Nonviolence As Compliance

“When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is “correct” or “wise,” any more than a forest fire can be “correct” or “wise.” Wisdom isn’t the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the rioters themselves.”

So far the most intelligent, smartly nuanced and insightful commentary concerning Freddie Gray’s murder killing and Baltimore’s subsequent overnight rioting comes from Ta-Nehisi Coates. 1

Though who am I kidding? David Brooks is going to do better? 2 No, Coates’ piece will be the definitive response to the situation.

Nonviolence As Compliance

Show 2 footnotes

  1. In his mind’s eye, Coates is who Jason Whitlock believes himself to be. Never gonna happen, but it’s certainly an aspiration Whitlock should cling to.
  2. I threw up just a little in my mouth even considering the idea.

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