If I, as a white female, assault a police officer, after I just robbed a store, I expect to be shot. Whether the officer is Black, White, Indian, Hispanic, Chinese, whatever, I expect if I assault a police officer, attempt to disarm them the risk is being shot and possibly killed. If I outweighed the officer and their only line of defense is to shoot me, I would expect to be seriously injured or die.
That is not based on race, I would expect the result to be the same with any police officer.
I am a mom to two little boys. I live in one of the most dangerous cities in the country. In most places I go, I am the minority being a white person. The schools my children attend, their classrooms are not all white, they are equally mixed with white, hispanic and black kids.
Now, I never have discussed race with my children. They are 4 & 5, they see no color. They have friends, not black friends or white friends, just friends.
This is how it should be.
As people, maybe what needs to happen is that we teach our children that race is irrelevant. We teach our children to respect all people regardless of race. Then when these children grow up and become police officers, teachers, leaders of the world, they can make the changes that need to be made and the race card won’t need to be played.
Instead, people are teaching their kids that they don’t have opportunities because they are black and teaching them that white people are racist, isn’t that racism in itself that you are teaching your kids?
Teach kids to respect authority. Teach kids that they shouldn’t attack a police officer or rob a store, teach them to work hard to accomplish their dreams, instill values and morals into your kids.
Not everything is about race. If you want racism to end, make it end. Stop passing it along to your children. Teach your children to respect all people, regardless of color. Lead them by example. Teach them to work hard to accomplish their goals.
If all parents did this, you would see changes in this world. The kids growing up would make the changes.
For Gods sake stop with the white privilege people!
There is no white privilege in my world. I have to work to pay bills. I get what I want in life by working hard for it. It has nothing to do with being white. I grew up in a ‘poor’ family, to a single mom of 4 kids. I learned how to work hard and make sacrifices to get what I want in life. I respect all people regardless of their skin color. I would treat a black person the same way I would treat a white person. Being white hasn’t afforded me any privilege. Working my ass off and sacrificing has gotten me to where I am….
What’s that? I own my own home, own my own cars, but struggle like everyone else to make ends meet and provide for my kids. I don’t expect special treatment for being white.
I simply expect if I give respect, I will get it. I treat all people fairly and with respect and expect that same treatment back, I could care less what your skin color is, I expect respect because I will give you respect, period.
Isn’t that how it should be?
Teach your children that color doesn’t matter, that all people are equal….its wonderful to teach about your heritage, but also teach them how to love and respect people regardless of race….that will be the true game changer.
That is how you can change the world.