Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Postscript to Wince

and Sgt. James Brown, Raymond Allen, Dante Price, Nehemiah Dillard, Wendell Allen, Shereese Francis, Rekia Boyd, Kendric McDade, Ervin Jefferson, Tamon Robinson, Sharmel Edwards, Shantel Davis, Chavis Carter, Reynaldo Cuevas, Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, Johnnie Kamahi Warren, Kimani Gray, Deion Fludd, Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr., Carlos Alcis, Jonathan Ferrell, Miriam Carey, Andy Lopez, Jordan Baker, McKenzie Cochran, Yvette Smith, Victor White III, Eric garner, Tyree Woodson, John Crawford III, Michael Brown, Dante Parker, Ezell Ford, Kajieme Powell, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Rumain Brisbon, Justus Howell, Gregory Thomas Smith, Autumn Steele, Tommy McClain, Dillon Taylor, Frank Mendoza, Brandon Ellingson, Tyler Comstock, Jack Lamar Roberson, Angel Chiwengo, Denis Reynoso, Henry C. Taylor, Roza Sakhina, Hans Arellano, John Wrana, Tyrone West, Eugene Mallory, Andrea Rebello, Ivan Romero, Marlon Brown, Cleman Sweptson, Shawn Joseph Jetmore Stoddard-Nunez, Marie Zienkewicz, John Turner, Kathryn Walters, Maxmillian Walters, Oscar Grant III, Aiyanna Jones, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., Jordan Davis, Kam Brock, Sureshi Patel, Renisha McBride, Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, Antonio Martin, Tony Robinson, Meagan Hockaday, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, The Emanuel Nine (Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Myra Thompson, and the Honorable Clementa C. Pinckney), Mount Zion AME, God's power Church of Christ, Briar Creek Road Baptist, Glover Grove Missionary Baptist, College Hill Seventh Day Adventist, Raynetta Turner, Kindra Chapman, Joyce Curnell, Ralkina Jones, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, Jaydon Chavez-Silver, Sarah Lee Circle Bear, Kelly Brinson, Charly "Africa" Keunang, Zachary Hammond, Brendon Glenn, James Boyd, Emerson Crayton Jr., Jennifer Stelly, charnesia Corley, Christian Taylor, Radazz Hearns, Rashod McNulty, Samantha Dean, Shade Schuler, Amber Monroe, Ashton Ohara, Kandis Capri, Samuel Harrell, Terrance Kellom, India Clarke, KC Haggard, Amber Monroe, Shade Schuler, Kandis Capri, Elisha Walker, Ashton O'Hara, Tamara Dominguez, Mansur Ball-Bey, Jerame Reid, Liz Vargas, Lennon Lacy, Kim Nguyen, jamychael Mitchell, Carlos Mercado

and, and and every goddamn day and. 

Today, July 29

I believe this wave of race-based violence we've seen lately is sublimated rage. The people who commit these acts of violence, murder, and terrorism may share a sublimated hatred of Obama. The unmistakable fact of his presidency disturbs the racist on deep levels. At first, they tried to de-legitimize his presidency and his citizenship. When that didn't work, they resorted to obstinant head-in-the-sand tactics. when that failed, they resorted to violence - not against Obama, but against easier prey. Women, sleeping children, unarmed people on the street.

I always expected they would come after me. I was an Obama fundraiser. I registered voters and co-founded Students for Obama. I live alone. I'm a visible target. But these cowards have other plans.