Ferguson Protester: No Change Unless “White People are Just a Little Bit Afraid”

A Ferguson protester advocates threatening white people.

Protesters and activists are meeting in Ferguson now, and they’re actually being “trained” how to protest and resist police orders, as well as how to deal with injuries and how to help others who end up going to jail. Surprisingly, most of the people meeting there to protest in Ferguson are older white guys.

Maybe it’s not so surprising considering how much the idea of “white privilege” has saturated our society. White privilege and “white guilt” both play a part in making many liberal white people feel guilty about being white. And it also makes a lot of blacks feel entitled to fight to bring down the white man, whether he’s truly guilty or not.

A group of protest trainees were being taught by protest guru and Missouri native Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, who stressed to them that they should all be engaged in “militant, non-violent civil disobedience.”

One of the white protesters chimed in:

“For most white people we leave our houses everyday, and we don’t have to worry about getting shot. We don’t have to worry about being assaulted. We don’t have to worry about being arrested. That’s not true for everybody in this country and that’s one of the reasons why we’re out here on the streets.

“I think there is going be a risk for white folks out there too. People are going to be angry about the power structure and white people are part of that power structure, so there is that certain risk attached to that. But I think it’s important to keep in mind that there’s gong to be more risk for black and brown folks out in the protest because there’s more risk for them every day of their lives walking through the streets. And I also think we’re not going to get change in this society unless white people are just a little bit afraid. Again, it’s okay to be a little bit afraid, but just don’t be paralyzed in that fear.”

They’re protesting to instill fear in the hearts of white people for the purpose of bringing about some social or political change. That sounds an awful lot like terrorism to me.

They’re saying that their upcoming protests won’t have anything to do with Officer Wilson or Michael Brown; that it’s about confronting an “evil system.” I hear them. I agree that we have an evil system. Police are many times out of control, and they’re given leeway to operate outside the law. That is totally unjust.

But breaking the law back at them isn’t going to help. It will only exacerbate the situation, and foment even more rebellion and racial chaos.