Famed music critic and Berkeley professor Greil Marcus likened killing black people to essentially killing Barack Obama.
No really, he did. Marcus's exact words in an interview with Scott Timberg for Salon.com were: "When that cop killed Michael Brown, and when George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, they were killing Barack Obama."
Let that sink in for a moment....
Marcus said this after admitting he is not a psychiatrist and has never interviewed Zimmerman or the cop to know their "motives" or "childhood traumas," but he is sure that "in a certain way" his correlation is not "nuts."
In fact, Marcus explains that these events were direct results of Obama's presidency:
When you look at the murder of Trayvon Martin, when you look at the murder of Michael Brown, when you look at those situations, it’s not unrelated to Obama being president, but it’s more the way in which the country has reframed itself or rewritten itself since his election, with all kinds of people saying to themselves, maybe never putting it into words, just feeling it, 'There’s a f*cking n*gger in the White House? Well f*ck you, n*gger, whoever you are.' And an inchoate loathing and hatred that seeks out its targets.
Timberg and Marcus both agreed that in many ways, the Civil War "has never really been settled" and is still raging. Remnants of America's dark times are still lingering in today's culture and are showcased by the actions of a public that loathes the fact that a black man occupies the White House.
To further delve into how Marcus's mind processes race relations, read his other thoughts regarding the election of Barack Obama:
With Barack Obama’s election, and a lot of people my age never, ever thought they would see a black president in their lifetimes, and it was shocking when it happened. People were weeping, and they weren’t weeping out of joy, they weren’t weeping out of sorrow. They were weeping out of ... because they were coming apart, the whole conceptual apparatus that they used to construct themselves as social beings was coming apart because of this event, and it was just so overwhelming that you didn’t know how to talk about it, so you cried.
But with Barack Obama, racism has become ordinary discourse since his election in a way that it wasn’t before, and the contempt and the ridicule with which Republicans treat him. Not even Bill Clinton, who they felt they could disparage because they thought he was a dumb white cracker, not even Bill Clinton has been treated the way Barack Obama has been treated. He’s been treated as if he’s an impostor, an interloper and as scum.
I mean, the things that have been said about Michelle Obama, the way she’s talked about on Fox News, you know, forget about Twitter or comments on news stories or anything like that where all the morons live, but the way she’s been talked about, can you imagine Laura Bush ever being talked about that way? Laura Bush actually killed somebody. But that was never mentioned, that was never talked about, because it was impolite to bring it up.
And just keep in mind, Marcus is instructing young people at a very expensive university. Sounds about right.