North Carolina and the specter of the predatory ‘other’

North Carolina and the specter of the predatory ‘other’

“Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh – erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Can’t you just see it? Don’t dream it, be it.” –Dr. Frank-N-Furter, The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show

Think back to the vision of the “sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania,” the cannibalistic-murderer-mad-scientist obsessed with constructing the perfect Adonis to submit to Frank’s erotic pleasures. Served up as his next delightfully tasty prey, enter the young and naïve Brad and Janet at his doorstep for an adventure they will never forget, that is, if they live to tell the tale.

And who can forgot those conniving gay men who con-cock-ted the elaborate conspiracy to commit sex acts on heterosexual men by joining the ranks of the military, with all those hard bodies to pick from in the bunks and showers while just waiting for them to drop the soap?

In addition, we must still remain on guard to protect our fine white innocent womenfolk from the sexual pursuits of those wild savage black men and swarthy eagle-beaked Jewish men who want nothing more than to seduce and carry them away to their lairs of sin.

And we must stand forever vigilant in protecting our impressionable children from the exploits of the Jews and the homosexuals. We certainly can’t allow Jews access to our infant boys since they continue inflicting forced circumcision onto them in order to recruit them into their distorted cult-of-a-religion. Likewise, homosexuals need to entice and recruit our children into their disgusting and deviant lifestyle since they are incapable of producing their own. And don’t forget how the Jews kidnapped and drained the precious blood from our lovely virginal Christian male infants to use in the making of their sacred matzah, and to symbolically re-crucify our Lord.

Lest we don’t forget those disease-laden bisexual vectors of infection into the general (read “heterosexual”) population, and the devil-inflicted people with disabilities who are fixed on immobilizing the able bodied in angry retribution for their suffering.

As we can see, a crucial point in the psychology of scapegoating is the representation of minoritized “Others” as violent predators resolved to ensnare, torture, and devour primarily women and children of the dominant group. And when demagogues play on people’s fears and prejudices by invoking these images for their own political, social, and economic gains, the result in more instances than not amounts to loss of civil and human rights, harassment, violence, and at times, death of the “other.”

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