New post by Alpha Unit, our guest poster. The late Eldridge Cleaver admitted – in his book Soul on Ice – that he deliberately targeted White women for rape. He did it out of hatred and resentment toward White men. This is well known. This sociopathic criminal apparently could not bring himself to face his real enemy – the White man. He didn’t go around targeting White men for execution for what they had done to Black men. Instead, he targeted the White man’s woman. But he was deluded. Who could he have possibly persuaded that his conduct was about anyone other than himself? Most Black people harbor some resentment toward Whites. Some of it is based on our knowledge and understanding of our history in this country. A lot of it is based on experiences we have everyday in this country. Serious things like being shot and killed because the police think you’re a criminal and you made the wrong move with your hands. Things like that. Sometimes it’s little things like being followed around in stores, even though you don’t shoplift. Or going up to the counter in a busy establishment to pay for an item and being ignored, while White people who got there after you did are immediately “seen” and served. Or being mistaken for a valet when you’re one of the customers. Every Black person over a certain age has these stories. But sometimes resentment, or entitlement, is a result of indoctrination. Years ago when I was quite young, I was doing my laundry in the neighborhood laundromat, which was owned by an older White man who was one of the nicest people I had ever met. On this particular day, the White gentleman wasn’t in. But there was a group of Black kids there, some doing laundry and others just hanging out. These kids had figured out how to manually remove cans of soda from the soda machine–without first inserting coins. And they proceeded to do just that. The boy removing sodas from the machine was handing them round to his friends, and they were all acting as if there wasn’t anything the least bit improper about what they were doing. The boy looked at me and in a friendly voice asked me if I wanted one. I shook my head and said no. Do you know what they began to tell me, almost in unison? “But it’s a White man.” They were telling me that the owner was a White man. So it was okay to steal his sodas. What? Who told them that? What these kids were doing had no more to do with the White Man than what Eldridge Cleaver had been doing. They had given themselves a reason to do something they were already inclined to do. That’s what people tend to do a lot of the time. They feel inclined to do something, but for all kinds of reasons they have to pretend that it is the perfectly rational thing to do under the circumstances. But that’s what you have in common with your enemy, you know. He was utterly convinced, too, of the necessity of what he did. Of the importance and appropriateness of it. Just as you are.
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