Earlier this year, I’d written a big piece some of the history behind America’s fear of black men and its relevance to the Michael Brown case. Now that the verdict that most people knew was coming (no indictment) has come about, I thought it pertinent to repost this article, since it gives clarity as to why America still views black men as inherent criminals.
This research is by no means complete. And I just have to state as a blanket rule on this particular piece that if you have hate in your heart towards black people for no reason other than the fact that you’re a racist, please don’t leave a comment.
EDIT: I’ve got to point out that some of Darren Wilson’s testimony has come out, and he calls Michael Brown a “demon,” “it” and compares him to “Hulk Hogan” (which, to me, is weirdly ironic, considering Hulk being white but still used to illustrate stereotyped black “superhuman” qualities):
Wilson literally describes Michael Brown as some kind of Negro Sebastian Shaw, who gets stronger with every bullet. pic.twitter.com/dj9dgt8LP3
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) November 25, 2014
According to Darren Wilson, he felt like a 5-year-old child and Mike Brown was like “Hulk Hogan.” pic.twitter.com/cv9b5kWZL8
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 25, 2014
— Matt Sullivan (@sullduggery) November 25, 2014
I put these tweets here because in reprinted post below, I write that I don’t know what was going on in Darren Wilson’s head. The original post was written this summer, so of course, we didn’t have this version of events. Now that we know that Wilson was thinking all of this, it gives us a very good picture of what he was thinking of Brown. The statements align well with prejudicial stereotypes many have of black men, as outlined in the post below.