A coon is generally understood to be a Black person who is overly accepting of white discrimination, excessively concerned with pleasing white authority figures and unknowingly suffering from a significant degree of self-hatred. We have witnessed what can best be described as an explosion of “coonish” behavior among Black males expressing support for President Donald Trump and disdain for Senator Kamala Harris following her selection as Joe Biden’s running mate.
Many observers, Black and white alike, are befuddled by what seems like such a rapid coon infestation… The mis-education of American youth is to blame for the confusion…
“History is Written by Victors…” This quote, often attributed to Winston Churchill, implies that history is not grounded in facts, rather it’s the winners’ interpretation of them that prevails. The victors force their preffered narrative down on the people. From the moment the United States of America declared independence in 1776, most American history books have described the American political culture as the finest example of government by popular consent with respect for the equal rights of all.
Clearly, American male white supremacists were the “victors.” When writing the history of the United States they consistently failed to give due weight to the deleterious role of white supremacist male ideology and the Slaveholding, Apartheid-like conditions that have shaped the participants and substance of American politics as much as, if not more than, the notion of equality for all.
President Trump fits squarely into the exclusionary, white supremacist male tradition of American politics. In this way, Trump is a true American original. He represents a contemporary manifestation of the inegalitarian ideologies at the core of the founding fathers vision of the great American experiment. They never actually intended to establish “liberty and justice for all.” For over 80% of American history, the overwhelming majority of adults living in United States were legally barred from full American citizenship solely because they were Black, Native American, Latino, Asian or women.
The American story as it has been commonly portrayed in the history books is intentionally deceptive because it is far too narrowly circumscribed. White male victors have focused their analytical lenses on the dynamics of relationships among a distinct minority of the American population. Yes, a relatively small group of wealthy Protestant propertied white male slaveholders treated each other with respect and political egalitarianism prevailed in their relationships with one another.
Fuck everybody else… is the unwritten, yet equally important, part…
The rapid tanning of America, inevitably requires a truer picture… Projected to form a majority of the population in a decade or so, Black and brown young people need a history that more accurately captures America’s political culture and it’s characteristic conflicts. Otherwise, they will continue to struggle in their attempts to understand the rapid ascendancy of a modern American racist/white supremacist and the proliferation of his strange bedfellow the Black male coon.
Insight into these recent dynamics, requires acceptance of the fact that the United States has been shaped to a large extent by the ideology of white male supremacy and the social practices that defined the relationships of white supremacist male elites with subordinate groups.
In a very real sense, it can be asserted that white supremacist males created the Black male coon.
Sixty-six years prior to the Declaration of Independence, the Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 was enacted in Colonial Virginia. This law provided for the freeing a slave for “good deeds,” as defined by the national public policy, and could be granted to a slave who saved the life of a White master or his property, invented something from which a slave master could make a profit, or “snitched” on a fellow slave who was planning a slave rebellion or to run away.
Recognizing the inherent barbarism and inhumane nature of their prevailing social arrangements, racist/white supremacist males formally incentivized “coonish” behaviors. Black males could literally obtain freedom from a lifetime of bondage and forced servitude on a prison labor camp by “saving his master’s life” or condemning other enslaved Blacks to certain death by snitching on rebels.
Throughout history the emergence of coons has resulted from the behavior of individual actors, each of whom is making their individual decisions. These individuals have preferred complicity with their oppressors and financial rewards and improved social status over remaining among the larger oppressed Black community.
In this way, Racist/white males literally manufactured Black sellouts.
The slave rebellions of Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner were thwarted by Black male coons. Every Black social movement since has been infiltrated and negatively impacted by coons. Emmett J. Scott was one of them. An agent at the Bureau of Investigation, Scott posed as a reporter who attended Marcus Garvey’s UNIA meetings and conventions who interviewed Garvey. Walter H. Loving was a retired Army officer and a member of the Military Intelligence Division who sent Black informants to UNIA meetings.
Herbert Simeon Boulin was Jamaican businessman in Harlem who befriended Garvey but was really a Bureau informant. He began giving them gave harmful information such as accusations that Garvey’s movement was anti-white. James Wormley Jones was Black police officer and first Black FBI special agent who went undercover to take Garvey down. His information was the nail in the coffin J. Edgar Hoover needed to arrest Garvey.
Martin L. King friend and photographer, Ernest Withers, who was on hand to capture King riding newly desegregated Montgomery, Alabama buses in the mid 1950’s and the shock of his closest confidants immediately after his murder in 1968 was also an FBI informer.
Eventually, the FBI established the the Ghetto Informant Program (GIP), intelligence-gathering operation run by the FBI from 1967–1973. Its official purpose was to collect information pertaining to riots and civil unrest. Through GIP, the FBI used more than 7000 people to infiltrate poor black communities in the United States. Black male Informants monitored Black activists including Martin L. King, Jr. Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and Huey Newton among many others.
William O’Neal became infamous in 1973 when his role in the 1969 raid in which Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were murdered was revealed. O’Neal was a Panther insider to the point where he was in charge of security for Hampton and possessed keys to Panther headquarters and safe houses. Simultaneously, he was serving as an informant for the FBI. Among the information the teenaged O’Neal fed his FBI contact was the floor plan of Hampton’s west-side apartment that was used to plan the fatal raid.
Working closely with racist/white supremacists, coons are extremely dangerous…
With O’Neal’s floorpan in hand, at 4:00 a.m., a heavily armed police team arrived at the site, divided into two teams, eight for the front of the building and six for the rear. At 4:45 a.m., they stormed into the apartment. Mark Clark, sitting in the front room of the apartment with a shotgun in his lap, was on security duty. The police shot him in the chest, killing him instantly. Clark’s gun discharged once into the ceiling. This single round was fired when he suffered a reflexive death-convulsion after being shot. This was the only shot fired by the Panthers.
Hampton, drugged by barbiturates, was sleeping on a mattress in the bedroom with his fiancée, Deborah Johnson, who was nine months pregnant with their child. She was forcibly removed from the room by the police officers while Hampton still lay unconscious in bed. Then, the raiding team fired at the head of the south bedroom. Hampton was wounded in the shoulder by the shooting.
Fellow Black Panther Harold Bell said that he heard the following exchange:
“That’s Fred Hampton.”
“Is he dead?… Bring him out.”
“He’s barely alive.”
“He’ll make it.”
The injured Panthers said they heard two shots. According to Hampton’s supporters, the shots were fired point blank at Hampton’s head. According to Deborah Johnson, an officer then said:
“He’s good and dead now.”
As the world watches President Trump scramble for any and every advantage, both legal and extra-legal, that will sway the outcome of the upcoming election, it’s really not surprising to see so many Black coons lining up to do his bidding. There’s a long tradition of cooning that stretches back 310 years in America.
What’s different and frightening is the extent to which everyday, ordinary Black males are cooning for Facebook and twitter likes. What the fuck is that about?
Take note and isolate Black male Trump supporters. Keep them away from young Black and Brown children. They mean Black people no good.
Potentially it sounds like a black man would get a job and rise up above the poverty, he’s now looked at as a sell out, a”Coon”. That’s what you’re saying? So maybe the only person or people is keeping the black man down is the black people themselves. I’m not that smart and I’m a racist white man but I have no problem with people doing the right thing and better themselves black, white, green, or purple. History is exactly just that his story how long do we have to dwell on that for here now there’s been programs and incentives more than the white people have for the black man to better himself so the get over it you know takes some accountability quit the pity party you probably never even talk to someone who was ever a slave nor have you talked to someone that has talked to a slave that’s how long ago it’s been so move guit quit wasting so much energy on trying to remake the past when you have every opportunity to better yourselves in the future I have no sympathy for you if need to latch onto the past because you don’t have the capacity to f****** do any better you need to look at yourself