A retired professor from an historically black college blames (ready?) black racism for the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old jogger shot dead by two white men in Georgia back in February.
Suspects Greg and Travis McMichael allegedly followed Arbery, confronted him, and then shot him as he fled all because they believed he may have been responsible for some neighborhood burglaries.
After video of the confrontation became public, the McMichaels were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault. The case, the evidence of which so far points to clear wrongdoing by the suspects, has reopened the wound of racism, especially given the killing took place in the south.
But for Matthew Hutcherson, who taught philosophy at Paine College, the issue at hand is racism from the black community. In a letter to The Augusta Chronicle editor, Hutcherson says the McMichaels’ actions are “symptomatic of a growing number of whites who are sick and tired of black racism”:
Despite blacks who believe that white racism murdered Arbery, white racism has been on the decline in America since the 1960s. Yet, blacks are quick to scream white racism for any and everything.
Even in a climate of full integration, blacks continue to demand an emphasis on being black. Black colleges, and black TV shows like the annual Trumpet Awards or Blackish, are indications that racist black people seek segregation rather than integration. The problem is that these colleges and TV shows are indications of black racism. The shooting of Arbery is simply saying, “We white people are sick and tired of black people playing the victim and yelling white racism.” We are sick and tired of blacks who desire segregation.
Hutcherson was a vocal proponent of banning the wearing of “sagging pants” in Augusta back in 2007. He said that if young people “understand that there will be legal repercussions [to wearing sagging pants] I think, they will begin to get their attention.”
The professor also is a proponent of keeping statues of Confederate soldiers. In 2017, he joined a counter-protest against their removal in Augusta, and even donned the Confederate flag while doing so.
“I wear this flag because I am a Southerner,” Hutcherson said. “When this monument symbolizes honor of the fallen dead, it also includes black fallen soldiers who fought for the Confederacy either by their own will or against their will. [W]e shouldn’t let a few skinheads and Nazis dictate what happens with these statues.”
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