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Theory about Why White Protesters Discovered Police Brutality in 2020

One of the most interesting feature of current nationwide protests against police brutality in this country concerns their racial demography. Many of you might have noticed that the majority (in many cases over 90%) of people protesting against police brutality in cities all over this country are.. well.. white. To be clear, I am not claiming that all previous protests against police brutality in this country have been overwhelmingly black. We do know, for example, that similar protests in the 2012-2017 had a significant minority of white protesters. But the widespread protests we are seeing all over this country now is the first time that the overwhelming majority of protesters at most locations are white. So what has changed between the last time we saw such protests? How did so many young white people suddenly reach the conclusion that “legalized” lynching of black people in this country by police was wrong and unacceptable?

As it turns out, I am not the only person to have noticed this unusual trend- especially given the peculiar history of race and racism in this country. As late as mid-1990s, the parents of most white people who are now protesting against police brutality towards black people were highly enthusiastic supporters of laws and regulations that dehumanized black people and saw them as irredeemable “feral animals” and “super-predators”. Even as late as 2012-13, protests against instances of “legalized” lynching of black people in USA were an almost exclusively black affair. Even multiple instances of similar videotaped instances of police brutality such as the murder of Eric Garner by NYPD, Philando Castile by MPD, Shooting of Ahmaud Arbery by GCPD and many more did not elicit such a large, strong and nationwide response. Isn’t it odd that it took until late-May 2020 for a similar incident to finally cause the appropriate reaction.

So.. what is going on? How did a significant minority or maybe even majority of younger white people suddenly develop the firm conviction that systemic racism and “legalized” lunching of black people by cops was unacceptable? Many presstitutes on Twitter have put forth a range of theories to explain the sudden interest in racial equality among younger white people. One of the most popular suggests that this has something to do with the COVID-19 lockdown which cooped up too many people in their homes for almost two months.. aka ‘cabin fever’. Perhaps.. by why did it manifest itself as an newfound interest in racial equality rather than say people flouting the stupid lockdown orders on a large scale? As many of you know, people were already flouting lockdown orders all over the country and more than a few of the previous cycle of protests to open the economy had a pretty decent numbers in attendance.

Another popular theory suggests that this newfound interest in racial equality has something to do with ‘virtue display’ under late-capitalism. While it is true that the willingness of corporations to go along with these protests has everything to do with empty virtue signalling- it is equally clear that majority of people who are protesting are not there because some corporation paid them. Even if we accept that some protesters are there to show off their liberal and progressive credentials, it is equally clear that the majority aren’t in it for virtue display. Some others have compared these protests to a new religious movement often humorously referred to as the “great aWOKEning”. While many mass movements do have quasi-religious overtones, these arise after the movement has become big rather than cause its growth and popularity.

Here is my theory. Regular readers might remember that I repeatedly alluded to the possibility of the widespread civil unrest due to gross mishandling of COVID-19 crisis by the governments of many countries- but especially in USA. If you have read those posts, you might also remember that I said something about the governments bailing out large corporations while throwing just a few crumbs to average people and small business will very likely be what precipitates such a reaction. Well.. as we know now the unemployment and underemployment numbers in this country are through the roof- even if Trump tried to massage them. It is also noteworthy that rates of unemployment and underemployment are especially high among those under 40-45, which is the same group that also suffered the maximum long-term damage from the 2008 GFC.

To put it another way, the majority of people under 40-45 (regardless of race) have seen a continual decline in the material quality of their lives and experienced little advantage of being white- unlike boomers of older- Gen-Xers. AS I said in a previous post, there was a lot of dry tinder on the ground before the perfect spark of George Floyds’ lynching by the MPD. The point I was trying to make is the fuel for this fire was created over a long time by continually declining living standards for people under a certain age. But there is more.. the COVID-19 pandemic was the proverbial straw which broke the camel’s back by exposing the sheer incompetence of many supposedly respectable institutions both national (CDC, FDA etc) and international (WHO). It also exposed the inability and unwillingness of political leadership in this country, at all levels, to help the very people who they were supposed to represent and voted them into power.

What we are seeing now is the manifestation of people expressing widespread, and potentially irreversible, loss of faith in the institutions and systems of governance under which they currently live. But how does this get transformed into protests against racism and police brutality? Well.. because the police along with those involved in taxation are the two most visible enforcers of the coercive state authority. In other words, police are the most visible public face of a failed system in which a lot of people have now lost all trust and hope. Given these connections between the police and authority of a system that is rapidly losing popular legitimacy, it is no wonder that so many white people under 40-45 have suddenly discovered racism and police brutality against black people. It also does not help the overpaid, militarized and arrogant losers who populate police departments thought USA do not cut a sympathetic figures among those who have either lost their job or have seen substantial reduction in their income stream.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. P Ray
    June 10, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Here’s another tack:
    They want to save their skins when those with plenty of grievances – who cannot reach those in their gated properties and secure compounds – realise that many white people on their level … could have done something but didn’t and in some ways could be argued to be complicit with how the lives of those on the bottom – that aren’t white – turned out.

    It also doesn’t help that people on the bottom rung of society notice that the cops involved in the killing of George Floyd – the majority of them have committed crimes and have police records. Just lel. To serve and protect … with a convict cohort.

    • wmd
      June 10, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      Yes, they likely realized that this moment was the last train to catch to be on the “right side of history” aka avoid being the ones with targets on their foreheads when black people finally stop following White Jesus and bowing down to “massa” and decide to pop off instead.

      • doldrom
        June 11, 2020 at 2:59 am

        This makes no sense. If they were concerned about saving their skins and black man rising up, they would be better off to double down, organize, and run the fuckers off the plantation completely.
        There is no rights side of history, only victors and victims.

      • P Ray
        June 20, 2020 at 12:37 pm

        Other reasons behind this eruption of outrage are manifold …
        George Floyd was 6 feet 6 inches.
        Also, engaged to a White woman.
        Also, publicly killed by a racist White man with an Asian wife.
        Plus the Asian cop … stopped people from intervening.
        And, George was trying to rebuild his life after prison.
        And, people reported he passed a counterfeit note.
        But white men and women had passed counterfeit notes without problems.

        One of their kings, that only wanted to be with a White woman, was killed by a racist White man.

        If he had looked like Steve Urkel, I doubt the tipping point would have been reached.

        A conclusion that can be reached is how a person is mis-treated by the law, the reaction after is dependent on the looks.

  2. Wilson
    June 10, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Seems more like a “grassroots” Democrat operation…it was abolish ICE before it was abolish police.

  3. Jack Sparrow
    June 10, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    First off, there’s no “legalized lynching of Black people” as you so carelessly claim here. The FBI statistics show that per capita, unarmed Whites are killed in higher numbers than Blacks.
    Second, critical race theory has now become defacto religion in most institutions – colleges, media, Hollywood, politics, etc. Don’t believe it? Look at the 1619 project by the New York Times that won a Pulitzer prize. Look at removal of Gone With the Wind from HBO Max. Look at the ShutdownSTEM movement. Look at AOC and Ilhan Omar’s politics. Look at the White people kneeling and washing the feet of Black people. So what exactly is that? Yes, economic conditions have surely contributed to the issues. But lets not kid ourselves that the response to these issues is nothing but a nonsensical, post modernist, neo-cultural marxist revolution. Furthermore, social media has a large play here. Remember when mass shootings started happening on viral frequencies? Same thing going on here – riots spark other riots because people can see it on social media so they want to replicate the same movement within their own cities. I am willing to wager that there are so many of these hooligans who are just rioting/looting/vandalizing for the sake of just having some participation fun. After all, they arrested 2 affluent lawyers from prestigious Ivy League universities who were trying to throw Molotov cocktails at police officers!
    If this was really about being screwed by the government, the riots spiraled overseas to countries that have great social benefit programs for their citizens: Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Sweden, and the UK. So I’m confident that this is just a ricochet reaction thanks to social media where the bad actors get others involved to push their extreme actions. Not to mention, most of these riots are breaking out in immigrant infested Western nations. Coincidence?
    Take a look at the policy released by the Black Lives Matter organization. It has less to do with Black Lives, and more to do with demands of socialistic policies, and some, borderline communist agenda.
    The new movement is a Marxist movement with young people who are more likely to lynch their own parents who had better lives than they did.

    • wmd
      June 10, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      Lmao, the FBI gets its stats… from reports sent by the police departments. Who are the ones lynching black people. However, you appear to be willing to trust those bullshit reports because you love to suck white dick and lick police boots. Either way, it’s clear that neither white nor black people are willing to tolerate and bow down to these turds anymore since anyone can be killed, beaten, tased, or tear gassed with impunity.

    • P Ray
      June 10, 2020 at 6:47 pm

      The new movement is a Marxist movement with young people who are more likely to lynch their own parents who had better lives than they did.

      That’s so funny. The superior “Western” model with the “proper parenting that produces individualistic and confident young people” … who rat out their own parents at the first opportunity.

      Looks like the parenting … just produced people willing to sell out to the highest bidder. Economically-motivated relationships always have predictable outcomes … unless you can provide a better alternative.

      I am betting those children that rat out their parents, either live regimented lives or discover their parents have been telling them a lot of lies.

  4. thordaddy
    June 10, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    “Systemic anti-racism” is actually the scourge that has been dismantling America for decades…

  5. ...this blog has gone down in quality as of late...
    June 10, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    …as a low status mixed race male…

    ….I know I will be used by different people with different agenda’s…

    ….to some cocksucker like MikeCA, I need to vote Democrat, but I should be happy with my low wage shitwork whilst MikeCACA brags how much better he is than me…

    ….a cocksukcer like that Yusef faggot would sucker punch me, then cry crocodile tears to the pigs about what a victim he is….

    …as far as white people “protesting.” They can’t go to burning man or their gay parade. They can go here, break a few things, pretend that they are “good people” and cry to the cops/get bailout money from their family. It is the excitement of a rock concert with *almost* as much safety…

    ….I recommend low status males sit this one out, they are just being used by *activists*

    ……also that “don’t own a gun” bullshit that dickheads like MikeCACA and the corrupt Democratic party subscribe to is going to push tons of votes right into Trumps lap. Sure he is an incompetent racist but who would you rather have an incompetent racist who will let you have a gun or an incompetent racist who won’t let you have a gun….

    Agree!

  6. ...this blog has gone down in quality as of late...
    June 10, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    so what’ya think of this…

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jun/09/amazon-black-lives-matter-police-ring-jeff-bezos

    Corporations and billionaires have always been amoral..

  7. doldrom
    June 11, 2020 at 3:46 am

    There are a number of factors, but would say Covid is pretty minor, though triggering.

    [1] The incontrovertible and graphical nature of the incident. There have been outrageous incidents before (like an older paraplegic (!) Indian man shot by the police on a suburban street), but this incident leaves no need for any context or narrative: It’s more or less a snuff film.

    [2] Vicarious victimization: Most of these people people feel victimized themselves in their own little ways, and can now identify with super victimhood in a cosmic grand kind of way. The emotional energy feeding this has nothing to do with solidarity with blacks. Remember all the righteous indignation and gushing solidarity about Apartheid? How many people nowadays give a fuck about the daily travails of black people in South Africa?

    [3] Anger at Reality (& “The System”). The ultimate obstacles to the Western Romantic ideal of the self (“everybody has a dream, free to become anything”) are the bounds imposed by nature, such as sex, skin, tribe. Do people care that there are 110 million extra-covid-destitute migrant workers in India? No. They are upset that it damages the prospects for female liberation, much worse than just starving!
    The will to power, overcoming your own nature, cosmic surgery, creating your own gender identity, sex reassignment surgery, freeing yourself from any provincial restrictive tribal heritage you grew up in, tatoos, piercing, redrawing your own skin to become a personal project instead of something nature handed to you, all manifestations of the will to escape nature and create yourself. Sex & skin are the ultimate stumbling blocks to be overwon, that’s why everybody thinks racism is just the worst possible thing ever, imagine that, having the course of your life set by your skin!

    In fact Georgie boy is an unlikely hero or symbol (holding some woman hostage with a gun to her pregnant belly, how low does it get). Not eggregiously racist (the 4 cops were black, asian, hispanic, white —how multiCulti can you get?), certainly not premeditation or victimization— just a routine everyday mishap of normal police/state brutality in America. There are so many incidents way worse: 30 years of solitary confinement, life sentences for rape when you were a (black) patsy, purely racially motivated torture & violence, lighting up your sister doused in gasoline for the family honor … there are thousands of cases of excruciating injustice far more poignant than this one.

    It’s like little girls suddenly not wanting to eat poor little wabbits and having a vegetarian phase. Nothing to do with blacks. George is simply a fetish for: “Life isn’t fair, and that sucks”

  8. ...this blog has gone down in quality as of late...
    June 11, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    This isn’t about “ending white supremacy” ™ at all…

    Here we have a “protester” propagating similar attitudes to what those HBD weirdoes propagated. Blacks are high testosterone, low IQ. Asians are low testosterone, high IQ and white have just the reich mix ™ …

    • doldrom
      June 11, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      Always the case. Most fervent black sympathizers like to gush about their sense of rhythm, how well they dance, how athletic, such good style, humor, so blessed with no clashing colors.
      If you’re black and happen to wear glasses, or not a jock, or like to write books, whatever, introverted and calm, small and nerdy but bright, sunburned, whatever, you’re screwed with the stereotypes.

      • muh weed and muh dick
        June 12, 2020 at 2:31 am

        Get ready for Mowemdowntown’s newest nigger bullshit “What’s Hangin’ Nigga?” by Necktie and the Swingers:

        Yo mamma rappy dappy doo
        fuck da white chicks afta school
        smoke muh weed and da seeds
        wiv needs dat bleeds to do da deeds
        kill da pigs rape da hoes
        go to jail an drop ya droes

        Sheeeit it bedda den hangin
        sheeeeit like da hoe we bangin
        sheeeeit yo mamma see muh dick?
        What’s hangin nigga? Yo dick?
        Sheeeeit nigga nigga

      • Jack Donovan
        June 12, 2020 at 8:46 am

        uh, plague dokkktor,

        I thought we’s had an agreement. We’s wouldn’t share photo’s from our secret gay nazi discord safe space…

        but since you broke that, and shared some from my magical evening with elliot, well…

        here’s more…

        https://images.app.goo.gl/XrGrvJSSpAJku8Pi8

        I was seduced, I was, it took me a whole two lite bears to go queer for elliot…

  9. P Ray
    June 25, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    W00t, looking forward to seeing more burning and looting in America,

    Elijah McClain in the house.
    “No justice, no peace. Know justice, know peace.”

    Plus this is also an excellent situation to point out that extroverts hate introverts … Good thing Corona-chan is able to set right this injustice, while people get to burning.

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