According to a website, in 1619 the first slaves were purchased from a Dutch slaver for the English settlement of Jamestown. These slaves were the first slaves in the North American colony. In 1634, slavery was introduced in Maryland. In 1641, Massachusetts became the first colony to legalize slavery in its Body of Liberties.
The beginnings of racism.
During the infancy stages of the North American colonies Africans, African Americans, and Black people were subjected to slavery as an economic tool, to discrimination post slavery, and to outright racism post de jure segregation in the south. In 2012, the #Black Lives Matter movement was created was created in response to racism in America
"Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that protests extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes,” said the authors of the #blacklivesmatter.com.
With the shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma September 20, the dialogue about the current state of racism in a country that was built on slavery has reached a bleak moment in history. Arguments from the police force in Tulsa point to a seemingly justified shooting of a man who refused to obey orders and reached for something in the window of his SUV just before he was shot.
"She was yelling at him to stop, for probably at least 10 to 15 seconds. He gets to the window of the SUV, and has his hands in the air, looks at them ... and his left hand goes into the window," Scott Wood, the attorney for the responding officer Betty Shelby told CNN. Scott described Terence Crutcher as possibly high or intoxicated and incommunicative.
“He had a very hollow look in his face, kind of a thousand-yard stare, so to speak, and would not communicate. And she could tell he was not normal. She thought that when she saw him," Scott told CNN.
A terrorist lives .
The juxtaposition between the shooting of Crutcher and the apprehension of New York City bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami is jarring. What is the fundamental difference between an unarmed black man, that causes police to shoot and kill, and a violent terrorist that is able, it seems, to actually draw a weapon but remain unharmed by police? That is the question, in so many words, that was raised by Crutcher’s family.
According to a report by "The Washington Post," two police officers were shot during the shoot out between Rahami and police Monday morning in Linden. 29 people were injured when Rahami placed a bomb in a trashcan in the neighborhood of Chelsea over the weekend. And yet, the Rahami remains alive.
Progress or racism by another name?
The difference between the two men, Crutcher and Rahami, are not the violent acts they supposedly committed. It’s not the number of people that suffered, it’s not even the number of police officer lives they put in danger. Are we, as a nation, so used to slavery as a way of life that we are unconsciously or consciously keeping black people “in their place?” Do we, white people, really understand the trauma and the fundamental fear black people experience on a day to day basis? Are we so busy fighting among our political parties about who is more racist that we can’t actually comprehend the gravity of this problem? #United we stand #Terrorism