Thursday, June 11, 2009
John White Went to Prison But (Some) White Men Are the Real Menace to Society
The right-wing white male domestic terrorists have received their marching orders and are out to restore some "post-racial" order by command of the KKK version 2009, aka the Republican Party. Not even their lap dog Michael Steele can attempt to dodge this. They must slowly chip away at all the "hope" this new President brings (however inadequate it may actually be) before people actually start acting on the symbolism and change the infrastructure.
Shall we go down the list of politicians and pundits the corporate media supports with its agenda at keeping people uninformed, emotionally inflamed over rhetoric and chasing after crumbs instead of mobilizing against a common enemy? Let's see we have Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Scarborough and what's his name - Dobbs. Then we have politicians like Bachmann, Coleman, Cantor and Palin. We have former elected officials like Cheney, Robertson and Gingrich getting airtime every single day to continue their disease and spread more lies.
Isn't this so obvious to people? Yet why are they either listening to it and complaining or standing around not counterbalancing it? I know I ask rhetorical questions, but I have to put it out there. This is the time we need to be out canvassing neighborhoods, working phones and reaching out to people. If only to separate the reasonable from the deranged.
I really have a problem with the Black dad convicted of manslaughter for shooting the white teen who formed a lynching party. During the time Obama was working his campaign and "ascending" beyond race, another man was fighting for his very life. We can talk about social mobility and social currency all we want. We can talk about xenophobia and narrow-minded views amongst some Blacks as well. Yet we cannot deny the legacy of racism and the hatred it stems from that will never go away as long as those with power still benefit from controlling and exploiting others. Some might be able to live their lives above the clouds but the majority of us will have to find ways the move around on land without that boot on our necks.
My heart went out to the White family because that father did what he thought was his duty in protecting his family. Somehow the fact that two carloads of drunk, angry white males showing up at someone's house after 11pm can allegedly be resolved by talking. Yeah right! Those kids knew exactly what they were doing - exerting white privilege and continuing the legacy of their ancestors who used to teach Blacks a lesson for stepping out of their place. You know they had to squash the notion of treating the White family like any other white person. What teenager thinks they can just roll up at the house of one of their schoolmates demanding to "fight" them? Perhaps integration was too much the focus for this family when they moved into a formerly all-white neighborhood.
From the Mayor of the town in FL who quit due to racial taunts and physical threats, to the family that moved out of their CA neighborhood we can see how well this New World Order is going over. Last week we had a white pharmacist who shot at and killed one of the two Black would-be criminals trying to rob the store he worked in. Now what these teens did was wrong so perhaps all bets are off. But after one was chased off and the other had fallen to the floor why didn't the man call the police? He could've held the gun on the suspect if he thought the kid would stir. Instead he went behind the counter got a weapon and shot him five more times. Eerily it's the same argument that did NOT work for Mr. White - yet the pharmacist is being touted as a hero.
So why was one sent to prison while the other gets cheers in the press? The collision and collusion of racism of course. So why do I even ask? Black people are being targeted as well as any dissenting whites to the desired status quo. Khadija, blog host at Muslim Bushido has a great post about how Blacks need to remember to have racial discipline. Some of the things discussed can apply to anyone though if you look at it as being under a forced occupation. We have to be aware of our environments and what can and can not be done. Failure to adhere to the silent code can get you killed (or sent to prison). Even in 2009. Even with Barack Obama in the White House.
We're still dealing with the murder of Dr. Tiller whose whiteness did NOT protect him since he was still going against the grain of what some hard-core dogmatics wanted. Now we have a life-long racist who went to a Holocaust museum to kill people. One of whom happened to be the Black security guard, Stephen Johns. These things are not a coincidence. One of the last executive orders of the Bush administration was to lift the ban on carrying weapons into State Parks - which is where the museum was located.
If people are not connecting the dots I don't know how it can made any clearer. This is the time to put aside individual differences and join together for some sort of consensus however short-lived it may be. Some of us have common enemies that are living breathing people with an agenda of destruction. They have a singular focus to get rid of us - literally. We must have a plan to counter this.