Following up on the racism, this was an interesting article with a viewpoint that might challenge more than blacks--
What got me with this is how it utilizes an event to use as propaganda beyond what was actually happening. This is kind of the story of our lives today in what passes for modern America but where a lot of our ideology is formed by rhetoric and emotional blackmail.
First of all, I know this isn't the popular take on this. The team owner is doubtless a racist. His life shows that which means it's been obvious to those who work for him or know him or took money from him. BUT that statement to his (some say) ex-girlfriend, who is clearly a minority herself, besides being a private conversation, was more about his not wanting her seen with hot guys. He didn't say he didn't want blacks at his games. He said he didn't want her bringing them with her-- so that publicly people would compare what he looks like (ugly) with hot guys who she would obviously be with if not for his money. Is that racism? Not hardly. It's how he saw black men as superior to himself. Well maybe it is racism against ugly white rich guys...
But someone like the writer above wants to milk this for his own cause. There is plenty of ground for that. Our prisons and education system prove a lot of our own racism as a nation. No doubt it's a very unfair system in a lot of ways but mostly geared to let rich people get away with anything and minorities to spend a lifetime in prison. Yeah, I believe that is true but using the most recent example of it is not a good way to get there.
The most recent example of a botched execution in Oklahoma is not good as in why can't we do executions mercifully but don't forget what that guy did-- kidnap, torture, rape and murder of a woman. Hardly a model citizen. The question has to be asked though-- and fairly so. If he had been white would he still have gotten the death penalty? Maybe if he was poor but if he was rich, I doubt it.
That's an issue we should care about. Also inferior schools in bad districts with high populations of minorities. First why do we have these bad districts? One answer is to group together those who scare us. Wow, that's a great and noble approach to poverty and ethnicity, isn't it!
Portland put together an interesting approach to avoid some of this problem. They turned one of their schools in a district that could be considered black into one of the arts. Kids flocked to it from all around the city. Did that end the problems? I haven't looked to see recently as I don't live there anymore; but it sure could help.
You cannot blame teachers for not wanting to go into some of these neighborhoods where guns are part of the culture and daily violence and killings happen because of it. The answer is break up the districts. Don't have all your low income housing in one area. Don't like that idea? Propose a better one!