In a video released on July 4th, National Speaker and alleged Tea Party activist, “Wild Bill”, addressed what he called “rumors that, if George Zimmerman is found innocent, that Blacks will riot all across the country.”
He added that, “It has been suggested, that if George Zimmerman is convicted, that whites should riot.”
Bill comments: “When I heard that, my first thought was that someone would have to teach us how.” He goes on to say that only a few whites would show up to a call for a white riot, and “what would you bet that not one them would have a cigarette lighter to start burning things”.
Chidike Okeem, a Black Conservative writer, condemns Wild Bill’s comments:
“Sadly, this brand of overt racism has become all too common in America. It’s just one more piece of evidence that belies the preposterous claim that we’re living in a post-racial society. Obviously, the cretin in this video is so bereft of knowledge — and historical perspective — that he presumably has never heard of the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921 in which whites savagely burned down Greenwood District, which was the most prosperous black community in the United States at the time.”
Speaking as “a white guy” (his emphasis), Bill says that whites would show up with rocks and “after throwing rocks and, “as soon as they broke a few things, they would feel bad, go to the hardware store, come back and fix what they broke.”
His video goes through great length to promote the concept that whites not only don’t riot, but are inherently more moral than Blacks. Moreover, that whites are “protectors” and should leave the rioting to Blacks.
The code language Bill uses in the video is clearly calling for white Americans to arm themselves in preparation for any potential rioting by Blacks.
In light of the fact the Black Panthers and other Black Americans have posted comments suggested rioting and physical harm towards White Americans, I absolutely do not fault any White American for determining that he or she should arm themselves against such a threat.
I would agree with that completely.
What I do not agree with is Wild Bill’s promotion of White Supremacist concepts and false notions that Whites “don’t know how to riot”. Not only are his assertions not true, they are absurd.
Talitha McEachin, author of upcoming fantasy series “The Elements” and Conservative Activist, weighed in on Bill’s video:
“His assertions are utterly ridiculous and racist. To be racist simply means that one sees their race as superior to or better than others, and he asserts that white people are more peaceful and “don’t know how to riot” which couldn’t be further from the truth. A simple Google search (had he bothered) will reveal, that from the 19th century New York Draft riots to the 2011 riots we saw across Europe, in response to the economic and social turmoil there, which caused millions of dollars in damage, that white people are very capable of such insurrection.
That’s the problem with such a generalization – you only have to come up with one exception to disprove it. I’m willing to bet that “Bill” is a right-winger (as am I) & that many will go along with his assertions, not seeing the insensitivity & racist nature of them. Rioting is rooted in anger & being so emotionally charged that one reacts to those feelings irrationally. This has nothing to do with race, so it is absurd that he thinks that “white people aren’t good at it” or that white people are better at quelling riots i.e., are more peaceful. History makes a liar out of him easily.”’
Per Dictionary.com, racism is defined: “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior.”
While Bill’s video may be intended as satire, it is in bad taste and decidedly racist in nature, per the very definition and application of the word.
Perhaps Wild Bill should go back and review the riot mentality of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who not only knew how to riot, but also created an environment where women were raped and property was destroyed. Most of these rioters and rapists were white men.
Other examples that White Americans know how to riot:
- “The May Day Riots of 1894”, which sparked a movement led by White American socialists to push Big Labor in America.
- White Dixiecrats in the south formed the KKK during reconstruction and “rioted” in several southern cities, terrorizing both White and Black Republicans in attempt to control the ballot box.
In England, Mayor Boris Johnson has long bemoaned the crisis of rioting in London. France, Italy and Ireland all experience major rioting by their White citizens as well.
There are, furthermore, no reports that the rioters have ever went back and “fixed what they broke”. Hence, Bill’s claims that whites would “feel guilty” if they did any form of rioting and “would fix what they broke” is unsupported by material, substantive evidence.
McEachin concluded: “I am a black Americans who grew up in and still lives in a predominantly black community. I have heard no one in my community speaking of rioting if George Zimmerman is acquitted, nor have we ever had a single riot since I’ve been alive. Instead of making such wild accusations based on race and the threats of a few morons (whom I disagree with strongly), who do not represent the majority of black people, he needs to get out more & actually start asking us how we feel. We are no less apt to respect the structure of law & order than any law-abiding white citizen.”
Wild Bill, whose YouTube Channel has over 20,000 subscribers and 7 million views, may not necessarily be a racist. He may not even be aware of the hateful and divisive nature of his message.
However, there is a significant difference between good intentions and unintended consequences. His video commentary is irresponsible, immature, and reckless.
Most of all, it is racist in nature and delivery, even if not in intent.
Finally, I have given numerous speeches at Tea Party events and consider myself a supporter of Tea Party Principles, which advocate limited government, individual liberty, free market solutions and a strong national defense.
Wild Bill’s video does not represent the ideals or beliefs of Tea Party Patriots in his video.
He represents how own ideas.
Chidike Okeem shares compelling insight into the kind of idea that Bill may be hoping for:
“The notion that rioting is the expertise of the ‘feral’ black race, whereas rioting is beneath the dignity of the ‘angelic’ white race is utter nonsense. Conservatives should stay far away from people spewing such poisonous, fallacious, and divisive rhetoric. Such people are itching for riots to occur so they can advance their bigoted views about blacks.”
Let’s all hope that idea never comes to past.
(Editor’s Note: Stacy Swimp is the President and CEO of the Frederick Douglass Society. Stacy is also a Spokesperson for Project 21, the Nation’s largest network of Black Conservatives.
Talitha McEachin is a Christian, Conservative Libertarian blogger for CainTV, Yahoo News Network & a host of other sites. She is also an editorial writer for Black Literature Magazine & her first novel is due for publication in 2014.
Chidike Okeem was born in Nigeria, raised in London, England, and currently resides in Northern California. He is a writer with interests in politics, race, religion, and culture. He blogs at http://www.voiceofchid.com, and you can follow him on Twitter @VOICEOFCHID.)