Sunday, October 7, 2012
Two separate statements from prominent black intellectuals made Tuesday, one from Chicago and one from Virginia Tech, reveal anti-gun bigotry with foundations that include chronic dismissal of whites through negative stereotypes. Writing for Open Salon, commentator and editor of the “We are Respectable Negroes” blog Chauncey DeVega, and poet and “distinguished professor of English” Nikki Giovanni, both with an established history of fixating on race, used their positions of influence to advance the collective at the expense of the individual, widen the racial divide, and disparage guns and gun owners.
“While white folks imagine themselves through the lens of white privilege (where they are kind, innocent, and good),” DeVega asserts in an incomplete sentence. “For others, Whiteness (and by implication, white people) has been a harbinger of violence, death, destruction, and exclusion.”