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Black Men Must Start Defending Themselves Against White Vigilantism

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The Black Panther Party was a strong advocate of self defense

AFRICANGLOBE - The Prisoner’s Dilemma is one of the most written about and studied “games” in the social sciences. It explores how “players” will choose to cooperate (or not) with one another. Economists have used it to model how buyers and sellers behave in the market. Experts in international relations use the Prisoner’s Dilemma to explore how state actors could potentially respond to one another in a conflict or during negotiations. Social psychologists have studied the Prisoner’s Dilemma in order to model human behavior and our propensity to cooperate with or betray one another.

Stand Your Ground Laws, and the legal murder of young Black people such as Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin by Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman, are a “real life” example of the Prisoner’s Dilemma in action. Do two parties with limited to no information about one another choose to cooperate, defect, engage in “tit for tat” retaliation, or do they attack preemptively?

Dunn and Zimmerman were not acting in an information vacuum: they had two important data points. Their victims were Black and male. Stand Your Ground empowered Dunn and Zimmerman to shoot first and ask questions later because they knew that the law would legitimate their murderous deeds.

In thinking through the Prisoner’s Dilemma, there is an additional implication of the use of Stand Your Ground laws by White people (and those overly identified with Whiteness and White Authority). Should Black people, men in particular, apply a similar standard, acting preemptively based on the learned assumption that they will likely be shot dead by White men who claim “self-defense”?

Stand Your Ground laws have created a feedback loop of escalating violence.

To point.

As a Black man living in the aftermath of the Dunn and Zimmerman trials (and the data suggesting the racial bias of Stand Your Ground in practice), I am afraid that a White person will use said defense to “reasonably” decide to shoot me because of the color of my skin. A rational actor who is a Black person would choose preemption and “winning” the “game” over “losing” and being shot dead.

There is a very limited issue space in the mainstream news media. The approved discourse does not include any acknowledgment of how Black people should for reasons both historic and contemporary be terrified of White violence. Whiteness imagines itself as neutral and benign. Consequently, White privilege blinds most White folks of the ability to critically self-reflect on such matters.

And because the mainstream media operates through, and is empowered by the White racial frame, it is unlikely–if not impossible–that it will entertain the following and obvious question: Should Black people be reasonably afraid of White people given Stand Your Ground laws and a frightening rise in White racial animus and hostility in the Age of Obama?

The mainstream media will most certainly not ask if Black men, when faced with a threatening situation across the colorline, should shoot White people first under the reasonable assumption that the latter means them serious harm under the Stand Your Ground laws.

Geoge Zimmemran Trayvon Martin e1392829571785 photo

Trayvon Martin might have had a better chance of survival if he was armed

During the Black Freedom Struggle’s counter-insurgency campaign against Jim and Jane Crow and American Apartheid, there was a group of men known as the Deacons for Defense and Justice. These African-American military veterans promised armed security photofor Freedom Riders and other civil rights activists. They made it clear that they would shoot back if fired upon by White racial terrorists and their allies.

Stand Your Ground laws will force Black Americans to make a similar pronouncement if we are to be safe and secure in our person from White vigilantism. Such a claim would not be “Black racism” or “reverse racism” as Right-wing bloviators and race-baiters would inevitably crow and announce to their low-information, propagandized, public.

Self-defense is in keeping with the basic citizenship rights of all Americans, in a liberal democratic polity, and can be traced back to the writings of the Framers, as well as foundational political philosophers such as Locke, Hobbes, Burke.

Stand Your Ground Laws, the concealed and open carry of weapons, and the court’s protection of White street vigilantes are creating an explosive mix where civic virtue, self-interest, and common sense demand that Black people win the Prisoner’s Dilemma of their lives by acting preemptively.

Black self-defense is the inevitable result of White violence. Ultimately, Stand Your Ground laws may have a consequence that is very different from the one imagined by its supporters on the White Right.

 

By: Chauncey DeVega 

Robert F. Williams Negroes With GUNS

 
 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

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Black men, you couldn't protect your families during the "Slave Fiasco", you can't protect your families locked in the Human Zoos, you don't care to protect your precious babies you've made with African women now, you're out of your minds killing your brothers as I type.  Well, you'd better turn your gun barrels around because it's either protect your own ass now or you're going to be dead ducks.  Whitey's off the moon now and he's gunning for you, big time!!!!

 

“Stand Your Ground laws will force Black Americans to make a similar pronouncement if we are to be safe and secure in our person from White vigilantism.”

 

Hmmmmm……let’s see….if statistically, slightly over 9 out 10 blacks are murdered by another black, why would I be hysterical and panic about the possibility of being killed by a non-black when facts do not support such hyperbole? If I lived in Newark, New Orleans, Memphis, Philadelphia, Detroit, Oakland, Baltimore, Birmingham (yes…that’s right!), Cleveland, St. Louis or any other major city with a large Negro population, what would be my chances of being murdered by a “non-black” as opposed to another “black” person? Well, maybe I should look at the data and see “who murders the most black people”. There were 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, surpassing New York City, which had 419. Now I wonder how many of close to 1000 murders in just two cities were black? And of those black homicides -I wonder how many of them were “committed by a non-black”. Let me think about this since the “sky is falling Negro hysteria” suggests that marauding white vigilantes are slaughtering black people at will in record numbers with total impunity. Still thinking……..

Hummm, let's see, statistically, 9 out ever 10 Whites are murdered by other Whites, so why should White racists pigs be out there committing Domestic Terrorism against Black people, especially Black children.  If a White person lived in ANY NON-predominately Black city, what would be their chances of being killed by a Black person, as apposed to another White person?  Well, maybe I should look at the data and see "who murders the most White people". 84% of White people are killed by other White people, I wonder how many of them were giving a damn about how many Black people were killed by other Black people at the time.  Let me think about this, since the "sky is falling, grimy White racists pigs suggest that marauding Black vigilantes are slaughtering White people at will in record numbers with total impunity.  Still thinking . . . 

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