The Fragility of Whiteness: White Feelings Matter More Than Reality and Morality

First off, I want to say that this post is NOT about all white people. I repeat; this post is NOT in any way about all white people. This topic is about SOME white people.

Now, that I got that out of the way, to the white folks who felt emotionally threatened by the title of this article, are you okay? Are you no longer nervous or scared? Are you, at least, a little bit relieved that the quantitative word ‘some’ is used, in caps no less, and that you’ve gotten some confirmation that the post is not about you?

If so, guess what? This is post IS about you and all your white brethren who crumble when reality bites you in the ass. And your nervousness and instant compulsion to defend the white race which will likely include racist rhetoric only drives the point home.

I don’t have the patience to deal with your crying. And there were a lot of rivers flooded with white tears for the past few days.

America is still dealing with the fallout from the Olympic robbery scandal. (Well, actually, there was no robbery. But there was a scandal.) U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about being held up at bun point and robbed. The nation pretty much felt humiliated, and it was weatherman Al Roker who voiced his and the nation’s anger on an episode of NBC’s Today.

But not everyone shared his fury. Even though what he said was true about Lochte lying to everyone, NBC’s staff, most likely white, felt embarrassed, not at the swimmer, but at Roker’s quick rant!

You’ve read that right. NBC’s less embarrassed that an athlete representing this country destroyed property and covered it up by lying about getting robbed but is miffed about someone telling the truth about it. “How dare that n*gger talk about that talented swimmer!? He made a gotdamn mistake! It’s no big deal! That n*gger humiliated our network! He should be punished!”

That’s how it’s probably played out in their heads.

In other news, San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem before a recent contest against the Green Bay Packers. Yep, he took a stand on behalf of black people’s lives by remain seated:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Admiral, right? Not to some (white) folks. To them, Kaepernick’s defiance infuriated them to KKK levels. He was no longer their idol or a respectful football star. The n-word started to appear all over Twitter by a mass of pissed off white people.

“How dare that n*gger not stand for the National Anthem! And his excuse why is bullshit! There’s no racism! Black people are their own damn problems! All lives matter! Stop blaming white people! I don’t like him anymore. Etc. Etc. Etc.” His former fans are probably saying something like that while burning his jersey.

Welp, here’s some more truths that will further crush their lily white worlds into dust. The National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner as it’s famously known, is really about celebrating slavery. If they were to do some research, and I know some of them refuse to because…thinking and feelings, they would know that the anthem is only one verse out of the entire song.

Here’s what’s known:

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Here’s what’s NOT known:

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

There it is in bold print.

So yeah, if you’re one of those fragile, sheltered whites, go ahead and lose your minds. Go ahead and continue to deny the realities all for the sake of not trying to feel or think. Your white tears are the enemies of moral reasoning. And those who know, which include awaken white folks who are also sick of your whiny bullshit, and aren’t afraid of dark truths could care less how hurt your precious morally bankrupt feelings are.

In the meantime, I have to deal with the sad fact that your tears are helping to drown black people.


4 thoughts on “The Fragility of Whiteness: White Feelings Matter More Than Reality and Morality

  1. Oooh…I’m solo glad that you wrote this piece.

    If I saw Colin right now, I would run up to him and give him a big fat hug. As a person who haven’t stood for the American flag since elementary school and still don’t do it tidayy in my 40s, I can relate. If I wasn’t asked if I was a Jehovah’s witness( I’m not,but several folks are but its no that is not why I don’t do it), I was being threatened with expulsions and suspensions and like Colin, I refused to budge.

    All of these Coons like Victor Cruz and flag supporters either feel that Colin was wrong in his actions and/ or the time was ” wrong “.
    why should they do it? Far as people like Cruz and Richard Sherman ,who,out of all people should know better after being racially attacked for his trash talking confidence,I wonder would they be as arrogant to Colin if
    1) If they were made to sit in the..literally..the back
    of the bus
    2) If they were slaves who had to stand for a flag
    that symbolizes freedom why they still remained
    3) To fight in the military for your ” beloved” country
    where you were treated less than they enemy you
    were fighting
    4) Or to compete in sporting competitions where
    you either couldn’t play for.

    These were true stores where with the flag Blacks still had to sit on the back of the bus,where Blacks remained slaves when that flag was made during the 1800s, where German opponents was treated better than African Americans or where many Black athletes like Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron was spat on for being on baseball teams. Jesse Owens also ran for a country which segregated him from because of his race. Now dies that sound like freedom to them?

    Now we’re dealing with police brutality and someone had the great audacity to do it..reminding me of the the 3 Hebrew boys against their King. I’m beyond proud of Colin and he will be blessed for his stance . I’m like this, if those coaches cannot get or don’t want to understand people like Colin, then they don’t respect you. Why should any Black/ POC play for them? Oops.. I talks fools walk.

  2. Didn’t know about the history of the national anthem and the racism of it and it’s author. Of course they wouldn’t teach us this in school everything is white washed. Interesting, i learned something new today.

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