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White Fear Equals Racism

th-14This post is a “reblog” of an article written by April V. Taylor on the Kulture Kritic. She writes what the renowned linguist and activist Noam Chomsky has been speaking with philosopher George Yancy on the white fear as part of a feature for the New York Times.

In which they discusses race and racism in America pointing out the roots of deeply rooted in America’s soul and the legacy of black enslavement and subjugation in America. It is an impressive read going into detail about how “fears that the victims might rise up and take revenge are deeply rooted in American culture.”  This article articulates the foundation of what American Black people have known:

White People’s Fear Of Revenge For Slavery Is ‘Deeply Rooted In American Culture’

The conversation begins with Yancy pointing out that when terrorism and the United States are discussed, there is often an omission of “the fact that many Black people in the United States have had a long history of being terrorized by white racism.” Chomsky elaborates by saying, “We…cannot allow ourselves to forget that the hideous slave labor camps of the new ’empire of liberty’ were a primary source for the wealth and privilege of American society.” As Chomsky puts it, “The America that ‘Black people have always known’ is not an attractive one.”

When the exploited labor force of slaves was no longer available because of the abolition of slavery, “Blacks were arrested without real cause and prisoners were put to work for…business interests. The system provided a major contribution to the rapid industrial development from the late 19th century.” The Thirteenth Amendment’s Exception Clause, allowing slavery to continue if a person was convicted of a crime, was being used to its fullest extent. Reagan’s War on Drugs provided more Black bodies to be exploited for their labor, leading to what Michelle Alexander terms, the new Jim Crow.

While slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration have been the source of innumerable tragedies, Chomsky points out that perhaps the greatest tragedy is America’s refusal to acknowledge its own history of oppression, violence and genocide. Chomsky describes it as an ‘intentional ignorance,’ that compels Americans to put the horrors of slavery, genocide, racism, and mass incarceration, “…behind us and march on to a glorious future, all sharing equally in the rights and opportunities of citizenry.”

While this may sound like a compelling ideal, it is reality is much uglier. Black people in America continue to fall at the bottom of nearly every statistical indicator for wealth, economics, education, and health while white America seems to all too easily forget how much their “wealth and privilege was created in no small part by the centuries of torture and degradation of which [white people] are the beneficiaries,” and Black people are the victims.

Hundreds of years of forced labor, racism and subjugation have inevitably led to resentment and anger, and Chomsky does not shy away from acknowledging that white people have long been gripped by the fear that those they have oppressed will rebel against the forced racial hierarchy.

Chomsky states, “Some of the slave-owners, like Jefferson, appreciated the moral turpitude on which the economy relied. But he feared the liberation of slaves, who have ‘ten thousand recollections’ of the crimes to which they were subjected. Fears that the victims might rise up and take revenge are deeply rooted in American culture, with reverberations to the present.” Alongside this acknowledgement, Chomsky admits that there is not easy answer to ending racism, no magic wand that can erase hundreds of years of violence and terrorism against non-white American citizens.

Most people and surely white folk know that black people have been subjugated, enslaved, oppressed, and still some people pretend this is not true. This article clearly sums up why the centuries of oppression exists, which drives the fear and need for whites to maintain the system of white supremacy and privilege; it is the fear of another Nat Turner like rebellion ever present that one day there will be payback directed at the dominant society [whites] on mass for the “sins of their fathers”. And this is a world phenomena! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Shameful Politics

11It amazes me that in today’s world white folk continue to pretend that there is no racism. Every day we hear story after story about incidences of hate, racism and bigotry. This was particularly evident with the racism President Obama and his family experienced every day since he became president. My question, first of all, is why anyone so surprised? However, it is not because Trump unearthed something new, or if you prefer unveiled this phenomena; it has been lurking beneath the surface and sometime blatantly open for five hundred years. I will say you, I will agree that Trump is the catalyst for this recently activity but he is not the problem. He clearly plays on all the fears white folk have had buried inside them.

History tells us, even if they don’t admit it, what we see, and hear is nothing new to black people! We have observed it since the 1619 all over North America that the main rule is white only and the pronounced code of white supremacy. Therefore, due to the luck of the draw being black give me and millions who came before me a unique perspective about racism that white folk will never know or understand. Let me add that I may truly be the closest to an unbiased person you will ever meet. Although, some of the hate filled comments on some of my post would make one think otherwise.

Since America began black people have endured slavery, Jim Crow, segregation and terror on an inhuman scale. The reason for this terror is simple “racism”! I say that when a race of people is courageous enough to believe he or she can do better elsewhere lives in an alternate reality nor do I think going back to the place where our ancestors were stolen from is the answer! White folk have done the same thing to the people of Africa.

I have felt and experience outward expressions of hatred and bias. So bigotry and racism is very real. During my lifetime there were a lots of issues involving racism and to no one’s suppress was accepted while white folk called it the way of life! It was usually swept under the carpet telling us the darkies were happy, so to speak, and I say never were they happy; some just choose to not to rock the boat because we were black and made to feel worthless. In fact, the so-called constitution says we are 3/5ths human! However, it seems that when there was high unemployment, people became upset. In times like that there would be small flare-ups and open racism is evident. But now things are pretty good, the question is why it is so blatant now?

Easy question to answer today, in this post-election and with Trump in the White House is the answer. This leaves most of us with an ache, with a pause, as we seem unable to believe or comprehend that this would happen right here in America. Images floating about on social media of graffiti with swastikas and in some case violence inflicted has come to the forefront of life in America. Is racism and hatred truly on the rise? It is not on the rise. It has always been there, just exposed by this election.

All the grievances of the American people are out in the open now and the entire world is watching. What are we going to do about it? Can we sweep it back under the carpet? No! Can we erase our fears? No! Being black is not an alternative problem; it is and has been a target of white folk to suppress. However, we are actually no longer the minority; Asians, Muslims for around the world, and Hispanics are now part of the equation and white folk are less. It’s about all of us together, as we know what it feels like to be marginalized, and that’s why today we can only hope this will cause all people called minorities to Unite!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

 


We Will Survive 2017 and Beyond

200x200There are always people who predict this or that but time is the only proof of the outcome of events. With 2017 just a few days away, I hear nearly everyone feeling as if the end in near. One of these so-called preachers went so far as to say Jesus is coming back. I would not agree with, but I would hope he will. The mess mankind has made of society and this world I would not want to come back to this either!

I don’t think there is much doubt in the minds of most disaster awaits!  I say this because after seeing our first Black president elected, and re-elected, the spectacle of seeing the man who denied President Obama’s citizenship elected to replace him is devastating. Seeing the KKK and Neo-Nazis say how proud they are to have helped elect Donald Trump is disturbing. Seeing a man who openly bragged about sexually assaulting women elected to President against a woman is just plain old ugly.

Most believe that Donald Trump is a terrible human being, but he is white, which is a major trump card. Black people, we know that rule has always applied in America. However, we have endured slavery, Jim Crow, lynching, and horrendous crimes inflicted upon our people – just because of skin color and we survived.

During a period of 341 years, tens of millions of Africans were stolen from their land taken away from their families and transported across the ocean to be forced into slavery. Husbands were ripped from wives, children were separated from their mothers, siblings were sent off not only to different plantations but different nations. Endured the middle passage, suffered 400 years of terror and we survived. Let me say, there are going to be some tough days ahead, yes, and most feel that Donald Trump is a terrible human being, but the fact is we have stared down terrible human beings before and survived.

From the late 1800s until this today, America imposed a Jim Crow system and now a New Jim Crow. We have endured widespread lynching’s, endured water hoses and dogs, beginning trampled by horses, denied the right to vote, and endured humiliation and segregation. More dangerous the modern day for of slavery as a result of the 13th Amendment; mass incarceration and police brutality. They assassinated our leaders; Malcolm, Martin, Medgar Evers and Fred Hampton. Also, COINTELPRO and the systemic government destruction of every civil and human rights movement black people ever built. Also, the genocide of places like Black Wall Street in Tulsa and the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, Hurricane Katrina, years of substandard housing and education.

Whatever they have thrown at us, we have survived. These are just a few of the atrocities inflicted upon black people that we have lived through and we are still here. Of course, it is clear we have “not overcome”! On an optimistic note, do not be afraid. Do not be overcome with worry or dread. Do not allow the possible stress of tomorrow or of the unknown challenges that will surely come our way to keep you in a self-imposed bondage. We have seen Trump like people before!

I am deeply concerned about Trump, but we have faced down tens of thousands of bullies, bad people, and yet lived to tell the story. He is not new. His lies, his ways, his strategies, are not new. They are as old as the world itself but if you allow the threat of what might happen frighten you, yes the end is near – you and black people lose. Unity is the answer! And that’s my thought provoking perspective….


President Crook

193_160.jpgWe should know by now that this thing called Democracy is a fraud and a myth created by the rich; especially black and brown people. The fact of the matter is those guys who wrote the Constitution were the richest men of their day. Yes, these were the man who crafted the that document to make sure the system of White Supremacy continues as long as there is a country called America. Remember they said, all men are created equal – one of the biggest lies ever! Just take a look at probably half of the presidents owned slaves, and all were racists!

Many of the past presidents were racist and sworn to uphold the system as designed. Now we have a guy that can’t complete a sentence without a lie in it, and he has all the billionaires around him to reinforce bigotry. America tells the world about equality and fairness, and the truth is; it’s not true. We remember those like Nixon, Reagan, and all the others who were crooks and turned back the hands of time with not so much glee.

This guy no has made the alt-right, which is code for Klan, the centerpiece of his administration. This guy has said awful things about every ethnic group and women, and white folk rallied to his call. He has said take he plans to take away any progress gained and yet they cheer. His slogan is “make America great” which is just more code for make America white again!

He is a liar, recanted on everything he has said so far, and because of his narcissistic personality, white folk never blinked. Why because he has promised to take back the country and make it white again. To them, it is all about power and maintaining the system, so they will always have the power. This is how it was designed.

He has said, he will ban Muslims from entering America, deport immigrants, and only God knows what he has in mind for black people; maybe concentration camps! As he has said, nothing is off the table! This might even include bring back the plantation! Now you will see inside the souls of white folk who have now elected someone to represent the face of White Supremacy legitimately!

He will extort America for everything he can. So get ready we are about debauchery of epic proportions surpassing all of the fascist before him! And that is my thought provoking perspective…

 


Mourning In America: Welcome To The 1950’s

11When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, many assumed a “post-racial” America was upon us. They were fiercely wrong. People believed America had somehow reconciled its shameful racial history by electing a black man into the White House. It was merely good optics! As it turned out, one man alone could not undo the countless systemic issues that have plagued a country built on slavery. During Obama’s last year in office, we saw just how deeply wrong the idea of a “post-racial” era was with the rise of the alt-right movement and the racist attacks that have unfolded as a result of Donald Trump’s campaign for president.

Now that Trump is the president-elect we will see racism rise to a level not seen since the days of old. A few days ago we set the clocks back one hour; last night the clock was set back a half a decade. I have seen a lot over my years, racism that was unthinkable, but last night’s victory for Trump made me think of the coming “nightmare”! Many attributed Trump’s success to his ability to turn out white working-class voters. I say no; rather it was due to racism and bigotry, let’s be clear race was an important factor in this election.

“This was a white lash against a changing country… It was a white lash against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes.” Yeah, when they say they want to take their country back; you got a lot of white people who feel fervently believe that white people are losing America and Trump will be the champion of that motto! Dare I say, for all non-white people “there are some difficult days ahead!”

The history books will record last night and surely January 20th the day they took back their country by having allowed Donald Trump to be elected President of the United States. No doubt, the Democratic Party failed miserably. But something else was truly at play here. To ignore it or rubberneck around it might be convenient, but it’d be wrong. This victory was all about race and a repudiation of anything Obama has achieved.

Step one: millions of people will lose health insurance, stacking the Supreme Court with bigots, repealing every executive order Obama signed, appointing the shameless people that Trump has had around him, more concerning the appointment of a Rudy Giuliani or a Chris Christie as Attorney General!Or even reinstituting Slavery as he deports the Hispanics and bar all Muslims!!!

From the moment he announced his candidacy, Donald Trump ran a campaign of white supremacy and white pride. In fact, his true entry into presidential politics predated his bigoted, anti-immigrant announcement speech that he delivered in the summer of 2015. Instead, it was his attack on the very humanity of President Obama that signaled to the worst elements of our country that Donald Trump was a bigot with a very low bar for what he was willing to say or do to attack people of color.

Without a single shred of evidence, Trump insisted President Obama was not an American citizen but was born in Kenya or somewhere else other than the United States. None of this mattered to Trump or his growing base of bigots. All that mattered was that they now had a spokesperson that would openly and champion the cause of their bigotry and the more Trump embraced his role as a public bigot, the deeper, more dangerous, and uglier it got. Racism and bigotry is no longer in the shadows.

Before Donald Trump won the Republican nomination, his base was almost exclusively made up of white, rural conspiracy theorists and racists. So, when he announced his candidacy, Trump, fully understanding his base, launched right into calling Mexicans rapists and robbers. Of course, his base absolutely loved it. Then, he pledged to forcefully deport every undocumented immigrant in the country in two years or less. When pressed on specifics, he gave us little, but his base ate it up. Before long, his next significant announcement was that he would, as a policy, ban all Muslims from entering our country. Never mind the legality and logistics of such a thing, which say to hell with the constitution or any law.

Trump won the Republican nomination because he was driven by a philosophy of white supremacy, racism, bigotry, and xenophobia. It appealed so much to his base that they were willing to look past moral failures. This guy was endorsed by the KKK, favored by David Duke, beloved by neo-Nazis and white supremacist publications everywhere; Trump resonated so much with white America that they elected him President of the United States. Let’s hold our breath until the wall is built!

He was simply willing to appeal to the very worst instincts of our country, and it worked. In fact, the Republicans have had a plan to turn back the hands of time – like 1950. With Trump as president now the can! I have long since believed that the United States is deeply racist at its core. This election has confirmed it. The white people you know and think are your friends and neighbors voted for him. If ever the phrase God Bless America is needed and for those who pray – now is a good time to ask for it. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Commentary: The Real Bad Hombre

5I was taught very early in my life that you never debate a fool which sure could have been the mantra last night at the final presidential debate. Of the many ridicules claims this fool has made was the one where Trump claimed the black people of Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia are rigging the election.

Dude most black folk don’t want to vote for you or anyone else because we know regardless who is elected “we will get no more than we always got.”

Yes, Clinton presented a dark, divisive vision that threatens the character of his version for America. When you think of his most dangerous person to run for president in modern history; it is Trump and I tend to agree! Trump has demeaned and insulted every category of people in the country, and they call him a patriot because he promised to take back “their” country. But low and behold when he showed himself to be a pervert and his history of sexually assaulting white women – all things changed. His campaign had spiraled downward since the first debate seeming to hit a low point following a string of recent accusations of sexual assault.

Trump dismissed the sexual assault allegations as he has done say “It was lies, and it was fiction… Nobody has more respect for women than I do.” It was a fitting debate’s setting, Las Vegas, seemed the perfect place for an election defined by a raucous, carnival-like and at times grotesque atmosphere suited of a con-man.

The clashes came late in a debate that began on its most substantive note yet – with the candidates, both subdued, elaborating on clear differences on abortion, gun laws, and immigration. In my view, he lost on each point! But the battle turned harder-edged as the night went on. At one point Trump interrupted Clinton, spitting out, “Such a nasty woman.” That alone is un-American – insulting a white woman!

Indeed, the most memorable moment came debate was when the moderator asked whether he would accept the election’s results he said, “I will tell you at the time… I am going to leave the country in suspense.” When suggesting that he might defy long-standing tradition and extend the rancor of a divisive election year.

To most this was a horrifying and absurd comment, which drew a sharp repute accusing Trump of denigrating American democracy – “We’ve been around for 240 years, we’ve had free and fair elections, we’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election.”

More disgusting in than Trump himself is the long list of segregates that spew out the most insane misogyny and defend his bigotry. It looks like the KKK is the big loser in him losing! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


History Of This Flag: Its About Hate Rooted In Racism

th (4)Most people don’t know the history of the confederate flag. The truth is as this video clearly explains – it stands for HATE! “They” have never told the truth about what is means and what it means is simple bigotry associated with what the call heritage. Black people see it very differently, and personally see it as being worse than that of Hitler’s swastika.

This flag is nothing to celebrate because the fact is it represents terrorist and traitors. This video explains the history and truth. After 150 years, they have found the strength to admit it and today it is time to go! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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