Uncommon Sense

May 16, 2018

Manufacturing Sub-humans

Filed under: Culture,Race — Steve Ruis @ 12:17 pm
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In a recent post, Ian Welsh stated the following:

“So, Palestinians protested moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, and Israel shot and killed somewhere between 52 and 60 of them, and injured hundreds more. The rule of international law (yes, I know, a dead letter) is that force must be proportional to threat.

“This is disproportionate.

“The simple fact is that too many Israelis now think of Palestinians as sub-human: animals to be killed if they are inconvenient.”

It struck me that this is what white Americans are doing to black Americans. With the rollback of Jim Crow laws (and they weren’t just in the South), we have criminalized ordinary black behaviors far above white behaviors. We have made black males into archetypes of “dangerous people.” It is a regular occurrence now that white people call the police on black people for doing ordinary things in their neighborhoods (waiting for a business meeting in a Starbucks, moving into a rental unit, showing properties as a real estate agent, shopping, walking on a sidewalk, etc.).

Is it any surprise that the police in this country, those who are most intimately engaged with law breakers, are most susceptible to this propaganda? We have seen way too often how police shoot unarmed black men, black women, and black children for playing with toy guns in a park or holding a toy gun in a toy store (while talking on the phone, a clearly criminal behavior), or driving with a failed brake light. Non-black citizens can stalk black men, engage them in a fight and then when losing the fight, pull out a gun and kill the black man … and get away with it.

I do not see any way out of this problem for black people. It will take concerted effort on the part of white people to correct it (since we created it, we need to uncreate it). We need to stigmatize those who call the police on citizens moving ordinarily in society while black. We need to prosecute, not just fire, police officers who use excessive violence on black people. We need to train police officers better, including on what will happen to them if they use excessive violence in the context of their duties.

And, we need to apologize for this unwarranted attack upon ordinary black citizens. If we were to start now, maybe in a few decades we might be heard, but only if we back up our words with actions.




  1. Instilling fear is still a best seller. I have distanced myself from the news that brews these things, and people no matter where you go are pretty cool. Not at all like its purported.


    Comment by jim- — May 16, 2018 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  2. I cannot post my comments on the Palestinians here. If I did, you would be having to answer serious questions as to why you allow such crap to be posted to your blog. The thing is, what the zionist entity is doing to the Palestinians is not much different from what our long ago European ancestors did to the Natives of this hemisphere and continue to do to those who have a darker tan that the average European today.
    Yes, we, white (I’m more pinkish than white, skin tone that is) {I have been and still am quite red politically} owe a huge apology to the black folks in this country, also the Native peoples and the Mexicans.
    Personally, I have tried every day to treat ALL the people I meet the way I want to be treated. I have found over the past many years of trying to do this that I have been able to get along very well with a wide variety of different people. even made many more friends than I ever thought I could. Certainly I made way more friends trying to treat others the way I wish to be treated than had I just gone about my life as a “defense” (bull shit) contractor or international baker/politician/wally street type of butt hole.
    OK, now I’ll head back to my own small Korner of the interwebs and read Kugler-Ross again.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — May 16, 2018 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  3. Um, bloody spell checker! That is supposed to be Kubler-Ross


    Comment by Walter Kronkat — May 16, 2018 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

    • Ah, I have learned that spell checkers don’t (they catch around 60% of errors, so I guess we should be grateful. I wish they had labeled them “60% Spelling Error Finders.”

      I still weep inside over what we did to the Native Americans and how righteous we were in doing it.

      On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 1:57 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 16, 2018 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  4. Trump is now calling Mexicans…..animals.


    Comment by maryplumbago — May 18, 2018 @ 7:14 am | Reply

    • … in public.

      On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 7:14 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 18, 2018 @ 7:15 am | Reply

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