#Charlottesville: And again, Black pain and tears and suffering at the hands of white supremacy

After the car rammed into the crowd of peaceful protesters

And again, Black pain and tears and suffering at the hands of white supremacy is approved and legitimated by whites saying that “they saw it”, and “yes, it definitely was racism”. Perhaps now, people who insisted on replying to the plea that ‘Black Lives Matter’ with ‘All Lives Matter’ and ‘Blue Lives matter’ will understand the depths of white supremacy in this country.

Would the average American–the ones who voted for Trump because they “just wanted a change”– listen to the Black, law abiding, incredibly restrained counter protestors who narrated the racism and Hate and Evil they experienced at the hands of white supremacists if white counter protestors didn’t confirm their stories?

Did the average white American believe Chaney’s murder was motivated by white supremacy and racism only because Goodman and Schwerner were murdered at the same time, for the same reasons, and in the same way?

So, this time, the publicized terror is in Virginia. Maybe for a week or so I won’t be accused by some of my fellow Americans of ‘playing the race card’ when I speak up about, protest against, and survive each day despite our country’s not so secret love affair with white supremacy. Just maybe….

(Photo Credit: Washington Post / AP / Steve Helber)

I wonder if white men in Charleston

“Mother Emanuel” African Methodist Episcopal Church

I wonder if white men in Charleston (or even within 5000 miles of it), between the ages of 10 and 90, between 3’5″ and 7′, white men wearing suits and ties or white men wearing bathing suits or white men wearing jeans and tshirts or white men wearing khakis and polo shirts, white men who are sleeping, white men who are walking, white men who are running, white men who are in the midst of asthma attacks, white men who are doctors, white men who are washing their cars, white men who are teachers, white men who are eating with their families, white men who are playing golf, white men who are eating sandwiches in a park, white men who are driving, or/and white men who are breathing will be unceremoniously harassed by the police?

Will be by beaten down like an animal by the police?

Will be arrested, will be shot, will be killed by the police under the pretext of ‘looking like’ the suspect (or without any pretext at all)?

Will receive hostile stares from fellow citizens and neighbors?

Will be judged and juried by millions before they wake in the morning?

Will be destroyed by hate—all at once, or little by little?

 

(Photo Credit: Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church)