Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Ted Kennedy and a politician in his own right, has gone on record saying that we must treat addiction like the illness that it is. Granted, this was some time after he had his own public incident with drugs and driving.
Whats interesting though is the way that the discussion on addiction has shifted. Where was this rhetoric in the 80’s when crack cocaine ravaged through black communities like Bedford Stuyvesant in NYC and Southeast D.C.? Essentially, there was none.
Now that opioid addiction is effecting pockets of suburbia like Staten Island in NYC, laws are being rewritten and town hall meetings are taking place. The crack epidemic had the opposite effect, one in which rules were modified only to further criminalize addiction.
The laws of caucasity state that something is not a problem or epidemic unless or until it affects white people. And that right there is the business of white comfort. Its how a degenerate low life with a badge can rape and terrorize multiple black women yet cry like a baby when sentenced for his crimes. Its how self-appointed nationalists can harass folks under the guise of patriotism yet suddenly want to have a dialogue on diversity when being held accountable for their actions. The business of white comfort has a few key purposes; one of which is preventing the release of white tears.
If your skeptical, just look at the recent police shooting/killing of an unarmed white woman. No, your eyes have not deceived you. In Minnesota, police shot and killed a lady of the Caucasian persuasion who had no weapons, tweezers, etc. Already, it seems that the outrage and attention has surpassed that of any of the killings of unarmed black men.
As people of color, we can all draw lines in the sand and recognize what we will or won’t accept. From here on out, we will not accept any outward or subliminal undermining. We will not accept any snarky or demeaning questions asked under the disguise of cultural curiosity. Most importantly, we will not downplay our plight in this world just so Becky & Brad can sleep better at night. All lives matter? Clearly, they don’t.