Here’s the fact: the list of niggas never gets shorter, it only gets longer.
On September 11,2001 “Arabs” became niggas. And in the irrational ways of hate, anybody who –looks like– those niggas become niggas-by-perception/association. So Sikhs, Jains, turban-wearing Hindus, and anybody else who idiots think belong to that group are Arab-niggas-by-perception/association.
So…before the discussion of the Sikh Gurdwara shooting descends into the tired and played-out gun control/gun rights debate, can we have the real discussion please? The real discussion of how/why, after all the work that has been done, the list of niggas keeps growing. The real discussion of how/why economic insecurity breeds the anger[I hear you Bunny], fear, hate, and paranoia that results in the nigga-zation of everybody who doesn’t fall into the WASP group (whether by birth or assimilation). The real discussion of how/why this country is always in need of “boogeymen”.
The shooting at the Sikh Gurdwara in the suburbs of Milwaukee is a tragedy. It will be an even greater tragedy if we skip the real conversations that need to happen and move like automatons to the discussions that make too many people hunker down in their corners.