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White Fear: The Single Greatest Killer of Black People in the US

news-missouri-shooting-1-slWhile writing a piece yesterday about John Crawford – the 22-year-old killed in Walmart for playing with a toy gun – I became aware of another story of ‘homicide by cop’ inflicted upon an unarmed black teenager. Michael Brown, 18, was seen running in his home town of Ferguson, Mo, a suburb of St. Louis, and moments later, he was shot dead in the streets by Ferguson Police. I am just so tired of covering these stories. And I feel overcome with powerlessness as white fear claims yet another innocent life in the black community.

Explanations as to why Brown was killed abound. According to the AP, the FBI is already looking into the causes of his death. But, initially, police authorities were not releasing any information regarding the homicide to anyone including the teen’s family. Following the shooting, police sectioned off the area and left Brown’s body lying in the streets for hours as the community looked on in anger, hurt, and rage. As the crowds grew and organized into a protest, over 100 cops with assault rifles, shotguns, and dogs were called in to ‘protect the crime scene.’

While watching this horror unfold, all I could think about was the multitudinous historical events of terror inflicted on blacks since the 1790s. From the mass beheadings and maimings on the heels of Nat Turner’s Rebellion to the destruction of private property in the 1920s burning of Black Wall Street conveniently called the “Tulsa Race Riots” (although only whites were rioting), white fear has taken the form of terror for black folks attempting sanctity and mobility in their own lives.

White fear has manifested itself in outright violence post-slavery through the imposition of Jim Crow segregation. White fear has manifested itself legislatively via redlining laws and cruel lending practices barring blacks from owning property in ‘white neighborhoods.’ White fear has manifested itself in so many structural ways that it has become part and parcel with the fundamental functions of every private and governmental institution in this country. White fear is inescapable.

The fear that black people would become too wealthy or accomplished was what caused early twentieth century southern whites to strategically lynch some of the most accomplished black families, the ones who owned a horse and buggy or a nice suit jacket. The fear that black women would steal white ‘massas’ from their whites wives resulted in the intentional objectification of black women’s bodies and hair, demoralizing them, beastializing them, making them into sexual beings rather than human beings. The fear that blacks were thinking too highly of themselves and threatening white business ownership was what caused them to burn it down on June 21st, 1921. White fear has systematically and by design demolished and suppressed black wealth, mobility, and familial progress for over three centuries. What we are witnessing today is no accident.

When black families were lynched, whites would congregate, often taking pictures with the corpses of black bodies post-mortem. They would leave the bodies for days – and sometimes weeks – hanging in trees birthing the phrase “strange fruit.” This was a primary point of control for whites because seeing the swinging corpses both struck fear into other blacks, potentially dissuading them from rocking the boat, and also made clear that whites deemed blacks absolutely worthless. While we rarely see hanging nooses now, we often see dead, dying, or demoralized black bodies struggling for humanity in streets, Walmarts, apartment hallways, etc. We see them and their purpose is identical.

White fear doesn’t just exist on an individual level. Yes, it was to blame when Michael Dunn shot and killed Jordan Davis, when George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, when Theodore Wafer shot and killed Renisha McBride, when Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, when Officer Randall Kerrick shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell, and even now as we discuss John Crawford and Michael Brown. But it is much graver than individual animus.

You don’t have to be white to suffer from white fear. White fear causes upper-class black people to whitewash and downplay their own blackness just to achieve social ‘success.’ Perceived social benefits of ‘acting white’ cause many blacks to also fear ‘the other’ black people who might harm them or their families. But, make no mistake, it is a tool of oppression created by whites seeking unrelenting and perpetual dominance in the US.

Many (white) people believe it only exists between people because they choose to ignore its tentacle-like influences on public media, popular culture, education, immigration policy, and social welfare programs. They use their fear to justify their senseless aggression toward black and brown bodies. Then they sit as judge and jury indicting black teens for eating snacks, smoking weed one time, or running fast. Meanwhile, white teenaged boys live fruitful lives after mowing down entire groups of people while under the influence of stolen alcohol because they suffer from ‘affluenza.’ A drunk white murderer is worth more than a dead black honor student. Such is the function of white fear.

White fear is killing us. It is causing us to fear black skin. It is segregating neighborhoods. It is closing public schools. It is cutting welfare benefits to mothers and children. It is undermining a presidency. It is criminalizing black bodies. It is incarcerating black identities. It is limiting black potential. It is sexualizing black girls. And, it is shooting black boys in the streets of their own neighborhoods.

White fear is the single greatest cause of death for black people today and has been so since this country’s inception. White fear.

 *Writer’s note: The post image has been changed as the Brown family has requested the social media removal of Mike Brown’s lifeless body.


 

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Jenn M. Jackson

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Jenn M. Jackson is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. She is a native of Oakland, CA, resided in sunny SoCal for a decade, and now lives in the Chicago suburbs. Bringing the bourgie and good measure of the nerdy, she fearlessly writes about politics, pop culture, and whatever other topics in black America have firmly planted a bee in her bonnet.
  • Lashuntrice

    WOW!

  • ATLmom

    Thank you Jena for this insightful piece. I would add one more source to the cause of White fear. In the plantation era south, black slaves outnumbered their white owners 4:1 in the general population. However, on a large plantation, the slaves might outnumber the owner and his family by 20:1. There was a constant fear that if they allowed the slaves any power at all, they could easily uprise and overtake their owners. So, to maintain control and appease their fear, they used terror and intimidation to ‘keep the slaves in their place’ I think this fear – and the desire to keep black folks down – continued on in Southern culture well into the 1970’s and still exists in rural areas of the deep south. And the remnants of that fear linger on in anyone who was born before the 1980’s – it was taught to us by our parents and grandparents. For instance, growing up in a small southern town, my mother would not allow me to go downtown on Saturdays because this was the day the black folks did their shopping. As if some black man was going to attack a little white girl at the bakery in broad daylight! I have witnessed this white fear in myself, and I hate it. So I work hard to acknowledge it and try to overcome this unjustified fear….but I think too many white folks don’t even accept that it exists, much less attempt to correct it.

    • Mskby

      Exactly right. If we deny it’s existence we can think better of ourselves and live in our bubble. It exists, but most deny it’s existence and fail to realize when they are acting upon it.

    • Amanda

      Well….. When in your lifetime (I’m a white woman) there has been more black crime perpetrated against you and your family than the opposite….. I think to myself: Why shouldn’t I be afraid??? LOOK AT THE STATISTICS…. Black on white time is still very prevalent and more than the opposite!! I was beat up by black girls at the state fair for no reason at all! And my cousin was raped by a black guy and now has biracial girl by him. This “whites are responsible for all evils” mentality is such bullshit and is NOT going to solve the present day problems !!!

    • caligirl

      it’s not just in the south–it’s all over the united states. the other states use the southern states as their scapegoat/cover. appreciate your honesty in this comment though. respect to you.

  • Mary Burrell

    Glad to find you, This is a great blog.

  • Mary Burrell

    Yes and Yes to all of that. Well said. So glad i found your blog.

  • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

    This is a very excellent article that people should read.

  • Ara Marliala

    Well written piece. I wanted to write something but I’m filled with too much anger towards Whites at the moment to be objective in my writings so my question is: WTF do Whites have to be fearful of? They invaded Africa, killing, stealing, enslaving and dragging the people out of their continent for hundreds of years, brought them to a land they stole from Natives, torture, raping, our children, men and women. We’ve had years of apartheid, Jim Crow, racism, mental and physical abuse, denigration, humiliation at the hands of these SAVAGES but they’re fearful of us? WTF do Whites have to be fearful of? TELL ME!!!

    • jeanette

      Because karma is a B#$%h! That is why they fear us!

      • USMC_Hoosier

        What does karma have to do with it? How many whites, in your lifetime, have owned black slaves? Stop presenting yourself as a victim because your ancestors were slaves. Whites were slaves as well, just further back than American slavery. We live in a culture that gives government backed preference to people of color, yet you still cry victim.

    • Scottlowther

      > they’re fearful of us

      No, we’re really not.

    • detroitrockcity

      Nothing at all. Whenever there is a riot of blacks in this country, you hear talk of a race war. With blacks only constituting roughly 10% of the US population, it would be more like an ethnic cleansing than a war. Blacks and white will forever have their differences, as long as the history from 100 years ago is not let go. Not all blacks are the same as the stereotype. Not all whites are violent and war like alpha males who want to beat up and kill blacks. It’s all stereotypes. There needs to be honest and open discussion amongst all Americans of every color and religion. A race war would mean the end of blacks in America. Not the answer.

    • Amanda

      The statistics speak for themselves, far more whites today are victims of interracial crime. I am a white woman who was beat up by three black girls at the fair when I was 16 years old, for no reason at all. You non-white races obviously hate us for past wrongdoings that us current white folks cannot change……..so why wouldn’t we be afraid of violence at any moment?

    • Amanda

      (White woman): LOOK AT THE STATISTICS: I’m afraid of being raped (my cousin was raped by a black man), robbed (my roommate was robbed by black men right when he moved into his new house in MN), or shot/killed (again, refer to recent homicide statistics). Also I work in management consulting…. Afraid of being sued if I don’t recommend someone who is not white. Feel pressure to give special privileges to non-white races eve if they’re not bright or not the right person for the job. Fear that everyone hates me just because I’m white and will never stop blaming our race for present day problems that typically should be accounted for by personal responsibility.

      • Amanda

        Also forgot: I swear to God I was beat up by three black girls at the Minnesota State fair when I was 16 years old. I was beat up because I was eating cookies and milk and one of them ran into me, and apparently I was on her way. I was thrown on the ground, punch, my hair pulled out. The girls ended up saying I was racist and it got charged as a race crime, the girls received no punishment at all. I have never done anything intentionally harmful to another black person. In fact, I am the first to donate money to special causes, I have even been on a mission trip to Haiti. I am beyond sick of this bullshit thinking that whites are responsible for your present day problems.

    • stopcryingyoulefties

      You do understand that slavery, rape, genocide and mutilation are still part of every day life in Africa, correct?

      I should also inform you that Europeans were not poaching black people in Africa. Rival tribes in Africa have for thousands of years hunted each-other killed all of those people who they did not deem useful and took the rest as slaves. They then began to sell them to European traders. So not it did not go down how you and other black people claim. That is just ridiculous.

      You call us savages and yet this still goes on daily in Africa and no where else in the world. Please use logic and critical thinking.

      • http://www.jennmjackson.com/ Jenn M. Jackson

        What does this have to do with the article? Atrocities happen all over the world, including the US. You are derailing and it’s pitiful.

        • stopcryingyoulefties

          Apparently, even a moderator does not understand how proper discussion goes. Whether or not my comment particularly applied to the story, it was addressing a claim that the threads original post author had made.

          I quote: “WTF do Whites have to be fearful of? They invaded Africa, killing, stealing, enslaving and dragging the people out of their continent for hundreds of years”

          Also, the fact that you selected my comment is a bit curious, for the reason that if you believe my comment does not apply to the article(it shouldn’t anyway) than you should believe the all of the posts in the hierarchical thread should be moot as well, starting with the original post in the order.

  • Jimbo Franks

    what a fucking load of horse shit this article is.

    • http://www.digipotent.com/ Damir

      Do you get paid to be a dumb troll?

      • USMC_Hoosier

        Do you?

  • Mark Bryant

    White fear? Another racist idea invented to supposedly solve racial issues. Whites kill blacks, but blacks kill more whites, and blacks kill more blacks, so should we also go around discussing “black fear” and “double black fear”?

    No. The reality here is, anytime anything goes wrong and a white man and a black man are involved, absurd ideas like “white fear” are posited as the root cause. You have no idea what went wrong in this individual circumstance with this man/policeman. You think you can solve racial issues through broad generalizations and stereotypes? You are part of the problem.

    • TheZuluNation

      Thanks for proving the point of the article LMAO

      • Amanda

        Right- whites are to blame for all the problems in the black community…..go visit other African countries, then come back to this country and then tell me how you feel.

        • TheZuluNation

          What does Africa have to do w/ Blacks in the U.S.? Completely different culture. Seems like your guilt is getting in the way… and Whites have a lot to do w/ problems in the Black community. Which group of people are in control of the system?

          • Sergiethemeerkat

            The Mongols?

    • http://www.digipotent.com/ Damir

      You seem to live on some other planet dude… Just have a look around the world about how many innocent people has your white government killed so far. More than nazis. Let’s not talk about your history of slavery, and you still dare call other people a problem? Yes, you have proven the point of the article. I just wonder, if you are armed enough to fight your own shadows once you kill everyone else?!

      • Crystal Thomase

        Omg! This guy is my hero for this one. Well said.

      • Jaster

        I’d be willing to bet Mark Bryant has zero history with slavery.

      • Nicholas

        How can you say the government is white when the president is black?………

    • donlon77 .

      It’s odd when white males play victim. Doesn’t seem genuine. Reverse racism is a myth. Not saying only whites can be racist. But white males run the world, unfortunately.

      • Jaster

        I don’t get white people. How could they ever play the victim? Not one white person has ever had anything bad happen to them.

        And I agree about the turmoil. Every non-white country lives in complete harmony, while every white country is complete shit. No wonder everyone is immigrating to non-white countries.

        • Mike Larrabee

          Pain and suffering doesn’t see skin color. This comment outlines the issues of rasism. An unwillingness to see things from others position because they are different and other.

        • Nicholas

          A white person has never gotten cancer? A white person has never been murdered? A white person has never been raped? A white person has never been robbed? A white person has never died? Shut the **** up you ignorant piece of ****.

        • Amanda

          Are you kidding me?!?! I am a white woman and three black girls beat my ass at the state fair when I was younger, 16 y/o- unprovoked for no reason at all! The girls ended up calling it a race crime and did not get charged with anything, of course. All other countries are living in harmony?! Another joke. That is why women have no rights and are being tormented in other countries like India and Asia. Nonwhite races- stop blaming white people for your current problems. Take out student loans and work hard for it like I did. Or if you’re going to hate on our country then go somewhere else.

          • TheZuluNation

            “Are you kidding me?!?! I am a white woman and three black girls beat my ass at the state fair when I was younger, 16 y/o- unprovoked for no reason at all! The girls ended up calling it a race crime and did not get charged with anything, of course”

            This is fuckin’ BS. Those girls would be serving time if they committed a crime on an innocent, young, 16 y/o White girl. If it was the other way around, those girls would get off just like these cops do for killing minorities. FOH with that made up story. I hear that story too much on the Internet. You racists aren’t very creative or bright.

          • Amanda

            I swear on Jesus Christ! I didn’t make it up. It happened at Minnesota state fair. I was pushed on the ground and swung around by my hair. God knows the truth. Whatever, continue believing the worldview that will allow you to continue to blame someone else (white responsible for everything) for your culture’s problems. Look at the statistics- they don’t lie.

          • TheZuluNation

            Ok, well if it did in fact happen I am sorry that happened to you. However I am sure you were granted justice and who ever did that to you had to pay for it, correct? And statistics? Where are your statistics? The media portrayal of African-Americans ain’t statistics lol

          • Amanda

            No they did not pay for it because they called it a race crime the black girls called me racist even though they beat me up for no reason. No the cops let the black girls go, probably did not want to deal with a law dispute or something.

            The statistics I am referring to include interracial statistics, black on white crime, murder, violence, rape, etc. I am not referring to the media portrayal.

            I just don’t believe the “White people are responsible for present day black people problems mentality” is going to get us anywhere as a country.

            All I am saying is that in my little lifetime of real experiences, I have, and my family have experienced a lot more black on white discrimination and violence. So how is this fair, and I’m supposed to walk around feeling guilty??

          • Lexxs

            Whites use lies extensively to advance their cause of white racist supremacy

          • Tammy McPhetridge

            Lol your the racist sweetie so look in the mirror! 😂

          • Lexxs

            That does not change the fact that Whites use lies extensively to advance the cause of white supremacy/racism

          • ScottyB

            You, and others that support this site, are racist as fuck. Just admit it already; it’s quite obvious.

          • Lexxs

            You’re here so you must be talking about yourself.

          • ScottyB

            Oh wow. I’m dealing with someone who doesn’t understand the difference between “supporting this site” and “commenting on this site.” I refuse to believe people are this stupid, so I’m assuming this is a troll site.

          • Michael Aloi Jr.

            True asf

        • Kitty

          I was bullied, threatened and jumped by hispanic girls because I am part white and part hispanic but they only saw me as white because I’m light skinned. They didn’t believe I was part hispanic. I never did anything about it because I was pretty much afraid to I was also 14. Thankfully people don’t usually question my hispanic heritage anymore.
          When you say “Not one white person has ever had anything bad happen to them.” what do you mean? I am unclear of the context because obviously bad things happen to everyone. I could counter it and say “Not one black person had ever had anything good happen to them” but again this statement is false. Neither you nor I know every single black person to prove that statement true. However if you do not mean it literally it could be interpretred as “Not one white person has ever had something -racially- bad happen to them” again you do not know every white person. If I assume you mean most I would agree. You should be careful of your word choice. However if you did mean it completely literal or meant that no white person has ever been racially discriminated you are ignorant as discrimination- any type -is not exclusive.

          • ScottyB

            That guy was being sarcastic.

        • Lexxs

          Before the evil white devils came to Africa no one locked their doors. There was no poverty, no police and no prisons. Whites brought kiddie porn and businesses that degraded women like strip clubs and porn. Whites brought dollar credit slavery and banking scams. Whites invented racism and feminism . Whites invented the sexodus and mgtow. Whites brought poisonous junk foods and environmental degradation. Not to mention corrupt laws and government scams. All of this and even more evils were spread throughout the world by whites.

          • Tammy McPhetridge

            Lol moron

          • Lexxs

            You are unable to refute the truth of my comment.

          • ScottyB

            So why don’t blacks just refuse to take part in any of that bad stuff whites do? Just don’t go to strip clubs and watch porn. Whites must be mind controlling blacks too right? Otherwise blacks wouldn’t do any of that crazy shit.

          • Lexxs

            No, the culture that whites created in the US debases everyone.

          • ScottyB

            Yeah, that didn’t answer the question. Try again.

        • Tammy McPhetridge

          Um let’s see, Darren Wilson was the victim? Also your obviously ignorant and believe stereotypes while at the same time getting upset if blacks are stereotyped? lol what a joke. Blacks are creating more racism in last 10 years with their bs constant claims. Go to school, parent your kids, do the right thing, and quit blaming whites for all the black communities problems!

          • ScottyB

            That is sarcasm. The guy is basically matching the ridiculousness of this site with an equally outlandish reply.

      • USMC_Hoosier

        Reverse racism is not a myth. It fully exists and until you acknowledge it, you will not make things better. All people should treat all people with dignity and respect.

        • donlon77 .

          White males are in positions of power. They aren’t being discriminated against because they don’t fit into someone else’s culture.

          • USMC_Hoosier

            Racism has nothing to do with power. It has to do with race, religion and any other difference and how an individual feels about them based solely on that aspect of the person.

      • Mike Larrabee

        Lol. And Africa is such a peaceful place.

      • me

        Its just racism. There is no reverse thing going on. Your racist against white people and thats ok.

        • http://jennmjackson.com Jenn M. Jackson

          Actually, I’m not “racist against White people.” I am honest about historic racism and it’s lasting effects on the US. Thanks for reading though!

        • Emperor Donlon

          Calling out racism doesn’t make me a racist. That’s another trick whites use to deflect attention away from their racism.

        • Lexxs

          False.

      • Lexxs

        Whites will lie or do anything they can to diffuse recognition or discussion of white evils. Being psychotic narcissists is a component of the belief in white supremacy.

        • Tammy McPhetridge

          Hide behind you racist crap online with no picture of who you are lol

          • Lexxs

            You comment is irrelevant and does not change the truth is what I just said

      • Raja Bala

        Actually, I would assume that its white women who now rule the world. So the racism actually stems from them.

      • Tammy McPhetridge

        Reverse racism is a myth you know why idiot? Because it’s just plain racism. Look up the meaning old the word. Any and every color, race can be and do have racist people . Blacks need to quit trying to change the meaning of the word and look in mirror.

      • tina

        Their are reasons why they run the world, is to destroy the poor.

    • Crystal Thomase

      Stfu you blued white devil. You whites are murderers, from back then to. Through out history, you murdered raped indigenous peoples of earth. Even my Latin America u stole, you damn thieves!

      • Jaster

        No shit right? Whites are pure evil. All they do is kill non-whites. In fact, there has never been any documented instance where a non-white has ever done anything even remotely wrong.
        I mean look at North Korea. That place would thrive if it wasn’t for the white dictatorship. Oh, and how about those whites that behead people in the middle east. Nasty whites. Oh, and that white governor in the Mexican town that ordered white policemen to kidnap those college kids. Then they were turned over to the white Mexican gangs to be brutally murdered.
        Of course we have all those white Africans that sold blacks to American whites back in the day. And, regarding present day slavery: whites are the only race to still have slaves.
        What’s also interesting is that white countries are SO BAD for non-whites that the non-whites are LEAVING white countries in droves. White countries have the lowest immigration rates because their countries are so oppressive to non-whites.
        Everytime I talk to a white person all they say is, “I need to kill me some non-whites.”
        White people countries are the least civilized, most oppressive, least progressive, and the least diverse. Non-whites would never move to a white country.
        If you research non-white history you will find nothing bad.
        I really wish whites would stop their mass immigration to other countries.
        It’s OK to lump all people of one race together, if they are white that is.
        Only whites can be racist. Why? Oh, because you know, they deserve it. I mean come on, slavery and all. All whites today would go right back to slavery don’t you know?
        All non-whites are perfect.
        White people are bad. It’s science.

      • USMC_Hoosier

        See, thanks for showing how reverse racism works. Certainly not a myth.

    • Donna Green

      White do it all the time….Broad generalizations and stereotypes. Police in NC fires 4 shots at Black man reaching for his wallet. Black man trying to get help, police shoots without asking question. Yes Mark there is White Fear & no it won’t solve racial issues.

      • USMC_Hoosier

        This is a true statement. But to portray our nation as one that white hate blacks is not totally true. Yes, some whites hate blacks, some blacks hate whites. If you don’t believe that to be true, then you must be willfully turning a blind eye.

    • Damon Craven

      Well. whatever the circumstances involving Michael Brown and officer Darren Wilson were, was it really that serious for him to shoot the guy? And not only that, Michael’s body was left laying out in the sun for HOURS!!! Not minutes. Not seconds. HOURS!!! When white men are shot and killed by police, are THEIR bodies left lying in the sun for HOURS at a time? Do the officers endangered or threatened when white men resist arrest and whatnot? And as far as white fear goes, white fear is VERY REAL!!!! Broad generalizations and stereotypes are basically the foundation of this country and what white folks used to BUILD this country. So, in a way, you’re right, white fear IS a racist idea invented to “supposedly” solve racial issues. But it wasn’t invented by blacks- IT WAS INVENTED BY WHITES!!!

  • Linda Gonzalez

    This was the result of the hate started by our Republican leaders. It is time we took them out of office before the create any more damage. We must vote them out of office and out of our Nation. We must let them know this is our Nation and not for sale. We can not allow them to continue spreading hate and fear. It has to stop. We demand Human Rights laws be followed by other countries yet our own Nation leaders are slowly but surely trying to take every right we have. Enough! We must get them out of office! OUT! Show them the door and don’t let it hit them on their A.. on the way out!

    • detroitrockcity

      Strange you would say it’s the fault of the Republicans. Do you realize that the staggering majority of Americans are… Wait for it.. Republican. In fact conservatives/Republicans outnumber liberal/Democrats by almost 3 to 1. (and growing by leaps and bounds as a result of Obama’s laughable, incompetent, disastrous joke of presidency) 8 out of every 10 Americans reaching voting age this year will be conservative. To disparage nearly everyone you know with these kind of false generalizations is unfair and misplaced. If you love your country, if you’re a parent, if you have a job, or just believe in the future, you will never ever vote for a Democrat. Now unless you’ve been in a coma for the past six years, I don’t have to tell you how badly the Democrats have screwed up this nation. It’s down to you and just a handful of low information voters that are still in support of this nefarious fringe party. Their incompetence have turned millions of former Democrats into lifelong Republicans. They have shown in stark clarity the failures of liberalism. The people have woken up to the evil and corruption of the dem party. They are finished. And Obama and Harry Reid have nailed the last nails into the Democrat coffin. All that’s left is for the 78% of the American electorate that are absolutely disgusted with liberals and Democrats to bury them next week at the polls. The end of the Democrat party is a big win for the American people. The only unfortunate aspect of the approaching demise of the dem party is that it didn’t happen sooner. That so many Americans had to suffer great harm at the hands of Democrats is truly unfortunate. But at least it’s finally happened and we can join together as one people and drive liberalism and socialism from this great country once and for all. The next 30 years will be similar to the 30 years after Jimmy Carter, but without a Bill Clinton to break up the conservative hegemony.

  • True Black

    Wow such dynamic writing, I can see the tears of our ancestors and can feel that pain Unfortunately whites could never see nor feel it as you nor I , maybe that is also a part of white fear acknowledging their ancestors also but not in the same way and have to face themselves.

  • Susan

    What a horrible state of affairs that white people could have kidnapped black people from their homes of origin in Africa and drag them against their will, in great fear, and in terrible, even death-dealing, circumstances across the ocean to another continent, treated them as animals, sold them at auction, owned them, worked them, beat them, deprived them of the comfort of family and culture, only to eventually be forced by a devastating war to free them. Then, and still to this day, to continue mistreating and abusing the modern descendants of those earlier enslaved black people is even more horror. I agree with this author that FEAR is at the basis of not only the historic behavior, but lies at the root of today’s hideous present ongoing demeaning and assaultive behavior and murder of black people – killed just for existing.

    It is utterly WRONG to treat our fellow citizens in this way. No matter that the original black people were forcibly brought here against their will…their descendants are citizens of America by their very birth and are entitled to each and every freedom and every bit of human respect and decency accorded every white citizen. This SHOULD be reality, but it is NOT YET the reality.

    I am ashamed of what white people have done and continue to do in their horrible actions against our fellow black humans. What could possibly ever be the thinking that would elevate the color white above any other color?? Whatever it is, it is all fear-based and I reject it. I refuse to fear my black brothers and sisters. Refuse to do it.

    Those of us who are white and do not support and condone this heart-rending, tragic assault on our fellow black countrymen (or for that matter our fellow countrymen of any non-white color) have a special responsibility to get off our asses and start standing up to the bigots with power, as well as the small-minded, mean-minded white trash in this country, who continue to live in fear of black people. We must stand together with our non-white fellow countrymen and demand and work for an end this senseless violence and killing. We simply MUST STOP IT.

    • Amanda

      LOOK AT THE STATISTICS- WE (white people) are trying! BLACK PEOPLE CONTINUE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WAY MORE CRIME THAN ANY OTHER RACIAL GROUP! CAN ANYONE ON HERE THINK OBJECTIVELY? Or do you just want all white people to die, PERIOD?!?!

  • John

    The term “white fear” does not apply to all whites and could do a lot of harm if it catches on and pi**es off the crusty, pathetic old white billionaires that control the media and government. All stereotypes and labels need to be dumped and ignorance on both sides needs to stop. Skin color does not matter at all, we are all part of the HUMAN race. If you are white, talk to a black person and be polite. I promise they will not bite.. After a while you will not even notice the color of their skin. We need to come together to peacefully fix our broken, oppressive system and biased media ASAP. Race and/or religion (or lack thereof) does not make anybody a monster. We all came from the Earth and will return to the Earth. Sooner or later all humans will have “mixed blood” as well. If we unite we could make America greater than it ever has been and advance faster than ever thought possible. The whole world would benefit from the results of a truly UNITED States.

    • phil

      Yet you are the pathetic troll that is trying to start s**t in the CNN
      comment section… I am sorry that your mommy does not love you, but
      being rude to others is not the way to go. There are more healthy
      outlets. Take care of yourself, champ. You will overcome the
      d o u c he baggery and make us all proud…..

      • John

        Good job copying and pasting a response that I made to your post, and was deleted by the mods I am flattered that you think so highly of what I said that you try to make it look like your own post. You are a special guy.

        • phil

          Yawn…Thanks i am special. You? Not so much

  • Dottie

    There are days I pray, the average white person would be able to step into my shoes. The stereotypes they are feed each day by television will become obsolete. They would recognize the lies they have been feed by the people (family, friends and teachers) that are supposed to present them the truth. When they actually come to terms with what it’s like to be in a world that was created for them. They would seek to destroy it as it goes against creation.

  • Get Off The TIP

    water cooler HELL… Integration full of tricks… come on ova… SYKE… just fooling… gv me a few more years in power… SYKE… Black President… SYKE…. Strange Fruit now Road Kill… u feel ME…

  • LeBalt

    Black folks, let start your own country, not racist, without any whites in it. Then move in there and live your happy life without “white fear that kills”. Sounds like a good idea?

    • detroitrockcity

      Yeah. And it can be self financed solely with black wealth. Sounds like a winner.

  • detroitrockcity

    So help me to understand this… The whites with hoods over their heads, torches in hand, armed to the teeth, galloping over the hills on horseback in huge raiding parties.. Were afraid of blacks? I used to think it was the other way around..

    • http://www.jennmjackson.com/ Jenn M. Jackson

      Are you implying that people who inflict violence on others can’t possibly be doing it because they are afraid of losing power? Why does blacks being afraid of the KKK mean that whites aren’t afraid of a black majority? This must not be a serious comment…

  • Randall

    Ever heard of a black guy shooting up a campus, elementary school or movie theater?. Exactly..most whit people are normal and good people. Some though, are still very stereotypical and scared of blacks. Maybe they’re scared that African-Americans have dominant physical genes. Or maybe its that we are naturally more outspoken and confident. Maybe subconsciously some white Americans still hate because they want to be us.. who knows. All I know is that one day in the summer, I was walking to the other side of the street and the car t hat was at the stop sign rolled up its driver window, (white woman) and left the passenger one down as I had to pass the car and cross the street. Stuff like this has been happening to me since I was a 10 year old kid…so yea.

    • Chukky

      LOL, I know what you mean, I’ll give you one better, Me and a friend of mine go fishing at the river, so we walk down this little path and see an open spot wide enough for the both of us, their are four white men fishing about 30 yards from us, they look at us and fear seem to come over them. now mine you, were just there to fish and we don,t crowd them, making sure they have much more space , well after 5 min’s they pack up and leave, we stay and spread out and catch all kind of fish, well finally the fish stop biting and its getting dark anyway so we pack up and leave, we have to walk up a hill and climb over a rail to get to our vehicle, when we climb over the rail we see the white men sitting in the car,,,THEY NEVER LEFT. well we pull out and I look in the rear view mirrow and see they have got back out and started back down toward the river, me and my buddy we laugh all the way home, its a shame some one is so insecure of being around another race that they would give up a great fishing spot , but hey; this happens a lot and we take advantage of their insecurities .

  • USMC_Hoosier

    The single greatest killer of black people in the US is other black people. Additionally, what happened to Michael Brown was not homicide. Evidence has shown Michael Brown in fact did assault officer Wilson. If we want racism to stop, we have to be truthful about what is going on. Stop race hating or this will never get better.

    • Chukky

      And the single greatest killer of white people is white people, people generally do crime in their own neighborhood. and what makes you think Michael brown assaulted the police officer, just because he said it,how do you get assaulted riding in a police car with a simi shotgun , a 38 revolver, a 1000 volt tasser , a 4ft long 22pd billy club, plus a set of brass knuckles on your side, all the while wearing a kelvar bullet proof vest, for anyone to believe this shit you have to be a racist of all racist or one very dumb ass person, and as the article states, you must be one scared ass punk armed like Wilson and still murder an unharmed citizen and cry …. I FEARED FOR MY LIFE. give me a break, GET SOME F…..G BALLS.

  • Schmitty

    Why do blacks insist on believing whites are afraid of them? Disgust would likely be a more accurate description. Perhaps black people should conquer their fear of being constructive members of a society they take so much from. Maybe stop listening to the gangsta rap and aspire to be more in life than an idiot. Stop blaming whitey and look in the mirror.

  • darryl bonner

    New black generation don’t give fuck bout that….we shootin

    • ScottyB

      …each other.

  • Mark B. Beard

    Jenn Jackson is ignorant. 93% of black people are killed by other black people.

    Police kill 3 times more white people then they do black people even though black people (who are 1/8th of the population) commit half the murders in the US.

    If you are white and kill someone you are 50% more likely to be sentenced to death then a black person.

  • Mike Larrabee

    Michael Brown was a thug. He was a thief and got what was coming to him. You hit a cop you should be shot. You walk into a store take what you want and shove the owner a side you should be shot. White, black, yellow, red, or purple with poke-a-dots you hit a cop you should be gunned down.

  • Nicholas

    The amount of racism, ignorance, and stupidity in this article and in the comments makes my brain hurt. I immensely regret clinking the link to this page.

  • Amanda
  • Black vs Paranoid White

    I hate paranoid white people. They are dangerous to innocent black people. They act as if they are always the victim when actually black people become the victim of their dangerous paranoia. I just dealt with this situation today. A white woman was parking her car in front of me saw me in my car when she came out of her car, then approached my car as if I was after or about to attack her. I came out my car and she acted as if she thought she recognized me basically trying to cover up the fact that she was checking me out to see if I would be a danger to her.

    • ScottyB

      The woman checked you out to see if you were dangerous by approaching you? Yup, that’s what people do for sure. There’s no way this is serious. People seriously make shit up about white people.

  • caligirl

    what they “fear” is an honest discussion by POLICYMAKERS about robust reparations. too many people only think about a one-time payment to all descendants of slaves, but real reparations would have to go much deeper than that, because a one-time payment cannot address the centuries of domestic terror, imprisonment, actual slavery, etc. truly leveling the playing field would require much more legislatively, and whites fear that because — after all — look how much we’ve been able to accomplish with NO HELP WHATSOEVER.

  • Lexxs

    In 1960 whites were 27% of the global population, today they are only 9% and falling. So progress is being made as whites are genetically annihilated thereby reducing white racism. That is great news!!

    • ScottyB

      That’s doesnt sound racist one bit. These are the types that support this site. Telling.

      • Lexxs

        Calling facts “racist” shows how bright you are. Answer; not very.

        • ScottyB

          Yeah, I wasn’t referring to your first sentence genius.

  • Lexxs

    White fear is an integral element of American life It exists in varying degrees in other countries with lots of whites too. Whites have a deep inclination to kill , steal, exploit and lie. It has been proven throughout history. Never fully trust a white person.

  • corey

    the article mentions is about white fear right….you mentioned George Zimmerman and Treyvon Martin, … you do realize that George Zimmerman is not white dont you. and since 1999, cops have consistantly killed more white people than black people every year, almost double. And if this article is supposed to be about how racist white people are…the fact that you saying something negative about an entire race, means that you are exactially what you claim white people are….a racist. All races: Whites, Blacks, Asians, Hispanics….all races are killed by the cops…and it will never change until black people stop blaming EVERYTHING on racist white people and make it only about yourselves. Yes, black lives do matter, but so do white lives and no matter how often a white person gets killed by the police, you people completely refuse to acknowledge it. Like when a black cop shot and killed an unarmed 20 year old white kid named Dillon Taylor while he was walking do the road listing to his MP# player…where is his justice…..Everytime something happens and black people blame white people we take a step backwards…and constantly blaming white people and constantly pointing your fingers at white people is going to piss off more and more and more white people until this country turns into what you people already claim that it is…a bunch of white people that hate black people….stop blaming race because racism wont go away until you learn to shut the hell up and quit being so biased, ignorant and hypocritical….do the research, black people are not the only victim and they are not even the majority of the victims…2012, cops killed 183 black people and 323 white people

    • ScottyB

      These people dismiss Dillon Taylor, Kelly Thomas, and many others because it doesn’t fit the nice little narrative they’ve hitched their wagon to: whites are the problem. They can find a way to skew anything to fit this narrative, no matter how outlandish.

  • Tammy McPhetridge

    This piece should be removed or ammended for the racist bs it is. This was written without facts in these cases. With only assumptions that white racism cause these events! Now facts have come out that the feurguson claim was complete bs. Black witnesses and autopsy helped prove in 3 different investigations, including the DOJ report, that race was not factor and that Briwn was not running away as claimed. But blacks don’t care what those facts have been proven to be! CNN and all media should be ashamed because they still refer to this incident a year later as a unarmed black man. Not a black man fighting officer and then charging him again when shot! Get facts and quit being racist!

  • stopcryingyoulefties

    How is it that you claim there is a white on black problem when you guys only make up 13% of the population, and yet commit the majority of murders. Not only that but the single greatest killer of black folks(supported by crime statistics) is…you guessed it, black people! Adding to that, you guys make up 13% of the population and yet murder more white people every year then white people murder you guys. How is that for size? Get real.

    • http://www.jennmjackson.com/ Jenn M. Jackson

      Do you understand the words “reading comprehension?” This post is about White fear not White murder. When you figure out the difference, let me know.

  • Alisoquoladi

    Well this is from a white perspective. I grew up in a California farming community about a hundred miles from SF. I had friends of all colors. Everyone was welcome in our home. I was about 10 before I ever heard the N word. I had read it off a fence in a new subdivision. I went home and asked about it. My grandmother became angry. Said it was the dirtiest word in history and never to repeat it. I didn’t understand but took it seriously because she never was angry. Then conveniently forgot about it. About a year later my divorced mother decided to move to Oakland for work. I’d been to Oakland lots of times. I was excited to go live in a big city. The year was 1968. We didn’t watch a lot of tv. My life had been spent outside or with my grandparents as they did work for veterans and poorer families. I guess I was pretty sheltered. Then the party was over. We moved into our new apartment in a building of every ethnicity imagined. Then my first day at school. I thought it was going to be great. I was going to get to meet people from all different walks of life. Well that’s where the illusion of racially harmony ended for me. Not that it ever really existed but at 11 I didn’t know I was supposed to hate people that were different from me. I was called words I’d never heard of. I still am confused as to what a honky really is. It took me a while to figure paddy out. Especially since I have no Irish blood what so ever. I was jumped, beat, had my clothes tore off, spit on and generally treated as I’d never seen anyone treated. All by black girls who’d I’d been so happy and excited to meet. Being so ignorant of racial issues a big down fall. I had no idea why someone I didn’t know would be so angry at me. Then MLK was killed and I wasn’t even allowed to go to school. Our apartment building was being razed for redevelopment (another word for tearing down affordable housing to create housing and business that people we in the area can’t afford). So my mother moved us out to East Oakland. I thought thank good different people. Then my 1st day at school. I was the ONLY white kid in my class. Only about 10 in the entire school of over a thousand. It wasn’t as bad as the last school but still pretty bad. Was harassed and called names and pushed around. I did finally fight back. Kicked the living crap out of a girl who’d kept pulling my long blonde hair. Well it did get better after that. I did make some friends. Black, Natives, Hispanics. All the non blacks in our neighborhood went to private school. My mom was a single parent before it was a norm and couldn’t afford that nor did I really want that. Over the next 4 yrs some abuse occurred. Couldn’t go to school on certain days because it was a beat whitey day. My black friends would tell me ahead of time. I came to dread going to school. Always some type of drama. I did become pretty angry at black people. I kept that anger for a decade after that. Maybe a bit longer. I was very disillusioned with my fellow citizens. In the mean time I finally saw my father. He’d been living in close by Richmond. It was my 12th birthday. We went over to see him and if I’d thought east Oakland was depressed his neighborhood was down right sad. Here’s the man whom I’d only seen maybe 4 in my life. Quiet, reserved, very schollary looking. He’d been a scientist. Marine biologist. Walls of books and shelves full of marine samples. Lost it all over a benign brain tumor. In a picture frame was him and Angela Davis. Another with a group of Black Panthers. He’d been spending his time fighting racial injustice. Marched with Panthers and gone to jail with them. I was told I couldn’t stay with him because he was a communist. He didn’t like America. Well that was a blow. While I was being beat he was marching in Berkeley for the same people that beat me. I was very confused now. It was a good visit. Only saw him briefly with his new spouse or what ever their relationship was. We’ll just go with spouse even though I don’t think that was their relationships. I think they were just good friends united in a cause. More room mates than spouses. I’d never really seen him smile. He’d always been so subdued. Here was this nice black lady that made my dad smile. She was cooking something wonderful smelling. A huge smile on her face too. A deep kindness exuded from her. I never saw him again. We moved back to the valley and I never did fit in again. The abundance of different people gone. Back to the white zone. You’d think I’d be happy but I wasn’t. It was very boring after all the excitement in Oakland. Now it was only Creedence Clearwater Revival. Over and over. No James Brown, no Temptations or my very favorite Marvin Gaye whom I had a big crush on. Hey I was about 14. I hated it more than Oakland by far but I didn’t get harassed and it’s not like I had a choice. But I was still very angry at black folks. Except my two black childhood friends. Wed spent a lot of time together prior to moving to Oakland. I didn’t have a clue we were so different. Talking and being with them curbed some of my anger. Then it started in with the white folks. I was a N lover. I hated my race. I was always like what race? Was it a contest or what. I harbored my anger at blacks and was pretty angry at whites at the same time. My education had been derailed since the black schools I’d attended were years behind my primary school I’d attended. I was way behind by now. Took me a year to catch up. I was very unhappy. Got into a few drugs. Nothing serious or lasting. Drank heavy for a bit. Got tired of that. I was just lost and confused. I didn’t know who to blame any more. Went through periods of hating black people. Hating white people. I was just totally at odds with the world. Got out of school with decent grades. Got married. Had kids. Was still angry. Didn’t even know what I was angry at. Yeah its a long assed story. Got divorced. Worked my ass off. And moved on. I finally made peace with myself. It wasn’t God. It was years of self introspection. I’d realized my treatment in Oakland was what generations of black folks dealt with on a daily basis. All I had to do was move. It was a society set up to benefit people who looked like me. I had to go back and think of my dad. Now dead along with his spouse. They died living their ideals but that’s another long assed story. I finally understood the anger I’d felt at being treated so bad was what black people suffered through everyday. There was no where they could go to escape it. It was there everyday. At work. In school. At the bank. At the grocery and especially at the real estate office. Then the Internet came. I could finally get the information that only the library held. I could finally talk with people of all races again. I’d become pretty antisocial and had moved 10 miles from a town of 90 people in the Sierras. I’ve lived out in the sticks for 35 yrs. I finally moved a little closer to a little bit bigger town. Got involved with progressive politics and racial justice. I truthfully think every white person needs to go what I went through. They’ll never understand what black folks go thru or get a clue what prejudice feels like if they never have been put in that position. Never understand the historic beat down that black people experience day in day out. Generation after generation. So now I talk with white people. I talk about all the history we in the US fail to grasp. The lies we’ve been told about black folks. The stereotypes we’ve been handed. The dishonesty of white folks just created to keep black people in their “place”. I’m now ashamed of the history of this country. It was built on the backs of my fellow black citizens with no thanks or compensation. Terrorized. Burned from their homes. The bread winners jailed on trumped up charges to steal their land and prosperity. The utter attempt to keep them down and out in housing, education and jobs. No one is going to tell me we have equal opportunity. The inopportunity is very real from the first day of school. I’m ashamed of my race and their devious tactics to crush a race of people who were forced to come here. Once their slave labor was outlawed coming up with new ways to still keep them enslaved. I now speak out and up to racist. I bring up the question of why are you afraid of the black man walking down the street. I now ask the question of why do you hate a people whom have never done anything to you. It’s taken me decades to come to peace with all of the things that happened. I ask myself would I be just as angry. Nope… I’d be even angrier. The worry of your child leaving the house just to be gunned down by fearful people who are terrified of a person’s skin color. The same people who are supposed to protect and serve. I’ve took off my rose colored glasses and took a real look at America. And yes I am ashamed. I can apologize and say I’m sorry but that isn’t going to do it. I have to speak up and lay it out there. I’ve made a lot of white people very uncomfortable. They know it’s the truth. But they’ll try to lay it everywhere but on themselves. It took those 4 yrs of being treated as black folks have been treated for generations to even get a clue as to how they feel. And I still don’t know. I can’t know. I’m not black. It’s something I think you can’t relate to completely unless you are black. I’ve been privileged from birth. My favorite things from white folks are ” I’m not privileged” and “if black people would only”. Some have never even spoke to a black person but they sure know what they should do. I’m still in a white world. It’s because I’m privileged I can live where ever I want. I’ve recently moved after 20 yrs to a small Oregon Coast town. My neighbors gun fire and Confederate flag was just the last straw. I just couldn’t take the ignorant conservative views any longer. I love it here. But I’m now on Social Security and work isn’t an issue. My work now is educating white folks to their privilege and changing how they view their fellow black citizens. I’m not writing this for kudos or thanks. I want neither. I just want my fellow black citizens to realize that there are people out here trying to tell the truth of your plight. I can’t change things for you and make it all go away but I can grind on white folks to see what has happened and continues to happen and will continue if they don’t open their eyes up and accept the history that really happened not the history in a book that was printed especially for them to make it seem like their way of thinking is just wonderful and correct. It’s not. It’s the history of the conquering elite created to keep certain people down. Wake up white America…it’s time to grow up and face reality. So I do want to thank my dad for giving me a foundation of love for others who don’t look like me. It was all about the smiles.That’s all folks. I’ve babbled long enough.