The Context of White Supremacy
welcomes the return of Christopher Everett
. We previously discussed his fantastic documentary film, Wilmington On Fire
, which examines the 1898 White Supremacist coup in Wilmington, North Carolina. Whites plotted to disrupt a peaceful “fusion” government, where black people owned property had attorneys and doctors and enjoyed a relatively harmonious life. Using the threat of black rapists, White militias killed an untold number of black people, looted their property, and banished them from the area without compensation. We revisit this topic after three Wilmington enforcement officers, Kevin Piner, James “Brian” Gilmore, and Corporal Jessie Moore, were terminated after video surfaced of them making racist comments. To be blunt, Piner described plans to acquire an assault rifle “to go out and start slaughtering them f—— n——.” The White officer didn’t talk about killing one or 5 black people. “Wipe ’em off the f—— map,” said Piner, adding: “That’ll put ’em back about four or five generations
.” These Whites also held grievances against newly hired police chief, who happens to be black. We place this event within the history of White purges of black people in North Carolina.