Some perspective on Ferguson

This was posted on Facebook by one of my friends and intellectual heroes. We disagree on a great number of things, but this is not one of them.

I’m going to offer this very long comment as my last viewpoint on the Ferguson shooting and all of the rhetoric surrounding it. I understand it’s long but I think it’s something to consider. Have a great day.

What you and everybody is failing to realize while you’re all trying to place the blame within the black community and not toward the racism outside of it, is that the treatment of black people in this country happened long before 106 and Park and articles about sagging were on CNN news pages.

If, for a second, we can consider the history of the negro in this country, the pretenses that brought us here, our subsequent enslavement, jim crow, civil rights assassinations, drug wars, the merciless jailing and murder of black men, women, and children that has far reaching effects until this day in 2014 and God knows how long in the future, the propaganda written in newspapers and drawn on posters depicting negros as monkeys, having smaller brains and also being considered 3/5s human, having our land stolen, zoning laws that make sure our schools are underfunded, living situations being neglected, children under educated, glass ceilings at work based on skin color and all the psychological effects that came with those decisions, there is a very real reason why the negro is in the position he’s in, today.

With that said, 90% of crime for black folks is committed by other black folks. By comparison, 84% of white crime is committed against other white people in violent situations. Suffice it to say, if one simply looked at the numbers, white people have more to fear from other white people than they do of negros. It doesn’t make sense to compare black on black crime to police brutality for the simple fact that one has absolutely nothing to do with the other. Explaining that black folks are somehow implicitly responsible for being shot down, while unarmed, by the police is absolutely and unequivocally stupid rhetoric. And that’s putting it mildly.

Do black people need to treat other better? Yes. Still, that has nothing to do with the fact that black men in america are hunted, feared, and executed by police officers who can somehow manage to arrest a white person who randomly shot 70 people in a movie theatre and had his apt booby-trapped with explosives, or manage to arrest someone who planted a bomb at a race in Boston who later ended up on the cover of the Rolling Stone (or Time Magazine, I forget which one) but seems to have trouble arresting unarmed negroes who were simply walking on the street and minding their business.


Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.