This town is starting to look like a garbage heap. And we got too damn many
niggersurban thugs, yo, ruining the quality of life for everybody. And I'll tell you what it's gonna take. You people, you are - you need to have a gun. You need to have training. You need to know how to use that gun. You need to get a permit to carry that gun. And you do in fact need to carry that gun and we need to see some dead niggersthugs littering the landscape in Atlanta.
The above quoted, slightly modified for translation purposes, comes from Rush Limbaugh-clone Neil Boortz. Like many Americans, Boortz suffers from a severe case of Extreme Color Arousal, a condition nurtured by generations of subtle societal and tribal indoctrination and propaganda against black Americans* and triggered by the mere sights and sounds of black Americans, black American culture or practically any action or event caused by or stemming from black Americans. Combined with the negative preconceived notions that many white Americans have of their fellow black citizens plus the need for politicians and businesses to nurture and illicit both emotion and compliance from voters and customers with "dog whistles" and coded language, Extreme Color Arousal can manifest itself in a number of ways.
Take the sad case of Trayvon Martin, for example. The sight of a young black man in a grey hoodie aroused negative emotions within George Zimmerman. His own possible bias of blacks in general, his association of blacks with criminal behavior ("they always get away") and his desire to rid the neighborhood of the scourge of black criminality led him to stalk, corner and kill an innocent young man. That's Extreme Color Arousal in action, folks.
There are countless cases where cops have allowed Extreme Color Arousal to override their training and judgment, prompting them to treat black Americans in their custody with a far heavier hand than those of other ethnic backgrounds, if they're not killed outright. The NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" campaign targets far more black American citizens than other ethnic groups, thanks to officers operating on their own preconceived notions and color arousal, or on an institutional bias that promotes color aroused behavior. Other police departments around the country carry a biased attitude towards black Americans that often results in their rough treatment or even death.
Then there's the reaction of many Americans to President Barack Obama. Sadly, there are some who simply cannot cope with the sight and knowledge of a black man** in the Oval Office or any other loft position of power, for that matter. Paula Smith could not cope with having President Obama in office, hence her small but telling way of lashing out in a fit of Extreme Color Arousal.
One of the many tell-tale signs of Extreme Color Arousal.
This "2012 Don't Re-nig!" sticker is just one of many ways that Extreme Color Arousal manifests itself. Given that overt racism is no longer acceptable in polite social circles, those expressing their dissatisfaction with
Extreme Color Arousal stems from a pathological fear and dislike of black Americans, reinforced by negative portrayals and associations of blacks as criminals, thugs, "beasts," and other entities who should be, of course, feared and loathed. For some, the only way for them to feel safe is to grab a gun and be prepared to shoot any
The entire nation seems to be gripped in this paranoia. People like Boortz are only the visible symptoms of a serious, deeply embedded problem that's crippling this nation.
* Many white Americans have been trained and indoctrinated to see black Americans as somehow inferior to themselves, as justification for slavery and later the economic and social segregation of black Americans. It also served to divide poor whites against their poor black brethren, to prevent both from joining forces in protest against major societal and economic interests.
** Obama comes from mixed heritage, but as far as many Americans are concerned, he's a black man. Thank the "One Drop Rule" for that one.
† Some white Americans see the rise of black Americans to prominent positions of power as a sort of zero-sum game -- blacks gain power while whites lose power. Combine the rise of black-led and largely black-managed cities with serious tax funding issues from suburban flight, exacerbated social issues, constant association of black-led and managed governments with corruption, crime and failure and a "us vs. them" mentality that effectively separates suburban commuters from their city-dwelling counterparts, and you have scores of whites believing that 1)their cities were somehow "conquered" by blacks and 2)therefore need to be "taken back" (which usually means having a "proper" government put in its place, one that just happens to be all-white and possibly all-conservative).