In the autobiography Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin we learned that in the 1950s slavery was no longer in action, bu...
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...was also shot and killed by an officer. I can not tell you this man’s name because it was apparently not as important. The only differences between this man’s story and Michael Brown’s story is that he was white and about 40 years old. Of course everyone watched the news listening close to the events going on in Ferguson. Including me. Yet, I was listening for something different. A story, maybe a short sentence at least, of the man who was shot in Arkansas. Nothing. Muslim Americans are being discriminated against because of suspicion of terrorism. African Americans are being discriminated against because of the suspicion that every black is dangerous and criminal. And lastly every white American is being discriminated against because of the suspicion of racism. My opinion on racism is that it is alive and well in our country, and no race, not even white, is safe.
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