AFRICANGLOBE – Apparently columnists Victor Davis Hanson, writing in the conservative National Review magazine, and Richard Cohen, writing in the supposedly progressive Washington Post newspaper, share similar reactions to the racial issues inflamed by the brutal killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Cohen said he “doesn’t know whether (George) Zimmerman is a racist.” Hanson warns his progeny to avoid any contact with young Black males at any time.
First: Young Black male criminals are quintessential Americans with their “Me, myself and I” attitude. They are products of American culture, not Black culture. And like most White Americans, they are well aware that messing with a Black person in this country will result in much less legal concern and punishment than messing with a White person.
That’s why I am much more likely to be a victim of a young Black male criminal than Hanson or Cohen. It’s also the main reason that the overwhelming majority of killings by low-income young Black males are of other low-income Black males. They are allowed to kill each other with impunity.
Second: Hanson, Cohen, and their Black White supremacist allies aren’t the only ones who are fearful when walking down the public streets in certain neighborhoods. Yes, there is such a thing as a Black White supremacist. Check out anything written by Shelby Steele of Stanford University’s Hoover Institute, and anything said by former Florida congressman Allen West.
As for me, there isn’t a mostly White neighborhood in the nation in which I would walk down a public street alone. I would immediately go on the alert if a group of young White male were walking towards us. There are public bars in which White male patrons react with much hostility if a Black man enters, even if that Black man is dressed like a Wall Street banker.
Finally, since Hanson and Cohen and many of their White brethren insist on judging all young Black males in particular and all Black males in general by the actions of young Black male criminals, I am compelled to judge them by the reality that nearly all of the most violent sexual psychopathic killers and mass murderers are White males.
By: A. Peter Bailey, Mr. Bailey can be contacted at [email protected].