I'm not saying that racism is dead (it never will be) or that black people don't face some extra pressure from law enforcement often. But the "blame white people" train has gone off the rails. Whites used and continued slavery for centuries, but a dirty little secret is that slaves were purchased from African tribes, who practiced enslaving all members of a conquered tribe to ensure they didn't retaliate. Smart, but still the source of western slavery.
Did anyone watch the Grammy's? Pharrell and Beyoncé both incorporated "hands up, don't shoot" into their performances, and Al Sharpton continues to use this slogan at rallies. That would be fine if this statement had not been admitted during trial to have never been said. The Eric Garner decision was baffling. Trayvon Martin's and Michael Brown's however were in line with the facts. That doesn't make them any less tragic, but its not okay that riots break out every time a decision goes against an African American.
As for Sharpton, he is in my opinion the most polarizing figure in America and the biggest reason for high racial tensions between blacks and several different groups he's come out against over the years. Homophobic, anti-Semitic, and anti-white (obviously) public comments, in addition to inciting riots that killed innocent people in NY (Freddie's) and LA paint this man in a bad light. Not to mention the tax evasion and multiple racially charged court cases he's been a part of (Tawana is the big one). When he got Imus fired for admittedly bad, though clearly joking, comments it's ironic how nobody brought up Sharpton's own, much worse bigoted remarks over the course of 25+ years. The hypocrisy of calling for Imus' job when he never was terminated for his words can't be overstated. I know talking bad about major Democratic figures here is frowned upon, so I'll let anyone who wants to read more about this guy's shameless misdeeds simply search his name on Google.
It's possible to not be racist against blacks and still not support things like affirmative action. I'm all for CLASS based affirmative action, but race based doesn't benefit the education system. Seeing some liberals cry racist at anything is just wrong. The thing we should be addressing is not white on black or any cross race type of violence.
Here are some numbers from the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report:
Percent of white murders committed by other whites: 83%
Blacks killing blacks: 90%
Whites killing blacks: 7.6%
Blacks killing whites: 14%
I know you guys don't trust that paper but the stats are from the FBI. They're legit.
So apparently whites don't do a whole lot of killing African-Americans. Actually blacks kill whites TWICE as much. No racist black on white violence talk though. This is the hypocrisy I speak of. No more lying. White people are not the problem with black America.