Times this morning, "Did a Fear of Slave Revolts Drive American Independence?"
The piece brings up something I've been thinking about for some time now: Isn't an imminent "slave rebellion" nearly always a source of fear in the white community?
Take gun control, for example. I maintain that the real reason that people (white people, to be exact) want guns is to be prepared for that "slave rebellion" that's always just around the corner. Or, to update it, to protect themselves against rioting blacks (or at least the one that's bound and determined to break into their house and either kill them or rape their wives and daughters).
(As for that last point, ask yourself: If that Stanford rapist had been black do you really think he would have gotten such a light sentence?)
I'm a big believer that fear of blacks motivates much of what white people do on a regular basis. (Like moving to the suburbs.) So the premise of that piece in the Times doesn't surprise me too much.