A guy and a girl get ready to go on a blind date, both nervous and worried. The guy is hoping that his date won’t be fat and ugly. The girl is hoping she won’t be raped or killed.
That’s a joke I remember hearing when I was a teenager, laughing and thinking to myself, “How true.”
The other day I thought of one like it that I wanted to share.
A black kid and a white kid go to a gas station, both nervous and worried. The white kid is afraid his parents will find out he stole money from the coin jar and bought candy. The black kid is afraid a police officer will mistake his candy bar for a gun and shoot him.
Not funny? What? Did you laugh at the first one?
All right, I will try one more that I told the other day.
Raise your hand if you are sick of the first 100 days of Trump playing nonstop.
Now raise your other hand if you’re considered a minority by the government.
O.K, now keep them there til I shoot.
Were you offended?
Because if you’re not offended, you accept it as a real and natural part of life; just like the first joke that has been around for decades. So natural and accepted that people can laugh about the very real fear women have about being raped by their dates.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” That can only happen if we get real and open up the dialogue on this difficult subject.
Please join me in offending as many people as possible, until those people who are not scared to be killed because of the color of their skin are as outraged as those who are.
If you or any blog you have seen is dedicating their space to advocate putting an end to racial discrepancies in the criminal justice system and the negative implications on society, please leave a link so I can include their words and spread this important message.