with John McWhorter and Tyler Austin Harper
Racism is a power relationship for which the Europeans got the headstart--- indiscriminate slaughter of native Americans, 2 billion acres of free Indian land issued by the government, and systemic/institutional racism. Massive wealth and power were mal-distributed to whites. Is the rape victim responsible for the acts of the rapist?
In his book, "Powermomics," Dr. Claud Anderson states, that racism is a wealth and power-base competitive relationship between Blacks and non-Blacks. The sole purpose of racism is to support and ensure that the White majority and it's ethnic subgroups continue to dominate and use Blacks as a means to produce wealth and power. Centuries of Black enslavement and Jim Crow semi-slavery resulted in the majority of society becoming 99-foot giants and Blacks one-foot midgets. This massive inequality in wealth and resources made Blacks non-competitive and totally dependent upon Whites for the necessities of life. True racism exists only when one group holds a disproportionate share of the wealth and power over another group and then uses those resources to marginalize, exploit, and subordinate the weaker group. In America, it is Whites who use wealth and power to marginalize, exploit, and subordinate Blacks. Whites can deny Blacks employment, educational opportunities, business resources, and a place to live or the right to vote. Therefore, according to this definition, Black people can not be racist. No group of Blacks has the power or exclusive control of resources to the degree that they can educationally, politically, economically ĺand socially exploit and marginalize the White race. Blacks can only react to racism and try to alter the conditions that racism creates. Despite the realities, there are numerous conservative Blacks who act as apologists for White racism and confuse the issue. A conservative Black radio talk show host in Los Angeles, for example, charges that Blacks are racist as Whites. His desire for white approval, as well as his ignorance of history, impedes him from understanding that White racism and Black prejudice are not the same thing. Blacks have a reason for their feelings about Whites based on how they have been treated by Whites. The White race, on the other hand, has never been marginalized by the Black race. Racism reinforces the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow semi-slavery. Blacks have been unable to escape from those legacies because the majority of society acknowledges the operation of racism in the distant past but minimizes its present significance."
Not seedy, but old. With a delightful conversation concerning local high school football, the harvesting of corn silage, tractor and combine maintenance, sweet potato harvesting, local tribal events, local historic events, French fur trappers in the early 1800's, and a couple of kids kicking a ball.
Where upon the uncivilized arrived and put on a loud display of their culture. Cementing a vision of the stereotype deep into the psyche of the audience.
And here we have Monty. Keepin' the stereotype alive, keepin' it real.
I see you are still desperately seeking excuses for degenerate antisocial behavior.
Although the "Whitey made me do it" excuse might have explained some of this in years gone by, this is now the 21st century. And that argument is played out.
And as horrible as that was, they were the lucky ones.
And to celebrate their good fortune, I will make a donation, in your name, to the British Royal Navy's Pembroke House.
As a small token of thanks for the Royal Navy ending the Atlantic Slave Trade.
In 2022 about 8,500 black people were murdered. Who killed 90% of them? Hint, not white racists.
Another stereotype with more than a grain of truth.
Stereotypes might be oversimplified, lazy thinking but, there is much more than a grain of truth in them.
There's an old expression, "Stop making SENSE!"
That the white progressive view of blacks is hugely stereotypical should come as a surprise to no one.
But let's not forget to look at things from the other direction. What about black stereotyping of whites? Eddie Murphy did a great comedic job of examining this, back when America had a sense of humor.
It's largely progressive whites I know who are finicky about race.........it's a litmus test in their universe. Yet take a guess what their neighborhoods are like..
It's amazing, and very encouraging, to experience how "time" and retrospect has helped to bring out the courage and bravery in people to talk about these difficult subjects with more objectivity while still being empathetic to the varied experiences of us as human beings regardless of skin color.
Being someone who was taught "kindness, respect and compassion for others" in my childhood home, my personal nature from a young age has been to be kind to and love people. (I readily admit that my understanding of "love" has matured through the years making "patience" with others part of the formula for "love".) I was taught how to look below the surface to see the beauty that is sometimes hidden by hurt and anger. I was also taught that, as human beings, skin color is only skin deep and that the character of a person is what matters MOST about ANY individual. When cut, everyone bleeds red (or some shade of). We are more alike than we are different.
I was one of those who learned how to ignore the color of someone's skin (as well as their socio-economic status in life, the work they did, the clothes they wore, car they drove or house/home they lived in). Whether black or white, rich or poor, esthetically pleasing to the eye or not, educated or uneducated, the only TRUE measure of a person is how they treat other people. Sixty-five years of personal experience has taught me how very TRUE this premise is.
Each time I read about, hear of or experience the anger, frustration, judgement and insecurity in our human relationships I continue to return to the simplicity of the "Golden Rule" and wonder why some people have such a hard time living by that simple adage. It shouldn't take a Psychology Degree for us to understand that life on this earth is hard at times, we are all unique individuals (not monoliths) with varying life experiences and that we are ALL better off when we do our best to help one another in what ever way we are individually capable.
God never promised us "fairness", but He has given us guidance, insight and wisdom on how we can help to make the world a better place while we live our limited lives. It's not as complex as human beings like to make it: "Do unto others as we would like for them to do unto you" and the world will be a much better place.
And, I might add, give everyone the benefit of the doubt until they prove you wrong. Even then, Grace and Charity must prevail.
Fundamentally, you're either an equal or you're a special case. There's no way to be both. And since our society wants African Americans to be special cases, there you have it.