When it comes to murder and fundamental racial hatred, yes, I don't care if one side of the scale has a ton of hate, white skin and a hood, and the other has a ton of hate, black skin and a gloved fist. I don't care if the hood or the glove weighs more on top of a ton of hate. I don't care who started it, what the score is, or who's the underclass and who's the overclass when it comes to bombing and shooting and hanging for mere racial hatred.
What I think is inevitable and what I think is justified are two different things.
I'm not counting angels dancing on the head of a pin in a fucking University setting here. What you say is some cultural studies shit. I have zero drops of guilt, wring me out as you might.
I'm not saying that everyone more hard-line than MLK Jr. killed people or preached to hate whitey as in 'every last white person'. I am saying your defense of black militancy is some bullshit. Militancy is your chosen word, and I take it at face value. Militancy. Not activism, not protest, but the entire range of black militancy from that era. I am sure there is a range to white racism during that era, too. That doesn't make it right, but one extreme is worse than the other, by far.
I was not trying to pick a fight and I don't think you're being a troll. If so, well done.
I do not share your building-a-cultural-religion views that black rage or 'nigger' are sacred or profane things. I'm not on campus, and I'm not a politician. A long story is an uphill story in metaphysics, ethics, cultural studies, theology, what-have-you. You have a long story to tell and I'm not in your audience.
I think that black militancy was inevitable, and maybe Ali's shitty thoughts were inevitable after his childhood that I admit I can't imagine. I am not sure how many people can. That doesn't mean there's a free pass for murder and ignorant shit, even if it's inevitable in a time and place because of other, heavier, more systematic, more brutal murder and ignorant shit.
Not every violent act of black militancy in that era was targeted on a vicious racist, some of it was just killin' whitey. Not everything that came out of those leaders mouths was any better than some of the shit that came out of Klanners' mouths.
If you decode my sarcasm, you should find that I'm intolerant of racially motivated murders, and, murder-for-murder, I don't take sides there. You did an obnoxious job of willfully misinterpreting my sarcasm for your purposes and I don't buy that that's how you actually read it.
I do take sides when it comes to the oppressed versus oppressors. I don't think there's a tension between my hatred for slavery and my hatred for race-murder, not even an extensionless point of tension. I don't think a long, special story about me being white and our country's history can create a tension there, if you got a third of the cultural studies PhDs in America to tell it. [I say a third, because I hope there's no way the other two-thirds would go for that story].
Sell your "reductionism is an easy way to negate and dismiss black rage" during your dissertation defense. I don't think that some cold-blooded, merely racially motivated murders are better than others because of communalism reigning over individualism, or other metaphysical castles-in-the-air about race or history.
Ali's an asshole with a story to him, but he's still an asshole.
Anyway, friggin' next week I'll be back at laughing at something funny you say on here. Maybe you'll forget this too. I dunno.