USA: Black poet: Darren Wilson saw Hulk Hogan and a Demon, not Michael Brown

In August Claudia Rankine, the lyric poet and playwright, visited Ferguson, Missouri, only weeks after Michael Brown’s death.

She had been invited to visit St Louis months before Michael Brown was killed to deliver a reading while she was finishing up her latest work, Citizen: An American Lyric, a book-length poem and her fifth collection. She spoke to people who lived in Brown’s neighborhood, just as she had with her black male friends whom she interviewed and asked about their experiences of racism in America for the collection.

Now her work, which had started as a re-telling of personal experiences of racism, as well as a general view of the country and race, had inadvertently become a companion to one of the most volatile moments in recent US history…

…Rankine is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and professor of English at Pomona College and that two-decade long feeling of urgency she mentioned has seen her produce poetry that’s been short-listed for the National Book Award, and taken in subjects as unlikely as Zinedine Zidane’s infamous head-butt in the 2006 World Cup final and the portrayal of Serena Williams by the mainstream media…

…“Because racism works purely on perception – often times people don’t even know the other person – the book had to have a component that involved the visual. Looking and seeing and perceiving is also what I’m asking whiteness to do. To see what’s in front of them rather than what they think they’re seeing,” she says before referring to recent police shootings.

“They are clearly not seeing. Darren Wilson is seeing Hulk Hogan and a demon. He’s not seeing Michael Brown. The officer who shot Tamir Rice saw a 20-year-old black man and not a twelve-year old, and then it’s still problematic, because if he sees a 20-year-old black man he thinks that’s something to shoot”…

I am not familiar with the second case mentioned, but Michael Brown was fairly close to a demon as far as I can see. He was a huge man who had just committed a violent crime against someone much smaller than himself.

Black tribalism — my tribe is always right.  This attitude seems to be very widespread. We may be in for more violence.  

From The Guardian.

  • Just a thought

    I have no use for Black “Poets.”
    I remember when N.J. made that clown “Poet Laureate” after he wrote his slander.
    Just another example of what “experts” government bureaucracies nurture.

  • It is so special to see liberals after the fact try and second guess Darren Wilson.

    Send these clowns into the feral parts of black America and see if they want to rationalize with someone reaching into their car and punching them in the face.

  • Xavier

    “Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world. And all of us against the infidel.
    — Leon Uris, “The Haj”

    Since you mention tribalism, Frau: Change two words – Arab to black, infidel to white – and you have the ghetto mindset.

    • Frau Katze

      Correct on the tribalism. It is some kind of inborn thing, with the “amount” that people have varying like other traits do.

    • Frau Katze

      I’ll check the link. BCF might already have posted it. This is always a problem here.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I saw Elvis.

  • Minicapt

    “The officer who shot Tamir Rice saw a 20-year-old black man …”
    No, he saw a young man who apparently had a pistol and might be wielding it in a dangerous manner. There may have been problems with the actions of the police officer, but the situation was initiated by the young man’s actions.