The recent murder of the white jogger in Memphis raises a controversial subject which was frankly addressed in an article by the late writer Lewis Grizzard (LG) in the Charlotte Observer newspaper on Friday May 22, 1992.
Although groups of runners (black, white and other minorities) completed his jog route across the country, there remained the question of whether the incident would lead to a rampage of rioting, looting and violent white rage. ?
Yes, there is a big difference between the Eliza Fletcher, George Floyd case and other civil rights cases by law enforcement agents that have added to and led to more of the divisions that exist in America in 2022 between the breeds.
Here is the reprint of the article in 1992:
“My office got phone call after phone call last week from white people who were crazy.
A front-page story in the newspaper after the riots carried a headline that read, “Why Blacks Are Angry,” and the story focused on the plight of urban blacks in the wake of the riots following Rodney King’s verdict. .
The callers said, “We want to see a story next week about why white people are angry.”
By listening to callers and talking to white friends and acquaintances, I think I can answer the question of why white people are angry.
1. They are angry because they feel constantly bombarded with articles about racial discrimination against black people.
One caller said: ‘I don’t care what a black person does, white people are always to blame. A black politician gets his hand caught in the cookie jar and it’s always because of racism. Can’t a black man embezzle funds just because he’s greedy? »
2. They are angry because they feel they will always automatically be guilty of racism in the minds of some media and some black people.
A friend, who runs a restaurant, said: “In the midst of all these riots, this black kid of about 16 comes in, looks around, says to me in a loud, accusing voice, ‘Why is there there no blacks working here? Everyone here is white.
“I didn’t tell him anything. I just went to the back and got this black guy who works here out. He is 6’5” and weighs around 300.
Does this man look white to you? I asked the kid.
Accusing racism is just an automatic reaction of some black people.
3. They’re angry because they don’t understand why the white truck driver nearly beaten to death in Los Angeles by black rioters never became the same kind of problem as white cops beating Rodney King.
“Rodney King had a criminal record,” one man said. “But this truck driver was just doing his job. They nearly killed him on national television (after King’s verdict), but all the media can talk about is Rodney King’s tape. Two wrongs still don’t make a right.
4. They are angry because they don’t understand what the looting, murder and burning in American cities has to do with Rodney King’s verdict.
“It was all,” another woman said, “was just an opportunity to run wild and steal whatever they could get their hands on. They didn’t care about Rodney King at all.”
5. They’re mad at what they see as black punks.
An Atlanta businessman said, “The day after the Atlanta riots, I was in a downtown convenience store. This black kid comes up to me and says, “Give me a dollar.
“He didn’t say, ‘Please give me a dollar.’ He just demanded it.
“And what did you do?” I asked.
“I gave him the dollar. I was afraid not to.
We’re in a hell of a mess here, folks. May God help us out.
LG’s latest plea in the last sentence of the article still remains unsatisfied after 30 years.
Racial agitators at both ends of the political spectrum continue to promote hatred and divisiveness that only make America weak and divided in the eyes of the world.
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