In a long forgotten admonishment, Malcolm X told white progressives that the most efficient manner that they could make a contribution to the struggle for racial equality is by returning to their indigenous community and combating white bigotry at that location.
In many ways, Malcolm’s sage advice was particularly poignant as it allowed progressive whites a glimpse of the virulent hatred that the white supremacist that call themselves the ‘Alt-Right’ harbor in their hearts and souls. Blacks have always believed that until progressive whites have been affected by the demonic possession that takes hold of such individuals that they can not comprehend the terror that has shadowed blacks for the past several centuries.
If nothing else, the recent terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia provides whites with a clear view of the unbridled hatred and ‘by any means necessary’ politics that domestic terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, Knights of the White Camellia, and ‘Alt-Right’ have used against African-Americans for centuries. The hatred that I am referring to is a furious rage that seeks to destroy all that it contacts.
I am confident that for many progressive whites this most recent attack by white terrorists determined to rule this nation ‘by any means necessary’ reminds them of the ‘radical Islamic terrorist’ that Donald Trump railed against during his repeated criticisms of Barack Hussein Obama.
Most revealing has been Trump supporter and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke insistence that the white supremacist who arrived in Charlottesville were putting action to Donald J. Trump’s promise to “make America great again.” I agree with Duke’s contention that the assembled white supremacists consider themselves Trump’s ‘storm troopers’ and this moment will be remembered as ‘a defining moment’ in how White America views itself.
For the first time since the founding of this nation, the white populace has witnessed the true wages of the socially constructed whiteness. It is difficult to argue against the assertion that the foremost symptoms of whiteness are a far-reaching social blindness and political ignorance that appears in the forms of xenophobia, racial bigotry, gender bias, and a general refusal to consider an alternative worldview that questions an omnipotent and omnipresent white privilege. Although difficult to consider, the loss of life that occurred in the Charlottesville protests may very well be the elusive threshold that causes sober-minded whites on both the left and the right of the aisle to finally recognize and take action against the lethal dangers associated with white domestic terrorism.
As always, the path to destroying white bigotry and institutional racism runs directly through White America. It will most certainly be interesting to watch their actions in the wake of a lethal domestic terrorist attack. Will they be able to join forces with like-minded individuals in a heroic struggle to extinguish white supremacy or will they cower in the face of white bigots who remind them that there is strength in numbers? Time will reveal which path well-meaning whites have chosen. More importantly, history will judge how they either confront or ignore this evil that has historically possessed the nation’s soul like a demonic spirit.
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2017