Over at cnn.com, writer John Blake’s penned a piece entitled ‘White supremacists by default’: How ordinary people made Charlottesville possible. While Mr. Blake doesn’t mention firearms ownership per se, if you’re white and his assumptions are correct, you’re one step below a domestic terrorist (especially if you open carry). So are you a white supremacist? Here are Mr. Blake’s four categories of unintentional white supremacists . . .
No. 1: The ‘down-low’ segregationists –
“Unconsciously or inadvertently, all of us white folks participate in forms of supremacist thought and activity.”
No. 2: Those who say ‘yes, but…’ –
That “yes, but” approach is often used today to discredit the grievances of the Black Lives Matter movement, another professor says. Whenever an unarmed black or brown person is shot by police, some deflect the issue by saying, “Yes, but all lives matter.”
No. 3: Those who choose chaos –
“As my buddy said, is that what you said to the followers of Louis Farrakhan? No, nobody says that to the followers of Louis Farrakhan. No, they blasted him as an anti-Semite, which he is, and say, ‘how can people follow this bigoted message?'”
No. 4: Those who look the other way –
If you want to know why those white racists now feel so emboldened, it may help to look at all the ordinary people around you, your neighbors, your family members, your leaders. But first, start by looking at yourself.
Fess up: do you identify with any of that?