Friday, September 5, 2014

Ferguson: Is It Actually About White Rage?

Blacks pissed? Yes, but whites have been pissed since the Civil War. They're
just more pissed because Obama. How dare a black man get over on us??

Yes, white rage is the driving factor -- or reaction -- in many famous so-called civil rights "game-changers." Does it continue to this very minute? You betcha:
When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.
Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or seek to slash the government payrolls that have long served as sources of black employment. It goes virtually unnoticed, however, because white rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors, who cast its efforts as noble, though they are actually driven by the most ignoble motivations.
White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there’s a reaction, a backlash.
This viewpoint is so counter-intuitive, and yet it rings so true once you embrace it. If you look back over history -- Central High, the Watts Riots, the Rodney King riots, now the Ferguson protests (it was more of a police riot), and don't forget busing in Boston and housing desegregation in Chicago -- blacks have periodically erupted, but whites have seethed non-stop from the Emancipation Proclamation until today. Obama Derangement Syndrome is only the latest iteration.

Will is stop someday? Sure, just as the Sun will someday cool down and extinguish itself. Not-in-my-lifetime is surely a tad too short to express how whites as a whole feel about losing it to the browns and blacks. What will make white rage last until almost the end of days? Because it ain't rational. There are probably a number of white Christians that believe the blacks will bring on the end of days because God will finally get fed up with them.

You think it's rational? How about this? The blue represents the six months after Obama's election:

It's the same for ammo:
Weapons dealers in much of the United States are reporting sharply higher sales since Barack Obama won the presidency a week ago.
Buyers and sellers attribute the surge to worries that Obama and a Democratic-controlled Congress will move to restrict firearm ownership, despite the insistence of campaign aides that the president-elect supports gun rights and considers the issue a low priority.
Are there any irrational voices out there about ammo and Obama? You betcha:
An international firearms dealer said the White House is blocking ammunition sales to American citizens as federal agencies continue to stockpile.
“There are elements in the United States government moving to obstruct commercial ammunition sales,” said Anthony MelĂ©, an international firearms dealer and owner of AMI Global Security, LLC.  AGS is a defense trade and manufacturer’s exporter registered with the U.S. Department of Defense and the United Nations.
Today's thought experiment: How much of this is blacks running out the day Obama was elected president and buying up all the guns and ammunition? How much of it is whites running out and buying up guns and ammunition right after Obama's election?

If you hit on the idea that it's whites, you'd be correct. If you thought it was rural/suburban, Republican white men in the Midwest and South, you'd be correcter:

Okay, some of you see what I did there. Since Obama was elected, we've had a steady surge in gun ownership, which is predominantly driven by white, rural, Republican men. I wasn't suggesting that whites want to shoot black men (might only be white cops...). Actually, what I did there was posit that white rage and white gun ownership run hand-in-hand. Tell me where I'm wrong.

Ferguson was all about black rage? Please identify that in this picture.

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