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The white privilege to terrorize
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The white privilege to terrorize
John Pavlovitz

Quote:As a white man watching the Michigan protests of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders, all I could think was:

Black people don’t get to do this.
Muslims don’t get to do this.
Latinos don’t get to do this.
People who don’t look like this don’t get to do this.

They don’t get to swarm American capitol buildings in tactical gear with high-powered weapons, screaming in close proximity to police officers.
They don’t get to dress up like Call of Duty cosplayers and attempt to physically intimidate politicians into bending to their wills.
They don’t get to get to stop traffic in city streets decked out like they work at the Death Star and brazenly wield semi-automatic rifles.
They don’t get to terrorize decent people and walk away.

Only white people get to do this.

This violence is a singular privilege afforded to caucasian men in America.

People of color aren’t afforded this luxury.
They can’t even get close to such ugliness.
Heck, they barely get to breathe.

No, they’re shot as 12-year olds walking through the park with toy guns.
They’re choked out selling cigarettes on street corners.
They’re assassinated while unarmed in their cars during routine traffic stops.
They’re gunned down in their homes by uninvited police officers.
They’re driven into the pavement by overzealous security guards.
They’re demonized as mothers declaring that their murdered children’s lives mattered.
They’re publicly vilified by white presidents for silently kneeling on NFL sidelines.

Black people don’t get to to wear menacing masks or flash handguns on courthouse steps or accost strangers looking like dollar store stormtroopers, in an attempt to frighten people.

They frighten jittery white people by simply existing in their blackness.

They frighten them by lingering in coffee shops.
They frighten them by eating lunch in their cars.
They frighten them by standing in front of their own homes.

In those places where they are simply and lawfully living, they are met with disapproving side-eye glances, greeted with clutched purses, and assailed by an army of terrified Karens, whose itchy text trigger fingers easily dial 911 when non-white young people congregate in a park or crowd their favorite Chick-Fil-A dining room.

This privilege has always existed, but it’s been decades since it’s been afforded this wide a birth, this long a leash, and such kid gloves from leaders. The threatening displays of white rage around the country lately, are happening with such frequency and ferocity, because participants know that they have in this president, a dedicated advocate, a willing partner, a powerful accomplice.

It’s no coincidence that in the middle of the fight to oppose stay-at-home protections by Blue governors choosing humanity over commerce, Trump tweeted out seeming non sequitur invocations to LIBERATE several cities and warned of second amendment encroachment. Though on their surface the subjects seemed unrelated to stopping the spread of the virus, these tweets were clear dog whistles for his snarling white base to suit up, strap on weapons, and provide the free muscle in his reckless push to reopen American in the throes of a pandemic, knowing they’d never be held accountable.

This is MAGA America in its dawning renaissance of outward racism, showing us what is at stake as we approach another election. We aren’t just choosing a president or party to steward us through the coming years, we’re making a statement on what we will and will not tolerate as a people.

What we witnessed in Michigan was an act of terrorism, by the very definition of the word. We have seen many such acts this week, and if November allows this malevolence another four years, they will seem tame. The self-appointed soldiers in the army of the lord will grow more brazen and become more violent in their holy war to make America whiter—so decent white people need to resist them in the streets, on social media, and at the polls.

I fully suspect people of color will oppose this presidency in large numbers, because they see the disparity.

What I hope and pray, is that more white people, especially those who claim to be Christian, will also stand to reject the supremacy and racism that yields such willful homegrown terrorism; that we will use the unearned currency of our privilege to declare this violence un-American and inhuman and unacceptable.

White terrorists can no longer have a friend in the White House—not if we really want to make America great.
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#2
RE: The white privilege to terrorize
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Hmm .....

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Imagine these guys were Arabs ? What do you think he response would be ?
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#3
RE: The white privilege to terrorize
Very good point.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Albert Einstein
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RE: The white privilege to terrorize
(May 1, 2020 at 9:36 pm)SUNGULA Wrote: [Image: image.php?type=thumbnail_1024x576&url=141eRD_0OvmL5Wh00]

Is it just me or does the cop in the left panel have a very subdued reaction to that guy I'm fairly certain is a Black Panther?

Okay, I looked for a picture that showed A) Black Panthers with weapons, and B) the cops reacting accordingly within the same photo. It was surprisingly hard to find one for reasons that may be related to the limited scope of a newsman's camera. This is the closest I could find:

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And oddly enough, I found the context for that Black and White Black Panther pic:
Quote:Two members of the Black Panther Party are met on the steps of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, May 2, 1967, by Police Lt. Ernest Holloway, who informs them they will be allowed to keep their weapons as long as they cause no trouble and do not disturb the peace. Earlier, several members had invaded the California State Assembly chambers and had their guns taken away.

Meanwhile, for the other photo:
Quote:A California State Policeman escorting a member of the Black Panther Party down the corridor of the Capitol in Sacramento, 1967. (Credit: AP Photo )
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RE: The white privilege to terrorize
(May 1, 2020 at 9:49 pm)Rev. Rye Wrote: Is it just me or does the cop in the left panel have a very subdued reaction to that guy I'm fairly certain is a Black Panther?

Some further context: 
The NRA Supported Gun Control When the Black Panthers Had the Weapons

https://www.history.com/news/black-panth...ulford-act
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RE: The white privilege to terrorize
(May 1, 2020 at 9:49 pm)Rev. Rye Wrote:
(May 1, 2020 at 9:36 pm)SUNGULA Wrote: [Image: image.php?type=thumbnail_1024x576&url=141eRD_0OvmL5Wh00]

Is it just me or does the cop in the left panel have a very subdued reaction to that guy I'm fairly certain is a Black Panther?

Okay, I looked for a picture that showed A) Black Panthers with weapons, and B)  the cops reacting accordingly within the same photo. It was surprisingly hard to find one for reasons that may be related to the limited scope of a newsman's camera. This is the closest I could find:

[Image: image-placeholder-title.jpg]

And oddly enough, I found the context for that Black and White Black Panther pic:
Quote:Two members of the Black Panther Party are met on the steps of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, May 2, 1967, by Police Lt. Ernest Holloway, who informs them they will be allowed to keep their weapons as long as they cause no trouble and do not disturb the peace. Earlier, several members had invaded the California State Assembly chambers and had their guns taken away.

Meanwhile, for the other photo:
Quote:A California State Policeman escorting a member of the Black Panther Party down the corridor of the Capitol in Sacramento, 1967. (Credit: AP Photo )
Yup those are panthers alright .I was just pointing out that the michigan guys didn't seem to get the same treatment .
“The sun from far gives life. But get close to it and it burns anything down to ashes”
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#7
RE: The white privilege to terrorize
And even in the Black Panthers’ case (at least in these photos) that’s not much, so they’re failing to pass even that strangely low bar. If only I could find a proper photo of the Black Panthers A) with weapons and B) getting what you’d expect from an armed group storming political buildings. Plenty of pictures of A, plenty of pictures of B, but one of A and B is proving elusive for some reason.
I was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world is mad.

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Trump 2017: We're all nihilists now.
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RE: The white privilege to terrorize
So it's cause they're white that they're getting away with having guns like that?
Not because of their numbers?
I guess one white guy on his own would get away with it also.




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RE: The white privilege to terrorize
(May 1, 2020 at 11:25 pm)Little lunch Wrote: So it's cause they're white that they're getting away with having guns like that?
Not because of their numbers?
I guess one white guy on his own would get away with it also.
I imagine they would
“The sun from far gives life. But get close to it and it burns anything down to ashes”
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RE: The white privilege to terrorize
(May 1, 2020 at 11:25 pm)Little lunch Wrote: So it's cause they're white that they're getting away with having guns like that?
Not because of their numbers?
I guess one white guy on his own would get away with it also.

Only if the cameras are rolling.


....

White guys also get massscred from time to time.

Waco and Ruby Ridge come to mind but don't forget the Ludlow massacre or any other number of union related killings -frequently by police.
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