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I’m having trouble processing the political situation in this world today, and, coupled with the difficulties, uncertainties, and fears of my own life, I’m losing hope.

New video footage of law enforcement killing a Black person surfaces so regularly, it’s as though the police’s strategy is to just keep ramping up the murder until the public becomes numb to it. Are the acquittals intended to send the message that the people will never win? How much absence of justice will the people accept until they “accept” the fact that there is no justice?

There are only two possible responses to this absence: giving up, or resistance. The system wants us to give up. The families and friends of the victims of police violence want us to resist.

Of course I would like things to get better, to calm down, to carry through to some kind of justice. But I know they aren’t going to, not without a fight, a mass struggle. Black people, simply by existing, by living peaceful lives, by struggling and surviving and doing what needs to be done, threaten the narrative of white supremacy in America. And so, more are being killed. This is to say nothing of those African-American voices that speak up clearly and unequivocally against this narrative, those African-American bodies who actively put themselves between the oppressor and the oppressed.

As more resistance rises, more people will die. It is the way of resistance, and it is hard to hear our consciences whispering it into our inner ear. “Things will get worse before they get better” is only one way of looking at it. It is not so much that conditions in society must get much worse before “society starts to care” about racist violence. The bulk of American society doesn’t care and generally isn’t going to. Those who say they care aren’t going to do anything about it, while the rest of American society is openly racist. We mustn’t wait for this society to start to care.

A clearer picture would be, “a thousand good guys must die in order to take down one bad guy. And then the fight has only just begun.”

This inescapable, dialectical fact scares me. As much as I want the revolution to happen, this type of continued destruction and death scares me into wishing it wasn’t necessary, wishing there was a safe way out for all of us. I just don’t know if there is. I don’t want anyone to die.

But I don’t see anything changing anytime soon. Body cameras will “malfunction.” Training will be flawed. Community policing will prove to be the idealistic liberal fantasy we already know it is.

People will advocate for these reforms, and while they are being tested on the flesh of Black bodies and proven ignominious failures at addressing the core problem, more lives will be lost on the road to real change, the road to revolution.

My sadness comes from knowing I will probably not be there to see it. But my hope is that humans of the future will be readier than we are, more knowledgeable, and more aware that the destruction of the current social order and financial system is a worthwhile goal if it means the creation of a world in which a person gets shot for being a racist, and not for being a race.

 

A White Stereotype

As long as the status quo of America originates from the white race, there will never be a true white stereotype to adequately ridicule the “tendencies” of white people in the same way that stereotypes have perpetrated and perpetuated misinformation regarding the characters of non-white ethnicities.

Consider what a stereotype is: a compilation of reputed tendencies intended to represent the character of all members of the community to which the stereotype refers. For example, an African-American stereotype would probably involve the eating of watermelon. A Mexican stereotype might refer to the stereotypically dispositional Mexican trait of laziness.

These traits hearken back to earlier times, when these ethnic groups first became well-known to the white race. They are behaviors that are noticed early on among the members of an ethnic group and are repeatedly noticed until they become identified with the ethnic group as a whole.

Therefore, a white stereotype of this sort, invented by non-white ethnic groups upon first encountering white people, would reveal the white man’s early and continuing tendencies: his “tendency” to exterminate Native Americans, his “tendency” to enslave Africans, his “tendency” to spread community-shattering religion, his “tendency” to deprive Black people of their rights and criminalize their very existence, his “tendency” to deprive other races of opportunity, his “tendency” to economically enslave other nations and to support oppression within those nations, and his “tendency” to do all of this and more without courage, remorse, or accountability.

I use quotation marks around the word “tendency” to indicate that a racial stereotype doesn’t truly reflect the tendencies of the entire race, that a stereotype only supposes such characteristics. Yet, as is often said correctly or incorrectly, “all stereotypes contain a grain of truth, and that’s why they exist.” The stereotype of the white man could never truly appear in this country until the white man is in the minority, until the status quo is no longer centered around him and his values. Why?

Because he could never bear to see himself for what he once was, and for what one grain of his being still is, and will always be. As long as he owns the soul of the world, he’ll never, ever have to.