I’m not sure that it makes so much sense to explain it in any other terms than malcolm x’s. ‘whatever you will do to me, just know that i will do the same to you’. considering what happens to black americans ever day *not in theory* but in reality, it’s a mutha to face. most white folks who have looked closely at the situations many blacks find themselves often recoiled in shock. to a person, in my experience, it comes out like ‘man if they did shit like that to me…’. in the end, there is a profound respect for the many black stragegies used to displace or redirect that rage.
coming from that perspective, i respect that many folks are likely to respect the words and deeds of mlk. but that is rarely the case. there is often a sense of resignation americans feel in confronting the facts that justice is so often an impossibility - that oj will be virtually barbecued forever, yet the korean shopkeeper videotaped shooting a black teenaged girl in cold blood received a suspended sentence and is forgotten by the nation. white folks and blacks alike come to agree that black rage, given american society, is inevitable. that is why white people live in white neighborhoods, stay away from downtown at night, understand the fear of bernard goetz, get the message of willie horton and respond in all sorts of ways in every aspect of american society in a predictable fashion to the images of danger associated with black rage.
black rage becomes not only a self-fulfilling prophesy but a necessary component of american politics. white folks accept their guilt and fear, as they realize their collective historical incompetence as the political majority in addressing the injustices faced by blacks. they bow out. they accept the destruction of cities and the perpetuation of tragedy. black folks do the same thing in their relationships to each other. we abandon our brothers at the first sign of trouble despite what we know, better than anyone, about the content of their individual characters, and we use our own successes and absence of (external) rage, as a justification of our own evasions of responsibility. thus the enraged black man or woman has become a staple symbol in everyone’s rhetoric. but few of us are serious or busy addressing the fundamental injustice. Read the full post HERE come back and talk about what you think.
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