INSTITUTIONAL RACISM AND THE RAGE OF THE MINORITY
On a daily basis, racial minorities of both sexes are subjected to a barrage of subtle, and not so subtle, discriminatory acts and bias, from the minute they leave their homes, to the time they return at night.
The built-in bias, disparate treatment, and discrimination of American society manifests itself in many inconspicuous ways, such as the rude treatment by the coffee barista at your local Starbucks, to the cold manner in which the subway toll booth operator treats you when you buy a subway pass, to the outright hatred and mean-spirited words that bark from the mouth of the take out deli worker, or any of the above.
Most of these multiple acts of hostility and downright nastiness are below the radar – that is, they are not overtly blatant expressions of racial hostility or ethnic discrimination – but they are real and palpable enough to cause pain, humiliation, anger, and indignation in the minds of those minorities who are unfortunate enough to have to deal with it.
When minorities witness other mainstream majority races dealing with these same individuals, the contrast is stark – these same tool booth operators, coffee baristas, lunchroom counter employees, parking attendants, clothing store salespeople, restaurant and bar staff, and countless others are more noticeably kinder, gentler, friendlier, easy-going, and jovial.
This further reinforces and internalizes the rage and indignation that most minorities feel on a daily basis, and is then internalized deep within, to grow, fester, and gestate.
And it is not just racial majorities that do this to racial minorities, either.
Racial minorities in positions of power often treat other racial minorities in a far worse, cruel, demeaning, and dismissive manner than their majority race counterparts, because they think that because they too are members of a racial minority group, they are somehow immune from the effects of the cruelty, bias, and discrimination that they inflict on others.
The latter are often the worst kind, because it makes racial minorities hate and detest other racial minorities, thus causing division and resentment from one minority race to another (see Asian-American Deli Owners versus African-American patrons, for example).
The real danger occurs when this sort of low-key, subtle and covert form of racism and discrimination comes from someone with power in society over one’s life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness – such as a police officer, court officer, judge, or any other member of society charged with determining if one literally lives, or dies.
When this occurs, there is no hope, and no relief.
There is no doubt that this type of human interaction is the major casus belli of the massive amounts of racial and ethnic minorities entrapped within the cycle of the prison system, poverty, despair and hopelessness.
Majority white races and ethnicities simply do not have to go through this daily abuse (as much) – so generally they see life through rose colored glasses, and generally do not understand the “minority rage” within their ethnic counterparts on society, having been internalized and reinforced day after day, month after month, year after year.
Majority races simply look on their minority counterparts as the “angry black male,” or “angry black woman,” or “angry arab male,” or “yelling chinese woman,” and dismiss them as crazy or unbalanced, further exacerbating the problem and driving that racial minority deeper into the hole of anger, rage, and frustration, until it manifests itself in some other unhappy or negative way in society.
The first step in fixing a problem is to acknowledge that it exists – and society’s constant, daily, and rampant minute acts of cruelty and disrespect inflicted by one segment of society on another segment of society can, and does, have consequences on society as a whole.
It is high-time that Americans take a long and hard look at themselves and see where they fit into this horrific paradigm of continuous and systematic abuse from one group to another, and the havoc it wreaks throughout society, and in the country.
Perhaps if a dialogue of this issue enters our national conscience, if not sub-conscience, we can begin to heal, change, and alter our methods of dealing with people, and thus strive for a greater level of happiness and mutual respect within our communities.
It is difficult to not come to the conclusion that all of this internecine conflict, with the white majority enjoying maximum daily life pleasure and lack of conflict, and racial minorities suffering under the yoke and weight of institutional bias and discrimination, is by design.
That this is not on purpose, but it most probably is.
Additionally, the enactment of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (“VCCLEA”) in 1994 by then President Bill Clinton and written by then Senator Joseph Biden have criminalized this anger and made it possible to unconstitutionally arrest, prosecute and incarcerate those victims of this daily barrage of institutional bias and racism, when they justifiably react and explode.
With the enactment of this unconstitutional law, which mandates that police officers must arrest an individual even with no real evidence or probable cause, has effectively brought back the “slavers whip” of arbitrary arrest, beatings, incarceration, humiliation, and abuse once perpetrated by the original slave-holder owners that the United States of America was founded by.
The VCCLEA effectively re-instituted slavery and arbitrary arrest by denying all citizens their constitutional rights under the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 13th and 14th Amendments.
And although this law was enacted against all US Citizens and non-Citizens alike, the data and history since its enactment in 1994 has shown an overall disproportionate effect on racial and ethnic minorities, with 1/3 of all African-Americans, 1/6 of all Latinos, and 1/13 of all whites having been arrested and incarcerated based on this draconican and regressive racially discriminatory federal statute.