Antiblackness

Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

This article looks at the inequalities between black and white americans, and systematic racism that influenced the protest in Ferguson. It characterizes the Ferguson even as white rage against the black community stating that it is because of years of resentment towards the black community, which translated deeply into various social and economic aspect of society (i.e the judicial system-stop & frisk), that things like police brutality and dehumanization towards black Americans become ubiquitous and most often reacted to with compliance. The article points out that white rage against the black community happened through out history where the black Americans dare to practice their rights as Americans: the terror of the Ku Klux Klan; 101 members of Congress issuing the Southern Manifesto, declaring a legislation to withhold public funding from any school that abided by Brown (Brown v. Board of Education (1954, 1955): a case that challenged the segregation and inequality in education); and Obama running for president. It also looks at the aspect of economic dislocation. The people affected the most by the Great Recession of 2007-8 were black americans, the article states, “[r]ight before the recession, white Americans had four times more wealth than black Americans, on average; by 2010, the gap had increased to six times,” which illustrates the vulnerable state that black communities are in for more social problems they already have. According to the article, these are some of the factors that influenced the normalized violence against black bodies.

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