How do you think the country came to existence?
The moral compass has started its rotations. Moralization is coming from every direction.
Those who haven’t faced or rarely faced the organized police gangsterism are coming in the limelight to lecture those who face them regularly about their situational responses. Again!!
Stay peaceful, don’t damage the public properties, they implore, as protesters rose in Minneapolis and across the whole country in the response of killing of George Floyd. This, coming from some people who immediately melted down in the past on the incident when Colin Kaepernick took a knee— a rather decidedly peaceful type of protest. As apparently, when white folks say, “protest peacefully,”
well, they are bluntly telling “stop protesting”.
Everything is just fine, nothing to watch here.
Go away or I will make you.
Well, most of white America see it fitting to lecture Black people about the evils of chaos and violence. I would beg to remind you all that George Washington was never passive resistance practitioner. Neither did the early colonists nor the founders of the nation followed the Gandhian Traditions. There was no horseback freedom rides to affect the change. There were just guns, lots of guns.
They are here because of blood, although most of the others. Their insatiable desire to take the land and labour of others have driven them here to this point. They are the last people to have a right to ruminate upon the morality of peaceful protest. They never believed in it neither they practised it. They take what they desire, and if, resisted, they turn to means utterly genocidal to crush not only the resistance but everything with that.
Even the modern era is no different, the simple notion that they believe in non-violence or have some well-nurtured opposition to riot is belied by the evidence. I won’t say white people don’t riot, but the reasons for rioting is far less legitimate than those for which African Americans might decide to hoist a brick, or a rock or even a bottle.
Looking at White American rioting history, we find the reasons they have done so in the wake of Final Four games, or because of something called Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire. This is not limited to this, they have done it because of $10 veggie burritos at Woodstock ’99, and because there weren’t enough Porta-Potties after the Limp Bizkit set.
They did it when they couldn’t get enough beer at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake. They did it because a “keg and egg” riot sounds perfectly great legitimate way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Dy in Albany.
These are far from amateur hooliganism, their riots are violent affairs known to endanger the safety and lives of Police if you don’t agree to remember the infamous 1988 riot at Washington State University. Well, according to the report of that time:
“The crowd then attacked the officers from all sides for two hours with rock, beer bottles, signposts, chairs, and piece of concrete and even allegedly cheering whenever an officer was struck and injured. 23 officers were injured, while some suffered concussions others had broken bones.”
22 years later, they wait for academics to ruminate about the pathologies of the whites in Pullman, who learned the culture of dysfunction from their rural families and symbolized by the recognizable gang attires.
Well coming back to the present: Speaking of violence done by Black People without even uttering so much as a word about the violence done against them is perverse. Violence here doesn’t only mean that of police brutality. I mean all the structural violence that flies under the radar of most white folks but this has resulted in the creation of broader conditions in Black communities against which they are rebelling now.
And all of these are chaos and violence too. White people kind of violence is very powerful and only they can manifest it. One needn’t throw a Molotov cocktail through a window when one can knock down the building using a bulldozer or crane operated with public money. Zoning laws, redlining, predatory lending, stop-and-frisk are violence, however much they fail to understand that.
As I was saying, it is bad enough that they think it appropriate to admonish persons of colour about violence and chaos or to just utter that it “never works,” especially when whites are proving the theory of violence and chaos very commendably from the very start of their history. And the worst part is that white’s insistence that they bear no responsibility for the condition that has caused the current crisis and that they don’t need to know about those conditions either. I would like to finish with something James Baldwin tried to explain many years ago...
…this is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it…..but it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.
I just hope this message that James Baldwin tried to give reaches not only to the American Whites but to all the oppressors across the world.
Think about how you as the reader can relate to James Baldwin’s words.
Official Writer - Abhishek Jha