Unquiet Riot

April 29, 2015

dali-013Overcast this early Wednesday on California’s north coast, and from my little back-patio perspective, looks like some patchy ground fog, too.
Earlier, the NWS also nailed our situation just about right with a forecast of ‘becoming sunny‘ for today — if conditions continue. Sunshine yesterday afternoon was a bit tepid, but par for the course, yet leaving an overall effect not unpleasant.

Meanwhile back east, overnight in Baltimore wasn’t bad, either, though the definition of ‘bad’ might be up for grabs. Considering at least from on Monday night when disturbing shit hit the fan, supposedly last night was fairly calm.
A riot of riotous history — backward (via MTV): ‘When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2014, couches were burned, shootings occurred, businesses were vandalized, and 40 people were arrested, but news stories referred to it as “fans taking to the streets” instead calling it a “riot.”

(Illustration: Salvador Dali, ‘Alice’s Evidence,’ found here).

In continuing realistic fashion, Ryan Cooper this morning at The Week:

These days, riots are almost universally associated with black urban communities.
But before the 1960s, “race riots” meant white riots, almost universally directed against blacks.
Whether it was competition for jobs (Cincinnati: 1841), resentment at black veterans (Memphis: 1866; many cities: 1919), paranoia over black sexuality (Atlanta: 1906), or resentment at blacks moving into white communities (Detroit: 1943), American whites have historically needed little excuse to conduct mob violence against African-Americans

This violence was not random or accidental.
It was part of the American system of racial domination.
It was not a coincidence that when a riot got going in 1921 in Tulsa, white mobs, assisted by local authorities, proceeded to loot and torch the entire black district of Greenwood — then the richest black community in the nation — burning over 1,200 homes and killing dozens.
More generally, as Hamden Rice points out, semi-random psychotic violence against black men was the keystone institution of Jim Crow.
It was what kept blacks in terrified submission, lest they be lynched on the slightest (or no) pretext.
Judged by its own racist objectives, we must admit this violence was a huge success, though it was not the only part of white supremacy.
Blacks were kept as a subordinate caste.
What wealth they managed to build up was largely stolen or destroyed.
They were kept from living in white neighborhoods.

Incredibly depressing to consider the heinous ways of white man — most-likely the worse color skin ever. Born and raised in Alabama amid the horror of a racist society so inbred, embedded and indifferently routine, I’m well aware of the horrors of actual reality. A most ugly shame.
Instead of pulling a Ben Affleck, we should acknowledge the fucking truth.

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