March 28 2013
Racial Equality for All: Fact or Fiction
According to a “2008 Hate Crime Statistics,” an estimated 7,183 hate crimes occur in the United States per year. Now these crimes can range from merely calling someone a racist name, or in more severe cases, lighting a man on fire, but nonetheless, this is a quite a small number considering how many people live in the United States. However, this is the amount of crimes actually reported to the FBI. If local agencies do not report it to the FBI, the Bureau has no way of reporting the crime. A special study by the Department of Justice states that a whopping 210,000 people are affected each year by hate crimes and racial injustice. While it is possible to assert that amendment laws stated minorities are equal to whites, such a pedestrian view fails to consider that in fact, minorities aren’t treated equally. As can be seen by national events leading to racial inequality, and incidents of white supremacy, The Thirteenth to Fifteenth Amendments gave African Americans legal freedom in Civil War era, but even today, African Americans and minorities a like still do not have true equality. Throughout the history of the United States, there have been many incidents involving white supremacy. One incident in particular was extremely bizarre. Charles Manson, an anarchist, brainwashed many people into doing his bidding, killing whites & blacks alike, trying Zandi 2
to ignite what Manson called an “Apocalyptic Race War.” Charles Manson was born in a small town outside Cincinnati in Ohio. Raised by his mother and later ironically rejected by his mother, his childhood faced many ups and downs. By the time he was 32, he had spent half of his life in multiple prisons, and when he was granted early release he begged for permission to stay, calling prison his home. Upon his release he moved to San Francisco where his anarchist mind began to emerge. Manson met Mary Brunner, a 23 year old library assistant at UC Berkeley, and in a short time, they began to sleep with each other and quickly convinced her to allow other women to live with them. In a newly acquired Volkswagen van, they toured the western coast gaining many followers which Manson dubbed, “The Family.” As more and more followers began to praise Manson believing he was Jesus Christ, he began to implement the seed of his “Helter Skelter,” ideology. “Charles Manson told his followers that several White Album songs including "Helter Skelter" were a part of the Beatles' coded prophecy of an apocalyptic war in which racist and non-racist whites would be maneuvered into virtually exterminating each other over the treatment of blacks. Upon the war's conclusion, after black militants would kill off the few whites they would know to have survived, Manson and his companions would emerge from an underground city in which they would have escaped the conflict. As the only remaining whites, they would rule blacks, who, as the vision went, would be incapable of running America. Manson employed "Helter Skelter" as the term for this sequence of events.” (Bardsley). Manson’s incredible ability to persuade his followers led to the first of many murder committed by the Family. In the summer of 1969 Manson ordered the start of Helter Skelter, which began with the murder of Hollywood star, Sharon Tate. 4 family members were selected. The 4 selected were: Charles “Tex” Watson, Linda Kasabian, Sadie Zandi 3
Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel. They drove up to the hillside near the guest house and halted a car entering the house. Inside the car was Steven Parent, an 18 year old boy who was a friend of the groundskeeper who happened to be at the wrong place and the wrong time. Upon arrival Tex had a gun and knife in each hand, and quickly slashed Parents’ arm, severing his tendons from his hand to his wrist and then shot 4 times in the chest and head. Linda was left to be a lookout and the 3 entered the house...