Black Male Predator Narrative
Since the days of slavery, the propagation of the myth of the predatory Black man has been used to instill fear in whites and to justify their brutality and violence against Black individuals, communities and continents. The narrative has been passed down from one generation to the next and is still used to underwrite injustice against Black people.
The enslavement of Africans resulted in a plethora of uprisings, from the Haitian Rebellion to Nat Turner’s rebellion. Since then, whites have developed a pathological fear that oppressed Blacks will one day rise up and inflict vengeance upon their oppressors.
The psychological defense mechanism called projection – when one accuses someone of having traits they refuse to acknowledge in themselves – may also explain why white people fear violence from Black people. Instead of acknowledging the past and present forms of violence Black people have suffered at the hands of whites, it is projected onto the victims themselves.
Historically and up until present times, the media continue to broadcast daily imagery of Black men as dangerously criminal, using and dealing drugs, hypersexual, unemployable, idle and the epitome of death and doom. This is true despite the reality that white people have, and do, participate in mob and domestic violence in higher numbers, and that whites comprise more than 70 percent of drug abusers and dealers in our country.
White people’s fear of Blacks also stems from a form of moral blindness, in which Black bodies remind them of the terrible crimes from an ugly past, but they are unable to own up to it because they have bought into the Black predator myth and practice projection. Instead, they deny, shift blame, lie, twist facts and characterize Black people into a people to fear.
Reprisal From Fellow Whites
Whites also fear becoming outcasts among whites by associating and sympathizing with Black folks.
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, author of The Isis Papers, argues that because whiteness is genetically recessive, some whites fear that integration and miscegenation will result in the annihilation of the white race. Therefore, they established a global system of “White Supremacy” and its subsystems of racism and segregation to prevent it.
Fear of Black Power
Many whites who directly benefit from the current plight of Black people fear that their enlightenment and subsequent organizing will result in the inability to exploit and benefit from their resources, as well as a reclaiming of their historic legacy.