A series of social media posts from Rev. Nick Peterson:
Last night me and a friend were talking inside the Chick fil A when they closed. We continued our conversation outside and after a while 3 male employees came out to tell us that we were not allowed to be in the parking lot after 10:30 pm. We did not know what time it was or that it was already past 10:30. We spent another few minutes wrapping up our conversation. In the intervening time the employees called the police on us. We of course did not know this when we pulled off and one of the young men who initially came to us bid us a good night as we were pulling out of the parking lot.
As we were waiting at the light, two police vehicles pulled in, drove past my white friend in his truck in front of me and when they locked eyes on me pulled a U turn and put there flashers on. My friend was able to make the right turn on Lincoln highway without any officer following him. He proceeded to park across the street and witness both officers round my car for the next 10 minutes.
The officers stated that they were called because there were some people (plural) in the parking lot that made the employees nervous. So they were responding to that call.
The truth of white supremacy is that it makes white people non suspicious and black people categorically suspicious. Neither the police nor employees exhibited behavior that would be considered rude or mean. They simply were concerned about the safety of white people and my presence as a threat to that.
I will never patronize this Chick fil A or any other Chick fil A, while my money is not a threat my black body is.
Thank you East Lampeter Police Department for instantly racial profiling me to make sure the white people were safe.
So this is not a problem with Chick fil A Lancaster or East Lampeter Police. They were all following a protocol that is rooted in the sanctity of whiteness. White safety requires Black people to be and function in very particular ways to ensure the kind of normalcy and non-threatening innocence that characterizes whiteness.
I cannot fathom what it must be like to live with an unrecognized kind of sainthood that makes your entire presence non-threatening and worthy of safety and protection. I cannot imagine what it is like to be white and to naturally unknowingly have suspicion about your safety and welfare in the presence of black people. In as much as my well intentioned white friends and colleagues want to bring this to the attention of the authorities and find solutions that will keep this from happening, the truth is this the world that white supremacy builds—a world where constantly white agency both as the actor over blackness gets to be the actor to represent blackness.
I don’t need to have a conversation with a Chick fil A manager or the East Lampeter Police Chief, because these dynamics are bigger this specific incident, this is not extraordinary or uncharacteristic. The police officer as cordial as were the Chick fil A employees yet the precipitating factor revolves around the need for whiteness to be protected from the threat of blackness and its innate violence.
So yeah I’m never giving Chic fil A dime again but I much rather see and here my white friends especially not try to plead my innocence and nobility but instead to figure out what it means for you, as a white person, to live in a world where you are god and where the entire heavenly host of earthly institutions work tirelessly to build a world where you can thrive and live and accommodated while blackness stands as a lucifer, questioning your worthiness of worship and challenging your supremacy. I need white folk to contend with what it means to be god and to raise your children ready to assume their place on the throne. This is the work for me that’s worth doing – the work of de-godding whiteness. I can’t tell you exactly how that works but it seems to me the task at hand.
White supremacy requires us to place the blame on as specific target as possible. We cannot bare to believe that this kind of response to blackness is necessary to maintain the protection and safety of white people and white people’s money that goes to white banks and white safe deposit boxes. My own analysis places the blame on the entire construct of whiteness which precipitated the events in the first place. Neither Chick fil A nor the East Lampeter Police Department behaving contrary to the mandates of white supremacy and its banal demands. In the world of white supremacy these actions are warranted just to make sure we maintain safety.
White supremacy is like gravity, it is the force that pulls everything towards its center. It is the force that grounds the world and gives security that what whiteness builds will stand. White supremacy forces us to spin around in the same circle over and over and over and over marking the same path again and again and again. It marks our seasons and our times, our uprising and our down setting. It is the sun that makes our lives possible and makes possible life as we know it. #BlackLuciferWhiteGod