Racial Discrimination will continue in Ferguson and the rest of America
Despite the fact that the US Justice Department has found that Ferguson Missouri is governed by racial discrimination, those who carried out discriminatory practices are not held accountable for their actions.
The United States is a deeply racist country. Racism is embeded in the fabric of the American way of life. In America, whites dislike blacks and blacks distrust whites. Latinos dislike whites and whites despise Latinos.
One of the main causes of the growing social instability in America is the ongoing war of cultures that is fought among social and ethnic groups. These groups battle, sometimes unknowingly, for attention, social prominence and decreasing resources which each group feels entitled to.
The battle is in itself the result of various events, policies and situations; one of them being violence.
Violence, in its simplest and purest form springs from the way a person is raised. It is the gift that keeps on giving, if you know what I mean.
A moral, virtuous society, whose members have been brought up in an enviroment that chooses morality, reason and evidence as its pillars, is more likely to be a more peaceful society than one whose members were brought up in the middle of conflict, immorality and deceit.
Only an immoral society, where lack of stability is a direct reflection of its members’ values, would allow violence to be used as a tool to correct equally immoral actions.
An example of this would be making judgements based on someone’s skin color, appearance, past attitudes, and so on. This is exactly what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, where police officer Darren Wilson, resorted to violence in an attempt to ‘correct’ an equally violent action.
In the case of the murder of Michael Brown, there is something worse than the murder itself: Despite recorgnizing that the police department is deeply racism and discriminatory against black residents, the US Justice Department has decided to exonerate Wilson of having committed any violations againt Micheal Brown’s civil rights.
As our daily lives show us, there is something worse than basing judgements and actions that result from those judgements on immoral, unreasonable and weak stances.
Not correcting the wrong way in which those judgements are made and not correcting those who knowingly misjudged a situation is indeed worse, because it means that the wrong judgement will continue to be seen as acceptable, sometimes even desirable.
The US Justice Department investigated what has been happening in Ferguson since 2012 and until 2014 and determined that Ferguson Police Racially Discriminates against Black residents. After six months of investigation, the federal government concluded that the police, judicial and correctional departments in Ferguson routinely acts in ways that show racial prejudice against blacks. However, the only action that the DOJ has taken after getting to that conclusion is to issue some recommendations.
According to the report, between 2012 and 2014 police officers routinely violated the constitutional rights of black citizens in Ferguson by excessively using force and racially profiling blacks more than any other people in the city.
After hundreds of interviews and reviewing 35,000 pages of police reports, federal investigators did not issue any charges against anyone in particular. No one has been identified as responsible for the growing racial tension in Ferguson and no one has been found to be responsible for the murder of Michael Brown.
The investigation carried out by the DOJ concluded that In Ferguson, blacks have fewer options to get a judge to dismiss cases against them when compared to whites, for example. Consequently, up to 95% of blacks sit in jail for two years on average, even though their crimes are in fact minor infractions such as parking or traffic violations.
Perhaps the most astonishing, although not entirely surprising finding in Ferguson is that racial discrimination seems to be coming from the highest offices of government in town. Such discrimination is the result of racial stereotypes held by top authorities.
DOJ researchers found that discrimination against blacks is not even limited to Ferguson residents, but that it goes up to the White House. An email from 2008 sent from an unidentified Ferguson authority claimed that Barack Obama would not be president for long, because no “black man holds a steady job for four years.”
“Of course, violence is never justified,” said US Attorney General Eric Holder. “But seen in this context – amid a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment, stoked by years of bad feelings, and spurred by illegal and misguided practices – it’s not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg.” Then, Holder added that “Michael Brown’s death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct,”
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Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder & editor of The Real Agenda News. His career spans over 23 years in every form of news media. He writes about environmentalism, education, technology, science, health, immigration and other current affairs. Luis has worked as on-air talent, news reporter, television producer, and news writer.