• Ryan Himes

OPINION: The Civil Rights Movement Continues

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

It feels like we're fighting the same fight that we've been fighting since the Civil War ended. It wears a new mask everyday (npi) but we keep falling for it. We blame a person, a racist cop, or a group of people, the KKK. But why would we hate the player when we've learned our whole life to hate the game? Why hate the racist person or group, when it is the system itself that is unjust.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that it was justified for a company to fire an employee for their hairstyle if they deem it unprofessional, specifically denying Afro hair styles. That is systemic discrimination. The system was The Judicial System, and the discrimination was against black people.

The very amendment that abolished slavery contains an exception... for slavery, a fucking exception? Yes, "except as punishment for a crime". Studies have shown that black convicts receive harsher sentences for similar crimes, especially when considering people with similar criminal history.

There isn't much of a debate, black skin is viewed as a threat of violence and subsequently treated differently than others. It's atrocious. This is white privilege. It is the notion that black skin can be viewed as a threat whereas white skin will never be. And it is 100% true.

I can't imagine what a counterargument could be, other than disputing that "that's not what white privilege is". Well I just defined it for you, I write the blog, I defined it, I'm telling you that that's exactly what it is. White privilege can result in a lot of different things, but its cause is that nobody will ever look at a white person and fear them because of the color of their skin. They can rage in public, overreact, even make threats, and it's far less threatening to us than a black person with the same reaction. And it's horrible, it's a terrible form of social behavior and we need to force ourselves to change because it'll never happen on its own.