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Racism's Deadly Whirlwind

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A series of high profile killings of Black young men and women across the United States have created a chilling climate of belligerent rhetoric and political opportunism in the popular discourse. There are now two vocal groups -- one white, privileged and wealthy and the other Black, poor, disenfranchised, dispossessed, ostracized and oppressed shouting at each other. And permeating this acrimonious, hostile relationship between the two is the embedded racism of the white group and the angry discourse.

That sums up, in a nutshell, the results of white cops across the nation killing unarmed Black men, white cowards mouthing off on social media and spewing the most insulting and hate-filled speech imaginable against Black leaders -- including President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder -- and the general ignorance of the masses egged on my talking heads and racist pundits on radio and television.

The noise is so loud and pungent with point and counter point that both groups are not listening to each other and digging in their heels and staking out rigid positions. This is sad and childish and speaks volumes for the political echo chamber that thrives on mayhem, death, race-hatred and political opportunism.

The volatile climate spun crazily out of control culminating in the senseless murder of two NYPD officers by an obviously deranged Black man who evoked the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown -- two unarmed Black men killed by white cops. Of course, within hours of the tragic event the finger pointing, venting and venom was spewing all over the place on ugly display and relegating the murders to second place behind the shameless posturing and posing for the 6 o'clock news.

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Opportunistic washed-up, former politicians like Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, former New York State governor, George Pataki, and Republican leaning Hollywood actor James Woods all jumped out of the woodwork to blame Mayor Bill DeBlasio and peaceful protesters for "creating the anti-cop climate" in the city.

And not to be outdone the Patrolmen Benevolent Association (PBA) president, Patrick Lynch, a nauseating, rabblerousing, loudmouth with a penchant for insulting language (which nobody wants to condemn) said that Mayor DeBlasio had "blood on his hands." Now Lynch has singlehandedly redefined the meaning of "imbecilic moron" without help from anyone. His idiotic bombastic statements and posturing does not deserve commentary or comment here since it's so far-fetched and inaccurate as to defy comprehension.

Lynch's screeching jumbled mass of incomprehensible nonsense packaged as sane, inspiring speech reflects the attitude of a man caught in the clutches of a staggering inferiority complex at having too small a D**K. Therefore his outbursts must be understood in this context. As is the media's behavior, supposedly fair and balanced, trotting out and dusting off individuals like disgraced former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerick, a convicted felon and jailbird, now posturing and masquerading as a tower of honest reason and sanity. The man's a walking billboard advertisement for stupidity and opportunism.

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It appears that the murder of two of the NYPD's finest was the perfect excuse needed by a group of angry white men and women to castigate and call for the end of peaceful protests in New York City. You see, before the cop killings the protests were exposing and shedding light on the excesses of the NYPD and the historical cover-ups and molly cuddling from people like Kerick and Giuliani. The protests embarrassed the heck out of them and the fact that Mayor DeBlasio did not call out the horse patrols and water canons infuriated both cops and the white power structure.

Ah racism dies very hard. So much so that NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton could not see the glaring double standard that even Ray Charles would have described accurately, over the ONLY incident of cops clashing with protesters. Bratton, feigning anger, held a press conference to criticize and threaten the protesters and ended behaving like a sheriff of the Old West putting a bounty on the heads of the cop assaulters.

His evidence? One grainy video footage. You could barely recognize an outline of an individual but Bratton repeatedly pointed to that tape as the evidentiary smoking gun to arrest and charge a group of six individuals who punched and kicked two NYPD officers.

Bratton could not condemn the cop PLAINLY SEEN in broad daylight choking the life out of Eric Garner on a Staten Island Street. Pat Lynch and Giuliani both claimed that Garner was breaking the law and that his size contributed to his death. They saw absolutely nothing wrong in a handpicked and set up Grand Jury's decision to exonerate the killer cop. Their blindness was and is an insult to Ray Charles.

Now New York is reaping the whirlwind and white folks are lashing out at anything in quixotic statements -- one after the other -- reminiscent of stark, raving mad people drunk with stupidity and that white sense of entitlement and "white is always right. " Its there -- if you know where and how to look.

So its time to put them straight with facts and history. Let's take a closer look at the three main reasons why white people look down on Black people and still consciously and unconsciously hate Black people. First off white people have NEVER experienced racism so are not completely sensitized to it and many instinctively practice racism unconsciously doing, saying and behaving in ways that they think are not racist. Just like slavery that's not their experience so the negative legacy of this most odious of American history is no big deal to most white Americans who understand it academically and abstractly.

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This position is the domain of white narcissism. Unable to face up to and confront its racist history -- not past -- white Americans bolster their self-worth by deliberately and consciously putting down, hindering and stultifying Black growth and empowerment. They do this through money, privilege and position based solely on a foundation of skin color. This position needs to be reinforced over and over again so that it becomes a reflex, "normal" part of American life.

The next is dichotomous thinking. It's the ultimate "either /or" position. Its either you are part of the mainstream or "radical," "preaching division" or "unable to function at this or that level." So its either black or white -- quite literally. To point out anything that does not fit that narrative is to risk certain ridicule and ostracization. Point here is that there can be no discussion -- white is ALWAYS right. Check out Pat Lynch of the PBA and you see there is no middle ground; if you have a dissenting view, especially as a Black person, then the narrative changes -- something is wrong with you. You are inferior in some way.

Lastly and most importantly is the hypocritical mass moral blindness exhibited by white Americans. It is where Back stereotypes live; it's where hardened positions and narratives about Black people become pregnant with self-righteous, pompous pronouncements and sweeping generalizations about Black people.

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