The following is based upon White Privilege Boot Camp Courtesy of the Black Israelites written by We Are Respectable Negroes author Chauncey DeVega.
Human beings lie. Some humans live lies. Some humans are comfortable living a lie. However, one moment of truth can crumble their world like a house collapsing into a raging river after the edge has collapsed.
I’m reminded of a recent Youtube video that taped an confrontation between a (supposedly drunk) young white woman and a group of black Israelites. The young woman asked the group point blank how much do they love their country. She never expected to hear that what came out of one of their mouths was gonna hit her ass like a ton of bricks.
After being asked what nationality she is, the young woman says that nationality and color doesn’t matter and she loves them while muttering how she defended her country. One of the brothas explained that Jews lived in Germany to which she immediately replied how she was German also. The brotha gave her a brief history lesson on how the Jews fought in World War I, how Adolf Hitler began exterminating them, and how they left Germany to search for a land of their own.
Then, he goes in for the kill. The brotha told the girl how blacks have served this “stinkin’ country”. He explains how black folks are patriotic despite dying in this nation’s wars, building this society, and raised the children of white people. However, black people have never reaped any benefits. That’s when, as he explained, blacks have realized that this was the land of their oppressors, not their homeland. Then, he dropped a bomb when he said, “You know what the problem with white people is? You don’t respect anybody’s humanity except for your own! You don’t respect anybody’s pain except for your own!”
The white girl’s mental and emotional stability started to break apart. It got even more fragile as he continued shouting to her that she has no idea why she (or whites in general) should be hated because (whites) are selfish, cruel, and merciless. “You hate to look at anybody else as a human being,” he says, “HOW DARE YOU ASK US DO WE LOVE AMERICA! WE HAVE LOVED YOU FOREVER, AND YOU HAVE ALWAYS HATED US!”
Well, you guessed it. This girl was crying while demanding to speak her piece. Yet, the Israelites wouldn’t give her a word in inch wise as they had a lot of latent anger and frustration that comes with being a black man in America. The more the brotha spoke, the louder he got. You can feel the raging pain within his voice. It is the pain that black people have kept hidden for centuries, and now, it has been fired upon this white girl. This pain revealed the truth that whites have ignored or forcibly suppressed and now this individual was feeling it.
The brotha explained to her how she’s not such a nice and compassionate girl as she likely thought she was. He told her that she’s just another white girl standing on stolen ground benefiting from the crimes of her father and ancestors who got their power and privileges off the blood of Native Americans, blacks, Mexicans, and poor people. Did she learn anything? No. She called him ‘horrible’ numerous times while balling hysterically as she is escorted away by what looks like a black woman.
When I first saw this video I said to myself “Wow!” It wasn’t just the fact the dude was unloading inconvenient truths on this woman, but the fact that she was crying mostly because she felt insulted and hurt. Many, including myself, would define this moment as a case of “white woman tears”. According the video, someone thought she needed to be comforted because obviously the big, bad, black men were cutting her down (not literally). However, it was not as simple as it seemed. The brotha held back a flood of anger and pain due to historical, personal, and societal truths that we are often told are not “important” as we are just whining, being lazy, or making excuses. He practically told the cold hard truths about this nation and how whites are at the top. Again, that is not important to most whites because (insert excuse here).
This white girl has most likely been living a sheltered, privileged lifestyle prior to the infamous night. She has grown up to love America like so many whites across the country. She has assumed that she was basically a nice person also like so many whites across this country. However, that night which uncovered many truths about this nation also revealed something about herself. This girl was not upset because she felt and understood the anger and pain of being black in America. She didn’t believe any of what the brotha said. She was more upset that she was yelled at by him. That was more important to her than the truth! I think fellow blogger Abagond would qualify this as a case of white people’s moral blindness.
This privileged woman asked a question, but didn’t like the answer one bit. It didn’t matter that much of what the Black Israelite was true. It didn’t matter that what he said needed to be heard. And, it didn’t matter that she and other white women are most likely comforted during moments like that. Whites always urge the public to feel sorry for them while urging the public to hate and fear us for stupid reasons. And so, they try to bury the truth in order to live their lives free of accountability and responsibility. However, they can not busy the truth successfully. Why? Because we are living proof of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the damn truth!