quote:Originally posted by Nmaginate:
the "Fireman" Instinct. Of course, I was reminded of the words of Malcolm X on this very "Burning House" subject, and I couldn't shake the irony: [LIST] "If the master's house caught on fire, the house Negro would fight harder to put the blaze out than the master would. If the master got sick, the house Negro would say, "What's the matter, boss, we sick?" We sick! He identified himself with his master, more than his master identified with himself. And if you came to the house Negro and said, "Let's run away, let's escape, let's separate," the house Negro would look at you and say, "Man, you crazy. What you mean, separate? Where is there a better house than this? Where can I wear better clothes than this? Where can I eat better food than this?" That was that house Negro. In those days he was called a "house nigger." And that's what we call them today, because we've still got some house niggers running around here."
Here's my thought for what it's worth: Yes there's a part of me that says "Hell yeah, let the house burn down" but then you think about the world as it is now. You look at it up close and you see that whether you like it or not the parts are interconnected like crazy. The Japanese economy goes into a depression and this depresses markets globally. An Asian fly gets a new flu bug and we all have to worry.
When jobs are offshored, they're not just offshored for poor white people. As we experience global climate change, it's not just going to get warmer for white people. As the world hits peak oil production, the gas is not going to get pricier just for white people.
As much as I want to applaud Malcolm's statement because it makes me feel good to do so, we need to face up to the reality that we live in the Master's house.
It won't do us any damn good to put out the fire in the dining room if the kitchen is still ablaze.
So when people say "Let the Mutha burn" they are in effect assuming separation is both desirable AND possible.
I say that though it may be desirable it is not possible.
Look at poor Haiti. That's formally an independent Black Republic and who controls Haitian politics?
But I do agree with Nmaginate on this
I do, however, think there's a bit of ego on either side. I just wish there was a constant, moderating voice that says "We Need To Do Both and Can't Afford To Put All Our Eggs In One Basket" particularly one where there's some type of expectation that America will fulfill its promise.
So I agree with Mr. B... It's about taking whatever it is we determine we need. And, as he noted when he referenced the FDR vs. A. Phillip Randolph story, we have to be about making things happen but that can't exclude or de-emphasize what we have to do for ourselves.