Next week, I will be posting two new episodes--one on Tuesday and one on Thursday. My conversation with author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nick Chiles about his new book Justice While Black is extremely relevant to the events in the Walter Scott case.
If folks did not have a chance to listen to that episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show when it originally aired, they will find it very illuminating and helpful.
I would like to return to some of the themes discussed in my essay "How Will White Conservatives Defend the Killer Cop Who Shot Walter Scott?". As it has gone around the Internet (now shared more than 10,000 times on Facebook), my question has received several types of answers.
These include the typical, "this is race-baiting and white conservatives will condemn the killing of Walter Scott like anyone else would!" to the more intelligent, and I think spot on, "the Right-wing media will either be silent on the issue or will instead choose to condemn the killing as proof of how 'fair' and 'not racist' the criminal justice system actually is".
The latter point is very insightful: white supremacy in the post civil rights era often works via a superficial condemnation of obvious racism and racially motivated violence against people of color as a means of advancing a type of White Racial Logic which deems racism and white supremacy as things of the past, outliers and aberrations in contemporary America.
Colorblind racism is a feature of post civil rights era America. As such, it has colored the Right-wing media's response to the killing of Michael Scott.
For example, Fox News, the Right-wing's largest and most influential purveyor of disinformation and outright lies, devoted several segments to discussing the murder of Walter Scott by the white thug cop Michael Slager.
On The Five, panelist Greg Gutfeld suggested that when viewing the video recorded murder of Walter Scott by Michael Slager, he "doesn't see race" but rather one person being killed unjustly by another.
Gutfeld is delusional.
Unless he has a problem with his vision, Gutfeld most definitely sees a white cop shooting an unarmed black person in the back.
Here, the White Gaze and White Racial logic refuse to "see" or acknowledge race. In doing so, white supremacy is advanced and sustained because the social and political context of white on black violence and inequality is removed.
Fox News' Greg Gutfeld is also demonstrating a second component of colorblind racism: the theft and misappropriation of anti-racist language.
Concepts such as "oppression", "victim", "racism", and "equality of opportunity" have been hijacked by conservatives who want to protect and expand systems of white privilege.
Subsequently, the White Right has succeeded in creating an upside down political imaginary where it is white people who are somehow "oppressed" by non-whites, the "justice claims" of white people have somehow been denied, and Brother Dr. King was a conservative Republican. This is bizarre and anti-intellectual thinking; it is intoxicating for a large swathe of White America.
Fox News' "Hannity" offered an additional example of how white supremacy is sustained in an era of colorblind racism. He featured a comical "debate" between professional black Uncle Tom sycophant and white racist political feces eater Jesse Lee Peterson and Leo Terrell.
As is his shtick, Jesse Lee Peterson defended the killing of Walter Scott. In response, Leo Terrell walked off of Hannity's show in disgust.
Colorblind white racism (and the more honest "old fashioned" racism and white supremacy) deploys black and brown people to give voice to anti-black animus. Black conservatives fulfill this role for the White Right on a macro level political scale. Similar work is done on a micro and inter-personal scale when individual white folks say "my black friend said it is okay because..." or "I can't be racist because my 'best friend' is 'black'".
Colorblind racism is the dominant mode for white supremacy in the post civil rights era. However, more traditional and overt forms of white racism still exist. They often subvert the efforts by the White Right and conservatives to mask their anti-black racism with more "neutral" language about "culture", "personal responsibility", or "fairness".
Conservatism and racism are so conjoined in the post civil rights era and the Age of Obama as to be almost indistinguishable from one another. Moreover, the Republican Party is the United States' largest white identity organization.
Critical thinkers and observers of American social and political life should not be deceived by the Right-wing media's opening gambits in response to the killing of Walter Scott by the thug police officer Michael Slager.
The contemporary Republican Party and movement conservatism are fueled by anti-black racism.
Their media can express momentary shock and concern that an unarmed black man was shot dead on video by a corrupt police officer who then lied about the events to cover up his crime. But, the White Right must ultimately (and inevitably) default back to their "brand name", what is a standing rule and prior of hostility and racism towards Black America.
What types of responses to the killing of Walter Scott have you seen online? Best? Worst? Any good writing or analysis on the subject--narrowly or broadly--to share?