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Dear White America

If ones perception is ones reality and that perception is different from how others perceive reality, then whose reality is correct? How does one convince another that their perceived reality is wrong and that they are racist, even though they believe they are not? Emotions, primarily fear, play a large role in shaping peoples perception as many people have fear and aversion to epiphany when the epiphany cast them in a negative light and goes against their paradigm of beliefs they felt secure with. Therefore, people can and do often see what they want to see in order to protect their image, thereby creating the separation from reality as perceived by most others. There are plenty examples, mostly born from some sort of substance addiction and denial of addiction or problem, or disorder like anorexia. So we know that denial or distorted reality is a common human disorder.


In order for people to accept reality, they need to first accept some objective metrics or baseline which is not subject to their distorted perception. This does not mean that once they recognize a deviation from the baseline that they will change their perception and or behavior, however. They may simply accept that most others see reality differently from the way they see it and value their self perception more than the external perceptions coming from others. The bottom line, however, is that change in behavior or belief cannot manifest until the self realizes that it has a problem and wants to change, which is hard to do when the belief or behavior manifest in psychological and or physical reward.


What is the psychological or physical reward of racism (R) ? For years, in fact centuries, the reward to white people (WP) has been economical and psychological. The effect of years of R is that it created a caste like economic system based upon R. Slavery and its labor was forced upon black people (BP), which eliminated the burden of such oppression from WP, as was the case in Europe. Post slavery, years of Jim Crow apartheid allocated good opportunities and accommodations to WP allowing them to rise and prosper while BP were held down. The socioeconomic inequality of today is the legacy of that past. Psychologically, WP receives reward to their egos from the perception of being members of a superior R. It kind of like the reward and recognition a player gets from being on a championship team; even if the player rides the bench he or she gets the transference benefit from being part of the group. Many poor WP are always focusing on thee team they are on because their individual states leave much to be desired so they live off the accomplishments of the group to make themselves appear better than others outside the group.


Part of the problem is that often WP are working from a self serving and self created definition of R and hence deny that they are R because their self perception does not meet their personal working definition. Most R erroneously believes that to be R one must harbor negative emotions against a particular group or groups. That was the template set by overt R of the past who contemporary whites use to judge themselves by. They juxtapose their motivations and actions with the motivations and actions of those of the past and conclude that they are different and that difference leads them to conclude that they are not R, because they may or do not harbor hate. What they fail to recognize is that R has always had an emotional and rational component and in the past the emotional component simply stood out more, masking the rational component.


Many WP rationalize that they are not being R, but rather are simply being truthful. In other words, they see a rational, non-emotional reason to see a certain group in a negative light, that's usually backed up by some statistic. Therefore, they deny R as a motivation and instead see themselves the victims of others who are out on a witch hunt to unjustly slander their image so they become defensive. What they don't realize is that their use and conclusions born from the statistics promotes the concept of black inferiority (BI) and or white superiority (WS). The idea or belief in BI or WS is thus a rational conclusion, as they see it, totally void of any emotions, negative or positive. Indeed, most non emotion based R is simply WS, but do not realize it because they have the historical, hate filled, ignorant prototype as the template (i.e. skin heads) for their working definition of a WS. Although they share the same rationalizations of BI and or WS, they see a distinction and hence difference born from not sharing the same emotions.


R's ubiquitously employ a snap shot form of reasoning that allows their prejudgments or social conditioning to fill in the blanks that the snapshot does not provide. They take moments of time, as if they existed void the influence of the action reaction continuum of time, and use those moments in time to conclude Black inferiority (BI) and or white supremacy (WS). For example, they will take the unemployment rate and use it to rationalize their preexisting conditioning or belief that B's are lazy. They will take the rate of births out of wedlock and use it to enforce their preexisting conditioning that B's are irresponsible. They will take the crime and incarcerations rates and use it to rationalize that blacks indeed are a violent people. They will take low test score of B and use it to rationalize a lack of capacity for intelligence. The implied juxtaposition is always with W and if the statistics were the same as W or better, they would not even bring them up because such information does not support the belief of BI and or WS......

See the full article at http://blackintrospection.blogspot.com/
Vita vya panzi (ni) furaha ya kunguru. War among grasshoppers delights the crow. Msema kweli hana wajoli. The speaker of truth has few friends. ("`-''-/").___..--''"`-._ `6_ 6 ) `-. ( ).`-.__.`) (_Y_.)' ._ ) `._ `. ``-..-' _..`--'_..-_/ /--'_.' ,' (((' (((-((('' (((( Noah The African in America
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You're wasting your time trying to continue to make white people feel guilty and shameful about race matters. That strategy worked great a couple of decades ago, but not nowadays.

More and more whites, a surprising number of them former bleeding-heart liberals, have come to the conclusion that blacks will NEVER be happy, no matter how many apologies are made and how much largesse is doled out. Indeed, many more whites now believe that black calls for racial equality have become a cynical shakedown game with only one guaranteed loser - white folks.

Further, whites are starting to believe in a post-modern version of "tribalism" in which they, like all other minorities, look out for themselves FIRST, then work on the pie-in-the-sky stuff like multiculturalism and diversity.

Forget laying the guilt trip on white folks, my black friend. They don't want to hear it anymore. You might try Asians. Good luck.
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More and more whites, a surprising number of them former bleeding-heart liberals, have come to the conclusion that blacks will NEVER be happy...
Dude, please... Come to the conclusion, the realization that you are not familiar with history or are transparent in your Willed Ignorance:

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There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/Ihaveadream.htm
That's a recurring theme in many of MLK's statements. So, obviously, "Them Good White Folk" been saying that shit you said for a long time.
    Whenever this issue of compensatory or preferential treatment for [African-Americans] is raised, some of our [Good White] friends recoil in horror. [African-Americans]should be granted equality, they agree, but he should ask for nothing more. On the surface, this appears reasonable, but it is not realistic. For it is obvious that if a man enters the starting line of a race three hundred years after another man, the first would have to perform some incredible feat in order to catch up.
So, EGGIE... the truth is your type of "Ya'll just can't be "happy" (or satisfied)..." is so 60-ish as noted by what MLK referenced time after time when referencing the so-called "bleeding heart Liberals" or whom he spoke so favorably of here:
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I must make two honest confessions to you, my [WHITE] Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fan in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress...

Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with an its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

http://www.millikin.edu/wcenter/king1a.html
And so, you might regard, White Liberals/Moderates as "bleeding hearts" but their pretenses have NEVER been confused and have been rather constant too, contrary to your latest piece of BS...

And, FYI, GUILT IS A USELESS human emotion to anyone but the person who feels "guilty"... You will see in that RHETORICAL ANALYSIS of MLK's Letter From A Birmingham Jail what is color-coded (in blue) as the "Appeal To Logic". If what is LOGICALLY proven and demonstrated makes Whites feel "GUILTY" then, honesty, says that they are the reasons, because of the lack of logic, reasoning, etc. in their views, that they are "GUILTY". Now, given that they're overall position has been constant and even MLK, the person who so many Whites attribute to Appealing To The White Conscience (ummm... doesn't that say something pretty unflattering?)... even MLK had problems with them "Good" bleeding-heart White Folk. So, obviously, when and if he put them on a Guilt Trip, the shit didn't work then either.

Know the History EGGIE and quit saying some of the stupidest shit ever to grace cyber-space.
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Further, whites are starting to believe in a post-modern version of "tribalism" in which they, like all other minorities, look out for themselves FIRST, then work on the pie-in-the-sky stuff like multiculturalism and diversity.
Ha! Ha!

Reminds me of this stuff said by some [true] "bleeding hearts", I presume:

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What Kind of White Person Are You?

Racist or colorblind...
But there's a third choice at hand.

It's not a choice that many white people make, or even know exists. White people can consciously identify as white, understand it to be our native culture, and believe – and here is the crux of the matter -- that while white people are no better or worse than people of color at heart, we hold an unjustly privileged and dominant position in a racial hierarchy...

Racist white people believe colorblind white people are deluded to think that being white is not important. Alternately fearing the pervasiveness of colorblindness and bemoaning its refusal to acknowledge white culture, racists hope someday colorblind people will believe once again their interest lies in being overtly racist...

http://www.euroamerican.org/editorials/Edit0499.asp
So, EGGIE... tell us more about what Whites are "starting to believe"... as if this very Letter To White America doesn't suggest that Whites do and have always "looked out for themselves FIRST.

Dude, you're talking CENTURIES of unmitigated WHITE FIRST considerations and then your sorry ass bemoans some 40 little years, a minute portion of the history, as if it was something where Whites put their own interests aside for those of others. Well, what I posted from MLK, e.g., complicates your curious view of that history.

And speaking of history. This is how it is recorded in one examination:
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The Reader's Companion to American History
GREAT SOCIETY

...Unlike the New Deal, which was a response to a severe economic crisis, the Great Society emerged in a period of unprecedented prosperity. Its first and most important programs emerged largely from within the government itself, a result of optimistic planning by policymakers who believed that American economic growth would make possible bold new public efforts. But some later Great Society initiatives were a result of social pressure from below, a response to the increasing militancy and intermittent violence of the black struggle for equality and to the conviction of many liberals that only a major public effort to fight urban poverty could prevent continuing social disorder.
Doesn't exactly sound like all (even most) of their "hearts" were "bleeding" with genuine "compassion" or whatever you want to call it. Many of those White "LIBERALS", no doubt, just happened to Define Their WHITE SELF-INTEREST differently... and "social disorder" rather than some genuine concern or the effect of a Guilt Trip put on them by some Black Folk was the major motivation to concede... little. But, they did so in their sense of their WHITE SELF-INTEREST. Make no mistake about that. They were Looking Out For Themselves... always have been and continue to. Otherwise MLK, e.g., would have had/made no such remarks. They certainly wasn't looking out for what interested him.

White Americans must recognize that justice for black people cannot be achieved without radical changes in the structure of our society.

Ummm... White people made the decisions then of what and how to implement policy and they still do today. None of those RADICAL CHANGES in the Power Relationships have occurred. So Whites have preserved their interests no matter how it might have been "changed" or realigned.
Noah the African:

I have always admired your thoroughness in presneting your view of our circumstance. I winched went I saw the title of this thread.

Why?

Because it struck me as such a waste of resource on an alternative that never really was even a possible solution to our circumstance.

Then I thought maybe the piece is intended to be informative for those of us who don't know.

That seems the most productive application.

Many of those in our younger generation(s) do not perceive the social malignacy of European America thought in relation to African America.

The time needs to be taken to occasionally re-establish the intent of the dominant group of our society.

Thanks.

PEACE

Jim Chester
Mr. Chester said, in response to 'Noah the Africans', 'Letter to White America':

"Because it struck me as such a waste of resource on an alternative that never really was even a possible solution to our circumstance."
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Exactly. I grew up in the late 1970's and 1980's, and I had aunts who came of age in the early 1960's who participated in the Civil Rignts movements down south; I remember the feeling of hopefullness, as they presented these concepts to me, ie. brotherhood, and the restoration of the AA community, and the singular theme of justice for a 'wronged' group of people; my aunts introduced me to, the Beatles, White Album, Mary, Peter and Paul, 'Crosby, Graham and Nash, and the Turtles, ["come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together try and love one another right now"] and I believed that 'we' would all arrive on some wonderful 'touchy, feelie' train of love, partly based on the euro-Am musical visions of peace, love and brotherhood. hah!, I now know, that that the freedom train was actually a metaphor holocaust train, taking the AA, to prison camps of indifference, intellectual apathy, 'real prisons, and death. Some of us have escaped, [I'm currently going for tenure at a university in my city, and of course there are the 'Oprah's, the Cosby's, the Johnson's, and many of the successful on this board, and so on. But I believe 'our' successes are representations of the inevitable efforts of some to beat the odds (so to speak) and rise to the top; but the mythological constructs of brotherhood, both economic and social, I had dreams of seeing the AA community attaining, as a whole were pure folly.
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"Then I thought maybe the piece is intended to be informative for those of us who don't know.

That seems the most productive application."

[I agree; because on the surface, it all looks (social equity) so attainable, so incredibly possible, then, you realize, that is not, nor has never been the objective of the dominant group, for there to be social equite in this country, and that the notion of'democracy' is an even bigger myth, hah!]
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"Many of those in our younger generation(s) do not perceive the Many of those in our younger generation(s) do not perceive the social malignacy of European America thought in relation to African America..

The time needs to be taken to occasionally re-establish the intent of the dominant group of our society.
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Yes. My favorite line in this,

"Many of those in our younger generation(s) do not perceive

"the social malignacy of European America thought in relation to African America."

[duude; you got it! Does this stem out of their religious worship of Darwinism? This realization was so overwhelming for me and I had a difficult time digesting this fact; but many of the posts that I see posted by 'opposing' or contrary 'voices' on this board, and other boards like this,combined with real world experience, are evidence to this point.]
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Many of my younger AA students, and my young niece, appear deluded into the belief that I once had, that 'all is well', and that America is some wonderful haven of truth and justice, with regards to the AA. Not true. Of course there is wealth and prosperity all throughout this country, and of course there are opportunities for anything imaginable; but the 'dream' world of which 'Martin' spoke, remains elusive, if not fantasy. That's a Grimm Brothers fairy tale for real.

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