But generally speaking, this argument is aimed at kids like Mike Brown. It’s the politics of respectability all over again, yeah? There was a reason why the Montgomery bus boycott was built around Rosa Parks as opposed to Claudette Colvin. Black men and women in our society have to be twice as good to be eligible for basic human dignity…
It also depends on the definition of the social order, which up to really recently included the very public defense of white supremacy, and there is still a strong legacy of this, hence structural racism.
He may or may not, but his apparent belief that black men are criminally inclined is certainly inscribed in our culture, right? I like the example of Denzel Washington and the role he won an oscar for - it wasn’t his role as Malcolm X that won it, but his role as a thuggish, corrupt cop. Now, he was excellent in both, but I’d say that he was much better in Malcolm X.
I am personally in favor of some gun control, but I have no problem with people owning guns overall - but I’d like to see stronger screening, especially at gun shows and the like.
I also think the argument that an armed populace will keep the government on its toes has become moot, considering the militarization of the modern police force. Couple that with the continued racism in our society, and it really is a disaster for the black community. Our system is still systemically unequal and I think until we figure out a way to get at the heart of this, we’re not going to change the racism of policing in America.