Race and Recovery

Are you a victim of racism/white supremacy?

In other words, are you a person classified as non-white who lives somewhere other than an uncharted island? Okay then.

Now, if you have or can be classified as non-white, you should know that you have been a victim of racism/white supremacy. “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”.” Dr. Francis Cress Welsing

R/WS is a comprehensive matrix that heinously impacts non-whites intellectually, emotionally, physically, spiritually. Racism/white supremacy is a disease that impacts both perpetrator, passive beneficiary and victim (whether they are engaged in struggle against the R/WS dynamic or not).

Kameelah raised a point recently which I have attempted to bring up: we need to begin a process of healing our wounds from racism/white supremacy. Every last one of us, but particularly those of us who like to hear ourselves speak – in cyberspace and elsewhere.

We NEED therapy!!!!!

I’ve observed in my travels how people, regardless of color, get involved in causes, become activists and leaders – and use their activism as a means to work out their inner pathology. Or better still: they use their work to escape having to deal with their pathology, their dis-ease. These unconscious people are oppressors of the very people they claim to love, because they refuse to look at the AFFECT of their blind assertions and activity. They wrap themselves in kente cloth and animal hides, while behaving like the Great White Hunter.

I observe people who use other black people as building blocks for their egos, as putty to fill the holes in their paper tissue psyches. I observe people who make sport of “exposing” fellow black people as “assimilationists” or “race traitors,” without offering solutions or assistance. They apparently get off on running down black people who are, in their opinions, confused, irredeemable. Who’s really confused and irredeemable?!

All of us can grow – if only we’d allow ourselves to. All of us can take in new info, adapt, let go of that which doesn’t serve us. But many of us settle into rigid, fixed, stereotyped personnas to shield us from the pain within. We attack, but never reflect, never look within our own meager souls because its too unbearable.

Many of us mistake ‘hardness’ for ‘strength,’ mistake ‘callousness’ for ‘telling the truth.’ To be vulnerable is to be strong, elastically strong. To be rigidly strong means becoming a potted plant, stagnant, stuck, thinking in fuzzy cliches – and going nowhere fast. The person who crouches in the sniper tower picking off black people, all the while claiming their authentic, unique, Uber-BLACK love for us – needs help, probably more help than most. That’s okay, just as long as they get it.

I’ve been a part of a community that welcomes people who struggle with addiction, with disease and offers those people support. Love. We might offer tough love every now and then, but we don’t withdraw their membership if they can’t get sober immediately. We make sure our sobriety is intact so that we have something to offer the newcomer. Why can’t black people who claim to be righteously together and tru-black authenticated Negroes offer the same kind of love and hopes for redemption to our people?

We can; but we must place doing our inner work AHEAD of ‘liberating tha people.’ If you aren’t liberating yourself, you may contribute little more than a bad example… and intellectual insights bound up in great confusion.

Dr. Neely Fuller has stated that “if you don’t understand racism/white supremacy, everything else will only confuse you.” I would add that if you don’t really know yourself, know your vulnerablities, know your dependencies – you will misinterpret everything you see.

Find a good therapist. Meditate. REALLY listen to what your insides are trying to tell you. And try loving black people by loving black people. Holding people up to ridicule and simply pointing at them and saying how f*%#d they are is not love. Offering suggestions, insights from your own life and support IS.

Share the luv, baby!!

7 Responses to “Race and Recovery”

  1. We NEED therapy!!!!!

    Me too, but for the opposite. Fortunately there are sites like yours where people like myself are able to receive counseling. One post at a time.

  2. Instead of insinuating, why don’t you come out and name names and deconstruct the positions put forward.

    I’m sure the certain someones who allege assimilationism are not afraid of whatever you throw at them. You might even convince them that their positions are wrong.

  3. Michael Fisher, I’m not trying to convince anyone of a tangential point; my point is our need to pay attention to our mental health and the damage R/WS has done to us.

    Loving black people and helping black people, including myself, is what I’m interested in. And raising issues that I think folks are not thinking about.

  4. Good article!

    Did you catch this today (8/20): More Talk Radio – Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey host. Today’s topic is racism. The question for white listeners is “What would it take for you to believe that institutional racism and discrimination are still real, and what steps are you prepared to take to repair the harm?” For listeners of color the question is “What do you need to hear from white people to believe that they do get it., and what next steps can you offer them to repair the harm? (7:30 AM)

    The callers remind me of how sad and ignorant these folks are here in this town. Barely one intelligent call the whole morning.


  5. Damn good article. It helps me to understand my entire black community and not just the ones who may agree or disagree with me. It also helps me understand myself. Thank you!


  6. This is why I’ve been saying that we need to offer therapy for white, Blacks and others for color-aroused emotion, ideation and behavior issues. It just doesn’t do any good to call people “uncle Tom’s” and “racists” without offering them any professional help that would help them to look inside themselves, to study the emotions, ideation and behavior they have that are founded in reaction to skin color, their and others’.

    You say above that Blacks and white need help with our issues, and that we have all been victims of “racism” as surely as some of us have been victims of sexual and physical abuse and spousal abuse.

    Just as it takes a theory of the illness to treat alcoloholism – with an accurate description of the “emotional, spiritual and physical disease,” treating color-aroused illness is going to require an equal focus on the emotional, behavioral and ideational (“stinking thinking”) aspects of color-aroused illness.

    This CANNOT be done only looking at this as a political and sociological problem, anymore than you could treat alcoholism or drug addiction by focusing on people’s communities and political leadership while ignoring actual dicussions with alcoholics.

    Where are the anonymous groups for people with Extreme Color-Aroused Disorder? They don’t exist! If we were serious about curing “racism,” then there would be 12-step groups for people whose color-aroused thinking, emotions and behavior makes their lives unmanageable.

  7. If there were a group like that in my community, I would definitely attend and take some people with me there.

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