One of the first things that Tyler Perry quoted when discussing his recent traffic stop by two white police officers was, “…my Mom always said if you get stopped by the police, especially if they are white policemen, you say ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir’, and if they want to take you in, you go with them. Don’t resist, you hear me? Don’t make any quick moves, don’t run, you just go.”
After reading his entire confession about this routine traffic stop after he made a left turn from a right lane where he shared how the two cops berated him for minutes on end before he asked to step out of the car so it could be a public display, it got me to thinking about race relations in this country.
There has been an insurgence in cases of racial profiling across this Nation, specifically the Southeast, black boys are being beaten and killed with no regard for lives, Muslim and Arab people are being killed and left with notes that state, “go back home you terrorist,” and the economic and educational gaps between black and white is an evergrowing phenomenon.
There is a quote that says, in regard to Civil Rights and equality, “we’ve come so far, but have so far to go.” There are two things wrong with this quote. First, we haven’t come far at all. We haven’t achieved milestones. We haven’t progressed in the manner that we think. And, people have not overcome racist ideals. If anything, I think that we are, in countless ways, in a worse situation than we ever have been (covert racism is one of the worst types of racism) and I’ll tell you what I believe is happening. My apologies to those who will take offense to what I am about to say, but truth hurts.
The election of President Obama was a great thing for African-Americans, maybe. Him being elected into office has boosted the morale of our youth and that has been a valuable asset for African-American parents to use to continue to motivate their children to seek upward mobility. Him being elected has also allowed other races to look forward to maybe achieving the goal of political leadership outside of state politics as well. Through his presidency the country has become stronger economically, unemployment has decreased despite the fact that many CEOs are purposely not hiring to keep the unemployment rates high so President Obama will not be reelected, and international relations has improved.
However, President Obama symbolized for white people the loss of control in the United States. Having a black President in office, I believe, has sent a sense of urgency to white America, especially since its been proven that they are no longer the official majority in comparison with the number of “minorities.” At the local levels these white Americans have begun to try alternative ways to take their power back.
Racial profiling, sadistic murders of little black boys, beating black college students, killing Muslim and Arab people across the country, etc. are all alternative ways to let “minorities” know that they don’t run shit, despite the fact that there is a black president.
I hate the fact that Tyler Perry says that he had to remind himself, when dealing with white officers, to basically shut up and say “yessa mista offica,” “no sa mista offica” or willingly give up his freedom over a simple traffic violation. What does this say about race relations in this country?
And, what makes me angry when I discuss race relations is that everyone wants to be politically correct. No one wants to say that, yes, white men are allowed to take the lives or damage the lives of people of other races with no corrective action. No one wants to say that black life is no more valued in this country than dogs, please reference the Michael Vick case vs. Trayvon Martin’s case. No one wants to discuss the fact that more white people in this country are on welfare than black people, but white people only represent eight percent of those in poverty versus more 30 percent of black people.
No one wants to discuss the real issues because it will make us have a real conversation about how far we have not come when it comes to race relations in America.
So, no, Madea didn’t go to jail, this time, because although his traffic violation happened in 2012, he had remembered what his mother, who was raised in the 1940’s told him, about dealing with white cops, but who knows what will happen next time.
Well, I think David Banner has the answer to that question. Listen and learn.
J. Prince, Princepality 41