Saturday, July 31, 2021

Trinity College Professor Johnny Williams Calls Whiteness ‘Mental and Physical Terrorism’

Trinity College sociology professor Johnny Williams

*Trinity College sociology professor Johnny Williams addressed his controversial statements about white people in a new op-ed for the Hartford Courant.

Back in 2017, Williams shared a Medium article by author “Son of Baldwin” that called for Black folks to “show indifference to the lives of bigots.”

The article noted that “racist” Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice and saved by Black Capitol Police officers. “What does it mean, in general, when victims of bigotry save the lives of bigots?” the article said, per thecollegefix.com

Williams says white people run an “oppressive system” and suggested that in whatever life-threatening predicament you find them,  “let [white people] fucking die” and  “smile a bit” when it happens.

Williams was targeted by internet trolls in June 2017 after he shared the provocative Medium article about racial violence on his Facebook page. According to reports, the death threats forced him to flee the state. 

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Trinity College sociology professor Johnny Williams

In the new op-ed he says calls for “civility” simply serve to “uphold white supremacist heteropatriarchal capitalist power,” and that “‘White’ kneegrows really need a lot of therapy and a good ‘ol [sic] ass kicking.”

From the piece:

Whiteness is a shared conglomeration of fabricated meanings and ideas about biologically insignificant human differences. Whiteness only exists in relation or opposition to blackness and other fictitious racial categories created by whiteness adherents for the purpose of cementing a higher status and material advantage over other people that are excluded from being white. …

[…] [C]ontrary to my critics’ beliefs that whiteness is merely an identity — race and whiteness materialize as systemic white racism terroristic actions and practices with very real, tangible, and lethal effects.

Whiteness often goes unnoticed by self-identified whites in ways that divert them from considering their complicity in the daily white terrorism — wars, police and military occupations, poor housing, health, and education — directed at racially oppressed groups. …

Whiteness by its very definition and operation as a key element of white supremacy kills; it is mental and physical terrorism. To end the white terrorism that is directed at racially oppressed people here and in other nations, it is essential that self-identified whites and their whiteness collaborators among the racially oppressed confront their white problem head-on, unencumbered by racial comfort.

Read the full op-ed here.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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