Luke Visconti is the founder and CEO of DiversityInc. Although the title of his column is meant to be humorous, the issues he addresses and the answers he gives to questions are serious—and based on his 16 years of experience publishing DiversityInc. Click here to send your own question to Luke.
A reader named Julie posted this comment on an article this morning: “Luke, you are the problem with what happened in Dallas last night. People like you that love to race bait and divide Americans are to blame for 5 police officers being shot. You are creating a hostile, angry group of people that want to blame innocent cops”
Here’s my response:
Then is it true that you and all white people “are the problem” for Black people unjustly killed by police?
No, of course not. But, Michael Eric Dyson said it well in a column in today’s New York Times: “The problem is you do not want to know anything different from what you think you know.”
President Obama has it right: “…yesterday I spoke about our need to be concerned as all Americans about racial discrimination in our criminal justice system. I also said our police have an extremely difficult job and the vast majority do their job in outstanding fashion.”
In the broadest possible measurement (including people who are clearly mentally ill — or acting out of self-hate), 93 Americans have been killed by “Islamic Terrorists” in the past 15 years (in this country since 9/11). 136 people were killed by police just this year. No doubt, some died as an outcome of their own actions, like the homicidal maniac last night in Dallas.
However, there will only be only two viable candidates for president in November. Trump has had nothing to say about racial injustice, but has had an awful lot to say about “Muslim terrorism,” including calling for a complete halt of Muslim immigration and insinuating that mass deportation would be a good thing. Hillary, in her typically overcautious and over analyzed manner, finally tweeted “Something is profoundly wrong when so many Americans have reason to believe that our country doesn’t consider them as precious as others because of the color of their skin” on July 7.
My point is that our “national leaders” are out of touch with our very real problems, and have been for years — as we allow ourselves to be manipulated by charlatans. So Julie, “race bait” or justice?
There’s something missing with people who don’t understand “Black Lives Matter” — their empathy, understanding of history, sense of justice, being conscious of the world they live in and common human decency. In many cases, it’s just racism, but not in most.
Our society is at risk as we inexorably move towards “minority-majority” in just 25 years. Something is wrong with people who allow themselves to be manipulated by racists and hatemongers like the so-called religious leaders who don’t see what’s literally written on the wall next to them.