Racism Drives Niggas Crazy, But Leaves White Folks Unscathed?!
And if you don’t know that its wrong to be racist? Cheryl?
I think its fascinating that folks believe that white people have “control” of racism and “choose” it, when they are swaddled in it from birth. Somehow they maintain their grip and can choose to be racist or not, like choosing silverware.
Who are these white folks? The ones I see seem incredibly compromised by their racist upbringing, even my ‘friends.’ Hangin’ by a thread, barely seeing the contours of the racism in them.
Again, when a baby sleeps in its mother’s womb and absorbs what its mother is taking in – nutrients, medicine, crack, alcohol – that child is subject to what is forcibly pumped into their system. How is that fetus to counter ALL of the myriad messages coming at them – from the womb to the tomb?!
I like the concept of the nine areas of people activity that’s put out by Neely Fuller – education, labor, law, entertainment, etc. Racism permeates every area of people activity. If that is so, its impossible for white people to sidestep their inculcation; even those of you who think that you have somehow ‘opted’ to not be racist’ or ‘escaped,’ are deeply compromised – and evidently don’t know it.
Tim Wise the anti-racist activist, tells the story of his grandmother and role model, who taught him to be a person who supports justice with action. When she was dying of Alzheimers, she began to abuse the black caregivers in her hospice. She called them twenty four different kinds of nigger. This was behaviour that she would have found unconscionable. Wise’s point was that racism is far deeper and insidious than most (white) people like to think. That white folk might think they’ve ‘overcome’ is understandable, as ‘feeling bulletproof is the white man’s perogative; however, the disease itself has more to say about it than the intellectually tap dancing white person. Racism has mad staying power.
Question: How does one come to know that they need to exercise agency to counter racism, when they are convinced that racism was something that took place during slavery? Studies show that when a person holds certain thoughts for too long, that ‘turd in the toilet bowl’ will funk up the works – mental and spiritual.
The few whites that I’ve made become friends with and who’ve made a beginning on the road to racial sanity, usually are outcasts: gay, lesbian, freaks of one variety or another; people who have been rejected by, and in response, tend to reject the larger community. This schism allows an opening; it opens their eyes to other outcasts in their midst. It can open their eyes to the processes that “other” some and make bedfellows with others. But this rejection/distance, does not mean the racism in them is cured or even arrested. That can occur – one day and one racist thought at a time. Racism may in fact be driven further underground; it may become more sophisticated, more convoluted and powerfully deceptive. I’ve seen enough leftwing racists to last a lifetime. They thought they’d found the cure, too. Their progressivism did not allay their racism at all.
How is it NOT ‘beyond the control of the individual’ who is white, to sniff this shit out? When they are ‘brainwashed’ to think, feel, believe and do racist things, how do they counter what has become their nature? And what is the legacy of that brainwashing in their craniums?
I’m sure we can agree that many of the behaviors of black people – who are the victims of racism, people living in ghettos, people victimizing each other and destroying themselves; people confronting with the bleakest educational and financial circumstances, people taught to hate themselves – have become pathological. If racism can drive people of color crazy – and if you all try to debate me on that one Heaven help us – then how is it not possible for white people to suffer a pathology based on their immersion in racism?
It almost sounds like a white supremacist argument, like somehow whites could survive their brainwashing with their ability to “choose” intact. I smell a racist rat. I say again, I’ve seen black folks driven literally insane by this culture; you mean to tell me its impossible for white people to be driven insane by an their own insane culture?
Take a good, hard look around you.
One last thing about folks’ problem with equating mental illness with racism: I’m not so attached to any term – for ANY reason – that I would fail to consider the humanity of a person, IN SPITE of their behavior. The tenor of these arguments is that somehow white racists are subhuman scumbags who don’t deserve compassion. I ain’t got no love for racism or racists, but they are human beings and deserve to be understood as such. When folks like John Walsh describe criminals as “scum” and “monsters,” how is that any different from calling other people “niggas,” “gooks” and “japs” to dehumanize them?
I can’t go along with that, despite having done so in previous incarnations.
I wanna know what my black friends especially think on this cuz honestly this debate is between me and white folks has me downright furrrrrious.
PSPeople: That said, I do believe that people can overcome their affliction.