Thursday, October 25, 2007
The "Non-White White Supremacists"
(Originally posted in December 2006)
In listening to many people discuss current events they choose to pin the source of the problems plaguing people of color in both inner city America and on the global front upon the historical and present forces of "White Supremacy" and "White Racism".
Recently I took note of a conflict that was attributed as such which happened within the metro area that I live in. The proximity of the event allowed me to analyze the situation from a point of familiarity with many of the facts surrounding the incident and the context in which it played out.
Without going into great detail about the incident that many of you are familar with - the City of Atlanta, with a Black mayor, Black police chief and a majority Black command staff directing all of its officers on the street broke through the front door of a 92 year old Black woman in a botched drug raid, shooting and killing her. In listening to the local Black talk radio I witnessed as the masses attempted to "rationalize" this situation. This was not the classic "Bull Conner" versus the "Good Guys in the Civil Right Movement" scenario....as the administration is a Black Democratic Progressive one, that many of the callers no doubt VOTED FOR TWICE. After I heard a string of callers bringing up the CONSPIRACY that "White Skin Heads" are now joining the police forces around the nation and killing Black people in which they asked the audience to note all of the "bald White cops" that are in abundance now AND after hearing a report in which the classic Civil Rights song "We Shall Over Come" was sung in the face of the Black mayor and Black police chief it was clear to me that some folks are stuck in the same rut. One caller said that he does not care about the RACE of the offender, if this person is acting in "WHITE RACIST WAYS then HE IS AN AGENT OF WHITE RACISM AND OPPRESSION upon Black people". Change most of the variables with respect to the race and motivations of the people in charge and THEIR RESPONSES are as what they know best - the classic White Racist versus Black Victim one. They discard the facts and develop a CT to allow their minds to return to a point of comfort as they know that the only reason why this happened to us is because of these RACISTS.
The responses to this event which played out with strict adherence to "racial-ist" dogma as well as other other notable recent events has lead me to the conclusion that one need not be "White" to be a "White Supremacist".
By definition a "White Supremacist" believes that the White Race is supreme over all others and that they leverage their power to order the world in a certain way that is favorable to them. Thus there is no genetic membership requirements to be a White Supremacist. One only need BELIEVE that this is the case to be one. This is the operating definition that I will adhere to as the basis for my argument.
Just as the White Supremacist believes that the white race has certain powers, regardless of the truth or falsehood of these claims, so do the non-White "White Supremacists".
So frequently the behavior of a given "non-White" person who is placed in certain situations is said by the White Supremacist to be the after-effects of centuries of White Colonialism and Oppression. This force, regardless of if the operator has directly experienced it first hand is said to be the reason why he "snapped" or acted violently. They will at this point typically "expand the police tape" and prove the individual's innocence by point to the pattern of other people of color who have similarly been incarcerated for acting out in such a way. Thus the person's innocence is proven by the commonality of the occurrence.
In taking this track, however, the person with the lifetime supply of "police tape" fail to note that very often a "fellow VICTIM" of this legacy oppression is also the VICTIM of this mal-actor. Thus this analysis has a neutralizing effect upon giving justice to the victim^2 (victim squared) - who is a victim both of history and his brother who has assaulted him while doing the bidding of the White man as he was set up to do as the proverbial "pawn in the chess game".
What does this say about the historical victim's ability to mentally rationalize? Does he not know that "the man" has ordered his environment in such a way that he will injure his own kind while "the man" profits from the Prison Industrial Complex to which he will be sent to? At this point the justice system which attempts to hold him accountable for his assault which is against the law has more respect for the victim^2 than does the victim who did the assault. This notion of course if TRUMPED if you believe that this same system had the goal of "placing the brother man where he belongs"......in jail to the tune of more money spent on incarceration per head than in college education. But again - if the victim KNOWS the scheme that he has been placed in why does he continue to act in accordance with what the man has laid out for him? What is it that "the man" as an individual has that he has not in the way of understanding and power over one's self and one's actions?
With the above scenario as a reference, by classic definition the "White Supremacist" has been the one who trampled over the rights of the person of color because he felt so little for the humanity of those he trampled over. I am raising the question of the thoughts of the VICTIM with respect to his own perceived power to order his environment via his own behavior and his relationship and actions toward people who look just like him and who's ancestors have experienced the very same thing. Does he believe that "the man" has more power over his own behavior than he does?
At this point in our exchange of ideas no doubt some of you reading this are asking the question "How can you BLAME THE VICTIM FOR WHAT HE IS DOING while allowing the historical perpetrator and engineer of the environment go free from condemnation? How can you not expect him to REPAIR this situation that he has caused?"
My response is - You are expecting your historical adversary, who now has a measure of power over you from his past deeds of assembling the world that you live in as such to ALSO be the force who "repairs you"? What were his motivations to order your world as such? Did these motivations die out? Why then would you expect in full faith that this will ever happen? Most importantly, why do you create this "out of body experience" in which you yield your repair to someone else?
So frequently those who are successful in life make the case that the "JOURNEY toward Success" was more important to them than the actual destination. In taking the journey they learned much about themselves and how other people work. Their formulas that they now operate by were formulated by trial and error. In my view the act of handing over one's repair is the abandonment of the very force of understanding that will one day be the bricks of the foundation from which all else is built.
Make no mistake about it - "Who did this to us" is a very different question and answer from "Who's ultimate responsibility is it to REPAIR or UNDO THIS so that we are for the better". The Non-White White Supremacist confuses these two points. He believes that in identifying "Who did this to us" he is going to keep throwing this up in their face for eternity and one day they will tire, put forth contrition as to how their world came to order and will satisfy the second and not necessarily related question, repairing the colored man and asking for his forgiveness.
Real world events and the notion of probability is not a strong point of consideration in the non-White White Supremacist's way of thinking. The bulk of his repair plans for the man of color is couched upon the White man coming through for him in such a manner. This has the effect of neutralizing any serious and comprehensive movement forward for the people of color because of this DEPENDENCY of action by this next man.
I recently saw the movie "The Last King Of Scotland" which starred Forrest Whitaker as former Ugandan leader Idi Amin. In the movie Amin created a bloodbath in his country, spilling African blood with reckless abandon. It is no doubt true that the Belgians had colonized the country for an extended period of time. It is no doubt true that Idi Amin was a member of the military that had been controlled by the Belgians. It is also true that when the Belgians felt pressured to depart from Uganda and needed to place someone into power - they chose Idi Amin. In a sense "Idi Amin was their man". HOWEVER, when I saw the government death squads killing African people - I SAW AN AFRICAN KILLING THEM. The detractors to my position will tell you that these Africans were trained and conditioned by the White man to do their deeds and thus we can't look at these actions on their own merit (ie: did they or did they not kill their fellow Africans). Instead we must look at their actions within the historical context of colonialism and White Supremacy.
To this obfuscation I ask - Why is it that you demote the actions of the Black man with a weapon in his hand, having killed thousands and thousands of his own people to that of an automaton, absent of any HUMAN skills of rationalization and reason as to what he is doing? This is WHITE SUPREMACY at work within you. If you cannot hold this individual man responsible for his own actions you will NEVER be able to grab a hold of any control in changing course WITHIN. You will always pursue the White Supremacist course of action by seeking change via the White man making it.
The open challenge that I have for the non-White White Supremacist is to answer for yourself - "At what point would you feel that the people of color have been healed and thus they are to be held fully accountable for their own actions"? Do you not see that just as the White man has no best interest in "healing you" that IT IS NOT IN YOUR BEST INTEREST "TO BE HEALED" lest your resources get cut off? Why not START OUT with the assumption of ACCOUNTABILITY and leverage this through out? It has no dependency on an unwilling partner in your salvation.
Both White Supremacy and Non-White White Supremacy are best addressed, but never cured by having SYSTEMS. On the one hand there must be a system of accountability for anyone who operates outside of the accepted principals of human rights. The complementary force to "rights" is "responsibilities". Where as "rights" flow from some universal agreement TOWARD the individual, "responsibilities" flow from the individual outward. Absent both of these in equal proportion resides the state of being a slave or an oppressor.
The challenge for the Non-White White Supremacist is to ASK OF the victim what he expects from the oppressor as a pathway toward an effective "repair". In his inability to enumerate the responsibilities that the victim has the non-White White Supremacist makes his views of "White Supremacy" public.