Oakland Shooting – Oakland Riots

Why is it that every time something unjust happens to a black person, the world suddenly stops turning? Injustice is wrong, murder is wrong, but rioting is also wrong. Don’t they teach Oakland folk that two wrongs don’t make a right?

So seriously, why the rioting? Just because a cop shoots a black guy doesn’t make it a racial event. I personally hate racism, but by racism I mean discriminating based solely on color. I don’t like or dislike anyone based on the color of their skin. I do, on the other hand, like and dislike people based on behavior. I detest anyone who thinks they are entitled to something they are not. Our lives are what we make of them. If you want something, work for it.

I read a great book not too long ago called Freakonomics. In it, the author looked a wide variety of things, such as the drop in crime in the mid to late 90’s, success in both school and life based on race, etc. He found some very interesting things. One of those things is that skin color in and of itself does not prevent someone from succeeding in life, nor does it determine what kind of person they will be. He found that a desire to succeed was the one thing that truly mattered.

I would love to see a world where people stop complaining about past wrongs, stop blaming other people for their problems, and make something of their lives. Racism is very real, and very wrong, but it should never be a crutch. Don’t let your race define your lives. We are not white and black, red and yellow. We are people. If we spent less time thinking about color, and more time working towards goals, the world would be a better place.

The root of racism is pride. Anyone who thinks their color is better, or that another color is less, is a racist. We are all people, all brothers and sisters, and we are what we make of ourselves. God sees behavior, not color. So should we.

Update: The former police officer involved in the shooting, Johannes Mehserle, in spite of the damning video evidence, has entered a plea of not guilty. Not the brightest bulb on the tree.

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