‘The Lone White Gunman’ is a half-truth. They are never lone, but they are always armed. And they are always armed because America has no qualms about arming them. Arming them is, in fact, the America way—coddled and enshrined in the Constitution. White Supremacist Capitalist Heteropatriarchy prevents us from analyzing the pathology of these young white men and their sexual obsessions with weaponry, forbids us from seeing them as a part of a frightening continuum, blocks us from recognizing white male bodies as infinitely dangerous, and distracts us from seeing the American government’s complicity in their carnage.
I’ll tell you this: When I enter a public space, whether it be a movie theater, an airport. a political rally, or school grounds, I’m not really looking out for black boys or Arabs; I’m looking out for white boys.”
Son of Baldwin (via sonofbaldwin)
This is the realest shit ever. As much as it’s portrayed everywhere that POC are armed and dangerous, I will go on to say that I’ve never been worried about a POC being armed. In all my years of living (which isn’t very long), I never knew a single POC with a gun, but I knew all the white people in my life that had guns…and there are many. Maybe it’s all the pictures they take of themselves at the shooting range. But we’re worried about “Daquan with the dime bag of weed”
This was a discussion that I was trying to avoid (racially based conversations are debilitating, mentally and psychologically, and I’ve had more than my fair share of them in the past week), but I agree with this quote and the commentary above.
Brown people are branded as dangerous, unpredictable, and suspicious from the time they are born. Even when we are victims, there will always be people that will assume that we deserved to be harmed, that the end of our lives means one less menace to our society.
White people are almost always given the benefit of the doubt, the benefit of sympathy (“He seemed like a nice guy”, “I wouldn’t expect him to do something like this”, “Maybe he was just having a tough life”), even though they tend to be the very ones pulling out guns and committing mass murder in large, public spaces.
It’s confusing and angering. Not because I don’t understand it, but because its allowed to happen every single day.