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Inside the Fearful Conservative Mind: The Right-Wing's Latest Race Terrors

In the conservative media's alternate reality, racism only exists when white people are the "victims." This couldn't be further from the truth.

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The race war narrative gives support to the expansion of police power and the surveillance society. This includes more funding for police, and Draconian policies such as racial profiling and “stop and frisk.” Given the militarization of local police departments, and the aggressive tactics they deploy in urban communities, against the poor, and people of color, protecting white people against racial violence is a pretext for police brutality.

The victimization of white people in this fictitious race war also legitimates concealed carry laws, as well as the dangerous and unpredictable “Stand Your Ground” statutes which led to the shooting death of an unarmed teenager named Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed block watch vigilante.

The conservative white racial imagination that embraces fantasies of white suffering at the hands of black brigands, thugs, and mobs, is also a party to the race war fantasies of the notorious  Turner Diaries —what is a bible of sorts for the white nationalist militia movement. These fantasies of white law and order, white victimhood, and the need to “defend” white people against “rampaging hordes” of blacks are also shared by the Ku Klux Klan, the largest and most dangerous terrorist organization in American history.

Such a comparison will quite likely enrage the conservative media, and those others who buy into a narrative of white victimhood at the hands of black people. Despite their objections, the fiery and toxic narratives of black mobs rampaging and killing white people in a frenzy of wanton violence do in fact swim in the same racist waters as the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalist organizations. The conservative media should own that fact instead of running away from it, hiding behind the twin guise of “colorblindness” and white grievance politics. The honesty would be refreshing.

 

 

Chauncey DeVega, a pseudonym, is editor and founder of the blog We Are Respectable Negroes . His essays on race, popular culture and politics have been published in various books and Web sites. He can be reached at chaunceydevega@gmail.com.

 
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