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What the Response to the Killing of Black Men Reveals About the USA: 1

As many of you know, the last few months have seen many highly publicized incidents of state sanctioned extra-judicial murders of unarmed black men. While there is some variation in the exact circumstances of each “incident”- it is clear that all of the publicized incidents from the shooting death of Michael Brown, the choking death of Eric Gardner, the shooting of Tamir Rice to the shooting Akai Gurley have some peculiar similarities.

1. In all these incidents, the extra-judicially executed black men posed no real physical threat to the cops who murdered them.

2. In every single one of these cases the decision to kill the black man in question was made very hastily and under circumstances that do not stand up to scrutiny.

3. After the murder, the local police and the lackeys in the MSM tried to uncover any “evidence” that might cast the murder victims in a poor light.

4. Perhaps most curiously, in each case the police did not attempt to provide medical assistance after the shooting or promptly call for EMS.

5. In every single case, the police have spent a lot of time and effort trying to deny or tarnish the legitimacy of community outrage against what is clearly murder.

So what is going on? Why are white cops killing unarmed black men? And why are these incidents attracting so much attention even though the murder victims are not supposedly the “perfect” black murder victim.

The cynical among you, and me, would say that white cops killing unarmed black men is actually how the american “justice” system was mean to work.

The murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Sam Shepherd, and countless thousands of others at the hands of American law enforcement are not aberrations, or betrayals, or departures. The acquittals of their killers are not mistakes. There is no virtuous innermost America, sullied or besmirched or shaded by these murders. This is America. It is not broken. It is doing what it does.

Policing in America is not broken. The judicial system is not broken. American society is not broken. All are functioning perfectly, doing exactly what they have done since before some of this nation’s most prosperous slave-murdering robber-barons came together to consecrate into statehood the mechanisms of their barbarism. Democracy functions. Politicians, deriving their legitimacy from the public, have discerned the will of the people and used it to design and enact policies that carry it out, among them those that govern the allowable levels of violence which state can visit upon citizen.

Taken together with the myriad other indignities, thefts, and cruelties it visits upon black and brown people, and the work common white Americans do on its behalf by telling themselves bald fictions of some deep and true America of apple pies, Jesus, and people being neighborly to each other and betrayed by those few and nonrepresentative bad apples with their isolated acts of meanness, the public will demands and enables a whirring and efficient machine that does what it does for the benefit of those who own it. It processes black and brown bodies into white power.

I quoted the three best paragraphs from that article on deadspin.com because they say what almost no MSM journalist aka presstitute would dare to imply, let alone say loudly. So the state-sanctioned and nominally extra-judicial murder of black men is actually business as usual. Of course, there have been some superficial cosmetic changes since the “good old days” when good, god-fearing white christian families posed alongside the mutilated corpses of lynched black men.

Today the killings are done by a few people with uniforms and without the pomp and ceremony that accompanied the murder of black men in previous eras. While such changes were probably disappointing to all those small-dicked, god-fearing, white christian men- it allowed the american government to pretend that it had ended overt racism. Also, it was kinda hard to lecture other countries about “democracy” and “the rule of law” when it was obvious that you were full of shit.

This transformation in state policy occurred between the 1930s (last public lynchings) and the immediate aftermath of the 1968 riots (post-MLK assassination) and was made possible by two factors. Firstly- the government was able to stop public lynchings of black men and replace them with murder by cop. Secondly- the almost exclusively white mainstream media could be relied upon to withhold information, spread disinformation and generally act as the governments handmaiden. This state of affairs held until the Rodney King incident in 1992 when an amateur video recording of a bunch of white cops beating a black man eventually caused a riot in the second largest city in the USA.

But even then, the government was able to use the mainstream media to eventually bring things under control. As many of you know, mainstream media was able to dominate public conversation at that time because there was no cheap or inexpensive way to broadcast your message, thoughts or video clips in the pre- or early- internet era. We also got dozens of “Law and Order” and “CIS” shows that tried very hard to brainwash simple-minded people that the system was just and fair. But then the second (FB/ Twitter/ YouTube/ Huffingtonpost) and third (smartphone) internet wave happened and caused irreversible changes to the underlying system conditions.

The proliferation of the products of the second wave enhanced content sharing in addition to destroying the financial stability of traditional mainstream media- especially print. Using products of the second internet wave also exposed people to ideas and concepts that they probably never had previously heard about in addition to tearing down the public images and facades of the product of mainstream media- from “experts” to famous journalists and the themes of popular TV shows. It is no secret that pretty much all of the older hit TV sitcoms would have never reached their iconic stature in the post-internet age.

And this brings us to the first reason why the old setup cannot suppress or explain away the state-sanctioned murder of black men. To put it simply, the MSM which was the main tool of the american government to control and shape public discourse has lost credibility- even in the eyes of many younger whites. If you don’t believe me, ask yourself- when is the last time you made your kind about something exclusively based on what you read in the newspaper, saw on the news or heard on the radio show? Don’t remember.. ya, I thought so.

The second and related reason for this change is that ubiquitous presence of digital camera in smartphones make recording and sharing of controversial incidents extremely easy. And then there is the issue of ubiquitous private surveillance cameras. It is therefore no surprise that we now often have multiple video clips for a single incident of white cops murdering a black man. The old strategy of using the sworn testimony of supposedly “truthful” white cops to counter accusations by black men and women just does not work well, if at all, anymore.

The third, and perhaps just as important reason, for the change resides in how blacks and increasingly marginalized whites now see the system. You might recall that the black civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s spent a lot of effort in trying to find the “right” black victim. They did so in the mistaken belief that appealing to the decency of white people was a good strategy. Well.. it wasn’t.

It is no secret the the mass public incarceration and disenfranchisement of black men began after the apparent success of the civil right movement. Over those decades, most younger blacks and increasingly marginalized whites have realized that appealing to the sense of justice and fairness of hypocritical CONservative whites is a futile exercise. That is why the supposed minor “criminal” records of the black victims have no effect on the willingness of people to demand justice for them.

Will write much more in upcoming parts of this series.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. December 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    pretty surprised yer boi C Rudd didn’t make a full fledged career as a writer….

    it’s time for Gawker, Jezzabell, MSN and AVfM to fall apart….

  2. December 5, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Great to see PDA blazing on all cylinders …

    Modern conservatives always attack the most disposable of the working class, its gonna be hilarious when they kick all these single mothers in the gutter, where they belong …

    A black man lynched today, is another inch of the crosshairs raised at parasitical women

    Its also worth noting, the false rape accusations & false child abuse allegations, are all modern day lynchings against white men, since politicians know most cops refuse to shoot white men

  3. December 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    The backlash against whites and authority figures – in the same sense as what occurred in the 1960s – will occur, slowly but surely. In this sense, the “good ole days” will be brought back.

  4. P Ray
    December 5, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    When someone can claim “life in danger” while not in an enclosed space, to shoot to kill … and get acquitted, you know that the “law” is truly part of the legal system and NOT the justice system.

  5. sth_txs
    December 6, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I had no problem with ghetto trash like Brown and Martin getting exterminated; society is better off for the result.

    I do have some issues with the black guy selling untaxed cigarettes being arrested though he was no Boy Scout.

    There are plenty of blacks killing whites because they are white which gets no media attention. Of course, the douche who writes here is some cowardly European commie who lives with a bunch of other whites, so what does he know. Nothing.

    http://www.citylab.com/housing/2013/11/paradox-diverse-communities/7614/

  6. A.B Prosper
    December 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Brown was a threat to everyone. A man not even as big as him can kill quite easily with bare hands just by bashing someone into something hard and he was already shown to be violent. I can buy that one.

    The others? Not so much. Specially Gartner. Apparently the cops never heard of positional asphyxia . In truth he was killed by Leftists and the cigarette tax as much as the cops and I hope the cops gets some nice Federal attention.

    Also RMax is wrong about cops shooting Whites, They do it all the damned time its just most of the time Whites figure they guy had it coming.

    We’ve spent I dunno nearly a century on Pro-Cop agitprop and there were long periods where police and people got along alright but between demography and the Oligarchs nascent police state that’s fixing to change and people may just decide to change the terms to suit them better. They police won’t like that one bit,

    We do need to have a a community serving police force for a complex modern society but I don’t think we need the one we have. To get to one that works for everybody we to need to change a lot of laws but easier said than done and we also need to break up the tribal mindset of the police and crim-jus somehow, make them part of the community not the “thin blue line” one of us, not one of them but I have few ideas how that these could be implemented.

    In the end I think the police are asking for more trouble than they can handle. They can win confrontations on their terms but its getting to the point that even the Right White is saying NWA was right and that the cops are thugs.

    Its not good.

  7. Hamsta
    December 6, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Canuck here. From the outside looking in, the racial tension is baked in to American society. There is no real “solution”. It is an ongoing problem toothache that will not be solved with the current level of mind that is held in both the white and black communities.

    All this talk about having black police in black areas etc. is really contemplating an apartheid system. The law would be interpreted and enforced differently in the while and black communities. I don’t think that’s what anyone wants, but that is the logical direction if we believe the complaints from blacks when they complain that they don’t get “justice”.

    I don’t think that the racial harmony and diversity thing is working out too well, in the US, Canada and worldwide. There are real and deep unconcious tensions with races side by side. The blacks in the US do NOT want to transform into whites. They obviously want to maintain their own identity in culture, speech, habits etc. They don’t really like whites and don’t really want to become “white”. The same is true for aboriginal populations in America, Canada, Australia, etc.

    I don’t know what an equilibrium accommodation would be. I like and enlightened aparheid system, but that didn’t work out too well in South Africa.

    The big elephant int the room is that the western culture (Literature, science, philosophy) that has propelled us into prosperity and control over nature is not shared by nonwhites. They can look at the fruits of western (white) progress and think “Yeah, gimme some of that”. But deep down they can’t “own” the culture since they had nothing (and I mean NOTHING) to do with it..

    • hoipolloi
      December 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      @ Hamsta: “The big elephant int the room is that the western culture (Literature, science, philosophy) that has propelled us into prosperity and control over nature is not shared by nonwhites. They can look at the fruits of western (white) progress and think “Yeah, gimme some of that”. But deep down they can’t “own” the culture since they had nothing (and I mean NOTHING) to do with it.”

      You seemed a well meaning person, so let me share some of my thougts with you. Your above statement does not stand scrutiny and can be construed as a racist sentiment by itself. If this statement is correct then Obama could never claim the Presidency. One may say but Obama is half white. The so called African-Americans in the U.S. are part white to various degrees. So they can legitimately claim European cultural heritage. You mean the African immigrants even though they came in as less than H1 visa holders have not contributed to the body polity of America? Didn’t they fight in various wars participated by US and Europe, including WW1 and 2. Last 400 hundred or so years who is producing and providing manual services to the society here so the elite whites can persue their lofty ideals of war, science, and technololgy. Let me answer this myself, the minorities, mainly blacks and chinese did that. There is no monopoly in cultural inheritence. Shakespeare belongs to humanity at this time of history, may be not during his life time. It is ridiculous to think otherwise.

      I mentioned in these posts before but let me restate that in the last 50 or so years non-Europeans have contributed immensely as discovers and innovators to the technological progress we see today. Apart from that, while a sceintist or a playwright is working on his/her creations, the truck driver bringing in the supplies and the janitor cleaning their building bathrooms are not without any contribution. Let us not rob the latter of their salvation with our narrow thinking.

      They say about Taj Mahal in India, did Moslem Moghuls build it? Yeah? Who are the half naked, half starved Hindu coolies who lifted those heavy stones to build it? Do they have any contribution? Ponder about it.

      • Hamsta
        December 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

        Actually, I am a well meaning person. But I am frustrated by the direction of debate on the internet and the media. I did not say anything about achievements of non whites being limited or demeaned by ANY thing related to genetic makeup – which is the heart of the racist premise.

        All I I am trying to say is that it is understandable that ANY racial group that finds itself embedded as a minority in another CULTURE is likely to self segregate by maintaining a self identity. The development of the minorities on a large scale was traditionally due to losing a war and being turned into slaves or 2nd class citizens. Mass immigration (usually because of wars) is the other reason.

        It is no accident that during the emergence of motown music during the 60’s, it was immediately referred to as “soul music”.

        When commenters and politicians try to grapple with solutions to racial problems they seem to start out with the unstated proposition that the minorities really really WANT to integrate with their conquerors. That leads to absurd bandaid patches based on denial of human nature.

        What I was trying to say about many minorities and western culture is that the old soul of the people (as told by family histories, stories about heroes and challenges met) are not the same as people brought up in western culture. And I do not mean going to school and studying formal history and science. I mean the informal, living histories that are passed on to children before the age of 8.

        Minorities may find themselves in unhappy social circumstances, but they certainly will not give up their “souls” to blend in with the majority. That would be the most psychologically damaging capitulation of all.

        So minorities (and I’m talking about minorities of more than say 2 percent) will keep their integrity. They interact with whites in society because of the practical reason that they have to produce some work to get paid.

        So maybe we can launch thinking about racial accommodations starting from a spiritual (There! I said it) basis rather than one of dominating the minorities, wrestling them into submission and stealing their personhood.

        If a cohort of people that are different

    • December 7, 2014 at 2:24 am

      Hampsta? Is that Clarence in Baltimore’s new troll handle or that suicide freak Plaque Dr.?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0_%28number%29

      get your head outta your ass, or is that Jack Don-0-van’s little head up your ass?

      and, uh, I don’t exactly call this economy prosperity–but I guess it’s all O’Bombya’s fault and not Dubya’s…

    • anonymous
      December 7, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Hamsta: “The big elephant int the room is that the western culture (Literature, science, philosophy) that has propelled us into prosperity and control over nature is not shared by nonwhites. They can look at the fruits of western (white) progress and think “Yeah, gimme some of that”. But deep down they can’t “own” the culture since they had nothing (and I mean NOTHING) to do with it..”

      This is nonsense. Europe was a complete backwater until the renaissance period.

      I mean you would think if Europeans had such a strong propensity towards civilization, progress, literature, and science, the first civilizations should have appeared in Europe, right? I mean this is a pretty sensible expectation but nope, the first civilizations sprung up in the Levant region.

      2.5k BC.

      Let’s fast forward a couple thousand years to the last time most of Europe was united.

      The Roman Empire. The only reason the Romans won the Punic wars is because they copied the trireme technology from the Carthaginians. They later stole the agricultural techniques of the Carthaginians, allowing them to mass produce olive production. Their pantheon is mostly an assortment of deities from their conquered territories. Their literature is a rehashing of older myths and legends from the Hellenistic period. They have no philosophy to speak of apart from sophistic bulllshit like Seneca. Not that the Greek philosophers were any better, as they were utterly wrong about pretty much everything.

      Meanwhile in China:

      I suppose at least the Romans built a few aqueducts. Those were pretty impressive.

      Let’s fast forward a couple hundred years.

      I don’t even have to mention what a disaster the middle ages were for Europe but I will anyways. The nobility were barely literate. Charlemagne could barely write his own name as an adult.

      A massively outnumbered Mongol army that had traveled thousands of miles was able to defeat the largest European army in centuries.

      If you’re still a race “realist” after watching this then just LOL

      It’s a bit long but the best part starts at 28:00.

      There is absolutely nothing superior about white people and I say this as a white male.

      • Hamsta
        December 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm

        Please see my reply to hoipolloi above.

        qAgain, the first instinct in responding to comments about culture and civilization (and the merits thereof) is to pull out race. And by race, I mean genetics.

        My intent in the original post was to point out that understanding racial tensions in the news (the point of the original article) should take into account that the basic cultural underpinnings and mindset of the minority is really shaped by their own informal history that tells them (in their unconscious, 24/7).. In these historical times it just happens that the dominant culture is that of western Europe. I was just saying that descendants of Africans (or others) in America do not drink from the same stream of racial and cultural memories as the majority (even though it looks quite integrated socially).

        Your historical perspective is informative and it looks like you wrote it to counter the implication that I was suggesting that western culture was superior and that other (or previous) racial groups were unable to produce great civilizations. This is not the case. And western culture WAS able to absorb many of the lessons from antiquity through written fragments assembled in the dark ages.

        You seem like a keen student of civilization and I would like to recommend “The Collapse of Complex Societies” by Joseph Tainter written in 1988. You can get it on Kindle for around 15 bucks. This is THE most interesting take on the rise and fall of civilizations and complex societies. The thing about Tainter is that he doesn’t mention genetics or race (they are irrelevant). The important thing in civilizations is the recruitment of energy and complexity and the flow of energy and information in order deal with challenges.

    • anonymous
      December 7, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      nvmd you can skip ahead to 35:00

    • jim
      January 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      You had nothing to do with it either.

      Why do all white people ( regardless of how dumb or lower-class they are) claim the achievements of any other white person, throughout history, as their own?

      There was a minority of men who created/shaped the world. Your ancestors were likely just cogs in the machine, worker grunt pieces of shit. And even if you’re distantly related to plato or some shit, doesn’t mean that you are accomplished by proxy.

      Actually achieve something in your life, earn instead of claiming others accomplishments as your own.

      And it’s also convenient what “white” people claim ownership on. When it suits them, an irish, italian, spanish, greek, roman, german, eastern european, russian, scandinavian, etc are now all the same.

      Rich, smart, higher-class people, from different races/countries, have more in common with each other, than they do with common-folk of that share the same skin color as them.

  8. FlybyNight
    December 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Most sane people do not attack people with guns. Choices have consequences. Pick better martyr’s. Then white people may start to care more.

  9. Butt Cheeks
    December 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Wow, breath taking and awesome analysis. I’ll leave with this jester

    *slow clap*

  10. December 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I must disagree. While the government is obviously corrupt and always looking for more ways to expand their power over the people, the sad truth of the matter is black people brought this upon themselves.

    Racial profiling is justifiable. Over 70% of crimes in the US are committed by blacks, and this is telling being they make up what? 14% of the population? You look at other countries and you see black people have never achieved anything close to a prosperous society. Look at Africa. Haiti. Then look at predominate black cities like Detroit. Black people seem incapable of running anything smoothly. When is the last time you heard of a black inventor or achieving something of worth (no sports does not count)?

    Take Obama. He is by far one of the United State’s worst presidents. The constant racist undertones. The pandering to women. The expansion of the welfare state. The insulting of fathers and their role in the family, etc. He is a fascist and not even a smart one at that. What exactly do black people bring to the table in any society? Low IQ, crime, tribal mentality, being able to run fast and play basketball?

    While I support the destruction of our massive government and downsizing of the police force, at the same time you can’t blame these people for being itchy on the trigger finger with blacks. There is a growing contempt in the US for blacks as people wake up to their destructive nature and it is totally justified. I would go as so far to say that if all blacks were removed from the earth nothing of value would be lost.

    • hoipolloi
      December 22, 2014 at 5:29 am

      It is difficult to agree with you.

      • Ergeniz
        December 23, 2014 at 5:04 am

        What’s difficult about it? I am only stating facts. Black people are literally wastes of flesh. They contribute nothing to society and only destroy. They are probably the most prolific race to be associated with degeneracy and tribal mentality. Additionally, their low IQ increases the chances they will engage in crime, murder, single mother pregnancies, etc.

        You cannot name one, even one positive contribution blacks add to any society. The world would really be better off they were to all be systematically killed off. I challenge anyone to argue the validity of my argument. I think that will be difficult to do.

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