I’ve been blogging for more than two years now. Those who have followed me since day one know that most of my posts are about white racism and its impacts on the black community (mostly because I’m black myself). Those posts are based upon personal experiences and research from experts to ordinary people. And it will continue so long as racism continues to be an “unspoken” issue in this society. So, no one should expect me or any other anti-racism blogger, writer or activist to shut up any time soon.
I’ve only had less than a handful of trolls that criticize me for being racist against white people. The explanation is simple, because I blog about them in a less-than-glorious way. I have the nerve to reveal their faults – yes, faults – when it comes to their mentality and emotions, or lack thereof, regarding their racism. And even though it has been proven time and time again, I’m still wrong for saying anything bad, true or otherwise, about white people.
Yet, talking about blacks in a negative way is more acceptable and reasonable whether it is true or not. Using statistics, news reports, outdated pseudo-science, lies, myths and an undeserved since of superiority matters more to most white people devoid of their own reality and humanity. To them being white is more important than being human. That is a clear double standard.
Do I hate white people? No, and I won’t milk that response by saying that some of my best friends are white, nor will I use the antithetical denial of being racist and follow it up with a racist statement. To me such statements show a sign of denial, and I do not deny that I, myself, am prejudice and racist.
I do have prejudices regarding many people including other blacks. I’m not proud of it. I don’t embrace it. However, in this society racism is the norm. It’s rare to see anti-racist activists admit their own racism and prejudices. Maybe it’s because of the one-dimensional image as a racist being today’s villain, and they see themselves as someone better than that. The truth is that everyone has prejudices and racism within them, especially in a white supremacist society such as the United States.
My racism is the begotten kind, the kind born from a more powerful brand of racism that helped build this nation and keep it running on all levels. I know there are other blacks (and people of color) with the same kind of racism. So, it makes no sense why some whites think blacks are racist against whites for no reason particularly when they conveniently take out their racist history and society out of the question entirely. Then again, logic has no place in a racist mindset.
The white racist frame may keep white people in their own bubbles, safe and sound from the harsh truths about their histories and lives. But it is highly destructive not just to people of color, but to them also. Racism keeps them away from seeing their own faults and sins. It warps their morality with underhanded privileges. It keeps them in a shell away from the wonders of the outside world placing whiteness above everyone and everything else to the point where sacrificial lambs such as logic, people and the planet itself are needed to keep it nourished.
If white people truly want to survive in the long road ahead, they need to humble themselves and learn. Period. This may sound harsh, but one thing I’ve learned about white racism is that it’s based on myths and lies, not truth. The experiences and information regarding racism against people of color was not pulled out of thin air. It was not done with little or no research. Living in a world where left is right will only cause more damage, and living in a world where whiteness is normal or superior will do nothing but further cripple the world, especially the white parts.
Fellow commenter Mickey gave me a link to an article courtesy of the Clarksville online. Author Andrew Manis responds to the usual reply from white people about black people “getting over it” by asking white people why they can’t do the same about their skin color obsession:
“For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it?
Now I want to ask: “When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?
…How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can -once and for all- get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color? How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior? How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites?
How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations?
I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loud mouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?
How long before we starting “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that “red and yellow, black and white” all are precious in God’s sight?”