People with African noses and brown skin have legitimate grievances from slavery and Jim Crow. So do many others. Japanese people are the most recent racial population to be incarcerated by our government. Hispanics in Arizona were terrorized by Arapaio and he got pardoned today. The Jews that live all around me here in Portland are terrified at the resurgence of Nazi-ism. The natives of this continent were actively exterminated by our government and settlers, and they have a right to be mad about it. And in the midst of all this the white skinned middle-aged dudes are committing suicide both actively and passively at astounding rates.
There's plenty wrong, no doubt about that.
When I walk around the park that is in front of my house, I feel racial tension. There are blacks and hispanics walking there, but they are either in the company of a white person, or they are walking as families. When they walk as families the women are in conversation and tending to the children, but the men are watching for trouble. They see me coming, a big white woman moving fast, and they look hard. They don't nod in return. When a middle eastern family is detected walking in the park, the women are likewise dedicated to their kids, while the men swing keys on the end of a lanyard as if to say fuck with me and I'll take your face off with my keys.
I wish we could all just chill out. I don't think the tension will reduce until the next changing of the guard, and I hope it comes soon.