I'm white, and whenever I'm confronted by the police I always keep my arms by my side
Does that happen a lot? :) I'm white too, but I only got confronted once when I was 15. Never since.
I have many stories where white people have been harassed, beaten up and even killed by police. Why make this into a race thing?
It became a race thing pretty quickly after a few participants decided it was a good idea to involve the entire black race into the incident. Most of it has been removed though.
Harry; what's up with the "whitey-bashing"?
I actually have to go with Harry on this one; there is such an incredible amount of "black bashing" on this and other threads that it only seems fair that the whites get a share of their own cake. And that is suddenly a bad thing? Compare the number of bashings of coloured ppl with the number of times that white ppl get bashed. I do not go with his terminology, mind you! But his point is pretty clear and I think I have described it correctly in this paragraph.
Only when there is "whitey bashing" then the "intermediators", who try to reason with the "whitey bashers", but remarkably enough never with the "black bashers", pop up. On a first impression this would seem that those "intermediators" actually agree with the "black bashers".
In fact, there should be no bashing of any ppl whatsoever, but if it's gonna be that it's mainly black ppl who get bashed here, expect some white bashing in return. And don't start crying if it happens. It's simple: no white bashing means no black bashing. Let's all agree on that and we will have a merry conversation without any foul atmosphere.
And, pls, do NOT use political correctness as an excuse. This has nothing to do with it. I'm not political correct when I bash racists. I don't care about political correctness, I just find racism disgusting. Besides, with the right-wing wind that is flying currently through Europe, it might just soon be "political correct" to be racist, which in turn would make all the ppl who are currently using the term as an excuse anti racists, as racism would be PC.
Let's just regard this as a tragic incident in which a couple of ppl made the wrong decisions and one person is left dead. That is sad enough, and it really doesn't matter if the deceased is black, white, purple, yellow or green. His blood is just as red as yours.
M-G (no time for racism)