The worst racism is always perpetrated by the police

Contrary to what Conservatives want you to believe, racism is not a thing of the past, nor merely some phantom phenomenon pesky minorities whine about to get attention and handouts from politicians.

Let’s take a look at the current situation, shall we?

New York City, like many others, has for years enforced a marijuana policy that disproportionately results in the arrest of Blacks and Latinos, even though marijuana use rates are similar to that of Whites (more here). Again in the Big Apple, a tyrannical stop-and-frisk policy has resulted in the detention of 700,000 people in the last year – mostly Blacks and Latinos, even when 9/10 of them have committed no crime (more here). In the United States, there are more black men in prison today than were enslaved (more here). Black people are also disproportionately executed (more here). This is not to say that if these horrendous events were occurring equally to white people that things would be fine and dandy – but clearly, there is a mechanism of racism at play here.

Contrary to what liberals believe, racism is not mostly a problem of evil corporations engaging in discrimination, to be readily “solved” by government rules, regulations, and bans.

For starters, every single travesty above is the result of government policies, rules, and regulations. Looking to the integration of schools (Brown v. Board of Ed.) and the policy of forcing private business to admit black people (Katzenbach v. McClung) as some kind of glorious civil rights victory has got to be a fucking joke.

This may be just a wild guess, but I’m pretty sure that if forced to choose between private discrimination and government discrimination, people would choose to be banned from a shitty local diner (but have plenty of other options to choose from), than to be locked in a cage for marijuana and be ass-raped. Given the choice, I think people would rather be banned from going to a private, racist mom-and-pop shop, than be beaten and/or killed by government police.

Even slavery, which was of course committed by private people – could not have existed as long as it did without the support of government. How long do you think slavery would have lasted if the government didn’t back slavery with laws, force people to return slaves to their masters, and restrict Black people from owning weapons? And if you believe segregation was mostly the fault of private people, consider whether you’ve heard of Jim Crow laws. It shouldn’t be a surprise that private people segregate their restaurants when the government requires it.

On a milder note, Asians are also rabidly discriminated against through affirmative action measures at universities (more here). They (we) have to score an average of 140 SAT points higher than white people to be admitted to selective institutions (more here). The thing about affirmative action is this – the government likes to act like it is helping the poor, stupid, people of color. But when the poor, stupid, people of color actually get head on their own merits, by god, we can’t let that happen! That would be outrageous! Thus, what results is a policy that selectively favors the minorities that don’t seem to pose a threat of becoming a majority at universities, while forcibly keeping out the Asians, who are (god forbid!) increasingly crowding out white people.

Racism exists on a spectrum. On the mildest level, it’s merely an idea. It’s a prejudice or hatred of people of a certain skin color. This isn’t good, but you can’t really control what people think, and the best remedy is awareness and outreach. On the next level, a private individual might put his ideas into action and ban minorities from his store or business. Certainly, this is currently illegal. Yet, even in the absence of laws, it is likely a racist business owner would not ban minorities for 2 main reasons – 1. he will look like an ass to everyone he knows and 2. he will make substantially less profit by restricting his customer base.

Even if he decides to be an asshole and make poor business decisions, not everyone else in society will. There would be plenty of sane, rational, and smart business people who do not support such stupid ideas and would never dream of banning minorities from their business. On the worst level, someone might be motivated to beat or kill someone because of race – however, there are laws against assault, battery, and murder, and no one is disputing the legitimacy of those laws.

Contrast this with how police operate. In the days of slavery, they were there to send slaves back to their masters, because the law is the law. When Japanese people were rounded up into concentration camps, the police (and the military) were eager and willing to rob innocent Japanese people of all their possessions, and imprison them because the law is the law. And now, they continue to round up Blacks and Latinos (and white people, although not in the same proportions) for innocuous violations, because the law is the law. Arguably they also beat and kill a disproportionate number of minorities, and while there are laws against assault, battery, and murder, they don’t apply equally to the hallowed ranks of police forces.They always have been this way, and always will be this way, because they are a forcible monopoly, as permitted by law.

You cannot turn to an alternative business. The police are everywhere you go and have a monopoly on law enforcement services. It’s not like if you fear getting beaten, abused, or mistreated by your local PD, you can take your money somewhere else. It’s not like if you are pissed off at their discriminatory policies, you have a bunch of non-racist, non-violent options to turn to. It’s not like if you live in San Diego and fear that the SDPD are a bunch of rapists (here and here and here), you can refuse their “services” and go with another agency.

Again, racism exists on a spectrum. It’s not good if someone hates you just because of your skin color. It was unfortunate, hostile, and unpleasant that people called me “chink” when I was a child, and that I in turn called them “useless pieces of white redneck trash” – but such is a fact of life. Watching two 11-year-olds scream racial epithets at each other is probably not what people envision about America the melting pot (or salad bowl, whichever theory you subscribe to). It is not even representative of most of America – society is not perfect, but at least there was no violence involved. You’re never going to get along with everyone in the world, whether it’s over race or something else.

Surely, it’s even worse if someone won’t let you in their store because of your race, but this is not going to happen on a massive scale for long, there will always be reasonable alternatives, and again, at least there is no violence involved. On the other hand, government action  is almost always violence. It is an inescapable and ultimate oppression as an American to be rounded up into an internment camp, shot, beaten, or arrested by government police with no recourse or legal redress. Or, alternatively, if you have the misfortune of living overseas, it is an inescapable and ultimate oppression to have your limbs blown off because you are brown and believe in a different type of bearded man in the sky.


Georgia Sand

Georgia (George) Sand is an attorney located in sunny California. She enjoys beer, jogging, the beach, music, and chatting with her cats in her spare time.

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  • Guy Fawkes

    “people called me “chink” when I was a child, and that I in turn called them “useless pieces of white redneck trash”

    I bet when you got older that changed to (imagine voice of Butthead) uhh ah huh huh uhhh, hey baby…
    Still annoying, but for different reasons.

  • Common Sense

    the title should be ‘dear diary’….

  • defjeff

    Good artical… I never knew that Asians were being discriminated against in university admission policies.

    Seems to me that the fairest way to do admissions is to do them ‘blind’, and base the decisions on some formula related to grades, test scores, documented community service, etc., and to blind decision makers to ethnicity, area of residence, etc.

    Make a fair system, and let people achieve under a set of clear rules.

  • t

    What useless trash. Wasted seconds of my reading that thoughtless garbage.

  • The_Lakewood_4_are_burning_in_Hell

    Way too many black men in prison, on probation or with permanent records for plant possession. But “t” and common like it that way, because it makes niggers less uppity.

    Legalization vs destroy and entire generation of black men? To cops, the answer is easy. Get in the cage, nigger.

    The missed the point entirely Ms. Sand.

  • The_Lakewood_4_are_burning_in_Hell

    The very existence of the so called war on drugs is racist. You could ask the current president his opinion, but his justice department is too busy busting legal dispensaries of the same plant that was such an integral part of his teens and twenties.

  • It’s obvious who’s above the law

    This was outstanding. 5 out of 5. Nothing but the truth.

  • Chris Mallory

    Those execution stats are bogus. Since 1976, 34% of executed criminals have been black. Blacks commit upwards of 50% of all murders in the US. In 2011, 43 people were executed, 14 of them were black. So far in 2012, 19 people have been executed, 4 were black. If anything, blacks are executed well below the rate at which they commit murder.

    The cops are out of control, but this cry of “racism” every time someone sneezes is utter and complete BS.

  • The_Lakewood_4_are_burning_in_Hell

    1 out of 8 black men in their 20s is in jail.


    If I said 1 out of 8 black men in their 20s (fill in the blank, are Enya fans, vote republican), you would be dubious. But that stunning fact, almost all due to the war on drugs, with it’s second and third order effects (unemployment, gun rights, voting), does not warrant deep thoughts.

    What is it if it isn’t racism? I too am sceptical of the Sharptons of the world, but this is right before your eyes if your aren’t blind.

  • phillycopwatch09

    Great article, when we realize that the media and politicians use biased statistics and flawed social sciences to make policy, then we will understand why discrimination from law enforcement and the judicial system exists. It’s easy for police (black and white) to use racial profiling when the news media highlights only (so-called) minority crime stats.

    Example. In Philadelphia there were two seperate instances of criminals stealing collection jars from different convienence stores. One Black the other White. Both security cameras caught the images of the suspects but during the newscast, they only showed the Black suspect.

    Another example this one about crime reporting. A white man was killed and his killers were caught the same day. But the news spent the first ten minutes of the broadcast talking about him and his family and how good a student he was. The next story was one I was involved in, During a night out of copwatching, we came across a murder scene. The next day the same newscast spent less than a minute talking about the murder, it gave no description of the killers (even though they had one) it gave the wrong time when the murder occured and it made the person who was killed out to be a criminal (even though he was a good student)

    This country is run and operated under the theory of white supremacy thus any chance the media and legislatures get a chance to cast a bad shadow on any non-white person or group they do it (intended or unintened) it is an unfortunate consequence of the societal construct known as race and racism.

  • t.

    Flakewood: Your foolishness has reached a new level.

  • The_Lakewood_4_are_burning_in_Hell

    Nothing actual to say cop? Refute, explain, justify?

    Your statement screams of “how do I answer this?” We both know I am right. But you are so entrenched in the war on drugs you cannot admit it has been more wildly successful than the wildest fantasies of William Bedford Forrest. Two entire generations of black men have been decimated, and you have no good reason why.

    Just another nigger doper, you say to yourself to tamp down the guilt as you send them toward the dungeon.

  • The_Lakewood_4_are_burning_in_Hell

    Sorry, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Let my outrage overcome memory.