lost status

To keep the perception of white superiority, these white Americans tuck their heads under cone-shaped hats and American flags and deny themselves the dignity of face-to-face confrontation, training their guns on the unarmed, the innocent, the scared, on subjects who are running away, exposing their unthreatening backs to bullets. Surely, shooting a fleeing man in the back hurts the presumption of white strength? The sad plight of grown white men, crouching beneath their (better) selves, to slaughter the innocent during traffic stops, to push black women’s faces into the dirt, to handcuff black children.

Only the frightened would do that. Right?

These sacrifices, made by supposedly tough white men, who are prepared to abandon their humanity out of fear of black men and women, suggest the true horror of lost status.

-Toni Morrison

7 thoughts on “lost status

  1. Toni Morrison, great!

    Man, it really does make you think how strong they are to need to use every method in the book to weaken us. Shooting someone in the back is just cowardly. That’s THEIR book! I’m thinking back to the old west, ten paces and a draw type thing. Where if you drew after 9 you were deemed a coward, or something!

    Great post! Peace out.

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