So Should We Be Preparing For A Civil War
The issue of white supremacy, racism, and prejudice is problematic even more so outside of obvious moral reasoning, because after stripping away the social-political influences, you are still left with the praxis — the engagement, application, and exercise of its existence in the majoritarian sense and racialized sphere. By default — through lack of positive action rather than conscious choice — and without adequate constraint this majority asserts a fraudulent condition of primacy in American society which undermines the fundamental rights of citizenry.
The confirmation by the President that there are two sides to the conflict and his doubling down on the growing conflict over the premise of “Who’s America Is It Anyway?” underscores the widespread, persistent production of ignorance. For clarity one side is denying the equality and rights of a predominately diverse group of Americans, while the other side resists and counters that premise — that equality and rights are deserving for all, not just for their side, but for all, in a manner that has little to do with being a minority or being politically correct as the basis. Its fundamental in just being.
…the privileged social location of white people not only cognitively disposes them to misunderstand certain realities about the racial system, but also gives them an incentive to misunderstand these realities (or ignore them completely). Since they benefit from the racial system, it is not in their interest to understand its harms. Group interest can skew white cognition by affecting, for example, “the concepts favored (e.g., today’s ‘color blindness’), the refusal to perceive systemic discrimination, the convenient amnesia about the past and its legacy in the present, and the hostility to black testimony on continuing white privilege and the need to eliminate it to achieve racial justice”…¹
Ignorance that is actively cultivated and maintained does not rise simply because knowledge is absent, but because of the actions and negligences of individuals or groups, which are often reinforced by social-political formations. Characterizing ignorance as a lack or absence of knowledge, then encourages us to overlook this form of ignorance.¹¹
This form of ignorance is redoubtable and sinister in its false justifications and false equivalences in order to sustain privilege, a sense of pride, and honor within the false narratives of a remarkable history of liberty-seeking oppression and violence. The conclusion of which has been reiterated and ignored throughout, from the first Civil War which resulted in the abolition of slavery, to the civil rights accords that only weakened the Jim Crow Era that followed thereafter.
President Trump and his minions must have a sense that this time, this impending Civil War can be won differently for he has the power that Abraham Lincoln had and would no doubt win this battle hands down through his brand of presidential prowess. They must have the sense that he has us completely outnumbered and surrounded, therefore powerless by this gerrymandered electoral college vote map. Combine this with a rearmament solely subsidized by the NRA and its mischaracterization of constitutional rights to own and bear arms, and we have what appears to be a justifiable war to make America great again. This phenomena of ‘white ignorance’ is what is being contemplated and upheld as an impulsive and reactionary need to fight for.
…imagine an ignorance that resists. Imagine an ignorance that fights back. Imagine an ignorance militant, aggressive, not to be intimidated, an ignorance that is active, dynamic, that refuses to go quietly — not at all confined to the illiterate and uneducated but propagated at the highest levels of the land, indeed presenting itself unblushingly as knowledge. (Mills 2007, 13, emphasis in original)¹¹¹
No need, it’s happening in real time today. A self-deception in the racial preservation of group identity so alienating and corrosive, vile and perverted to warrant bloodshed and death. This battle conspicuously as well as covertly has been waged for quite some time now. It is based on an insensitive belief that espouses white supremacy, justifies prejudice and warrants white privilege with all its benefits, as a marker of membership and entitlement, which is seen as being threatened by the removal of confederate statues of long held and revered symbolism on public grounds nationwide. A woke diversity is seen as an impediment to white vested interests.
A member of such a group thus has a motive to hold on to these identity-specific beliefs. Dan Kahan points out, for example, that beliefs “bear social meanings — that they are, in fact, generally understood (tacitly, at least) to convey that the individuals who espouse them are committed to one group rather than another.¹¹¹
White supremacy, the Alt-Right, Neo-Nazis,..et al., are groups that are committed to each other under the #MAGA slogan and unAmerican flag. As long as Donald Trump holds the title of President of the United States, there is a perceivable threat of a new justifiable Civil War brewing.
By the way, to Mr. Trump and Mr. Bannon, and the entire White House Administration, to the entire republican party and it’s opportunistic minority groups, as well as the silent majority consisting of liberals, and democrats, white sympathizers, including those who want proof or evidence of the threat of racism and precariousness of our democracy…YOU ARE NOT FOOLING ME WITH YOUR BULLSHIT! AND I WILL NOT BE TAKEN IN BY IT!
¹ Woomer, L.M., (2015). A Unified Account of Motivated Ignorance (p. 42) (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://d.lib.msu.edu/etd/3395/datastream/OBJ/view
¹¹Woomer, L.M., (2015). A Unified Account of Motivated Ignorance (p. 21) (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://d.lib.msu.edu/etd/3395/datastream/OBJ/view
¹¹¹ Woomer, L.M., (2015). A Unified Account of Motivated Ignorance (p. 16) (Doctoral dissertation). Sub. Mills, Charles W. 1997. The Racial Contract. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 2007. “White Ignorance.” In Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance, edited by Shannon Sullivan and Nancy Tuana, 11–38. Retrieved from https://d.lib.msu.edu/etd/3395/datastream/OBJ/view
¹¹¹¹Woomer, L.M., (2015). A Unified Account of Motivated Ignorance (p. 90) (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://d.lib.msu.edu/etd/3395/datastream/OBJ/view