April 2015

Blacks Protest, Whites Don’t Care for It.

by Pitt Griffin on April 30, 2015 · 0 comments

in Racism

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong” ― Muhammad Ali.

Whites suspect that blacks aren’t as ‘in control’ as other races. While the powers-that-be have been serially suspicious of newcomers, once the new lot has ingratiated themselves into society’s structure, they have been stamped ‘approved’. Think of the Irish, other Catholics, Italians, Jews, the Chinese, etc. But blacks have yet to make the grade.

So it is unsurprising that, whenever blacks loot stores and set buildings afire in protest, whites can smugly claim to have ‘told you so’, while casually dismissing whatever injustice provoked the demonstration in the first place.

Events in Baltimore have reaffirmed this meme. Old white conservatives running the gamut from Rudy Giuliani to Donald Trump have pointed fingers at the torch-bearing townsfolk and tut-tutted. But no matter how bad the protests, let’s remember that Freddie Gray is still dead by the hand of the Baltimore police department. He certainly wasn’t rioting.

The white community has a word for these uppity citizens – ‘thugs’. Which is cracker code for ‘nigger’. Think not? Then ask yourself why the media doesn’t call people, who riot after sports wins, thugs. Take the aftermath of the 2014 Giants World Series win. Drunk fans lit stuff on fire, shot people, stabbed people, hurt cops and damaged police cars. Just as they had done in 2012 and 2008.

Fox News referred to those rioters as ‘fans’ and pointed out that the majority of celebrations had been ‘peaceful’. No mention that most of the protests in Baltimore were also peaceful. Blame that on the news media. Video of rioters and flames is money – peaceful protests not so much.

The other trope, thrown around by the conservative media, is a Baltimore in flames – a modern day ‘Gone With the Wind’ Atlanta, if you will. But the damage was done in one neighborhood. The vast majority of the city is, as it was – no worse (even though still not so good) than before.

We do not live in a post-racist America. We live in an America, where if you are light skinned you do not suffer the sneering dismissal of the haves, nor do you risk having your neck broken in police custody.








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