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White rage

Ferguson is about the anger of capitalist patriarchal whiteness of power in the US, of course. And Carol Anderson, associate professor of African-American Studies at Emory, makes it clear here. Anderson writes: When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.’

White capitalist patriarchal rage, which uses the law and police does not take kindly to black men who stand their ground.

How dare black men walk on our streets without fear! How dare they rise up from slavery, colonialism and apartheid! How dare they challenge white masculine hegemony! It’s about control and power, without fail. If we fail to control black men and women we will send others to shoot them, including their own.

Pity the black president of the white country. Barack Obama knows. I bet he does. He knows that violence against males other than white ones still permissible. If he didn’t, he could have programmed to save young men of colour. But he can’t stop racist patriarchy – capitalism he has no trouble with – on his own.

But we can. Hold your sons a little closer, not just your daughters. Reject the violence of white capitalist patriarchy structures. Talk back against racism, antipoor policies and their violence, not just violence against women.

Make all black lives matter as much as white ones.


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