As I pointed out earlier, the White Nationalists are apparently sending their most pathetic members out to stir up trouble in the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict. Like the Costco Kinko's brigade I profiled in my last post, the two clowns who tried to disrupt a peaceful protest against racial discrimination are really the D-listers of the White Right: the professionals mock and use them at their leisure.
I am happy to see how reasonable the black folks were in the above video.
We are exactly the opposite of how the White Right, the conservative media machine, and George Zimmerman's defenders imagine us to be: black folks are peaceful and civic-minded even when American society has given us every reason to resort to mass protest and violence.
I do though have two interrelated thoughts about the consequences of that civility. History and the present demonstrate that if we met fire with "fire" that black justice claims would be further delegitimated and black folks would be shot down in mass. Moreover, such a response would fulfill a dominant script which already views us as less than human, uniquely marked and fit for violence by the State, and whose rights and liberties are not fit for respect by the average white person or those who overly identify with Whiteness.
I can still speculate.
Where are the consequences for the type of racial provocation seen in the above video? What must be done so that white racists understand that perhaps there will be an immediate consequence--like this one--when the humanity and dignity of black and brown folks are challenged?
Hate speech, such as the word "nigger", is a type of violence. Racists are typified by racist deeds. White racism is a de facto declaration of violence against non-whites. If a white racist approached a black person with a t-shirt that read "nigger" then the former is committing a threatening action.
I know that I would feel imperiled and at risk from a big white man (and his accomplice) approaching me while wearing apparel that read "this shirt can say nigger because it is black". Under the "Stand Your Ground" laws could a person then use lethal violence in defense of their personal safety against an attacker who has indicated by their words and deeds that they mean me/us harm?
I know that black folks and other people of color don't have such luxuries and rights in the United States. But a brother can dream can't he?