Those of us on the outside looking in...those of us perplexed by the behavior...those of us who cannot comprehend MUST understand that the response is one of frustration, and an embarrassing self confirmation that we (black people) do not have any control...no control over most aspects of our lives. No control over our bodies. But, definitely not to the extent described by crudish Donald Trump. Contrary to his asinine belief, there is a huge number of African American/Black men and women who are not “living in a hell’. We (black men) may however be characters on a real reality show that has a point increase for police officers killing black men.
Nonetheless, even the wealthy and Modern Day Turncoat blacks (Herman Cain's) do not have complete control of their black bodies.
The author, Ta-Nehisi Coates, eloquently describes the life of black people in America as a beautiful struggle. He further describes the black life in the United States as an abstract state of existence while using the words body and injustice in an analogy. “Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives.” The black body has been subjected to numerous evils that haunt black people today. The hauntings manifest in our self concept, behavior and within decision making. We often times function from a self-imposed disadvantage which ultimately is a life lived in Condemnation.
Far too many black people are condemned. Condemned by limited finances, condemned by the failure of the public schools in and near their neighborhoods - and there are countless blacks regulated to an experience that is reflective of previous generations, Void of Hope. Tupac Shakur reminded us of the collective belief that all hope is lost. That hope has no secure home.
“The truth is there is no hope for the future.”
This is what Shakur believed. This is what the enraged looter is sharing with the world. He is sick and tired of the promises that America has not lived up to...he is beating on his chest as a gorilla does when he wants attention or when he needs to mark his territory. Unlike the gorilla, the black man...black woman...the black person does not feel at home, at peace or free to claim territory.
In most cases the black people who have spent time protesting and destroying property have no idea how to express themselves. They are wandering voiceless souls using the identity of America's former transgressions -violence and mayhem- to say, 'Look at me. I am human too.' Inconsequently, this is where Black America differs from White America. We do not have blood on our hands...no blood from the slaughter of Native Americans...no blood from the African that was forced to be a recipient of imperialistic rape.
The disarrayed in-protest response has been within the fabric of America for decades so my reasoning should not excuse the desperate effort to be acknowledged...white people have reacted the same way too.
But, it has typically been in response to their University winning a national sport’s championship. And yet, blacks get the question,
Why are you all destroying shit?
The backlash is a -REACTION- that stems from a black man being executed by the police. These REACTIONS have become commonplace...a regular occurrence. Why?
Because the killing of the black man in America is a systematic atrocity which has been a reality..a sport for more than 100 years.
The RESPONSE is ridiculous and outlandish in some ways - but I understand. I agree that vandalism is inappropriate - and is a shallow RESPONSE to a calculated conspiracy to Tame the Gorilla.
There will always be a REACTION to the killing of the unloved In-Danger Species, The Black Man. The chaos in the aftermath is a sign of desperation. It is a RESPONSE to the inflicted Condemnation.
Black people worldwide have been under attack for years...condemned for years. Consequently, I do believe if black people had the means -some not all...only the Field Niggers- would strike back with devastating blows like a Nat Turner.
Hoping it does not become all out war. But, the Gorilla’s Back is against a wall...the gorilla is preparing to pounce...The Gorilla Is.