In the Current Year, as in recent current years since the rise of social media, memes have become powerful cultural forces that can shift socio-political discourse almost instantaneously. One of the more powerful species of memetics is the viral video. Smart phones and video sharing applications bring real time images of events to the eyes of people who are insulated from “the real world” and otherwise blissfully unaware.
Last night, such a viral video was shared with me in one of the deep, dark corners of the interwebz that us, “literally Hitler,” type trolls hang out and which jarred me to the core in a very profound way. The events that unfolded were not shocking or surprising. We’ve seen it all before. However, my keen eye has become sharpened to the otherwise unnoticed details that lay beneath the surface and I’m compelled to break them down here for the reader.
As the reader can see, it’s a short video, filmed from a smart phone by one of the casual observers of a scuffle that presumably took place on a pier in Massachusetts. I’m unaware of any backstory on this scuffle. As far as I know, no details have been publicized as to what occurred before the camera started recording. Nevertheless, it is clear that a small group of adolescent white boys were violently ganged up on by a group of mostly black and mulatto boys, approximately a dozen, and what appears to be a token