In order to change the deadly impact of racism, which led to the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, we must understand the economic and historical realities in place. If we fall into the trap of blaming this murder on just racism (hatred), or worse if we willfully deny racist policing policy, then we risk the inevitability that this will happen again.
Racism is economically beneficial to white Americans through the maintenance of white privilege: the programmed doctrine which says that access to opportunity of whites is promised at the expense of the rights of blacks, Asians, Hispanics and less-whites.
The rise of the United States as a global super power within 150 years of its founding is directly linked to the economic advantage that all American institutions gained through the violent institution of slavery. The Daily Torture Endured by Enslaved Blacks was equally important to the rise of America as The Louisiana Purchase, D-Day, and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
American slavery was a plundering of black human capital of enormous proportions. Racism was used to justify this plundering. Racist beliefs, attitudes and actions were consciously generated from the desire to profit from the tortured labor of black slaves.
Present day racist acts stem from the desire of whites to maintain the economic advantage of white privilege. At this point in time, such desires are both conscious and subconscious: many whites consciously do not want blacks living in their neighborhood; subconsciously, many whites believe they have a right to keep their neighborhood all white.
The cop who murdered Michael Brown was doing his job up until the point that he pulled the trigger. Police departments in the United States are instructed through policy to maintain white privilege through urban turf boundaries. Of course, things are never written down directly or even indirectly. However, police officers are very aware that their role is to target and harass black men.
Police officers are not instructed to kill black men, but they know that their actions are backed by a justice system that will protect them if they do kill a black man. The white cop who killed Michael Brown would not have acted the same way towards a white man. He wouldn’t be doing his job if he did.
Michael Brown was killed because we did not do the work to remove racism from the economic system. We, the American people who care, need white Americans to openly acknowledge how racism, and white privilege, is actively destroying this country. It is easy to see how racism affects blacks. Those effects are put on the news to reinforce the racial class system.
The work that is needed is for white Americans to recognize that they are Michael Brown. To recognize the reality that he should have been afforded all of the opportunities and generosity that whites are accustomed to. Racism, and its effects, is not the fault, nor the responsibility of black and non-white Americans. We are perfectly fine.