Smoke Screen: These recent so-called episodes of "racism" and the resulting punishments to the individuals involved are nonsense. The only thing more nonsensical is the amount and severity of the punishments, as though there is sincere shock that "racism" still rears its ugly head sometimes in a country where it was supposedly eradicated 50 years ago.
Reality: These episodes are not examples of racism. They are examples of bigotry. The resulting punishments are being used as the attempt by people in power make you believe that they are doing their job to "stamp out racism where it exists." This is only because there has been a tremendous amount of bigotry leveled against black people, especially in this, the Obama era, where the nation is supposed to be credited for its tolerance of blacks. Therefore, as is the case in every smoke screen event, there must be scapegoats.
Bigotry is a behavior that is caused by individuals who will not or cannot admit to some undeniable truths about themselves and their place in the history of this world. In order to hide these truths, they project their own shortcomings and insecurities onto the people they have subjugated, which then perpetuates their feelings of justification; a necessary fuel for the concept of Manifest Destiny, or the "God given" right for Whiteness as Supreme. This has been the case for generations and what helped them to justify enslaving millions of people over many hundreds of years. In order to convince themselves of this, the rest of the world has to be made less than them in EVERY facet of life on this planet.
Truth: It is utterly impossible to stamp out bigotry as long as racism exists, and there will never be any sincere attempt by those in power to dismantle racism. Racism exists as a system of institutions and is built into the very fabric of every aspect of American society. Racism has no face that can be attached to it because it is a system of institutions designed to keep one race subjugated in favor of another. In a society insisting that racism no longer exists, it still tries to attach a face, a culture, or some other form of pseudo identification to it in order to hide this fact.
When all eyes are on the phony "faces" of racism as in "White Supremacists," "Nazis," "Militias," "Conservatives," and a host of others, the system which spawns the behavior can remain in place because they can hold these "problem" people accountable for the bigotry that results, instead of dismantling the system of racism which creates the behavior in the first place.
Stop being duped.
Wake up and smell the skunk.