-- Attorney Roy Miller’s tour gives a new perspective to the racist theories of sociologists and philosophers –
Atty Roy Miller
Nationwide -- Attorney Roy Miller plans to tour educational institutions and events to describe his conceptual assessment about power, racism and poverty. The tour evolved from his race relations lecture series at Fort Valley State University and Mercer University. The purpose of the upcoming tour is to add a Black perspective to the theories of sociologists and philosophers. Miller will explain his Faucet of Social Opportunity Theory that he disclosed to BlackNews.com on September 28, 2016.
“I like to read different theories because it allows me to somewhat have a conversation with the author and add my viewpoint about the topic, such as certain sociological perspectives given by Mary Anderson, W.E.B. Du Bois and Aguste Comte, the father of Sociology and the founder of Positivism. Listening to people you respect can be helpful in learning and understanding,” said Miller, a recognized authority on race relations. He believes behaviors such as racism and Black-on-Black violence are not the root of the problem, but are what grows out of that root.
Under the Faucet of Social Opportunity “division occurs when only some people can drink while others could die of thirst.” In other words, some people are given plentiful opportunities by those in power while there is a decrease in opportunities for others. The wealthy and powerful who control the Faucet of Social Opportunity may turn it on so everyone can drink, thereby bringing about good social behavior, or turn it down for some causing bad social behavior by those who are deprived. The latter situation disturbs unity of the group as a whole and creates division. Those in power, who regulate the flow of the faucet, may believe deprivation for some is necessary to create division so as to control the masses. The idea is to let people fight each other, not them.
According to Miller, "In looking at racism, we find that some working class people of one race may become angry and hateful toward working class people of another race for myriad reasons, often based on racial stereotypes. That anger and division is predictable to those who control the Faucet of Social Opportunity."
Miller continues, "We do, indeed, have a serious problem with race relations here in America. Just as a cold left untreated could turn into flu and then pneumonia, a single race-related incident could turn into widespread racial animosity. Blacks and Whites find themselves seeing things somewhat differently even when looking at the same situations, such as the murders of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown or the protest by Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL."
“I’m talking about differences that are sometimes the result of injustice by our judicial system and law enforcement towards Blacks and other minorities. The practice of racial disparity often can force some Black people and White people to take sides,” said Miller. “I established my place as a race relations expert, when in 1994 when I became the first and only person to have the n-word deleted from a major dictionary based on its psychological impact on Black Americans.” I want my Race Relations lectures to make a difference because I speak from fact, not just theory.”
"When we talk about police killings of Blacks by White police officers as being a great problem, or a private security guard in the case of Trayvon Martin...all too often, we get a response by whites quoting statistics on Black-on-Black Crime, reasoning that some Blacks tend to share," Miller said. ‘In exploring the myth of Black criminality, Paul Gilroy, a sociologist, noted that Blacks are no more criminal than whites, but they are labeled and treated negatively by police. Gilroy suggests that young black criminals are politically motivated to commit crime by their discovery of the history of slavery and colonialism and their experience of racism and police harassment.
Kaepernick started a controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the National Anthem before games, which is seen as a dividing protest. But the act of racial division did not begin with the 49ers quarterback, it began when the Faucet of Social Opportunity was shut off for African Americans. Two of the most serious concerns that are dividing races today are the killings of Blacks by White police officers and displeasure with some of the words in our National anthem.
Kaepernick believes that honoring the National Anthem dishonors Black Americans who have suffered and continue to suffer historical and unjust treatment as U.S. Citizens. His stance against words of the National Anthem that denigrate Blacks has spawned a movement and awareness among other football players and the population at large. Some agree with Kaepernick and others do not.
Here's a brief excerpt from the National Anthem:
“And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
“Many times we follow the crowd, not our hearts. When we talk about police killings of Blacks by White police officers as being a great problem... all too often, we get a response by Whites quoting statistics on Black-on-Black Crime. Even some Blacks tend to share that reasoning,” Miller said.
He continues, “As a remedy, I am calling for two things: First, I am asking that all pro team owners to switch to “America The Beautiful” before sports games instead of the National Anthem. I also am calling on Congress to enact legislation making that change permanent and retiring the current National Anthem, which negatively portrays runaway slaves. 'America the Beautiful' is friendly and represents all Americans. These recommendations would be a starting point toward curing the sickness of racism."
Miller adds, "In addition, I am calling on all law enforcement agencies to establish departments to be first responders at the scene of police killings to immediately determine probable cause for the arrest of a suspect. This would equal due process and prevent what has happened to the millions of men and women who were arrested even before their cases went to a Grand Jury. The Grand Jury, usually agrees with whatever the arresting office decides regarding probable cause. But ordinary people called for Grand Jury Duty should not be the first to decide probable cause. Grand Jurors usually agree or disagree with the probable cause decision already established by an arresting officer. Despite what we see today, there is always a road to peace. I sincerely love all people and I see that road."
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