They created a new politics of implicit racism, based on law and order, Reagans welfare queens, and political advertisements deliberately depicting black men as menacing to convince poor and working class white Americans to vote against social programs. 25, 2014. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT during his unprecedented four hours of uninterrupted, unquestioned testimony in front of the grand jury investigating his shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson described Browns face as looking like. As a consequence the suspect under investigation (has never been) thought to have a right to testify, or when FiveThirtyEight reports that only 11 grand juries out of 162,000 federal cases in 2010 refused to indict the suspect, it. As of 2010, black Americans were six times as likely to be imprisoned as white Americans, and nearly 2.5 times as likely as Latinos. A recent ProPublica analysis of federal crime data shows young black men are 21 times. Rarely if ever did the cable news networks remind viewers that actual riots regularly break out after sports events across the country, like those at the University of Connecticut earlier this year, or at other events such as the. As Bianca Williams, professor at the University of Colorado, said, If you love me, and respect me, than that must include my Blackness. The rise of respectability politics compounds the idea of colorblindness or the post-racial society. Representation matters. People will respond that race doesnt matter, and that Im somehow viewing people by race rather than individuality. No, Im not doing that. Racists did that for hundreds of years, created a system and I was raised. Ideas such as these are destructive, and have found their way into our institutions at the most personal level, such as restrictions on unusual hairstyles for schoolchildren, bra mandates for female parents, vulgarity or cursing prosecutable by criminal codes. Any person in a violent confrontation has a right to feel endangered, but a police officer supposedly trained to handle dangerous and potentially violent situations should not feel like a five-year-old. No officer Ive ever encountered has acted on. This socialized attitude both started with and causes the ever-present institutional racism that people of color face in the U.S. When archconservative Antonin Scalia authored a Supreme Court decision stating, It is the grand jurys function only to example. Respectability politics is the idea that black Americans have to show white Americans that they are worthy of full citizenship rights by getting blacks to rid themselves of bad customs and habits, according to Dissent Magazine. We have to accept that racists built our system, and that if we are going to live in it, we must accept history and begin to reconcile with it, not ignore it entirely. As New York Times columnist Nicholas.