Protests, anger, and yelling were sparked earlier this week after a teenage member of a majority ethnic group was brutally gunned down by a member of the majority. The teenager, who was a member of the local 'blaak' group, which is a majority in the region, was shot repeatedly by a militiaman despite being unarmed and unthreatening. The soldier's 'huite' community composes only a third of the village of Furgusonne, where the shooting took place, but controls the entire local government and militia. By all accounts, the huites, despite being thousands of miles from the nearest war zone, have armed their forces with automatic rifles and military vehicles. After the teenager was killed, his body was allowed to lie on the road for four hours before it was removed. The casual brutality of the entire incident has sparked protests throughout Furgusonne, which the huite militia crushed using tear gas and rubber bullets. Multiple American journalists have also been arrested and detained in blatant violation of freedom of the press, which is considered a basic right in the democratic world.
The shooting, despite its brutality, has only served to illustrate the huites' suppression of the blaaks, who make up only 13% of the country's overall population. In most areas, the huites compose a disproportionate majority of the law enforcement, and in many cases this leads to implicit or explicit targeting of the blaaks or other minority groups. In most cases, this takes the form of discriminatory searches of innocent civilians, but it often goes as far as beatings, arbitrary arrests, excessive uses of force, and, in a disturbing number of cases, shootings like the one in Furgusonne. Huites governments, which is to say most governments, as huites are disproportionately represented in politics, have often begun to make laws that covertly prevent blaaks and other minorities from voting. They have been assisted in this by the country's highest court, which recently gutted a key law that protected blaak voting rights. Although the blaak community undertook a massive push for equality around half a century ago, which overthrew the explicitly ethnic laws that existed at the time, it seems that the blaak people in Usa are still a long way from equality. The recent election of a blaak man to the highest office in the country six years ago has given hope to many, but some huites have taken it to mean that the ethnic tensions that pervade this nation are at an end, which as any reader can see is glaringly false. Until the entire huite community accepts that ethnic inequalities are still a massive problem in Usa, this reporter fears that the terrible scourge of racism cannot be fixed.