What’s a Nigga To Believe?!

By Maxjulian

May 9, 2006

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My good friend, Sea, wrote this on her blog in response to a statement I’d made about white folks that implied that not everybody ‘cooing justice’ means it:

Sea’s Blog: “We actually do want to change things. What I hold out to you is that no one simply claims to want to change things–people actually are good and all that gets in the way of acting that out is where we’ve been hurt.”


Who is the WE that she is speaking for and how does she come to the conclusion that WE, which implies, all white folks engaged in what appears to be struggle, “actually want to change things.” What is it that they actually want to change?

I used to believe just about anything that dribbled out the mouths of white people; not anymore. I’ve seen too many “Bob Marley record collectors” with the same venomous snarl as any Southern cracka. In fact, they are worse than the Southern cracka, cuz at least the Southern cracka ain’t tryin’ to be me! These dread wearing, hemp proseletyzing, hiphop quoting hipsters guzzle black culture and style without paying the price of being black. They steal our groove, our soul and hate us for it. Neely Fuller is right: “white people who hate black people, don’t hate black people because black people are black; they hate black people because white people AREN’T black.”

I’ve seen this with my very own eyes. I didn’t want to see it and didn’t want to believe it; unfortunately its true in far too many white folks. What’s worse, they DON’T see it and don’t want to see it. It is far easier to invalidate the perspective of the person of color – as Sea does here – than to imagine that for some white folks, protest is sport, is “rite of passage”, is a social event or a way to climb the social ladder. This I see at these marches in spades, not strategic seriousness, tactical nuance, depth, or a critical eye. These white folks and their colored stooges aren’t asking: what is this action/march/picnic designed to produce. No, they merely go, like a wind-up toy, without understanding that its a road to nowhere, a road that they’ve traveled over and over and over and over again – and produced NO RESULTS. And they feel Grrrrrrrrrreat! like Tony the Tiger; why don’t I give a shit how the privileged, who are standing on the backs of non-whites locally and globally – FeEl?!

Another motive deep inside of the white psyche, as I put on my therapist beanie, in not doing anything to change things, yet trying to appear that they are, is that non-whites serve as a buffer between their white selves and what they see us experience. As long as we’re “DOWN THERE” catching hell, they know that they’ve got cushion, a body to land on, someone to feel superior to.

I had to go deeper:

Francis Cress Welsing MD
The system of Racism (White Supremacy) utililizes DECEIT and violence (inclusive of chemical warfare, biological warfare and PSYCHOLOGICAL warfare), indeed Any Means Necessary, to achieve its ultimate goal objective of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet Earth.

In the existing system of Racism (White Supremacy) when the term is undefined and POORLY understood there is general CONFUSION and chaos on the part of the victims of that system (local, national and global). It then becomes impossible for the victims of racism (White Supremacy) to effectively counter the global system of Racism (White Supremacy).

This is what my eyes see, what my nerve endings feel. I don’t see any white folks raising hell trying to free US niggas right here in PDX, or elsewhere in Amerikkka. They ain’t givin’ up NONE of their ill-gotten gain to help topple this system. But they will talk about it. And they’ll talk about it and they’ll talk about it. Then, they’ll talk about it. Then, they’ll talk about it. Then, they’ll talk about it. Oh, we’re still talking – shit, I thought we were gonna do somethin’! Oh, okay, let’s ‘throw a march’ and TALK about justice and imperialism from the podium and castigate those BAD white people in DC. What’s really happening – these white folks are playing GOOD WHITE/BAD WHITE and and guess who’s the sucker?

Functional Definition of RACISM = WHITE SUPREMACY = APARTHEID

As a black behavioral scientist and practicing psychiatrist, my own functional definition of Racism (White Supremacy) is as follows:

“Racism (White Supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined, which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action and emotional response, as conducted simultaneously in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war), for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet Earth – a planet upon which the vast majority of people are classified as nonwhite (black, brown, red and yellow) by white skinned people, and all of the nonwhite people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetic recessive white skin people”.


At a later point in her blog piece, Sea says:

“…Bush would declare a state of national emergency, institute marshall law and throw us all in these new prisons he’s building out in the desert. :- I know there has been at least one effort to amend the constitution so that a president could serve an indefinite number of terms. Power grabbing goes desperate! What a thought, eh? Any thoughts on how to avoid that scenario?)”

Bush would do these things – to white people – if they actually DID things like take to the streets and not go back in until they reclaimed the country for democracy.

What about the black people, the brown, black and red communities where martial law has been the norm for 20-30 years? And those nouveau prisons that Sea is afraid of are already FULL of non-white people. I submit that even the most liberal white sees non-whites as something apart from themselves – OTHER; if they didn’t, they would see the absurdity of saying Bush might, when Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II already have.

If progressive whites were REALLY for real, they’d have moved on the empire a long time ago – its not like this just became a criminal regime with Bush. But they don’t have million man/woman marches for US. They don’t shut down the society – like the French – to make their government accountable, or provide justice for black or latina or Indians. We NIGGAS are STILL not Americans. They’ll stand in front of a bulldozer in Palestine before they’ll step in front of a punk policeman in North Portland.

What’s a nigga to believe? Believe yo’ eyes, nigga! Do not EVER be seduced by lullabies designed to put your brain asleep.

5 Responses to “What’s a Nigga To Believe?!”

  1. hey max!!! I just got my internet back on, so, i’m really far behind and can’t comment now, but i’ve been following your’s and sea’s exchange, and i have some thougths on it that i’ll leave later ok?? 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to hear.

  3. man, i loved this posting.
    i used to live in santa cruz, ca (a hippie haven)

    i lived with these 7 hippies who thought there were progressive, ya know, dreadlocks, bob marley posters on the wall, they could recite the lyrics to any wack fake hiphop song at the moment, went to african dance classes, would loooooove to touch my hair—all that ish.

    but like you said, they would never stand in front of a punk cop to really, rally change shit. they wanted to be seen as the white liberals who really give a fuck, but they only gave a fuck about smoking weed and pretending to care.

    in any case, excellent post

  4. ok, max, i’m back–been a busy ass damn week!!

    i want to say very clearly here that i too have worked with those white folks who “can’t be racists” because “they’re friends with *me*”. i know exactly what you’re talking about, cuz i’ve experienced it. but do you really think that sea is one of those people? i mean, you say this isn’t directed at her, but it sure looks to me like it is. she went to a rally that hundreds of people of color were at as well, and yet she’s doing something wrong? if she had stayed away from the rally would that have made things better? if she had attended and blown something up, would that have made it better?

    i have not attended, but i have seen on t.v, on news reports on magazines etc, that yes, many white folks *have* gotten their asses thrown in jail protesting–they’ve gotten beaten up, unfairly imprisoned, seperated from their kids etc protesting that which harms people of color. on free speach t.v. there was a show i was watching just today about a protest in chicago that went miserably wrong–the largely white group of people standing on the sidewalk protesting got attacked by cops–violence and imprisonment occured–protestors got physically assaulted, a daughter got seperated from her mother and imprisoned for over twelve hours–and at the end of the documentary, ever last one of them said that they would do it all again and that they would never stop protesting an illegal police state…even the 17 year old daughter.

    Or the school of the americas–a mostly white group of protestors protest at the school of americas every year–and as a result of that imprisonment, some people as old as 70 have been imprisoned. and i personally know two white girls who were imprisoned at the protest in miami–and for one of them it was her third political imprisonment and she is only 23.

    last year at the color of violence protest rally, there were white people throughout the crowd–and not one of them took off running when hordes and hordes of cops went driving by trying to scare us.

    The thing is, that for me, i don’t think you can dismantle the current power structure as it stands with just *one* tactic. it has to be a broad based movement, and it has to be done at multiple levels. broad based because then we have protection, and at multiple levels because the power structure as it stands is *operating* at multiple levels. that’s why i don’t agree with seperatist feminists or feminists who insist that patriarchy is the root of all evil. patriarchy doesn’t run slavery. Slavery is run with the full support of the females in power–the wives, the mothers, the white women who insist on turning a blind eye to her husband’s meanderings. how does dismantling the patriarchy removed the white wives of the slave owners? It doesn’t. but at the same time, how does destroying the white women in addition to the white men destroy slavery? it doesn’t. A structure of power (aka the nation/state) created, supported, and grew slavery.
    Destroying capitalism doesn’t eliminate the corupption of the soviet union. Eliminating NAFTA doesn’t destroy imperialism. Cleaning up dioxins doesn’t eliminate nuclear testing. Giving white women the right to vote doesn’t ensure the vote for black men. every last one of these evils is connected not to “racism”–but to a structure of power that uses racism as a tool to further empower and invigorate it.

    i feel with every fiber of my being that our mistake as a movement, max, has been to insist that there is only one way to fight–one way to resist. will liberation come if sea stops talking to white folks? it may or may not come if she continues talking with white folks–but i know for sure it *won’t* come if she stops talking to white folks. it is a *structure* of power rather than a *people* that controls things–and if we continue to insist that white folks can’t act as meaningful allies then we are going to continue to have situations where powerful poc (condeleeza rice, colin powell and alberto gonzelez) work together to eliminate poc with no power.

    it is a structure–a multi pronged structure–that allows people the power to violate others. it is the structure that must be attacked, not racist whites. because as painful and as violent as racist whites are–what are racist whites, really, when you peel back the violence and the pain, but simply another tactic that the *structure* uses very craftily to make us forget what the truth is–that it’s gonna take a multitude of people to dismantle the structure and if we are forever fighting with each other, then we’re never gonna have the power to dismantle the structure.

    and when you figure that the structure is run by 10 percent of the worlds population–that means that 90% of the worlds population has a vested interest in dismantaling that structure–that’s 90% of the world we can potentially count on to stand by us in the fight.

    but of those 90%, how many of them do you think are at the level you or i or nubian or sea are at? or lets rephrase that–how did *you* go from taking in every word that white folks were spilling into you, to the radical dude you are today? I’ll tell you point blank, i didn’t use to be the way i am today–it took two years of a committment from a professor of mine–a committement she made to herself and to her cause–that she would use the space of the university setting as a space for grassroots basebuilding. she would meet people where they were at and challenge them to go just a little bit further–but she would do it on her terms. that is, she would control the conversations–she would be asking *them* questions. and when they couldn’t answer the questions, she would give them the books to read to *get* to the questions. I took two years of classes with this woman and i went from being a moderate liberal from a conservative town to a radical woman of color fighting for liberation–that was two years of talking. two years of it. but now, here i am, a person dedicated to liberation and freedom.

    education does work max, as does talking and talking and talking and talking again. I’ve seen it work in a classroom setting–in each and every one of the classes that woman taught, there were at *least* ten people who left the classroom at the end of the year completly different people than when they went in. i’ve seen it work within myself. i’ve seen it work on my blog, i’ve seen it work in conversations over the dinner table. it’s called grassroots basebuilding, and it’s what i was trying to get at in my other post. If sea is creating a safe space where white folks for the first time can express how confused they are–isn’t it good that somebody who is as enlightened as sea is the one talking to them and standing by ready to push them just a bit farther, just a bit more–so that maybe in two years, you’ll have another brownfemipower–a used to be liberal now standing firm in the battle for liberation?

    you can’t have a mass movement if nobody shows up. and nobody’s gonna show up if they don’t know what they are supposed to be “moving” for. and nobody’s gonna figure out what they’re supposed to be “moving” for if those of us who have figured it out don’t share our knowlege. are white folks supposed to just wake up one day and realize that they are privileged? it’d be nice, but it’s not gonna happen. it’s gonna take that “feminine” trait of talking. that doesn’t mean we can’t choose who we talk to–i’m not gonna sit and talk to that “unlisted” who you were conversing with. but i will talk others. and max, you have clearly chosen to talk to almost exclusivelly people of color. doesn’t sea talking to white folks so we don’t have to help out a lot? doesn’t that make our lives easier? doesn’t that free up the space for us to do what is important to us? catching our people?

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