“Racism…Everywhere” continued…

Published June 11, 2013 by Sandee

I want to thank Meizac for writing that great post on The Outlier Collective entitled Texas and Racism…Everywhere.  I thought I would respond but it turned out to be a post-sized comment.  So I decided to write my own thoughts — somewhat — in that vein.

I’m very conscious as a black woman, so my response to some of the injustices that occur under our political and economic structure might seem detached – at times.  In a sense I’m thinking, “What do you expect?”  I never strived to become a prototype for this system, or an imitation white person.   My standard of beauty even differs, while I do appreciate beauty in all cultures.  My pride in my African roots and respect for the remnants of those African cultures gives me the strength to deny a victim mentality, because I know that the western slant on the world is not concrete.

I don’t wear my ideology on my sleeve but I’ve taken action, and have been outspoken and have participated in marches etc. to protest crimes committed against black people and against Africa.  But overall I don’t see how any of these ‘injustices’ will go away under a world economic system that demands cutthroat competition for resources and money.  It must have scapegoats — reprobates and ‘genetically inferior’ people, so that they can be cut out of the competition with ‘justification’.  It’s built into the system.  The system wouldn’t work without these ideas.  While a degree of xenophobia might be natural (part of the reason I rarely use the word racism – it’s become a canned phrase for the most part – but I do use it when it’s so fucking obvious), something we have inside us from ‘the old days’ so that we could protect ourselves against other tribes, it’s used in the United States and elsewhere to effect policy and propaganda.

It’s hilarious that western countries have trampled all over the natural institutions in Africa and elsewhere, then go back like superman to save the day, making these people look more helpless and pathetic than ever, while they were doing just fine before Europe ever got there.  This is where we can get rid of the notion of white people being more capable of ‘handling’ (‘handling’:  therein lies the problem) their environment.

I believe that there are other ways to view the world, ways that we could adopt from dismissed tribes in Africa and other areas that had been trampled by the machine.  Our view of our world and ideologies can be shifted.  Maybe with the merging of the world in cyber-space the mutual respect can be more easily accomplished.  I respect all cultures, but I mean, how advanced is this society really?  More than half of us are on antidepressants – why?  Shit! and there’s more, but that’s another post.

This system may be the best that we could do for now and it’s great that Meizac and other people help to build awareness of some of the outright hypocrisies that exist.  These are the seeds that some of our young people need to help us to build something better than this.  For now we’re all brainwashed, black people as well, which is understandable — striving to keep up with the dominant culture without seeing the truth.  But we’re all in the struggle together — haha!  — who the hell really knows what we’re doing here?  We can learn from each other and teach each other without having a victim mentality or a mentality of superiority.

31 comments on ““Racism…Everywhere” continued…

  • Auntie Sandee,
    What a great and beautiful thought in itself, with or without Meizac’s post. I’m grateful that Meizac accepted to write this one for The Outlier Collective, and I’m even more grateful that it is creating conversation.
    Le Clown

  • Sandee, thanks for this! How can anyone be dominant and tell anyone how to live, right? What gives anyone that kind of power? We need to keep this conversation alive for the next generation. Well said.

  • Thanks for this. I am with you. I am Jewish and its victim culture hasn’t done us or the Palestinian people much good.

    Allow me to throw this into the mix. I was at a dinner party the other night full of human rights activists. We were brainstorming about how to create peace in the Middle East when my husband pointed out- the world needs a common enemy to bring us together and here’s one: global warming. We laughed until we cried.

    • Thanks Burns the Fire — I’m so glad you can appreciate what I’m saying.

      Ah, global warming — I wonder if it’s a coincidence that I wanted to post something on climate change tomorrow — hmmmm…

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • I think we often confuse progress with improvement, forgetting that illnesses like cancer also “progress”. We are not good because of the tools we use, but because – or better if – we treat even the least of us with respect and dignity…oh well~ silly me
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Sandee, thanks for sharing this. I watch cable news all the time and never heard about this. I have found from following the Trayvon Martin murder that white people have convinced themselves that racism doesn’t exist anymore and that it is the African Americans who are trying to keep it alive. At the same time, they are saying the most racist things anyone could say about the case. Even though I am white, even I can understand how difficult it must be to be non-white in this country. White America committed an atrocity and it seems that they don’t want to accept that it is still in existence. I live in a place where racism is very much alive. Ignorance is everywhere here in rural Kentucky. In reading about this trial I realize that it isn’t just here, it is indeed everywhere!

    • Thanks Mary! This may seem a bit simplistic, idealistic — maybe naive, but generally, I’m saying there’s a connection between the injustices and the way the market works. I’m not necessarily saying we should turn into a tribal world community — hahaha! I do think that there’s some great opportunities now that the world is ‘smaller’.

      • That’s the problem though. It seems simple on the surface, because it’s such a logical idea. But addressing the problem is a giant tangled mess of molasses covered barbed wire sinking slowly in a pit of quicksand. The world market and economy are so entrenched that it will take generations to undo the damage they’ve done to society.

        • I forgot to mention that part of the post that I wrote the following day had been taken from my comment to you. Yeah it’s a ‘mess of molasses’ — I love the way you phrase it!

  • I also smile wryly to myself when violence/protests/terrorist actives like the recent murder of a soldier in London or the race riots last year, result in everyone turning on one another from a racial point of view trying to apportion blame, whilst the politicians jump on the most beneficial bandwagons for themselves decrying whoever they see fit, knowing full well it is usually down to them that there is discord in the first place.

    Beware the mealy mouthed, overly politically correct liberals people, better the wolf than the fox as Malcolm X once said….

  • I wish we could get rid of our petty tit for tat attitude whenever one race commits a crime against the other. When OJ Simpson was acquitted back in the nineties, black people cheered because the case was won by a black lawyer. I was probably in the minority of black people who didn’t cheer — I thought it was hideous that people cheered — people were murdered and that’s nothing to cheer about. People suck sometimes!

  • I liked this when I first read it and I meant to return much earlier to comment, sorry, Sandee! You’re so right about the Western culture mindset, assuming that it’s automatically superior to all others, and the “Great White Hope” mindset is still alive and well, isn’t it. There are so many levels of injustice in this country, and worldwide, it’s so much a part of things that I’m sure a lot of times I’m not even really aware of it the way I should be. Because as you said, in a global society where everyone is jockeying for power, there will always be a group that ends up getting marginalized, either deliberately or inadvertently. Sometimes it’s based on “race”, sometimes religion, sometimes socio-economic level, but it’s always going to be someone.

    • Thanks Mme. Weebles! That’s exactly it what you say — I’ve always said something along the same lines — if it isn’t discrimination over race, it’s religion or caste. Of course my mind has gone back and forth with ideas surrounding this issue. I know there have always been ruling classes, even in African tribes. I just think the disparities in wealth in this country have gotten outrageous.

      While I can wax idealistic and maybe be goofy in my imaginings about Kool-Aid for everyone, I think sometimes ‘it just is what it is’, and maybe the world and nature is just designed so that ‘weaker’ people are weeded out somehow. I always love those conversations with people where we discuss the purpose of natural disasters and serial killers in this effort — I know horrible right!

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