We all knew that there would be this sort of backlash in the aftermath of the Ferguson verdict: a bunch of whiny social conservatives and oblivious white folks making commentary about how they supported Darren Wilson, Ferguson PD, or completely derailing serious discussions about race in the USA so that they can make it all about white people or “black-on-black crime”. I saw it when Zimmerman was freed, I saw it after Oscar Grant and Eric Garner were killed, and yea, I see it now. And it isn’t limited to just shouts of solidarity with Wilson for “doing the right thing” *barf*, but extends to outright threats against people who defend Mike Brown’s honor or racist memes (yes, let’s call it what it is–very racist) floating around making a mockery of people of color for having the AUDACITY to discuss RACE!*gasp*
I want to be clear about something going into this article: I’m white. But even as a white person the comments I’ve seen made me sick to my stomach for the past week and there have been many occasions where I wanted so badly to punch my computer screen. I can’t even begin to imagine how these bigoted statements affect people of color. I’ve had to block and ban people off of my profile and pages for their commentary (yes, I WILL ban people for being racist, because racism doesn’t count as “just having a personal opinion”–it’s freaking BIGOTRY). My friends and political colleagues have had to deal with this sort of political polarization/isolation as well. So I’ve decided to collect their experiences and mine through screenshots and post them online for people to see. I am hoping that the people making comments similar to these will see this mirror image of themselves and think twice before engaging in hooliganism (but I won’t hold my breath).
Dear White People: It is about race. Read the comments and you’ll see. The USA is not a post-racial society.
I want to make it clear that the commentary you are about to see is unaltered and uncensored (except for the names). This content may even be potentially TRIGGERING because of its very nature (threats, racism, racist apologism, victim blaming, etc) and some posts even utilize the “N” bomb. So please EXERCISE CAUTION if you decide to continue reading.
First we will start off with the typical “WHAT ABOUT THE WHITE PEOPLE?!?!”/”JUST GET OVER IT ALREADY!!!!!” statements:
Then on to the pro-police, victim blaming statements:
Some classist, racist “thug” and “animal” statements:
Some threats made to Ferguson protest defenders:
With a dash of miscellaneous psychopathy (not quite threats, but still extremely disconcerting):
And some commonly posted Facebook memes:
Some people don’t believe in solidarity I guess…
Yea, I’m just going to come out and say it: Every single person who posted these statements and memes should be fucking ashamed. I mean seriously. How on earth do you even sleep at night with this sort of mentality fluttering around in your brain? Do you seriously think it’s acceptable to support a police department that has multiple links to the Ku Klux Klan? Are the conversations so upsetting to you that you have to try and derail serious discourse about racial oppression so you can place the spotlight back onto white people or yourself? Do you fear equality so badly that you have to send threats to people that you disagree with? Have any of you even glanced at historical texts since high school? You do realize the US was built on the backs of Blacks, with the blood of Native Americans and Immigrants, and with stolen land from Mexico? Racism is part of the very fabric of this country, and yet you really want to sit here and cry because nobody wants to talk about white people?
The United States isn’t even close to being a post-racial society. I think I’ve proven that fact with this publication alone.