We are in a strange place, yet oddly familiar place in American society. Dating back to slavery, racial tensions in the US have been rather severe. I feel as though many people take this very complicated issue, and think that there is one cure all solution. It is much too elaborate to sort out like that, as it is a systemic issue.
First, a discussion of the history. Black people lack historical culture. It is as if a pair of scissors sliced through the ribbon that was their ancestral timelines. This is quite obvious when you realize that so often art centered around black people tend to revolve around rediscovering roots. I also feel as though most white people take their roots for granted, they don't realize how much their ancestors history influences their own; how one's parents influenced them, how the grandparents influenced the parents... all the way back through the history of time. For blacks, there is scar tissue hiding away a very painful link, and the area is still quite tender.
Today MLK Jr is hailed as the man that freed black people from the racist social order that was holding it back. But what did he really do? Did he give them the history that was lost? Did he give them their broken culture?
IMO, MLK Jr and the civil rights act did more to hurt black people than he did help them. At a time when Black people should have been resistant to settling, resistant to fitting into the social framework... they did just that. Black people needed to hash out their own pathway, to say "fuck you whitey and we are going to do our own thing". Change can never really occur out of force, it can only happen out of necessity. No law can give a man his equality, he must take it. And yet the rule of law tried to force a square peg into a round hole. It tried to force people to mesh, and result of that has been very grave. A melting pot of shit and anger. Real change didn't occur, the real social structure remained the same, and the law is the tool to keep it all the same, to keep the black people happy with being pigeonholed by a broken system.
And now for a statistical break down. White people comprise 63% of the population. Blacks comprise 12.3% So far in 2016, 238 White people have been killed by police, 123 black people have been killed by police, therefore black people are more likely to be killed over twice that of whites. Black people commit over half of the violent crimes in the US, despite their low population numbers. Black children are far more likely to grow up in single families than any other race by a substantial margin. Blacks are far more likely to be poor. Black unemployment rate has been over twice that of whites for quite a long time. The unemployment rate spiked at 11 percent during the recession in the US. Based on that number Blacks in the US have been in a recession for their entire history in the US. There has been several studies that have shown that Blacks that have a 4 year degree earn very close to that of Whites.
Then there is the issue of unconscious racism. If a Black person and a White person are walking behind you down the street in a dark alley, are you more afraid of the White person or the Black person? Statistically we are more afraid of the black person, as we have an inherent unconscious 'racism'. But I have to ask, if blacks commit crimes at such a higher rate than that of whites, isn't the person just playing the odds? This is a hard thing to eradicate, and when it comes to police, dealing with blacks in very crime ridden territories, a cops develop instinctive reactions to certain events.
So how do you fix all of these interconnected trends? Well with what we've got so far, the answer would be to get more blacks in college to get degrees. But why do black people not instinctively go to college to get degrees? It goes back to my earlier point about blacks lacking cultural roots. Instead of building their own roots and building themselves up as a social group, they've been domesticated. Black people are society's version of the angry pet, forever expecting more treats from its master but forever faithful to the social sphere. Whites and Blacks locked into a dysfunctional sadistic/masochistic relationship.