"A question for African Americans and other minorities
It's about profiling. The prosecution in the George Zimmerman case has made a big deal of it, alleging that Mr. Zimmerman falsely profiled Mr. Martin, which he apparently did. When applied to race, profiling is uniformly bad.
But not always. Prosecutors, like our own District Attorney Tim Harris, or more than happy to apply it. It just depends on the minority. As Licensed Professional Counselor Julie King of the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health explained it to me, it doesn't matter whether you like it or not, it only matters how people perceive you. Ask nearly any "mental health professional"; according to them, everyone has some kind of mental illness. And in the Great State of Oklahoma, the profile delivered by any two mental health professionals is the proof of dangerousness. For that, a prosecutor doesn't need any conviction under the usual standards of proof and evidence in a open criminal court to justify imprisonment. Just the official profile, quit often delivered by those who benefit from it. It doesn't really matter what protections the State law allegedly provides; when it's all done in secret, who's going to make sure it's followed?
So, my question to African Americans and other minorities is, if profiling can still be used to imprison another minority under special laws for that minority, what makes you totally immune? You know what "special laws" are, the ones that provided for guilt without proof. If our justice system still has a mind set that allows them for one minority, what exactly keeps that thinking from spilling onto you? You know how the plantations did it, and what evil it worked on black overseers.
You might be interested to know that TCBH "patients" or "consumers" were not just white. All it takes to imprison a black person without conviction of a crime, for "acting out" (being uppity), in some manner deemed "threatening" by any white person, is to have that black person found to be mentally ill. That again makes a black person permanently less than human under Oklahoma and Federal law, just like us.
I recall hearing LPC King talking to a young black man in his room. She said, "If you are having trouble with all these people, what is the common denominator? It's you." Except for the fact that she was telling white people the same thing, she might just as well have said, "It's black". You surely know how that works.
Why bring this up with the Black community? First, you know the workings and dangers of bigotry and how to fight it effectively. Second, you have organizational skills that we lack. People with disabilities and mental illnesses tend to be segregated from society and each other, even without special laws, and have less power to act together. Third, when certain white bigots figure out that they can manipulate this other way to bring back at least some of Jim Crow to put you down, what are you going to do then?
Bigotry isn't just racial - it's human. If injustice is acceptable for any one of us, it endangers all of us."