On the surface, this reality definitely brings up many questions, including how exactly this came to be, and whether or not it is the result of intentionally biased hiring practices or a lack of interest in law enforcement by the African-American community in that area.
But there is a deeper issue here that is being left out of the conversation. Why should it matter that the population is black and the police force is white? Why should it be intrinsically understood that this reality is evidence of racism, and that the white police officers are intentionally holding down the black community in Ferguson?
It is becoming increasingly clear that we need to reevaluate our reality in this country, where we like to point to the White House and say, “But we have a black president,” as if that is a signal that all our racial strife has come to an end.
The truth is that we live in a country fraught with racism. Sure, it’s under the surface, but it’s there. And it’s eating away at the fabric of our society.
What’s more, religious hatred is seeing an upsurge in New York City, with attacks on Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn occurring in broad daylight and people running over members of the Sikh community in Queens with their cars.
It’s difficult to get around the differences we face every day since they are often tied to other problems such as economic inequality. But we’ve got to start trying harder to eradicate hatred, or the next generation is going to inherit a world that’s no more tolerant than the one we were born into.
Is that really what we want?