|Cartoon depicting irate white man expressing disapproval over|
Antifa's usage of weak physical attacks in their symbolic opposition
to the conservative side of the white racist aristocracy.
Muhammad Rasheed - 1. During a July 2009 press conference, in response to being asked how he felt about the incident involving Professor Henry "Skip" Gates being arrested for trying to enter his own home after accidentally locking himself out, President Obama said:
"...that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; [...] what I think we know, separate and apart from this incident, is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. And that’s just a fact.”
What I personally found infuriating about the incident was how the president was treated in the aftermath. His popularity and support from among white people took a shocking nosedive after his comments, and they NEVER recovered to the pre-incident numbers.
2. "There has never been a single, solid, determined commitment of large segments of white America on the whole question of racial equality," said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the recently unearthed 1967 'lost interview" with an NBC News reporter. Outlining his plans for a new phase of the civil rights movement where he would seek "genuine equality" with a laser focus, Dr. King interestingly made two points:
a) White allies were easy to gather in reaction to the brutal, over-the-top violence of domestic terror, but always froze up in impotent vacillation and ambivalence when it came to the critical need to establish the necessarily expensive enforcement of full equal rights for the Black American. At MOST they want to delay curing anti-Black systemic racism long enough where they can save a fortune from Black plundering and escape the 'progressing' West altogether.
b) Unlike in the jim crow South, where the opposition to the civil rights movement held clear and widely recognized figures to target, the powers behind the Northern states' systemic racism were a lot more difficult to find. The 'villains of the North' understandably preferred not to be high-profile bad guys starring on the evening news, and did all of their dirt behind the scenes as they inflicted impoverished housing conditions, poor educational systems and more upon the Black community so they could profit from their dedication to the exploitative model of "crony capitalism."
3. White people across partisan lines often express a near jittery panic at the very idea of a group like Antifa setting the example of pushing back against the supporters of white supremacy. They act like behaviors that barely amount to more than wedgie-level "violence" are the WORST THING EVER! and react even worse to Antifa's antics than they do to examples of savage anti-Black violence the country is shamefully known for. They're afraid Antifa's influence will undo the "non-violence and ONLY non-violence" programming they carefully engineered from an anti-Black weaponized distortion of Dr. King's old model.
This recognition of the evidence that whites really don't want anything to happen to their precious and lucrative anti-Black systemic racism is normally infuriating, but it is especially so when confronted by whites who keep a straight face while trying to gaslight us about it. It hasn't been lost on me that President Obama's white political rivals were too busy "Kenyan-Mooslem-Birthering" to ever have time to be admirers from afar, so who exactly were these former supporters who abruptly changed their minds when the president proved he was willing to drag a component of the nation's most enduring sin out into the light so its true nature would be revealed for all to gawk at? They assumed he was going to play token and spend all of his time kissing babies, fist bumping, and playing partisan chess and not touch their precious racism.
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Jacob Hays - @Muhammad... I agree with the idea that there is widespread systemic racism, however, I don’t believe violence is the way. It is like stooping to their level. Even if we can morally justify it, we need to see the best in our fellow men and women. Obviously, this should be taken with a grain of salt due to the fact I’m not African-American (I’m a mixed Mizrahi Jew and White, though religiously I’m a Messianic Jew but, I digress) So, I was wondering if you could elaborate.
Muhammad Rasheed - Meaning it is moral and righteous to physically defend yourself with violence if attacked with violence. There is nothing inherently moral or good to lie down and allow unreasonable people to subjugate you for exploitation without fighting back. War is terrible—we ALL can agree with that, but there are times when war is the right thing to do, when the alternative is actually MORE wrong than killing a savage barbarian trying to exploit you for his own selfish purposes.
I support Antifa as a symbol of those willing to physically pushback when unreasonable men make life unreasonable.