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So much shit went down this week alone, it was hard to keep up. But I feel I should weigh in on the current fucked up events that’s buzzing around the net.
I was hesitant to write a post about the tragic shooting at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard for obvious reasons.
I went through the usual stages of marginalized threat anxiety. I hear about it. I wished and hope that the fool wasn’t black. I go through the cringe when I found out that it was indeed a black man behind a shooting at a military facility. I ask myself, “Why the hell did he have to be black?” I got angry, depressed and surmised that somewhere the white man’s god is laughing his ass off at my expense.
I’m still pissed off, but I’ll try to manage through it to make a comment.
First off, I know the right wing dickheads are pulling all the stops to turn this tragedy into a hot mess to further their own twisted, backwards agendas involving gun control and racial resentment. I know they will sell this to the fearful White America public that, yet again, a black man resorted to his primal, animal instincts of violence. This is what gets the fear-mongers at Fox News off every time.
The shooter Aaron Alexis, who murdered 12 people and was killed himself, will influence further prejudices and hatred towards blacks because you know, black people all must love violence as seen in this one mass shooting.
No one will consider Alexis as suffering from a mental illness because you know, black people don’t suffer, especially when it comes to their psychological health. He was just a typical criminal black man who lust for blood against “innocent” people. Once again, all black men are to be feared.
Sadly, this fear of the black man can be fatal whether you are a threat or not. Being a black man in this country is a risk. Recently, a young brotha became yet another grim example of this truth, and his only crime was looking for help in the suburbs.
Jonathan Ferrell was an FAMU football player. He was about to turn 25 in October, was engaged to be married and had big dreams. So, according to respectability politics, Ferrell was doing what he was “supposed” to do: word hard and stay out of trouble.
Sadly, that wasn’t “good” enough. Ferrell got into an accident, but managed to survive and escape from his wrecked vehicle. He went out to look for some help and happened upon a house, banged on the door asking for some assistance. The owner got scared and called the cops. When they arrive, they didn’t see a man who needed help. They saw a black male thug looking to rob someone. And as you prolly know, Ferrell became another statistic.
Jonathan Ferrell was not a thug or gangster just like how most people see black men. He was a brotha with a bright future that was taken away by scared cop Randall Kerrick who tasered and shot the brotha multiple times only to be slapped with the charge of volunary manslaughter all because he thought a home invasion was about to go down.
And speaking of crackers…
This year’s Miss America is Nina Davuluri, an Indian American. This is a fantastic moment since Davuluri is the second Asian American to be given the title. (The first was Angela Perez Baraquio, a Filipino American who was Miss America in 2001.)
Now, you would think that people everywhere would be excited for this achievement. After all, it is rare to see women of color become Miss America. But the reactions that proceeded the news is reminiscent of the time Vanessa Williams won Miss America.
Let me put it this way, a moment of celebration and admiration is determined by the color of your skin in a racist society such as America. As such not too many “people” were happy with Davuluri becoming Miss America. They were – in fact – mortified that, as some people have vented, an/a “Arab, dot-head, towel head, Muslim, terrorist ” is wearing the crown, as indicated by numerous trolls.
Somewhere the hotheaded moron population was pissed off that Miss America is not a slim white girl from good ole’ America as they want it to be. They were so mad, they went on the internet to complain in the most incorrect, asshole way possible.
Ain’t America grand?