By William J. Jackson
By now you’ve probably heard that the uppity negro class is not amused with the insidious exploitation of color’d folk in poverty in this strategically edited video for capital gain.
Yes… That is my charge. That there was no mistake made and it was all intentional.
Sooo… Let’s start the first half of this with quotes and links for historical context and then we’ll move it forward into my own rhetoric.
D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation is perhaps one of the most well-known examples of the use of the “Black Buck” stereotype in the media. In the film, a former slave named Gus (described by the filmmaker as “a renegade, a product of the vicious doctrines spread by the carpetbaggers”) attempts to chase down (and, apparently, rape) a white woman named Flora.
Rather than allow herself to be assaulted by Gus, she throws herself to her death. A spiral of events occurs which then culminates with a state militia (led by the mulatto protégé of a local Congressman) clashes with the Ku Klux Klan (portrayed by the film as heroic figures), with the Klan being ultimately victorious.
At the beginning of the 20th century, cocaine began to be linked to crime. In 1900, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an editorial stating, “Negroes in the South are reported as being addicted to a new form of vice – that of ‘cocaine sniffing’ or the ‘coke habit.'” Some newspapers later claimed cocaine use caused blacks to rape white women and was improving their pistol marksmanship.
The drafters played on fears of “drug-crazed, sex-mad negroes” and made references to Negroes under the influence of drugs murdering whites, degenerate Mexicans smoking marijuana, and “Chinamen” seducing white women with drugs. Dr. Hamilton Wright, testified at a hearing for the Harrison Act. Wright alleged that drugs made blacks uncontrollable, gave them superhuman powers and caused them to rebel against white authority. Dr. Christopher Koch of the State Pharmacy Board of Pennsylvania testified that “Most of the attacks upon the white women of the South are the direct result of a cocaine-crazed Negro brain”.
Again, racism was part of the charge against marijuana, as newspapers in 1934 editorialized: “Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”
The early black jazz musicians of the 1920s and 1930s blended their love of marijuana with sexuality. This music broke through the color barrier, and was enjoyed by both white and black audiences. Marijuana was the driving force for jazz, and it was the fear of the mixing of these races that drove the white elite.
In the 1930s the unconscious fear was that marijuana was being used as a “date rape” drug that nonwhite males used to seduce white women, giving these “out-group” males access and an unfair evolutionary advantage to spread their genes instead of those of white males
………And now that we have that………
I don’t think this is over, but it will slow down as the news never stops.
So what we have so far is an actress and viral video maker (that’s a job now) wanted to make some money for an organization and get her name and face in front of a larger audience because capitalism.
Knowing how supremacy and institutionalization work they first did a ten hour shift of acquiring material to cut down to around two minutes.
Well… When cutting, considering that the idea is to maximize profit, they make sure not to villainize the donor class most likely to have disposable income. Turn the coin over and it’s flat out pragmatic to make those less socially and economically relevant the aggressor that “we” need to fight.
They are exploiting the combination of prejudice and power to elevate themselves in the social hierarchy.
What’s fantastic is plenty of think pieces/essays have already been cranked out and shared around.
Something a lot of folks don’t know is that the uppity negro class is already talking about street harassment. The difference is; we are talking about the women and girls who actually live in these areas and are around these scary negros that Shoshana and Rob just visited to make money off of.
Let’s see if they actually care about something other than profit.
Go back and do it again with the actual resident girls and women.
Women going to work and grocery.
Girls at the bus stop before school.
Trans women of color just trying to exist in any space.
Come on Rob. Come on Sho’.
I’m holla’n at ya.