Ferguson is about White rage against Black progress.

In an editorial in the Washington Post on August 29, Carol Anderson, an associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University, aptly deconstructs the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson as part of the latest round of white rage. With the conclusion of the grand jury proceedings, the decision not to indict Darren Wilson, and the subsequent protests, It is useful to revisit professor Anderson's analysis.

Professor Anderson says, "When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014...What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage."

Below are excerpts from her editorial.

Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or seek to slash the government payrolls that have long served as sources of black employment. It goes virtually unnoticed, however, because white rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors, who cast its efforts as noble, though they are actually driven by the most ignoble motivations.... 

White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there’s a reaction, a backlash....

The North’s victory in the Civil War did not bring peace. Instead, emancipation brought white resentment that the good ol’ days of black subjugation were over...Lawmakers in several states created the Black Codes, which effectively criminalized blackness, sanctioned forced labor and undermined every tenet of democracy. Even the federal authorities’ promise of 40 acres — land seized from traitors who had tried to destroy the United States of America — crumbled like dust....

Nearly 80 years later, Brown v. Board of Education seemed like another moment of triumph — with the ruling on the unconstitutionality of separate public schools for black and white students affirming African Americans’ rights as citizens. But black children, hungry for quality education, ran headlong into more white rage. Bricks and mobs at school doors were only the most obvious signs....

A little more than half a century after Brown, the election of Obama gave hope to the country and the world that a new racial climate had emerged in America, or that it would. But such audacious hopes would be short-lived. A rash of voter-suppression legislation, a series of unfathomable Supreme Court decisions, the rise of stand-your-ground laws and continuing police brutality make clear that Obama’s election and reelection have unleashed yet another wave of fear and anger....

Now, under the guise of protecting the sanctity of the ballot box, conservatives have devised measures — such as photo ID requirements — to block African Americans’ access to the polls.

You can read the full editorial here.

Back in the 60' it was a common belief among blacks that white police officers routinely arrested young black men in order to give them a criminal record that would "follow them" through life. In recent years, white police officers routinely kill young black men nearly always without repercussions.

Young black males in recent years are shot dead by police 21 times greater than their white counterparts. "The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police."

Another report suggests that a black person is killed by police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes in the United States every 28 hours.

The killings of Michael Brown, Trevon Marten, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner and many others are all part of the latest wave of white backlash against African-Americans since the start of the presidency of Barak Obama.

"All and all you see a-gwan is to fight against the Rastaman."

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