The election scenario that should frighten everyone — especially Black America

The election scenario that should frighten everyone -- especially Black America

News Analysis by John Blake, CNN As Election Day draws closer, commentators are issuing apocalyptic warnings about potential coups, street violence and President Trump not conceding if he loses. 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. FBI Director Chris Wray reflected some of that concern recently when he said he’s worried about violent clashes between far-left and far-right groups at racial protests this fall. Such a confrontation almost came to pass this summer when hundreds of heavily armed members of a Black group called the "Not F**king Around Coalition" converged in Louisville, Kentucky for a protest against police brutality after the […]

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