WE ARE THE VANGUARD
Pardon my free association:
I was just reading a little teeny bit about the Francis Holland/Daily Kos tete a tete; the brother was banished from a white liberal/progressive website for ‘blogging while black.’
Lani Guinier called us “The Miner’s Canary.” We are the ones who continually notify this culture of its poisonous, hypocritical atmosphere. But, most white folks don’t want to hear about that, thus they tend to ban brothas and sistas for bringing too much heat, aka, Tha Truth!
Marimba Ani’s classic treatment (“Yurugu”) of the root of this problem is in her chapter called “Hypocrisy As A Way of Life.” Part of our job as black people is to decode the rampant hypocrisy endemic to this culture. Our task is to decode the Big Lie. The BL is the culture itself, how it functions/operates, the principles THEY claim it was founded on/versus the cannibalistic relations between black people and Native people and Mexican and Puerto Rican, between non-whites and whites.
We are the ones who SEE clearly what is before us; the only time our vision becomes cloudy is when we defer to them, entreat them, get caught up in making them open their hearts/heads to us, when it is their souls that have been poisoned by the DU of racism/white supremacy. They are, according to my dear friend, LA, so often CHILDREN. We are perpetually there spiritual nannies and mammies – if we choose to be.
Dr. Francis Cress Welsing says very simply that people who by, word and mainly by deed, say to us “I’m superior, I’m superior, I’m superior” like a mantra, are in fact letting the world know that they feel inferior. Terribly inferior.
This inferiority complex is projected onto the “Other” who they are jealous of, yet who they constantly imitate, steal and appropriate from. Asa recently pointed out how whites make writing and/or speaking careers out of documenting the pathology they inflicted us; they become the darlings of other liberal whites for taking on US.
In a million and one ways, they try to out-dick the black man – white folks’ mortal enemy – by building phallic weapons systems and ejaculating them onto red, brown and black cultures worldwide.
To seek privileges from white bloggers, to seek their acceptance is counter productive and counter-revolutionary. I’ve done this repeatedly myself.
Let them come to us. They already do anyway, as they study us like caged rats. As we build our power, our networks, our analysis of what ails us, as we use the “AfroSpear” to cure our affliction, those whites who are not completely ruined by R/WS and who can be of some aid will come running. For the truth.
Whites know how hypocritical their culture is and there are a precious few who know who is talking “truth” talk. We need to make sure we are constantly immersed in OUR truth as black, brown, red and yellow people.
We must constantly purge this need to be white folks’ sidekick, butler or tutor. Fuck DAT!! We, by necessity, will always need to educate whites about our struggle and about the world as we see it – let it be from a ‘take it or leave it stance.’ If they don’t want the castor oil, that’s more time for us to build OUR thing.
We ARE the vanguard. Let’s walk it!