Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chris Rock Was Right - Be Afraid of Al Cracker

This is a guest post from the ever fabulous Monica of TransGriot

Chris Rock caught some flack a few years ago for his joke in which he stated he was more afraid of Al Cracker than Al Qaida.

But like many jokes uttered by comedians, some have an element of truth to them.

Black people for starters have a long list of reasons to fear Al Cracker. The two centuries of terroristic behavior, lynchings, and race riots aimed at us before and after emancipation are the starting point of that distrust, loathing and fear.

The sadly long list of terrorist acts committed on American soil have overwhelmingly been planned and executed by white people such as 1995 Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

That list also includes notorious civil rights era bomber 'Dynamite Bob' Chambliss, whose grisly resume includes the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church one that killed four young girls and earned a certain city in Alabama the nickname 'Bombingham'

Eric Robert Rudolph executed the July 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park bombing that killed Alice Hawthorne and several others at a lesbian nightclub and two abortion clinics before he was captured May 31, 2003. The recently arrested Hutaree militia members and IRS suicide pilot Joseph Andrew Stack highlight the growing anger of white people wallowing in privilege who mistakenly believe in the wake of the historic 2008 election of an African American president they need to use violent '2nd Amendment means' as Nevada Republican senate candidate Sharron Angle called it to 'take their country back'.

So yes, when large numbers of conservative white people utter the words 'state's rights', peddle fear and loathing of brown people, immigrants and people who practice a religion other than Christianity to bamboozle other less educated white folks into voting Republican November 2 and not care about the potential deadly consequences of their actions to the non-whites they are demonizing, then I and other non-whites have historically based good reasons to be afraid of Al Cracker.