Stop Culturally Appropriating White Racist Culture, Please (Sarcasm)

I am a white supremacist. I know that’s shocking to hear someone admit, but I assure you, the truth is far worse. It is important to note consequently that you or I have very little to do in order to acquire this rather dubious and unceremonious title. You are not required to sign up for White Supremacy conventions, rallies, or newsletters, and you will certainly never receive your super-secret decoder ring. Chances are you won’t even receive a T-shirt. In some cases, all you must do is disagree with a particular doctrine or political slant, and in others, simply being racialized as white, whatever “white” means, earns you the title automatically.

In worst cases, being a racialized Black person who identifies as liberal or conservative will net you this dubious title just as quickly. I’ll example this later on below, though I suspect the reader can render this assertion true, as there have been no shortages of them in recent times.

To begin, the search for truth often betrays the way we might see the world and the way in which we view others, to the extent entire industries are crafted around, reinforced by, and benefit from, continuing the primacy of race. Some go so far as to actively promote segregation and discrimination, all while using race, which does not exist in nature *or* in humans, for that matter, as the primary logos for their justification. The truth is, race doesn’t exist, so we ought not continue to pretend that it does.

This can be evidenced by the drastic and divisive polarization of today’s social culture. Between the extreme progressivism and conservatism strata, it seems most Americans continue to misunderstand racism, which leads to mislabeling racism, or they choose to define racism in new and quite frankly infantile ways, which again leads to mislabeling the problem. The problem being race itself. It then follows that if you fall anywhere right of extreme progressivism, eventually you will be called a racist or white supremacist.

Now, I’m supremely confident that you’re wondering—is this author making a poor attempt at humor, or is he trying to make a point? Well, both, because the premise of my humor is to expose the ridiculous way in which we view one form of racism and the way we excuse the other. These two points fall under one theme, which I hope to demonstrate effectively in the following paragraphs.

To my first point, let’s talk about the confusion surrounding the definition of “Race”. What I mean this to say is, some of us are confused as to what it means to belong to a race, what it means to be a racist, how some of us believe we know what race is, but couldn’t tell you why it’s different depending upon where you live or what role culture plays, whereas some believe it’s a biological truth or that it isn’t.

Me? I’m just confused all the time, so I need someone to tell me who I can be racist towards. Are racialized Black people from Africa still racialized as Black, or are they a different kind of racialized Black? Are you less Black if you are only 50% Black, and if so, are you less White as well? The confusion gets even more convoluted because I keep being told to check my privilege, even though I don’t remember bringing it. Was I supposed to put it in some kind of knapsack? Apparently, you aren’t supposed to ask, because if you do, you will be notified expeditiously that you can’t see what’s in that invisible knapsack that you didn’t know you were carrying in the first place.

Finally, if you ask questions about lived experiences and how they aren’t shared across the board, they start to get mad at you because first off; you made the silly mistake of asking questions, because it’s not their responsibility to teach you. All the while, within the same breath, tell you it’s your responsibility to learn, just not from them. It’s so confusing that it’s almost not worth being a white supremacist anymore.

Another thing I don’t understand is intra-group racism. I continue to see racialized Black people telling other racialized Black people that they aren’t ‘Black enough’ because they aren’t descendants of slaves, or they grew up in a different culture, or because their families came from a different tax bracket, or the pointed criticisms like, ‘You talk like White people.’ It seems to me these kinds of behaviors would do more harm coming from the inside than it ever would from me. There’s a very peculiar form of infantilism and self defeatism that occurs here that works better at keeping people downtrodden than it does empower.

What gives? It seems like racialized Black folk don’t even know who’s Black anymore and if they don’t know, what am I supposed to do? What about the bi-racial folks? Am I supposed to be half as racist? Do you have any idea how hard that makes my job? My world has been flipped completely upside down. I mean, who am I anymore if I can’t tell who I can be racist towards? I digress. Here are just two examples of what I mean.

‘I’ve been told what I can’t do by Black people more than I ever have by White people.’

-Ada Akpala, YouTube content creator.

‘Cis Black men are the White people of Black people.’

-Kat Blaque, YouTube content creator.

This form of intra-racial (and sometimes gender-based) oppression becomes even more destructive when the person speaking is a public intellectual. Take, for example, such comments like the one made by Michael Eric Dyson of the recently elected Lt. Governor of Virginia, Winsome Sears (who ran against an actual racist, by the way),

‘The problem is, here, they want — they want white supremacy by ventriloquist effect. There is a black mouth moving, but a white idea running on the runway of the tongue of a figure who justifies and legitimates of the white supremacist practices.’

That sounds a lot like he’s calling her a “White Supremacist mouthpiece” to me. As a racist and White Supremacist, I could not have better-said something so ridiculously racist myself, and pretty damn diminutive to the first Black woman ever to be elected for Lt. Governor in Virginia’s sordid racial history. I take my hat off to you, Sir.

If you asked me, this new-fangled ‘anti-racism’ looks and sounds a lot like the old racism, just with extra steps. I call this kind of intra-racism “Racelining”. It’s like redlining but performed by members of their own demographic. I googled it and no one is using it so, if you want to use it, have at it. This kind of speech intentionally segregates groups of people (Black folk who aren’t “Black” enough) inside their own communities, into areas of society where they can be ignored en masse, put in their place so to speak, where they can be forced into becoming this kind of second-class citizen, or what Leonard Harris would call Necro-being. This kind of death, as Harris describes it, can be a literal death or it can be the death of incarceration, subjugation, or enslavement; anything that removes the living being from the living world. In this case, it would be the death of subjugation via anti-panegyric rhetoric.

Hell, we White Supremacists don’t even have to do anything anymore. They’re doing it on their own. Bringing back segregation, silencing voices, suppressing ideas, all the while putting so much value on my white skin(which I suppose I shouldn’t mind, but somehow I do). I have to say thank goodness because it seemed like all the racialized Black folk and other minorities were starting to catch up to us White folk. Now, we don’t have to worry. I truly never thought I’d see the day they’d be doing my work for me. What a time to be alive.

To my second point, we’ve seen no shortage of confusion surrounding the question; is race genetic? Hell, at this point, I’m not entirely sure what I am as I have Indigenous Peoples heritage, Dutch heritage, French heritage, Roman and Greek heritage, hell I may even be the twice removed, 13th cousin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., or at least that’s what my sister said. We’re still looking into that one. What’ll truly make your head spin is, when you think about the fact that there are, without a doubt, Racialized White ADOS (American Descendants of Slaves) walking around without knowing what heritage they carry. What a crazy parallel with George Schuylers’ ‘Black no More’ would that be, wouldn’t it? It does cause one to beg the question, though; where do they fit in the fabric of our country’s racial history? I’ve asked, but I keep getting dirty looks and now I’m beginning to suspect that no one wants to talk about it.

W.E.B. DuBois once said, ‘The slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery.’  Black Reconstruction in America (1935)

It’s time to get to my point I suppose, and most importantly, I think it’s high time I give my “White Supremacist” card back (you know, the one I never received in the mail), because I’m beginning to realize how much my worldview truly was tainted by other people’s hatred and ignorance. What I believe DuBois is speaking to here is an often under-discussed but more significant reality and one we fail to see, fail to admit to ourselves but know in our bones to be true; Racism will never die. Even after the defeat of slavery, peonage, and then the triumph of the Civil Rights movement, we never dealt with the real institutional and systemic problem: race. We just simply change the way racism manifests. Think Jim Crow, Red-lining, de jure segregation, healthcare discrimination, stop and frisk, etc.

“To understand a new idea, break an old habit.” Jean Toomer (2003). “The Uncollected Works of American Author Jean Toomer, 1894-1967”, Edwin Mellen Press

Recently, I’ve begun to read a lot more, primarily focusing on philosophy but also on relevant social issues such as race and gender inequality, when a chance meeting on a YouTube panel led to a months-long dialogue with an incredibly intelligent and kind academic named Dr. Sheena Mason. She has been generous and patient with me and has gone so far as to take time out of her own life to help me understand that very thing I knew but could never explain. That we, as a society, have been going about answering the question of what to do about race, completely wrong. This, in turn, led me towards others with similar ideas and goals.

I learned that race, as we know it today, was manufactured in order to justify racism for the purpose of enslaving, murdering, and raping millions of racialized black and indigenous peoples since before the inception of this nation.

I learned that the myth of race–which I would call a lie–while having real-world consequences, is not supported by science. As the Human Genome Project has thoroughly disproven, it does not exist. Yet, this myth/lie continues to get a free pass within a society that seems hell-bent on continuing its use in order to prop up, reify, and maintain the house Audre Lorde so eloquently stated(paraphrasing), “cannot be destroyed using the same tools the master’s used to build it.”

So, what can we do? Especially us racist white supremacists? I argue that it’s come to that day where we begin to listen to the voices of reason. Voices Like Dr. Sheena Mason. Voices that will carry us through the masquerades of political manipulation to self-liberation. We must abandon the old ways of doing things, which must be clear by now DOES NOT work, as we strive to destroy the illusion of supremacy by denying the authority it never had. We do that by listening to the voices of reason and compassion, of light and liberation, of connection and true inclusion, and of science.

We should hopefully agree that the continuation of this mass gaslighting—a covert type of emotional abuse where the bully or abuser misleads the target, creating a false narrative and making them question their judgments and reality—must not be allowed to continue lest our children and future generations become victims for our stubbornness, thereby perpetuating the harm all over again, most likely in perpetuity.

I’m glad to say, I never truly was a white supremacist, nor will I be in the future because I truly understand now better than ever is, in order to destroy the house white supremacy built, we cannot merely keep repairing it and adding more floors. We must bring all that hell and fury down onto it, for all the centuries of harm and pain it’s caused, and to obliterate it once and for all from the face of the planet.

Because we can’t keep going this way, not anymore. We have to heal, and we can’t do that when we are constantly looking in the wrong place, hoping for things to change, while we continue to use the same flawed operating system they (white supremacists) built for us. If we don’t do this starting now and put an end to this charade of hate, it will eventually lay waste to us all, and we’re going to have to come to terms with that.

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