Some of you may have noticed that I’ve already posted twice about the Virginia shooter. Yes, I am aware that was a black on white crime, and that I’m a white, privileged person posting about it.
I’m not posting about it for that reason.
Two people died. TWO PEOPLE DIED ON TELEVISION. This is only a drop in the bucket of racial crimes in the past year. Most of these crimes have been against African Americans.
Racism is common.
None of these crimes had to happen. None of these lives needed to be lost. None of these people deserved to die.
Racism is unnecessary.
Racism is real. Racism IS real. And it’s terrifying. Would #blacklivesmatter exist if it didn’t? Racism is real, and it is concentrated on people of color.
Racism is ugly.
Racism is assuming that every black child has one lousy parent and a welfare check coming in every month. Racism is assuming that every white child has two parents and a healthy, perfect home life. Racism is assuming that every Asian child is an academically brilliant Chinese anime efficienado. Racism is assuming that every brown person is either a terrorist or an illegal immigrant.
Racism is ignorant.
Black lives matter. Caucasian lives matter. Asian lives matter. Life is previous, and every life is of equal worth.