This week, a viral video of a Black customer in a Macy’s store in Flint Michigan, allegedly defending himself from a white employee who the victim claimed referred to him as a “nigger”, has sparked conversations about anti-Black antagonism.
Many experts and commentators have confirmed that the infamous Flint water crisis is rooted in the structural racism of that city. With this type of genocidal racism permeating through a city like Flint, it is understandable that victims of white supremacy would be particularly sensitive and fearful of any type of perceived anti-Black antagonism.
In the viral Macy’s video, the alleged Black victim appears to have feared for his life, and possibly defended himself to neutralize any potential escalation. White supremacy is intrinsically violent. And the entire world is currently protesting against the violent anti-Black racism that has victimized Black Americans in all areas of activity.
On a national scale, there are literally videos coming out on a daily basis, of random suspected white supremacists harassing and assaulting Black people who are simply engaging in daily activities.
Many people online make memes and posts of some of these filmed racial incidents labeled as “Karen videos.” But these incidents of unpunished, anti-Black targeting are extremely dangerous and deadly.
Black people across the United States have begged lawmakers and legislators to do something about this daily barrage of racial harassment.
But absolutely nothing is being done to protect Black people from this daily barrage of racial antagonism. And this inaction has incentivized more of this behavior by suspected white supremacist. If lawmakers enforced Constitutional laws that are supposed to give Black Americans protections from racial antagonism and anti-Black violence, so many Black people would not have to use desperate measures to defend themselves out of fear.