- Posted August 31, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your view of the Ferguson protests
Indifference to Race is Equality
IN a St. Louis suburb, teenager Michael Brown was shot by a police officer, what makes this a case worthy of national headlines and a media circus? Michael Brown was black, and the police officer (Darren Wilson) was white. To me the question is, why does it matter? All around the nation entitlement is misinterpreted as equality. If a black police officer would have shot a white boy this would not be anywhere on the national news radar. In many workplaces, seminars and diversity oriented events are held to encourage equality but in all seriousness, minorities feel more like minorities when we entitle and reward them based on race not merit. I am not a racist, I have black friends and Muslim friends and Asian friends, but to me it doesn’t matter what race or religion my friends come from. I don’t entitle or give any of my friends special treatment based on their skin color or gender, I base it off of how good of a friend they are. In one unnamed Swiss bank, the employee of the month award is given to 5 people (2 women) where in the specific department only 2 women work. As a Jew and a minority myself I find myself feeling more like a minority when it is outlined to me that I am different from others. I am different from others based on my personal beliefs and my personality and my looks, but in no way should that be a door to entitlement. If we take away the skin color, religious beliefs and the sexual orientation of a person and judge them based on that, America and the world would find themselves in a true equal society. Just because the African Americans were enslaved 180 years ago does not mean they have any more rights than me a white man. The same way I as a Jew do not hold myself above any German. It’s time to be indifferent to who is black and who is white and focus on what good they can do for this world. It’s time to treat the Michael Brown case as a case of homicide/self-defense instead a case of racism. It’s time to not care about race or religion or sexual orientation, it’s time to be indifferent to physical characteristics and finally care about a person based on their personality.