Typically, when people think of what kind of person is a racist, they envision some skinhead with a Swastika tattoo, some old bitter white guy who looks the KFC Kernel, some ignorant slack-jawed hick from the backwoods, or even someone who is voting for Donald Trump.
Although, when someone is “hipster,” is very well educated, is articulate, has friends of color, is dating someone of color, who is doing a lot of good in the community, or even someone who is Democrat, those specific types of people don’t have the “racist” connotation and stigma attached to them.
But, as you can see, in the case where the hacker group, Anonymous, leaked the names and social media accounts of members belonging to the KKK, during the Ferguson, MO demonstrations, racist don’t always look like a bunch of old bitter white guys.
Most of the pictures were of young, cute, intelligent, and attractive people you might see working as a barista working at your local Starbucks or as college students going to the university you attend. And, a few of the individuals they revealed were members of the police department.
Yeah…the clan doesn’t wear hoodies anymore. They wear badges.
And, in context to structural racism here in America, it’s not possible for black people to be racist. They may be prejudice, yes, but not racist. But, let’s not forget that, throughout history, black people have been some of the biggest supporters and advocates for white supremacy.
That just goes to show, if we (people of all ethnicities) want to properly address and begin to strategically eradicate the mental disease that is racism/white supremacy, in this country–one that is a parasite to the progression of America as a whole and not just to black people, then, we must strive (a life-long commitment) to continually expand our understanding of what systematic racism is, how it got started, who started it, and what type of people continue to practice it.
We have to know exactly what and who we’re up against if we want to strategically maximize the effectiveness of our efforts.
For example, the very educated, well-spoken, and financially successful, milo yiannopoulous, a technology editor, journalist, and entrepreneur, states his case, in the video below, on why the entire Black Lives Matter Movement is a complete farce, is completely ineffective at ending racial inequality, and that the very purpose (The Mission Statement of Black Lives Matter) of why that the organization was formed is based on ignorance and hate.
I’ve seen white people present these types cases many times. It’s really nothing new, and they’ve been doing it since slavery–the cherry-picking of information to support a viewpoint without really taking other side’s happiness and well-being into consideration, with that other side being those with views that don’t align with theirs.
Slave owners used to do it by misusing The Word of God, to support their own evil, for example: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.”
And, 9 times out of 10, people like milo are normally on platform where they’re either being rooted on, like in this video, by other people who already agree with what their twisted logic, a method in which they use to justify their own ignorance and bigotry, or on a platform where no one can challenge them, face-to-face, on the self-righteous garbage they’re spewing.
That’s the essence of white privilege–not having to deal with being a person of color and being able to go amongst your own people, give your filthy 2 cents, and to walk away feeling like you made the world a better place somehow…without having to actually experience being a person of color.
If this guy really wanted equality or wanted black people to “see the light of how to liberate themselves” he would desire to sit down, have a respectful discussion, and really understand the perspective of someone who is of color and want to try and comprehend thier experience.
In addition to that, if he were to be in a face-to-face venue with someone who is black, who is an expert on the topic of racism, and who has dedicated their lives to racial equality, it would be a completely different exchange of information.
People, like him, won’t and can’t go to a venue and present this type of nonsense to someone who is fully conscious of the specific issues facing the black community, because they, themselves, are working and creating positive change in the community every day, and who lives, eats and breathes the topic of racism like a Dr. Boyce Watkins, a Dr. Claude Anderson, or a Yvette Carnell.
They would tear that cherry-picked, ill-conceived, self-righteous, “stop trying to liberate yourselves black people” dogma, which white people have been preaching to us for years, to shreds.
Black people are mobilizing more and more, starting their own business, building their own schools, launching their own organic grocery markets, publishing and buying their own books, opening their own comic book stores, etc., and no longer adhering to the limited aspirations of what society says is the only way we can be successful–becoming ball players, drug lords, video vixens, and reality TV stars.
Much of that progress has been fueled by the the Black Lives Matter movement–by their efforts to tirelessly and boldly proclaim the absolute truth that black people are complex, talented, uniquely beautiful, brilliant, and vibrant, full human beings, who exist and interact on the entire plane of the full human experience, not animals or sub-human beings; the value of black people’s existence matters just as much as the lives of everyone else.
The have given confidence to and inspired millions by showing that we have the intellect, the numbers, avenues with which to receive the adequate information–the kind not taught in our educational system–for us to radically change the black community and society, as a whole, for the better.
B.L.M. has opened up the door for conversations that would have never been had about race relations in America.
So, it’s not always slack-jawed rednecks who are racist. It’s the intellectuals, too, and people who can articulately state their claims on why they feel the black folks need to stop crying and moaning about how unfair things are. And, they will, undoubtedly, start their own movements and organizations to stifle our righteous efforts, like they’ve done in the past. They will because they are addicted to their supremacy and fear losing it more than anything, just like a junkie fears not getting their fix every day.
And, I won’t lie, I used to be one of those people saying “black people need to stop complaining about how bad things are, come together, still killing each other, and fix their own crap.”
What I didn’t know, back then, was who broke most of what we had in the first place, how they re-broke it once we fixed it, and how every time we did go and help ourselves, they literally came and burnt that progress to the ground.
In the video, milo basically cherry picked statistics to basically discredit the entire history of black people, and he, himself, has made no valid attempt to sit down and even want to understand what any person of color must experience on a daily basis and what is needed to fix our broken communities.
The videos below showcases what a constructive conversation–probably the most constructive one I’ve ever seen–looks like, about racism and what it, in its true definition, really is.
People, like milo, love to bring up stuff, like how many more black people do crime than whites but will leave out how many times, in the past, we tried to go out on our own and make our own communities, and white people weren’t having it.
The Stormy Poet