One of the most potent political forces in the U.S. is “white male anger” which has Americans looking over the shoulders and living in fear of what comes next.
Linking together the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse — who was found not guilty in the killing of two Black Lives Matter protesters — with the Ahmaud Arbery trial in Georgia and the civil case against the organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, it’s pretty obvious, there is nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man.
It’s not the ‘radical Islamic terrorist’. Nor is it the brown immigrant or the fiery Black Lives Matter protester, or whatever the latest bogeyman is that some politician tells us we should dread. It’s encountering an armed White man in public who has been inspired by the White men on trial in these three cases,”.
There is nothing inherently violent about White men, or any human being, but recent events should not only give everyone pause but should lead the country to ask how we reached the point again that White men feel as if they can rule and brutalize without consequence.
With America’s history of brutality, and now with the attack on the Capitol on Jan 6th by supporters of Donald Trump — the problem is growing worse instead of getting better.
Talking about assaulting and killing political enemies has become so normal — and seemingly acceptable — in conservative circles today that a White man felt comfortable enough to ask a right-wing activist at a public forum in Idaho last month: “When do we get to use the guns?” … “How many elections are they going to steal before we kill these people?”
The US has enough problems with White male violence as it is. Mass shootings in the US are committed more often by White men than by any other group. Top law enforcement officials now say the nation’s biggest domestic terror threat comes from White supremacists. Many of the most indelible news images of recent years include angry, red-faced White men, often armed with guns.”
Look at these three trials, because they point to one frightening future. This is what that future looks like: More angry White men emboldened by “stand your ground” and citizen’s arrest laws, inspired by a conservative interpretation of the Second Amendment. And more dead Americans.
Edited from a story by CNN analyst John Blake