To those in power, Black protest is *synonymous* with anarchy. Y'all keep learning that. They're not subtle about it. How many times do y'all need to hear it?
I mean anarchy. Yes I know what it actually means. These folks aren't afraid of chaos. They create it on a daily basis. If you're gonna try to check me, please come prepared.
It's easy to get confused about where the critique is actually focused. It's a mistake to think that the problem with a riot is "chaos". Sure, that's the fear they sell to white people. And that is one aspect of the issue. But that is not what the powers that be are afraid of.
What power is afraid of is a community that doesn't respect that power. What they have always been afraid of is that Blackness will refuse to be oppressed under that power any longer. They know that these aren't "riots". They're not confused.
When you talk about them being afraid of "chaos", that is you buying into the narrative they're trying to sell you. When we name what they're actually afraid of, and we properly place the public narrative as the lie that it is, we have a more clear sense of reality.
The purpose of this discourse is for us all to move towards a more clear sense of reality. When we see things clearly, not only is it harder for us to be deceived. We also know what justice looks like. Justice is not complicated. They make things complicated to obscure justice
What they are afraid of is anarchy. That is the *reason* that it's meaning has been purposely co-opted and merged with this idea of chaos. That is why Black protest is synonymous with anarchy in their minds. They have always known that Blackness does not buy their story of power.
I talked a lot about why Blackness is somewhat resistant to this programming. We have to be.
Now I will admit that none of the nuance I just explained was apparent in my original comment. But I've been having this conversation for a long time. A lot of y'all are coming into the middle of it. Better to ask questions than to try to check people.

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Superman is an alien who just *happens* to look like an all American white male humanoid. Did you know that for the longest time all other Kryptonians just happened to be white as well? Coincidence I'm sure.
As time went on. Our time here in the real world. There was social and political progress. And eventually comic creators were like "yikes, I don't think all Kryptonians should be white". So they stopped doing that. There was never any creative barrier to it.
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Paraphrased: "Page auditioned to play Superman’s grandfather. They rejected him on grounds that fans expected the character to look like a young Henry Cavill."

This is really tortured way to say "white people must have white ancestors or white viewers get confused."
Ask Black Americans if we get confused when a Black character has white ancestors.

On second thought, don't.
That's just it though. Of all the ways that sci-fi and fantasy get to play with the rules of reality, we can see that white supremacy can not be tampered with. That's what we mean when we talk about how it pervades everything.
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Different kinds of power used to be coupled together. E.g. money, access, platform, decision-making. Now it's being decoupled. That has massive implications.
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