White Supremacy, Meet Black Rage

Brittney Cooper, Salon, July 14, 2013

Yesterday, six women in the state of Florida, five of them white, made clear that the inherent value of black life and black personhood is legally indefensible.

The legal sanctioning of George Zimmerman’s murder of Trayvon Martin gives veracity to an argument that Chief Justice Roger B. Taney made in 1857:  A black person has “no rights which a white man is bound to respect.”

No, George Zimmerman is not white. But his assumptions about black men are rooted in the foundational assumptions of white supremacy and his treatment by the justice system have conferred upon him privileges usually reserved for white men. The malleability of white supremacy for non-black bodies says something about the singular power and threat of the black body in this kind of racialized system.

Though much of the mainstream media who have covered this case have convinced themselves that race did not play a role in this trial, a black kid is dead because being young, black and male, and wearing a hoodie in the rain is apparently a crime punishable by death.

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Some will say that I shouldn’t pick on the jurors. They were only working with the evidence they were given. I say there’s enough blame to go around. Certainly the prosecution didn’t do Trayvon any favors.

All these things considered, the verdict is frankly pretty predictable. So, too, then is black rage.

Unabashed, unchecked white supremacy will always lead to unabashed, unchecked black rage. Call it the laws of physics.

My rage is made all the more sure by those who are “encouraging” black people not to “riot.” They urge us to follow and respect the rule of law.

Because, of course, it is black people who need to be reminded of the rules.

Even though it is we who peacefully assembled by the thousands all over the country and marched in order to turn the wheels of due process. And it is we who waited patiently for 15 months for this case to be brought to trial. And it is we who have yet again been played for fools as we waited fervently for justice to be done.

On the other hand, George Zimmerman deputized himself, sought a confrontation and then became judge, jury and executioner for a kid who committed no crimes.

To ask black people to respect the rule of law is an exercise in missing the point, not to mention an insult.

Almost immediately upon hearing the verdict, I was reminded of Ida B. Wells, who penned these words in an 1892 pamphlet titled “Southern Horrors” several months after three of her friends were lynched with impunity in Memphis:

The lesson this teaches and which every Afro-American should ponder well, is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give. When the white man who is always the aggressor knows he runs as great  [a] risk of biting the dust every time his Afro-American victim does, he will have greater respect for Afro-American life.

Though her calls for armed and vigorous self-defense strike a chord with me in this moment when I’m not feeling particularly pacifistic, I am more intrigued by the intrinsic question at the heart of her statement.

How does black life come to have value in a white supremacist system, if not through the use of violence?

Rather than preaching to black people about not rioting, these are the kinds of questions we should be asking and answering. What alternatives are there when the system fails? {snip}

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  • Puggg

    Unabashed, unchecked white supremacy will always lead to unabashed, unchecked black rage.

    Actually it’s the other way around: Black rage will always lead to “white supremacy,” i.e. racially aware whites that notice things.

    • sbuffalonative

      Yes, black present themselves as thugs so we see them as thugs.

      • MBlanc46

        Not always, but often enough that a reasonable person is concerned by the presence of black males.

  • Anan7

    I think that posting articles like this give these anti-White heathen more credibility than they deserve.

  • sbuffalonative

    I’m glad to see the author, for the sake of her article and honesty, was forced to state that Mr. Zimmerman isn’t white. Clearly stating that he is Hispanic would be better but it’s a start.

    …a black kid is dead because being young, black and male, and wearing a hoodie in the rain is apparently a crime punishable by death.

    Black commentators have been telling us that they now have to expand their ‘conversation’ about how dangerous it is to be black in America. I have to wonder if this conversation includes the advice not to wear a hoodie or present the appearance of being a thug.

    Black commentators have also been blaming the media for presenting blacks as thugs. But who is producing these images? Mainstream Hollywood and TV go out of their way to not present blacks as criminals. So where is this thug image coming from?

    The answer is blacks themselves. Gangsta rappers with their lyrics and video create and cultivate this black thug image. Has any black leader sat down with Jay-Z and asked him not to write raps that promote, encourage, and glorify black thug behavior?

    Rather than preaching to black people about not rioting, these are the kinds of questions we should be asking and answering. What alternatives are there when the system fails?

    It was blacks on social media who were and still are promoting riots. What alternatives are they presenting?

    • Sick of it

      Their alternative is to imprison a man who killed another in self defense. In other words, breaking the law and stomping on the Constitution.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Jay Z said he and Oblamer are text message buddies, texting back and forth almost every day.

  • Funruffian

    I only read one paragraph of this fallacious article and knew where it was headed.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Yep, me too. I usually try to read entire articles before commenting on them, but there’s just so many like this that I feel I don’t really need to. There are literally dozens of articles exactly like this one.

  • Stan D Mute

    I am forced to wonder whether the Africans simply refuse to read, see, and comprehend the facts of this case or if they are simply too dim witted to go beyond “Trayvon black, he dead, cracka kilt him.” I have read pieces by quite a few African “conservatives” who see Trayvon for the thug he was and Zimmy as the righteous self-defender he was so I know that this isn’t pervasive and ubiquitous. There are intelligent and ideologically independent Africans who can and do look at the facts and draw appropriate conclusions. But overwhelmingly the media shines a spotlight on the other kind of African, of this writer’s ilk, and I just can’t tell if they are incredibly stupid and anti-white or committed ideologues and anti-white.

    Which is it? Too stupid? Stupid and filled with venomous hate for those whom they know to be their intellectual betters? Or crazed anti-white fanatics who don’t care what the facts are and will take any and every opportunity to publically spew anti-white bile and venom?

    • John Smith

      “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

      • Creepy as a cracker!

        I wonder if that was a prophecy about his own kind?

      • The__Bobster

        “Tonight I am a White man” – Martin Luther King, Jr. on the night before his shooting

    • Sick of it

      She was quoting a black militant from the 19th century. Take what you will from that fact.

  • Creepy as a cracker!

    I avoid blacks and black rage like I avoid the plague. However, if black rage finds me it will be because they sought me out and tried to deny me of my civil rights. I can guarantee you that if this happens, I will protect myself, my property and most importantly my family. If I am forced to react, I am sure that once the smoke and dust clears, I will be the one accused of hate crimes. This is not the same country that my father, his brother and many of their cousins fought for in WWII.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    “Yesterday, six women in the state of Florida, five of them white, made clear that the inherent value of black life and black personhood is legally indefensible.”

    Yesterday…. made clear that someone somewhere is sane and that if you are assaulted and battered by anyone you have the right to defend yourself.

    “The legal sanctioning of George Zimmerman’s murder of Trayvon Martin gives veracity to an argument that Chief Justice Roger B. Taney made in 1857: A black person has “no rights which a white man is bound to respect.”

    Inarguable statement of personal belief.

    “No, George Zimmerman is not white.”

    White when convenient not White when not.

    “But his assumptions about black men are rooted in the foundational assumptions of white supremacy and his treatment by the justice system have conferred upon him privileges usually reserved for white men. The malleability of white supremacy for non-black bodies says something about the singular power and threat of the black body in this kind of racialized system.”

    What? Seems that in the case of GZ, that black body was attempting to make the non-black body cease life functions by brutally beating him to death. GZ should have made a statement and let the fine young Bantu beat him to death. Even though he, in this telling, “is not white”.

    “Though much of the mainstream media who have covered this case have convinced themselves that race did not play a role in this trial, a black kid is dead because being young, black and male, and wearing a hoodie in the rain is apparently a crime punishable by death.”

    The MSM is IGNORING THE RACE THING? Really? A black kid is dead because he had no self control, and chose to violently assault a non-black, attempting to beat him to death in public, and the non-black had the gall to defend his own life by taking the life of his would-be killer. Who was black for sure,

    “Some will say that I shouldn’t pick on the jurors. They were only working with the evidence they were given. I say there’s enough blame to go around. Certainly the prosecution didn’t do Trayvon any favors.”

    Wow. Jurors working with evidence given, What’s the evil White dominated world coming to?

    “All these things considered, the verdict is frankly pretty predictable. So, too, then is black rage.”

    Blacks can fly into a murderous rage over being slighted at the KFC, so why not over not being allowed to kill law abiding non-blacks over whatever imagined slight serves the purpose of killing non-blacks?

    “Unabashed, unchecked white supremacy will always lead to unabashed, unchecked black rage. Call it the laws of physics.”

    Low IQ, r-style breeding propensities, inability to exert self control or delay gratification and all that goes along with such genetically inherited traits will always result in blacks blaming and trying to hurt Whites for whatever. Call it a law of genetics.

    “My rage is made all the more sure by those who are “encouraging” black people not to “riot.” They urge us to follow and respect the rule of law.”

    How RACIST is that!?? Respect rule of law…unlike Trayvon?

    “Because, of course, it is black people who need to be reminded of the rules.”

    Despite the futility of the suggested action, now you’re on to something…

    “Even though it is we who peacefully assembled by the thousands all over the country and marched in order to turn the wheels of due process. And it is we who waited patiently for 15 months for this case to be brought to trial. And it is we who have yet again been played for fools as we waited fervently for justice to be done.”

    Aww…cry me a river. Maybe if so many of YOU were not clogging up the justice system as a direct result of YOUR genetic propensity toward crime and violence, might have been resolved in less time. Justice WAS done, dear. Innocent man free, criminal dead.

    “On the other hand, George Zimmerman deputized himself, sought a confrontation and then became judge, jury and executioner for a kid who committed no crimes.”

    No, the state of Florida, in a brief and glorious moment of clarity, in effect deputized Mr. Z and gave him the right to defend his life if attacked, which he did. Kid ASSAULTED AND BATTERED Mr. Z. That’s a crime, idiot.

    “To ask black people to respect the rule of law is an exercise in missing the point, not to mention an insult.”

    So blacks should get a pass on respecting the law? Hey, no unlike our current school initiatives that ignore black misbehavior and punish non-black misbehavior…perhaps this is the solution to black crime. Just don’t report, let blacks commit crimes and soon we have no crime problem. Genius.

    “Almost immediately upon hearing the verdict, I was reminded of Ida B. Wells, who penned these words in an 1892 pamphlet titled “Southern Horrors” several months after three of her friends were lynched with impunity in Memphis:

    The lesson this teaches and which every Afro-American should ponder well, is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give. When the white man who is always the aggressor knows he runs as great [a] risk of biting the dust every time his Afro-American victim does, he will have greater respect for Afro-American life.

    Though her calls for armed and vigorous self-defense strike a chord with me in this moment when I’m not feeling particularly pacifistic, I am more intrigued by the intrinsic question at the heart of her statement.”

    I don’t care.

    “How does black life come to have value in a white supremacist system, if not through the use of violence?”

    Kill more innocent Whites because you can’t face the fact that you are indeed inferior in terms of IQ?

    “Rather than preaching to black people about not rioting, these are the kinds of questions we should be asking and answering. What alternatives are there when the system fails?”

    Join the Black Panthers and own all the robbing, beating, raping, and murdering of Whites that already goes on as a natural result of scorpion being scorpion as a race war against Whites. The toll is already impressive, but if you were to consider it all a war against the evil Whites who give you unearned money, jobs, scholarships, excuses galore, you can start something I’ve been looking forward to for years…

    RAGNAROK. Once Asgard is lost to the spiteful, mindless fury of the Jotun and their Loki-esque traitorous mentors…we can rebuild.

    Bring it on, blackie.

    • Irishgirl

      Of all the posts and articles I’ve read about this whole sordid affair, this has been the best – well written, a comprehensive rebuttal to the whiny voices of black rage. Thank you, NeanderthalDNA!

  • Eagle_Eyed

    AmRen had an article in 2008 in which a white American in Africa wrote about the lack of ability for abstract thinking prevalent amongst blacks and how this hindered their ability to do math, understand morality, plan ahead, act rationally, etc. This is certainly the case here.

    According to the law, and any universal system of ethics, the races are irrelevant. Once we look at Trayvon Martin as “Person A” and George Zimmerman as “Person B” (as the law requires) it isn’t hard to see why the state failed to convict Person B of murder. But many blacks are incapable of such abstract thinking. To them, all that matters was a non-black killed a black. When they blame the verdict on “white supremacy,” they are unwittingly right. Only jurors with an intellectual ability to see law and not one’s own skin color are capable of making fair decisions. This excludes the majority of negroes.

    • Jack Burton

      There are two prerequisites, having the intellectual ability and also the intellectual honesty. Blacks, Jews and White liberals usually lack at least one of those.

      I find willful liars far more despicable than the idiots.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Yup. Not only does it take a certain level of education for a free people to establish and maintain a functional democracy, it also takes a certain mean IQ. The lower the mean IQ, the less capable a people are of democracy. In situations where diverse groups of statistically significantly different mean IQ coexist, a corrupt democracy may be the best one can hope for where the cream rises to the top but must resign itself to corruption and settle for less than true democracy since a significant portion of the population is indeed incapable of understanding the institution in anything beyond some sort of mob rule free-for-all.

    • The Final Solution

      You have to have a full command of a human language to think abstractly, which most blacks don’t have, especially Rachel Jenteal.

    • SFLBIB

      What seems to be lacking in any of the discussions and media reports is the basic concept that it is better to let 10 guilty go free than to convict one innocent, hence the requirements of “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” and a unanimous decision by the jury.

  • Spartacus

    Can I offer a suggestion for my American friends ? How about this for a eugenics program – Kidnap white libtards/marxists, and just dump them in the middle of a black neighborhood . The weak elements of our race get wiped out(brutally) and the blacks go to prison. Sounds good to me !

    • Joseph Bryant

      This reminds me of a story (I’d link to it, but it would lead to moderation) of a leftist white woman going to Haiti after the earthquake. She got gang raped on a rooftop one night by Haitians. Did this change her mind? No. She blamed “white supremacy” for her rape. I wish I were kidding.

      • Spartacus

        No, there was only one rapist(I know the story) but it was certainly revealing. After the war will be over, we’re gonna need a serious culling of our own…

        • RisingReich

          Most likely the war itself will take care of the majority of them.

        • The__Bobster

          You can identify them by their orange, corkscrew-haired Cheerios kids.

    • The__Bobster

      Under the circumstances, I’d vote to acquit.

  • ncpride

    This nutter is not only an unhinged ‘journalist’, but apparently also an assistant ‘professor’ of women’s and African studies at some useless college. That explains her own rage against ‘da White man’!

  • Greg Thomas

    The fact blacks perceive this verdict as a slight against them as a race, clearly
    demonstrates why we will never be able to co-exist with these people. When OJ
    was acquitted, they were dancing in the streets. When Zimmermann is acquitted,
    they go on to commit mayhem and attack innocent people in the name of Sir Skittles Travon.They perceive everything along racial lines, and become violent when things do not go their way. They are not like us.

    Eric Holder is no different. He will not burn down a store or beat in innocent man senseless. He will simply use his pen to sign a federal indictment against Zimmerman.

  • e2657383

    Then stop risking your lives to flee Black countries to get into White ones.

  • Truthseeker

    My rage is made all the more sure by those who are “encouraging”
    black people not to “riot.” They urge us to follow and respect the rule
    of law.

    Because, of course, it is black people who need to be reminded of the rules.

    Gee, whatever would give people the idea that blacks might want to riot, or that they generally disrespect the rule of law? I can’t imagine.

    • rightrightright

      White people remember the rules and don’t need to be reminded of the rules.

      White people understand why the rules are rules in the first place.

  • Jack Burton

    Another fallacious piece of semi-literacy.

    Their arguments make no sense. Even if you get them to admit that he’s not White, well he still benefits from “white supremacy.”

    When you look back at the history of black empowerment, it’s all just a continuation of Yankee abolitionist propaganda. From Uncle Tom’s Cabin on down. When Lincoln met with the author Stowe, he said, “so you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”

  • My rage …
    They urge us ….
    Because, of course, …..
    It is we …..

    Born with rage and jealousy. You must be urged since you can not control yourselves. Because of your lack in ability to see the consequences of your actions. It is not you who march in peace, it is you who assemble and attack random individuals.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Give that scorpion a free ride to the other side and cringe in shock and horror when it stings you to death in gratitude.

      We are afflicted by a race of scorpions.

  • Nathanwartooth

    I love how suddenly White supremacists love Hispanics now apparently. This the stupidest thing I’ve ever read.

  • Johnny Squire

    Ms. Brittney Cooper has quite the ego. She calls herself an intellectual. This is surely the sign of someone who lacks intellect . And a newly minted Rutgers professor of “Africana Studies”, to boot. Check out her website at brittneycooper . com.

    • The__Bobster

      Livingston branch, I presume.

  • APaige

    Being irrational, intellectually deficit, overly emotional, and with a tendency towards violence. Could never see that coming.

  • Johnny Squire

    “How does black life come to have value in a white supremacist system, if not through the use of violence?” – Brittney Cooper.

    If you use FBI statistics on violent crime blacks are the most valuable people in America, by Ms. Cooper’s reckoning.

  • The__Bobster

    Though much of the mainstream media who have covered this case have convinced themselves that race did not play a role in this trial….
    ___________

    Whom is she kidding? The MSM trumped up this case because they thought they found the great White defendant.

  • bubo

    I am no more concerned with the thought processes of a hysterical black woman than I am with farm animals.

  • Lop_Eared_Galoot

    >>
    The lesson this teaches and which every Afro-American should ponder well, is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give. When the white man who is always the aggressor knows he runs as great [a] risk of biting the dust every time his Afro-American victim does, he will have greater respect for Afro-American life.
    >>

    That lesson lies in the 1800s when a Winchester rifle cost most of a years wages. Today, blacks are 7X as likely to commit violent crime, 8X as likely to commit property crime and 4X as likely to use a weapon when they do so.

    >>
    Rather than preaching to black people about not rioting, these are the kinds of questions we should be asking and answering. What alternatives are there when the system fails? {snip}
    >>

    I honestly believe that if Blacks seek entitlement as instant access to the good things in life, they should begin by demanding land. Whether as reparation or separation, if they are so much better than us then they ‘deserve’ to have their own society as a homeland for American Blacks, separate and safe from us, as the Jews do in Israel.

    I honestly think that they must have some inkling, from interacting with their fellows, that only 2-3% of their population has the 115-120 IQ which gives one a hope of making good use of a college education. But blacks in ZA get by by using small numbers of white contract workers and increasingly Indian imports as their technicians and engineers.

    If this is honestly what they believe of us, however warped it is (48% of all U.S. homicides are committed by blacks against other blacks while forming only 13% of our country’s total population) then they must equally see that it is hopeless to ‘reform’ us and sans any real way forward, the logical alternative is to abandon us to our fate and seek their own redemption.

    Whites could likely be bought off on just the 33 billion a year it takes to house the 36% of blacks (roughly 830,000) in the prison system at 40,000 dollars per inmate. This doesn’t include the millions more in court fees, medical bills and civil actions deriving from higher criminal rates to begin with.
    Hispanics are Blacks real nemesis. They owe Blacks nothing for centuries-past bad acts and likely would not care if they did. Hispanics will soon come to rule this nations labor pool through TFRs alone and so the reality must be: get out while the leaving is profitable vs. losing all victim’s voice say in your own quest for entitlement.
    And here, Blacks are missing the boat in not creating a list of what will finally make them feel good about themselves. Because other races will never see them as equals or want them around.

  • Paleoconn

    May the black rage this woman wishes for visit her and her kin.

  • Paleoconn

    11,000 coast to coast

  • Irishgirl

    They don’t “screw up” – they know EXACTLY what they’re doing.