When there is a riot going on somewhere in Black America, the important thing is to excuse the unjust, racist social order of the US. So, be sure to say the following (commenters can add their own suggestions below):
“Violence is counterproductive. Be patient. Let the system work.”
Because it has worked so well in the past, especially for Black people, especially when they do not rock the boat. Because the nation was already busily ending police brutality. Because justice in the US is colour-blind, even to the colour of money.
Apply the words “thugs”, “violent”, “lawless” and “unacceptable” to
rioters – but not to the police.
Because the police and police brutality are none of those things. Because violence and setting stuff on fire is only acceptable when your sports team has lost (or won). Or when there is a Pumpkin Festival. Or when it helps White Americans, like during the Boston Tea Party or the Vietnam War or fighting terrorism. Because ISIS has got away with killing way more Americans than the BPD.
“Why do they destroy their own community?”
Because, after all, poor Black people own so much! Because liquor stores help the community. Because CVS is Black-owned. Because Black people are destroying their chance of being treated like animals by Arab and Asian shopkeepers from behind bulletproof glass. Because those same shopkeepers hire so many Black people and do not drain money from the community. Because Wells Fargo and other banks have nothing to do with abandoned houses.
“Martin Luther King is turning in his grave.”
Because it was not Martin Luther King who said, “a riot is the language of the unheard.”
Because when criminals break the law that is so much worse than when the police do it.
“Some of the cops were Black.”
Because when Black cops are brutal, there is no reason to get upset.
“The mayor is Black.”
Because US cities are independent, sovereign nations. Because mayors have absolute power. Because the Black elite is so in touch with ordinary Black people.
“The breakdown of the Black family”
Because White families are not breaking down too. Because racism is dead and there is nothing else holding Black people back. Because blaming the victim is morally comfortable – and allows Republicans to cut taxes.
“Failed Democratic policies”
Because Republicans cutting off money to them had nothing to do with why they failed. Because cutting taxes for the rich and giving away billions to big business is in the best interests of Black people. Because Republicans, like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, care about Black people.
“Years of poverty and oppression”
Because the issues facing poor Blacks are so huge, so abstract and so hard to understand that there nothing anyone can do about it. Because poor Black neighbourhoods are in a faraway country, possibly on another planet with different laws of physics.
Remain silent about police brutality.
Because the US is not a nation of laws. It only says it is.
– Abagond, 2015.
- BPD and police brutality
- White racist guides to:
- The term “thug”
- black-on-black crime