In the long list of out and proud racists that prominent publications keep on their payroll, we can all count GQ columnist Damon Young among them.
In his latest rant at The Root, Young speaks of America’s “white people problem” and how that is to blame for gun violence, not lack of gun control.
Young begins his treatise by recalling a time he biked with his wife and some friends through the rural areas of Pennsylvania and Maryland, where he recalls seeing only four black people while being “surrounded by whiteness.”
In fact, being “surrounded by whiteness” is the entire crux of his article, and it is those people that Young accuses of practicing a “continual assault on our bodies.” Young claims that white people continue to unfairly fear black people, forcing them into a state of false identity.
But we are the ones perceived to be the threats. We are the ones they’re scared of. We are the ones who tell our children how to dress and how to wear their hair so they’re not thought of as threats to them. We are the ones who consciously and subconsciously modify our voices and our behavior when forced to interact with them. We’re the ones whom trained officers with weapons and badges and handcuffs and legal justifications are so damn scared of that we’ve created entire curricula based on that fear, teaching ourselves what to do to seem less frightening to them.
Young says that this fear propels white people into “arming themselves with multiple human killing machines.”
“They are scared shitless of us,” he exclaims. “Of anyone who is not them. And this fear is why our shitty gun laws exist, and it’s why they will continue to.”
Young suggests white people go to “therapy” to get over their fear.