Intimidating and Terrorizing and Bombing Is What They Do. It’s What They Have Always Done

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There has never been a time in American history when they haven’t used violent force to scare, bully, intimate, injure, maim, disfigure, and murder.

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They of course, are those who wish to curtail rights and reverse progress, and there has never been a time in America—not yesterday, not the week before, not the month before, not the year before, not the decade before, not the century before—when they haven’t directed their terror at black Americans. And also others who have had their rights restricted and their personhoods and citizenships doubted. And also others who appear to be aligned with these fights. That they, eventually, exist on the wrong side history doesn’t matter. Or, better yet, it doesn’t deter them. They have always existed. And each new generation finds and molds and cultivates more iterations of them.

Perhaps there have been stretches of time when the terror wasn’t as conspicuous. When there weren’t as many stories in the news about them threatening the lives of those who just want to live. Which has led some people to believe that this is a uniquely partisan time. A uniquely terrible time. A uniquely dangerous time.

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As exceptional as America wants to believe it is, a violent America is not the exception. An America where millions of its citizens are faced with inequalities that are legal and protected by the law and enforced, violently, by that law is not the exception. An America where the fight for civil rights and the fight against white supremacy is met with their bullets, billy clubs, nooses, rocks, fists, spit, brass knuckles, barbed wire, firehoses, firing squads, dogs, handcuffs, barricades and bombs is not the exception.

They have always done this. This is what they do.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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DISCUSSION

As a public service to my fellow readers, I checked out the comments section on “Brietbart”, gaining an insight into how the VSWP (Very Scary White People) are thinking.

Here are the low lights, so you don’t have to burn your eyes:

1. It’s a “False Flag” operation sponsored by a Leftist coterie, aimed at influencing the election, and distracting from the real danger, The Migrant Caravan;

2. The “REAL” danger is the leftist terrorists, who have committed “600 documented acts of violence against conservatives”;

3. Those pipe bombs don’t look real;

4. Michelle Obama is a man.

Having spent this time with the Mole People, I will now go shower in bleach, and drink myself to sleep.