The recent shooting by a white male, Devin Patrick Kelly (26) at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas highlights so much about this nation. Most notably it reminds us that America continues to exist with the same blood-stained hands that were initially bloodied with the extermination of indigenous populations and the African holocaust, two events that were pre-requisites to the founding of this nation.
Although rarely viewed through the correct lens, there is little room to debate that the vast majority of politico-economic and physical violence that has occurred on the North American continent is attributable to white males. Such a truth has failed to inform other segments of this nation that it is suicidal for them to sit unprotected against the physical, politico-economic, and cultural violence that has been a staple of a seemingly insatiable population of white males. It is not a stretch to assert that white males have historically operated from a mantra of “it’s either my way or the highway.” Hence, there is little room to debate that it has been this population that has a claim to the title of “menace to society”; strangely the moniker never attaches itself to this population of domestic terrorists in a significant manner. White males are evaluated in regards to their own merits, never does society view them as a monolithic population; black men have never been so fortunate.
As a highly-educated African-American male who has achieved a few positive things in his life, I will tell you that I have never been afforded this luxury. In the America that black men struggle to survive within, nothing, and I do mean nothing, not educational attainments, church membership, gainful employment, social responsibility, being a doting father over our children, separates us from being linked to what can be best termed the surliest elements within Black America. Rest assured that African-American men and women realize that if a terrorist attack of this type occurs at the hand of an African-American, the consequences for each of us would be colossal as it would be felt in the economic sector, the political arena, and an extreme escalation of cultural wars.
In many ways, it has been these wide strokes of a loosely held paintbrush that has painted all black men as derelicts and a negative on society. The alluded to falsity that all African-American men are a “menace to society” has been repeated so often that there is a segment of Black America that believes this fallacy.
Were I reckless in my thoughts and decided to mimic the routine pattern of whites painting all African-Americans — male and female — in a negative light, I could assert that I am deathly afraid to leave my home as white males are serial killers who strike without the slightest provocation. Rest assured that such fears could be supported by evidence shows that it was white males who have executed domestic terrorist attacks that have taken the lives of innocent Americans, regardless of their race/ethnicity, on a whim. This white male that I allude to has recently executed attacks against people enjoying themselves at a concert (Las Vegas — 58 dead and 489 wounded), praising the Lord in a church service (Sutherland Springs — 26 dead) or studying the Gospel (Charleston — 9 dead).
One thing is for certain, Devin Patrick Kelley is operating out of this nation’s grandest tradition of white males serving as self-appointed corrective agents eager to simultaneously express their personal angst and failings by issuing corrective action on a society that no longer caters exclusively to them. I am confident that you realize that they make their political statements via the most violent means available; an option made possible by the availability of assault rifles to citizens.
Although I doubt that anyone has the courage to state that Devin Patrick Kelley is only the latest reiteration of a long line of white terrorists. If we confine our analysis to the North American continent it is obvious that Kelley’s actions were no different than those performed by “paddy rollers” who were tasked with controlling the movements of stolen Africans, the Ku Klux Klan that dedicated their lives to terrorizing blacks for over a century, the 2nd Klan that demanded new immigrants “become white” in the post-WWI period, a moment where these same white males also lynched African-Americans in the streets during “the Red Summer”, or the recent string of terrorist attacks on American citizens that appear to have “no rhyme or reason.”
Even a cursory examination of the historical record of white males on the North American continent from the establishment of the Roanoke colony through this present moment shows them as not only terrorists but also an apex predator on the North American continent.
Unfortunately for sane and well-adjusted Americans, including white males, this nation has resisted the logical step of “calling a spade, a spade.” And it is for that reason that we should all expect that this latest act of domestic terrorism will have no impact at all on either gun laws, mental health services, or the way we view white males. And for that reason, all Americans will remain in a state of peril.
May God bless this nation, we most certainly need it.
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
© Manhood, Race, and Culture, 2017