THE ELECTION SCENARIO THAT SHOULD FRIGHTEN EVERYONE — ESPECIALLY BLACVK AMERICA. As Election Day draws closer, commentators are issuing apocalyptic warnings about potential coups, street violence and President Trump not conceding if he loses.
But there’s another frightening election scenario I dread as a Black man — and that few people seem to be talking about. It’s what happens if an armed Black person clashes with an armed White person at a protest and bullets start flying. Images of such a confrontation could upend the presidential race, hobble Black Lives Matter and undo much of the White support for racial justice that surged during the George Floyd protests this summer.
Such a scenario may seem implausible, but it’s only a camera click away because of two trends. A number of armed, far-right White groups emboldened by Trump’s “law and order” message are confronting anti-racist protesters across the nation. And there is a growing Second Amendment movement among Black Americans who are forming their own armed groups. What happens if these two movements collide?