Thursday, February 06, 2014

Hunting for White Racism

Hunting for and turning over rocks to seek out evidence of white hypocrisy about race, seems to be a very popular pastime with many black women. Each day I get dozens of emails and articles in my inbox, on the topic of 'outing' whites as racist, against all their protestations. The other week, I got one saying, 'White people treat blacks different in Emergencies' or some such title. As you can see I am more or less blasé about all this and so cant even remember the title.

It might seem a bit exciting to peak into the minds of whites, to confirm what you have always thought about them: that they are a two faced group of people, ‘they smile in your face, but stab you in the back.’ However I think this preoccupation to expose whites is entirely time wasting. And here's why:

Why? Because I feel like showing a black woman with a seriously kicking body sue me!

Racism is a natural response

Truth is that it is only in Western societies that we have taken very great steps towards social engineer against a normal natural impulse in all humans. Humans fear difference or fear the outsider who is marked different by their appearance.

Lets use an evolutionary model here to look at why racism is a natural response. Let’s think back to a time when racial characteristics linked closely to you being from a different continent and climatic condition (before the time of large scale and modern travel). Supposing I was taking my daily stroll down by the rift valley, just chilling, and I suddenly saw a band of foreigners who were finally revealed to have come from far afield as China. What do you think I would feel seeing these strange folk riding on horses or who knows what? I am sure most of you would say I would feel alarmed, and you are not wrong. Racial difference would mean they came from an area that is markedly physically different to the area from my locality. It would suggest that they have been subject to different climatic conditions and they have a culture that has evolved from that climatic and ecological landscape. How do I know that they don’t have a belief system that would imperil my own life and that of others who look like and act like me. If they came from a harsh and unforgiving land than it could be quite easily true that they have adopted cultural codes that match the need to survive under those situations. Maybe they don’t like to share or in their lands, darker skin meant the attack of a very wasting disease that could kill in thousands. If this were the case then I could be in serious trouble couldn’t I?

Even in a less threatening scenario, their culture would be different and might lead to a serious conflict around resources (maybe they come from an area with an abundance of water and thus treat that resource differently to how my tribe would, coming from the other point where we don’t have much of it). There are a thousand and one ways in which we could suddenly come into serious and even life threatening conflict as people who come from lands which have evolved markedly different ways of life. A shorthand way of dealing with this situation and its range of variables which could possibly prove lethal is for humans to have this instinct to respond with reservation to characteristics marking people as coming from a different climatic and thus social milieu.

Racism is a problem in all of us

If studies were done for blacks as frequently as for white, we would notice no great difference in basic responses. We are not naturally trusting of difference, we just have had to put up with it and evolved more open and cooperative ways of dealing with others out of necessity. Blacks are not the socially dominant group in Western societies so it hasn’t been a very pressing issue to analyse our attitudes in these matters. Negative reactions in blacks are also often excused away or put down to the fact that we are minorities and socially excluded as a group and so these responses are a result of the evil of racism and the racist system that surrounds us etc etc etc.

Stop wasting time fishing for and collecting articles and data on whites subliminal race aversion

These response are comon to all mankind and until the time when humans can engineer their every attribute I doubt we will be able to get rid of this response which is bedded deep in the human psyche.

I am hoping black women can wean themselves off the self justified feelings they get when they read and chase down the latest report on white racist hypocrisy.

How to do this

Consider white folk as mere human as we are human.

Consider that a reasonable focus ought to be how to avoid being at the mercy/victim of these natural human responses to difference. You will be able to control some of it, but you will not be able to save yourself from ever being a victim of such race prejudging or knee-jerk, 'unevolved' response to your racial difference. That my friend is life and what it means to be a human being vulnerable to broader realities and plain life's happenstance. Try not to get bent out of shape if it is not a serious issue. Focus on surviving, fighting back and having 'options' available to you to side step to.

Above all, pray for good fortune!

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Patricia Kayden said...

Agreed Halima. I wonder, however, if some of these Black women will eventually burn themselves out. I would be exhausted if I spent all my time "hunting" for White racism. Black women need to focus on living successful, productive and HAPPY lives. All this energy and focus on pointing out White racists should be funneled elsewhere.

ak said...

Yes Halima black people on a whole especially these days harp on and on about the racism from whites because it takes the focus off of the introspection and the self-work needed by black people to help improve their own stations. Black men, particularly the DBR ones, love to focus on racism from whites because they haven't been made to feel accountable or responsible for anything bad that they have ever done for many decades now! LOL And their victimhood status has been signed, sealed and approved and everybody else who's black or a white liberal person accepts without question their learned helplessness and any low expectations they may be prone to have of themselves.

Black women love to focus on racism from whites because they love 'transference' which has been said on certain BWE blogs from a few years back now meaning transfer all of their anger and hatred on to whites because they're scared of placing blame where it belongs regarding black men especially and they may also have fears of looking inwardly and working on themselves in order to make positive changes in their lives and with regards to the people they deal with on a daily basis.

I'm tired of the foolishness of when one may point this out to other black people that they immediately think you're saying "White means good, superior and perfect and black means bad and inferior". There can't be any constructive criticism of black people around black people because of that most of the time.

Unknown said...

I notice, that its only a black/white issue. There are other people besides blacks and whites. In fact, most of the stores and BLACKISTAN are runned by Arabs, and Koreans, which are neither. Its time to STOP hunting for white 'racists'.
Sure there are racists, but of all colors. I think this may be coming from black women protecting a BM who is DBR, or close

ak said...

Exactly Unknown. That's black people should have vetted all companies and shops that they give their hard earned money to from the beginning and now other non-black people are disrespecting black people but ridiculous black people still line their pockets day in and day out. This has been occurring in the UK, the Caribbean and the US and I doubt that things are that different in Canada either.

Decades ago black people owned and ran more shops that black people supported and when things became more integrated blacks started going to white shops more but they also started to line the pockets of every non-black owned shop that began to open up in their areas making the earlier black owned shops close down. But when these people become disrespectful, racist or sexist THAT'S when you should shut 'em down, you don't keep going back to them but that's what stupid black people do. Madness.

Too much jealousy, petty-mindedness, small-mindedness and other madness kept blacks from seeing the bigger picture that when more blacks support black businesses they can expand in size and in more locations so that they, their children or their grandchildren can get jobs in the future. As a fellow classmate the other day said to me "this isn't about all black people having to like each other all the time, this is about group survival and all groups have to do it".

Unknown said...

ak, you must have been listening to DAVID CARROLL on you tube. He is ALWAYS trying to wake up the brothers and sisters about foreigners opening shops in their neighborhoods. Talks about other authors, and what they did back in the day.
IMO, it was the CRACK MONSTER that led blacks to lose out. Even up until the late 1970s, in CA, there were black businesses which EVERYONE shopped at. Not just blacks

ak said...

Trust me I don't know anything about this David Carroll, never heard of him. But I don't even need to know him regarding that information because I could and still can always see that information right before my own eyes and on both sides of the pond no less. My own mother said it from the time I was a kid and kept on saying it and a lot of non-blacks who set up businesses among a lot of black people and/or have businesses catering to black people have been proving her right ever since.

My mother also said that it was black people's fault for how that situation came about and that if more black people felt and acted like her that none of these racist and rude non-blacks selling around black people would earn a penny and they'd be shut down within weeks. I mean the people are rude to you, face-Ty (feisty) to you or follow you around or watching you and yet you STILL hand over your money to them?? That's nothing but madness. I've heard of black people complaining about racism occurring while shopping in white-owned shops over the many years and a few blacks have even sued certain white companies over that or boycotted them and encouraged others to do the same yet the same black people still patronise small shops on the street corners and the black hair care product shops owned by non-blacks in predominantly black areas who aren't white and who are rude as heck?? How in the heck does that make any sense?

And some of those small shops that sell food are gross. I remember a part of Manhattan I used to live in 12 years ago where there was a shop run by a Korean man by 33rd Street and 3rd Avenue and the boxes of cookies on the top shelf of his shop were covered in so much dust look like they were left in the Sahara and that guy had a deli counter that looked like the refrigeration had been turned
OFF for 15 years because the salami, etc was as black as coal because he didn't want throw anything out I suppose.

ak said...

I don't know about crack causing black people to stop patronising black shops because after the craze of that horrible epidemic passed why didn't black people go back to patronising black shops then?