Recently in Woodstock II my son, a 28-year-old Caucasian male, was surrounded by police as he existed his car at work. Mistaken identity was quickly established, end of incident.
I cannot help but wonder what would have happened if his skin was not white. The underlying issue is racism. The creation of another not like us.
Things have gotten better, or have they? Why was President Obama hog tied by the Republicans? Is it because he is an other? Same programs by a Caucasian president, different outcome.
For most of us, people of color are others kept at a social distance. They may serve us or we idolize athletes of color. We see integration on TV and movies but how much in real life.
We do not have to go far to see this reflected in our own back yard. Newspaper ads for Realtors and financial planners show no, if any, people of color.
We support institutional racism and not even question why? Is it hard to understand that until institutions reflect the makeup of our population, why there is an other? It just leads to tragedy of Memphis, Minneapolis and Dallas.