Phantom Negro Weapons are those weapons which White Americans report black people having but which are never found for some strange reason. Even trained police officers report them. They are greatly feared by the white community, probably due to their magical properties:
- Cloaking – they disappear just before a police search but magically reappear afterwards. This makes blacks particularly dangerous.
- Shapeshifting – these weapons can change form into something else, like a mobile phone or a wallet (pictured).
- Non-photographic – they do not appear on film or video when they assume a deadly form. Black people cannot see them in that form either – just white people.
- Lethal only to blacks – who possess them or stand near them (see below for examples). They are incapable of wounding white flesh.
Related phenomena: phantom black assailants.
- 1999: Amadou Diallo – shot 41 times, hit 19 times, died. His gun shapeshifted into a wallet.
- 2006: Sean Bell – killed when police shot 51 times after one of his friends reached for his gun. The gun cloaked itself and was never found.
- 2009: Oscar Grant – shot dead when he reached for his gun. Since it was a Phantom Negro Weapon, police failed to find it when they searched him before putting him face down on the ground.
- 2011: Kenneth Chamberlain – shot dead when he threatened armed policemen with a butcher’s knife. The knife, of course, being a Phantom Negro Weapon, did not appear on the video recording.
- 2012: Ramarley Graham – the gun in his waistband cloaked itself after police shot him dead in front of his grandmother.
- 2012: Trayvon Martin – no weapon was reported, but the way his killer acted you would think his Arizona iced tea and bag of Skittles had shapeshifted from something far more deadly.
- 2012: Rekia Boyd – was killed when police shot at Antonio Cross, whose gun shapeshifted into a mobile phone.
- 2012: Jordan Davis - killed after threatening Michael Dunn with a shotgun rather than turning down his music. The police were unable to find the shotgun. Maybe it will still turn up, but more likely it was Phantom Negro Weapon which has cloaked itself.
Main uses: By black males when they are hopelessly outgunned or can achieve little reasonable benefit for themselves through violence. Inotherwords: where it would be nuts to use a mere physical weapon. Like when armed policemen pound on your door – time to whip out your Phantom Negro Weapon! Or when you are face down on the ground with a policeman’s knee in your back. Do not despair, it is never too late if you have your trusty Phantom Negro Weapon! Or when someone asks you to turn down your music. Loud music is worth dying for!
Analysis: Whites might be truly imagining these weapons, maybe out of racist fear, but far more likely they are just lying through their teeth to stay out of prison. Most Phantom Negro Weapon stories that depend on racist stereotypes to be believable would have to be lies.