I’m not going to belabor discussing the events that transpired over the last 48 hours in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is my presumption that you are aware, to some degree, at this point what happened: Neo-Nazi assclowns happened. What I am here to discuss is my disgust at the White Liberal, so-called “Progressive,” reaction. Wait, lemme back up before some of you White-identified folks get all offended (another subconscious, unintentional tick of White Privilege), because you don’t dare want to be associated with the hate-mongers or the White Private sphere that can hold Blackness/Coloredness/Otherness at arm’s length while still professing to “be down” or preaching bumperstickers of “Coexist.”
Yeah, I know. First off, y’all gonna be like, “But you’re White, aren’t you?” Ethnically yes, I am part White, including what Whiteness never meant to Italians and Germans until quite recently (and even then, Italians have a special place of still being sorta “unwashed”). But, I’m also part Black; I’m also a descendant, in part, of people from the Blackfeet Confederacy and the Nez Perce. But where I separate it out, where you can also separate it out, is to refute Whiteness in any way you can. I don’t, in any way, portend to deny my entire heritage, but I refuse to reap benefits and privileges sown on the bloodied and broken backs of so many of my ancestors.
This is not Hate Speech. I know that when anyone not in the seat of Power talks up at the top, it is often received as Hate. Fuck off, Snowflakes! That is, by definition, the very obstruction of your treasured First Amendment. This is, however, Anger Speech. Learn the difference, motherfuckers.
So, what exactly am I angry about? Aside from a baseline abhorrence for the White Supremacist world we live in, that is. I am sick and beyond tired of the White Liberal reaction (you said that before, man…yeah, I know, but it needs repeating). I am tired of sifting through thousands of tweets and facebook posts and comments on TV news program tickers with the same, platitudinal bullshit response. The response goes something like this:
“This has no place in our society. This is un-American. This is anti-American. This isn’t what our country stands for.” And on and on and on…
Eric Schneiderman tweeted:
“The white supremacist violence on display in #Charlottesville this weekend is an affront to everything this country represents.”
The white supremacist violence on display in #Charlottesville this weekend is an affront to everything this country represents.
— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) August 12, 2017
Bernie Sanders tweeted:
“The white nationalist demonstration in #Charlottesville is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society.”
The white nationalist demonstration in #Charlottesville is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 12, 2017
This betrays a deeply rooted naivete, even willful ignorance of what this country has always been and exactly how the fuck it was built, through slavery and genocide. It also reeks of this unfortunate clutching to the most imbedded, masterfully crafted propaganda ever written: that this is a Democracy, that we are represented and protected all. That this country was ever set up to be anything but a tool to harvest riches for the rulers is a fallacy. A fallacy that, when believed in so deeply, makes way for the continued daily, nonchalant activities of genocide. America is a ghastly vampire; America truly eats its young. And enough people have bought that bill of fetid goods long enough that this is the norm.
Others offer up sentiments such as this:
“I think the people of this country as a whole seriously need to take a long hard look in the mirror after their behavior at #Charlottesville”
I think the people of this country as a whole seriously need to take a long hard look in the mirror after their behavior at #Charlottesville
— Benjamin Lowe (@ChokeholdCooper) August 12, 2017
This is such horseshit. The shock that this happens again betrays a willful ignorance. A willful ignorance of what happens every day in our country. Your White surprise, unfortunately, is a rung in the support scaffolding of White Supremacy exactly because it still denies the daily reality of being Black. Or First Nations. Or Trans. And on and on and on. That shock is born of a frightened need to believe, for the sake of your own fragile psyche, that shit like Neo-Nazi assclowns happening is outside of the norm. That this doesn’t happen except for in times of pure insanity.
Have y’all read a fucking history book?!? Have you paid even scant attention to the news in your lifetime; of cops gunning Black people down in the streets, the CIA importing cocaine for the express intent of flooding the inner cities with crack, what life is like on a reservation, ad nauseum?
So, can we stop talking in these placative phraseologies? Can we start acknowledging the truth of the nature of this country? Because if not, I’m pretty certain nothing substantial enough will change and we might just devolve into utter and total chaos (though we’re pretty close in some ways)./end rant