There is one fact more throughly demonstrated by American history than any other: There are large numbers of white Americans who are simply determined to be dicks about African-Americans.
No matter what anyone says, no matter the facts, for them black people will always be morally or intellectually inferior, undisciplined, lazy, oversexed, and above all … dangerous. Maybe they attribute it to biology, maybe to culture, maybe to liberal policies, maybe to “the breakdown of the black family.” It all comes to the same thing. Black people have to be kept down — or at least at a safe distance. So these scumbags can be counted on to run interference for any racist cop, politician, or other racist.
Don’t bother trying to reason with them, or engage them, or “change their hearts.” They’re beyond reasoning. They’re dicks — and proud of it.
Right now, of course, they’re riding high. They think the election of Trump is the beginning of the great take-back, the end of the long nightmare for white, male Christians. They’re coming out of the shadows, blinking at the light, and smoldering with anger at all the injustice they’ve had to endure. They’re tired of hiding. Now … they’re making themselves easy to find.
We’ve got them right where we want them.
They’ve apparently forgotten that being tagged a racist can cost you your job — or maybe they think Trump will protect them. It’s time we disabused them of that notion. If we were to start using social media for public shaming beat-downs on a few of the more outspoken, we’d give a lot of others a hell of a scare. (“Kill the chicken to scare the monkey,” as the Chinese say.) When they’re scared, they get angry — their smoldering anger turns to screaming rage — when they’re angry, they get ugly; and when they’re ugly in public, they just remind everyone else of why they all hated racists to begin with. Fair or not, that backlash will carry over to the entire Republican enterprise.
In the immortal words of South Park‘s Stan Marsh, “You’re a dick, and I’ve had it with your dicketry. I choose you.”