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@Jaxonpool: The Brighter Side of Jacksonville • Lemuel Blogiver • Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Issue 507 • from SUNDAY, 4/28/13, Issue 81

LB_red%22Dear%22Let me be clear: I’M NO RACIST. Just because I believe all black people are animals doesn’t make me one. I know some people who’re REALLY racist. Those people wrap themselves up in the Confederate flag and say the flag’s about ‘Heritage, Not Hate.’ And they’re right, to an extent. It is about heritage.

Let me back up a little here and give some background. After showing up at the New Jim Crow rally at the Duval Courthouse this Sunday morning, I had an insight. It came from the rally, and from having watched an episode of Seinfeld the night before.

Jerry Seinfeld sitting across a table from George Costanza

Costanza & Seinfeld

Suppose you’ve got a problem—the problem of being afraid.

I decided that I’m not going to be afraid anymore of admitting that I’m afraid. This problem has been in my family a long time. Before me, my father was afraid, and his father was afraid before him, and his father was afraid before him, and so on, in infinite regress. And that’s what my father and my grandfather taught me—to be afraid. But they overcame their fear, in a way I’ll explain in a minute. And so will I: I’ll overcome my fear. But, the question is, how should a person go about doing that now, today, in 2013? How sleep peacefully at night? I’ll tell you how. There’s only one way nowadays of overcoming fear. And that’s to lock up as many black people as possible.

t-shirt: "Heritage, not Hate" with Confederate flag

But it’s really not about a “heritage of hate,” like some liberals say. It’s not about hate; it’s about FEAR. Our heritage is about FEAR. And I’m not ashamed to own it. If my ancestors were afraid, then it’s not like there’s anything wrong with that. If fear was good enough for them, then it’s good enough for me too.

So, I’m not afraid anymore to say I’m afraid. Are you? Come on, admit it. Fear is a GOOD thing. So good, in fact, that I’m going to make a t-shirt, and it’s going to tell the truth: “Heritage of Fear: Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

t-shirt: Rebel flag with "Heritage of Fear: Not that there's anything wrong with that!"

The courthouse rally this morning was organized by the New Jim Crow Movement. When I first heard it advertised, I thought, ‘Alright! Great! I’m definitely going!’ I was thinking that I’d meet some likeminded people. People wearing robes. But at least there’d be people not afraid to admit they’re afraid of black people. When I arrived though, I was surprised nobody was wearing robes. And there were a lot of black people. I was confused. I thought to myself, ‘Are they afraid of each other?’ But then it hit me: they were not there to support Jim Crow. They were against it. Oops! My bad!

Michelle Alexander of The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

The relatives of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Marissa Alexander and supporters of Cristian Fernandez were there. And Michelle Alexander was speaking.

She was talking about the ‘stand your ground’ law the high black incarceration rates. So I started looking up stuff on my IPhone:
New Jim Crow and South to South.

South to South homepage

South to South homepage

‘Gosh,’ I thought, ‘what a mistake I’ve made.’

But then, I turned it around, as I always do. What a mistake THESE PEOPLE are making! THEY have it all wrong, not me. These black people, especially the males, they don’t understand how much they frighten us. It’s only natural we react the way we do. Don’t they understand that? We’re friggin’ terrified of them! My father, and his father, and his father before him, and so on. Terrified! That’s why my ancestors used whips and chains. Those whips and chains allayed their fear of a black uprising. Using whips and chains was okay up until about 1860. But then came the Civil War. That war was wrongly decided. I’ll talk about that another time.

Nowadays, we can’t use whips and chains anymore, and we can’t ship them all back to Africa, so there’s only one thing left to do, and that’s to lock them all up in prison. As many as possible. At least, lock up the men—they’re the biggest threat. Lock them up in huge numbers. All of them, if possible. As fast as we can. Like we’re trying to do now. I won’t sleep tight till every last one’s sitting in a prison cell.

Who cares what it costs! It doesn’t matter that there’s a deficit! I don’t give a fig if it’s breaking the budget! I don’t care if we go bankrupt! No expense must be spared! Money should be no object. When it comes to locking up black males, it’s worth every penny.

Opening scene from Lincoln

from Lincoln

Just watch the movie Lincoln, and you’ll see why. The first minute shows what black people would do to white people, if they got the chance: Click here

So, I’m no coward: I’ve admitted my fear. I’ve acknowledged it. I’ve come to terms with it. And I’ve overcome it. I’m not afraid anymore of admitting I’m afraid. So long as we keep locking up black males as fast as possible, everything should be okay.

I’m afraid. There! I’ve said it. You’re turn. Are you?

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Sincerely,
Lemule Blogiver

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