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Trying to Understand the Black Perspective

By Rob Tenery, MD on July 25, 2016

Racial prejudice cuts both ways. However, racial injustice never seems to cut against those of us with ‘white privilege’. The color of my skin has allowed me a vantage point like no other--- the white point-of-view. What I see or think I see is the way it is! But is it? Although due process has yet to determine the full truth of what transpired, the recent deaths to two black men by white police have, once again, brought a wave of violence and protests as to whether racial discrimination still exists.

We whites pat ourselves on the back because we elected a black President, not once but twice. In reality, Obama wasn’t elected by a majority of the white population. His contingency was made up of the black vote, the Hispanics, any many in the white population who were fed-up with continuing wars in the Middle East. He was also able to garner the majority of the Jewish vote that traditionally vote Democratic and white females who worried about the loss of their entitlement benefits.

Clearly, there are those in the black community who feel that prejudice exists toward them, just because of the color of their skin. U.S. Senator Tim Scott, the first black Senator from South Carolina, speaking before the Senate tells what it is like to be him, meaning a Senator and black. He claimed, there was a “humiliation that comes with feeling like you’re being targeted for nothing more than being just yourself.” During his six years in Washington, he was stopped by law-enforcement officers seven times. “Was I speeding sometimes? Sure. But the vast majority of the time, I was pulled over for nothing more than driving a new car in the wrong neighborhood… I do not know many African-American men who do not have a very similar story to tell—no matter their profession, no matter their income, no matter their disposition in life.”*

Scott went on to implore his fellow Senators to “recognize that just because you do not feel the pain, does not mean it does not exist. Ignoring the struggles of others does not make them disappear. It simply leaves you blind and the American family very vulnerable…I wanted to uncover my own pain and become vulnerable in hopes that others, who may not have my microphone, will take heart. I wanted to validate people and their concerns.”*

Dr. Brian Williams, one of the trauma surgeons, who is also black, at Parkland Hospital, where the injured Dallas police officers were taken after the recent shooting, shared his perspective. “This experience has been very personal for me and a turning point in my life,” Dr. Williams told the press. “But the preceding days of more black men dying at the hands of police officers affected me. I think the reasons are obvious. I fit that demographic.” He claims that he also had been stopped by police over the years; once thrown “spread eagle” on the hood of a cruiser. “But I abhor what has been done to these officers.”

Dr. Williams goes on to relate, that the police officers lined up in the ambulance bay as the bodies of their colleagues were taken away. “I didn’t know if I belonged with them, but I was grieving with them…and I wanted to show my respects.” So he joined the police line.*

This unspoken bias doesn’t just exist in the black community. “As a Jewish kid who grew up with some (violent, even) anti-Semitism around me, I have empathy, experiencing similar prejudice in my youth.  And if we’re going to do anything good about it, we need to acknowledge it too, while we also acknowledge the real worry the police have that they may not come home at the end of shift.  It’s not either-or. Obama may have made a muck-up of trying to get there, but we have to recognize what normal (not fringe-movement) black people and police both see and feel, to honestly try to fix any of it.”**

This generation may never totally do away with racial prejudice, but what we can bring an end to racial injustice. I saw hope for this change in the black Dallas Police Chief, David Brown, who had just laid five of his law-enforcement officers to rest, as well as losing his son, his former partner and brother to violence, but calmed the country while his city was under siege. I heard hope for change by former Mayor of New York City, Rudi Giuliani, at the opening of the 2016 Republican convention, when he reminded us that the police and the firefighters don’t ask if you are black or white. ‘They just come!” And I witnessed hope for future generations in the girls of different colors and faiths that came to my granddaughter’s birthday party, who were blind to each other’s differences.

*   Peggy Noonan, Three Good Men Talk about Race, the Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2016

** A concerned citizen and friend





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