Yesterday, on a United Airlines flight, a doctor was forcibly removed from his flight after not wanting to give up his seat after being “chosen” to be removed from the flight because United needed the seats on an overbooked flight. The justification was that they needed the seats, but he was a paying customer on the flight. So what does the media do? They bring up his past. They bring up previous arrests. They say he was a drug dealer. But the question is, was it on the flight? Was he selling drugs on the flight? Was this any justification for the way that they treated him?
The main problem here is that anyone of color who has something happen to them, the media immediately tries to demonize them. They try to make it so that the incident was justified because the person has a history or because they’re not a perfect member of society. We can see this with young black men being killed by cops or neighborhood watches. However, if someone white is a rapist (Brock Turner) or goes in and kills a bunch of black people in a church (Dylan Roof), the media portrays them as a good person with mental illness who made a mistake, but that it shouldn’t impact their future. The irony is that the monster who decided to rape or murder is portrayed as a good person, while the person killed by the cops while doing nothing violent is shown as a villain. This has to stop.
We portray ourselves as the land of the free, but that’s crap. Not everyone here is free. Especially people of color. They don’t have the same rights as everyone else. They don’t have the ability be regular people. They have to fear daily that they’re not going to be able to come home not because of their actions but because of the color of their skin. This needs to stop in our society. It should have never been an issue. To quote Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, “We will never be truly free until those in bondage have the same rights as you and me.” Slavery doesn’t exist as it did, but we still have many in bondage of racism. We have to give everyone the same rights, and one of those rights has to be fair treatment.