a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. Theologians and justice advocates have called upon the church to better address racism as a life issue and see it as an

CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters

African-American and white men embrace after taking part in a prayer circle July 10 following a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. Theologians and justice advocates have called upon the church to better address racism as a life issue and see it as an “intrinsic evil.” (CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters) See WASHINGTON-LETTER-RACISM July 15, 2016.

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America is the great melting pot of race and ethnicity, but the country is also divided by these differences. There are groups like Black Lives Matter who promote the similar ideals as it’s predecessor the Black Panther Party, after a rise in public outcry about police killing unarmed black men claiming their skin color is what killed them. These killings were seen as pushed under the rug when some of the officers were acquitted and public outcry ensued with riots and public demonstrations following the rulings.

This civil and racial unrest has long burned through American history.  It is still present to this day just as it was in the 1800’s when we fought a Civil War and when the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were added to the US Constitution.  It is still present today just as 10o years after the Civil War when Dr. Martin Luther King was proclaiming his dream for all Americans. Even with our improvements as a society, there are those on both sides; white and black, who are still ignorant to the equality between their fellow man.

This recent election proved this civil unrest still exists and was fueled by some citizens’ inability to have enough emotional control to listen to their fellow man’s political opinions. Balanced communication and understanding are required for any good discussion but this is lacking between our fellow citizens. Some groups known as “flash-mob robbers” storm a store, steal thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in minutes and leave as quickly as they arrive. Among the most known are the “Rainbow Girls”;

New ‘Rainbow Girls’ Takeover Robbery Captured On Video; 3 Suspects Identified

— a group of female thieves, named for their brightly hued hair — who’ve hit dozens of stores.

The word of these incidents spreads quickly. The Rainbow Girls, for example, now have lots of copycats, says Manfredi: “They tell their friends, ‘it’s so easy.’” –http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-nasty-rise-of-flash-mob-robbers-2016-11-23

The reason this method of robbery is so successful is the overwhelming amount of people that enter the store at once, a flash mob of sorts, it becomes hard to keep track of what everyone in the store is doing at one time. These groups drive up the prices of already expensive products and fan the flames of racial stereotypes previously given by society; because much of their group as shown in the video below is black. The ethnicity in my eyes doesn’t matter but what does is the way it affects the rest of society such as higher security and higher prices for hardworking consumers. The simple act of robbery goes against our American dream of working to get what you want in life.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-nasty-rise-of-flas

To stop these robberies, store owners should have firearms, some type of self defense weapon or even automatic door locks operated from the store counter to prevent the perpetrators from leaving with the merchandise. The police often don’t arrive in time to stop a robbery, so more often than not, the store owner or even a customer will fight back in self-defense to stop the threat the criminal presents to the store and customers. The thought that the government should be able to support and protect us more than we can ourselves is ludicrous. If the government provides everything then that means they can also take everything. The act of self defense is in our DNA as human beings. The idea of a race war is not new, but it’s avoidable if we can rid the country of the ignorant belief of inequality between skin colors. The idea that guns kill people rather than people killing people is ridiculous as it requires a human to pull the trigger. The only thing gun regulation does is prevent the legal gun owners from using their God given right to bear arms, because as proven in prison surveys, most criminals could care less what new gun legislation has passed. I feel a possible solution to the unrest is to have more local direct democracies where citizens come together as a community to solve their local issues and social differences.  The media such as CNN have made some attempts to make this happen but the dialogue between and among diverse Americans needs to be more widespread and authentic.

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