I don’t understand how someone can look at what is happening in Ferguson, or Gaza, or the Mexican/US border and think “those people are getting what they deserve” - or whatever more subtle version they may have come up with or are regurgitating from the media - and in the same breath turn around and say “but I’m not racist.” I don’t understand how people can be so stupid and blind, blind not only to what is really happening in the world but also blind to what is happening in themselves when they think those thoughts. I believe that it was Stokely Carmichael who said that for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience, and that the United States has none. Unfortunately I see his point more and more every day. Yes, individual Americans may have a conscience, and we may band together every now and then when an institution of power in the United States goes “too far” - and demand justice. But what use is it to demand justice from an institution that is morally bankrupt? If anything is ever going to change, Americans must look into themselves first and foremost and demand justice within themselves, give themselves the power to actualize that justice, and not put the power of justice into the hands of a government that has struggled with racist and classist corruption since its birth. That means not being afraid to look in a mirror and see some things that maybe aren’t too pretty. In this day and age, denial is the bedrock of corruption and prejudice, and if any one really wants to change the world for the better, the first thing they must do is look into themselves and admit that they are complicit.
“The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their ‘vital interests’ are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a [person] to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the ‘sanctity’ of human life, or the ‘conscience’ of the civilized world.”
— James Baldwin, The Devil Finds Work (via theeducatedfieldnegro
In honor of Shark Week and the irrational fear of being killed by a shark. It is estimated that 11,417 sharks are killed by humans every hour of every day or about 100,000,000 per year.