Voluntary and Involuntary Minorities

Source: Voluntary and Involuntary Minorities

Advertisements
Posted in Commentary | Leave a comment

Brazilian sends letter of support to Nazi party in Germany; receives response “We don’t accept Latinos”

This is what happens when you were raised in a white supremacist utopia built on racial inequality.You become confused about who and what you are, and need a reminder/a wake up call from reality.

Black Women of Brazil

Nazis - Nazismo - piscina - pool

Note from BW of Brazil: This story is interesting on so many levels! And it says so much about racial identity in Brazil. As you know, historically, Brazil has always defined itself as a country where racial problems don’t exist, the land of “racial democracy”. Of course we all know this is a widespread fabrication that attempts daily occurrences of racism, racial discrimination and racial insults, but there’s still more to this to consider. First, the report

Brazilian resident of Santa Catarina sent a letter of support to German Nazi and obtained an unpleasant response

The police are investigating the case of a Nazi pool in Santa Catarina and found letters of support sent to the Nazi organization in Germany. The famous owner of the letter is a history teacher. And the response? This must have stung.

“We don’t accept Latinos, you are all birds of a feather…a…

View original post 956 more words

Posted in Commentary | Leave a comment

Why Don’t Black People Defend Other POC Groups?

We are all in this together.jpg

Disclaimer: this is not an academic article, but rather, a general observation based on conversations and discussions.

This topic has come up plenty of times in discussions, both in person, and on the web. Why don’t black people defend other non-white groups, such as Hispanics, MENA and Asians? There are reasons why many blacks (Afro-descended people) do not feel comfortable defending other POC groups.

They can defend themselves

Many black people believe that non-black PoCs can defend themselves. These groups should lead the way in standing up for themselves. Some of these groups, such as Asians for example, are in a much better position to challenge white supremacy than many blacks. China is an emerging superpower, and Japan is still considered a first world country. Asian Americans have a higher household income than African Americans.

Asians are generally considered well-respected professionals, i.e. doctors, lawyers, business persons.  In this regard, these groups can more than speak for themselves. Black people do not mind supporting worthy causes, such as representation, but should not be expected to take the lead. It is, also, somewhat arrogant for blacks to speak on behalf of other people, which is a common practice of whites.

Many Non-black POCs are Perceived to Hate Blacks

It is common belief among many blacks that groups such as Asians, Hispanics and MENA (Middle Eastern North African) do not like or respect blacks. Anecdotal experiences include shopping at Asian-owned businesses, such as convenience stores, ostracization of offspring who marry black partners, and general attitude. Anti-black racism among Hispanics and Latin Americans is well-documented. Asian culture is steeped in hatred of dark skin and are pro-skin whitening. Many blacks, right or wrong, believe that these groups often shun blacks in favor of whites, and actively engage in anti-black racism. To some degree, watching these groups deal with racism from whites is considered necessary. Let them experience racism from whites, because only then will they be humbled.

Many People Identified as POCs May View Themselves As White

In the last five years I have had arguments with self-identified Arabs and Persians on the web who did not see anything wrong with casting Europeans as MENA. For example: many Persians and Arabs regard the castings of Exodus: gods and kings, The Gods of Egypt, and The Prince of Persia as okay because [Arab/Persians] are white. Despite North America’s racialization of Arabs/Persians and Hispanic, many people from these groups see themselves as white. In the U.S. A.,  MENA people are legally classified as white. Over 65% of Hispanics identify as white. Sixty one percent of Puerto Ricans and 65% of Cubans say they’re white. As a result, these groups may not see empathize with brown/black people, and they may not see themselves as victims of whitewashing in cinema, even if they are being sidelined for [white] Europeans.

For example: Ridley Scott defended the casting of Exodus: gods and kings by saying:

I can’t cast Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such’

It is difficult for me as a black person to explain to an Arab, who sees herself as white, and who supports the casting of films such as Gods of Egypt, that she’s doing a disservice to Arab actors, who are relegated to portraying terrorists in western cinema.

Posted in Black people, Commentary, First Nations/Native American, People, race | Leave a comment

Proxy Whites

DISCLAIMER: This is a controversial topic. The term may cause insults to many, especially those who may fit into the “proxy” white category through no fault of their own (after all, you can’t change what you are). Realistically, the blame ultimately falls on white supremacy, and all the reasons why it’s a problem and why it should be challenged.

I remember reading a story about the end of Apartheid in South Africa, and how worried the Colored class was about potentially losing their privileges under white rule.  I am also reminded of many of Gandhi’s anti-black  letters to the white South African government, and how both are telling of the deep-rootedness of racial hierarchy as created by Whiteness/white supremacy.

White supremacy creates racial hierarchies, and too many humans feel good about having someone to look down on. In a white supremacist world, the closer you are to whites, aesthetically, the better you’ll be treated. This is true all around. Whites are narcissistic and prefer, in others, those features and traits that are similar to their own.

There are two types of proxy whites: 1) ethnic whites, and 2) mixed race peoples. An ethnic white is usually a white person (of European heritage) with dark features or accents. See: Anthony Quinn, Antonio Banderas, Taylor Lautner, Ricardo Montalban, Brenton Thwaites, etc. Make no mistake about ethnic whites–they are whites.

Ethnic whites often assume the roles of various “brown” peoples (Hispanics, MENA, First Nations people, etc.). Montalban’s most famous role was as Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek. Khan, according to Star Trek cannon, is of Northern Indian/Middle Eastern extraction. Montalban was born in Mexico to Spanish parents. Antonio Banderas has played Arab, Cuban, Mexican and Argentinian. Taylor Lautner most infamously played Native American/First Nations werewolf Jacob Black in Twilight, despite identifying as German/French descent. Most recently, Nerds of Color noted that a plethora of Latinx (Hispanics) on television are in fact of Italian descent–not at all Latinx.

The second type of Proxy whites are mixed race/multiracial people (usually of partial white-European heritage). It has been a gripe for a long time that a large number of black actors are in fact  biracial, and that white society prefers mixed race/light-featured blacks to their darker-hued counterparts. Increasingly, it is true of other groups. Many mixed race people are given roles meant for their non-mixed race counterpart. There have been accusations leveled against Keanu Reeves, Johnny Depp and Ben Kingsley for their “ethnic role grabbing” in recent years.

You may ask–why’s this a problem.

Depp, Reeves and Kingsley–regardless of their “non-white” heritage–are accepted as whites, which means they are not limited to acting roles based on race. It seems then, rather dubious, that Depp should prop up a fledgling Native American heritage to justify taking a role from a Native American actor. Ben Kingsley has repeatedly portrayed South Asians, most notably Gandhi, MENA, and other “brown” peoples throughout his career.

Proxy whites serve the purpose of playing into white narcissism; after all, their appeal to the white dominant society is that they’re part white–not too [insert race]. It won’t fathom to white people how only promoting half-black people, or blacks with light-skin and green eyes, can be anti-black. That it is a rejection of blackness as is just doesn’t dawn on them.

To a degree, proxy whites are seen as “safe” for whites to be around. Their white heritage is assurance that they aren’t too foreign. President Obama was deemed safe by whites, as long as he never reminded them  of the burden of being black in America, or made them feel guilt about racism.

 Disclaimer: Proxy whites did not make themselves so, and many may feel resentful about how they’re used in a white dominant society. Nonetheless, they should be aware of their privileges.  Here’s Zendaya Coleman on how her biracial heritage played a role in the opportunities she’s been given.

Posted in Commentary, First Nations/Native American, Media, Movies, Paula Patton, People, Pop Culture, race, whites | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The End of Hope

michelle-obama-news

Flotus, Michelle Obama, 2016

2016 was a bad year, for many reasons. Most of us are happy it’s coming to an end, and while the new year signals a fresh start, I can’t help feel dread.  Aleppo is still a big failure on the conscience of humanity. The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Flint Water Crisis are wounds with the potential to flare up again,because they haven’t properly healed. And then there’s the election of Donald Trump, a visible showcase of the ways in which white supremacy defends itself. Whiteness is now a self-sustaining beast–not unlike the Krellian Beast–and is defended not just by the whites it benefits, but by nonwhites who seek favors from it.

In the wake of America, its media, and the world’s normalization of Trump, dismissal of his racism, misogyny and lies, and the media wrestling with “false news,” as well as journalists seeking relevance in an era of information clutter, I want to look at Barack Obama’s presidency.

As President Obama’s hopes and dreams fade into the obscure, giving away to an apocalyptic nightmare, I write this last article–a bittersweet goodbye to the Obamas, and what I have called, the end of class and decency.

So, what does Barack Obama’s presidency mean in the larger context of white supremacy? Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article in The Atlantic–My President Was Black–shows in careful details, the frustration of trying to appeal to the goodness of white people. Obama’s presidency was a break in a consecutive line of 43 white male presidents. It was also not the true face of America. Instead, it was the ghost of America’s future, visiting a miserly nation steeped in racism and bitterness, and showing them an ideal–hope–a vision of America’s better future, of what it could be.

obamafamily

The Obamas circa 2008

This vision was so terrifying to white America, which saw, not a multicultural utopia filled with true equality, but the end of white supremacy, and that was enough for them to elect Trump–a know-nothing, arrogant, misogynistic and racist narcissist. A character who promised to put racial and religious minorities back in their place, and who promised to reaffirm white supremacy in its stronghold–the White House and international politics.

The Obamas were held to the standard of “respectability politics.” Their opinion muted by the office they held (not expected for whites political types), they are soon free to speak their minds. And Lady O has begun to do exactly that. In her recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michelle commented, quite pointedly, on the slap in the face of Trump’s election, calling it the end of hope.

“And Barack didn’t talk about hope because he thought it was a nice slogan to get votes. He and I and so many believe ‘what else do you have if you don’t have hope? What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?’”

That President Obama–a man raised by whites–felt he understood the souls of whites is one of the sad conundrums of his existence. He’s propped up by whites, but also despised and rejected by whites. He represented the ideal black, but perhaps also, the end of whiteness as the default of normalcy.

Coates writes that “In short, he [Obama] became a symbol of black people’s everyday, extraordinary Americanness.” 

Obama was free of  the political and personal scandals of his predecessors–the way whites preferred it; after all, it was Senate minority leader, Harry Reid who noted Obama’s absence of “black traits.” Only a handful of times had Obama showed his “political blackness”– he commented that the late Trayvon Martin could’ve been his son, and commented on Henry Louis Gates’s squabble with a police officer who arrested him in his home. Both times, his critics slammed him as ‘race-baiting” and all over the web there are forums wherein whites post that Obama is a racist or race-baiting president.

For Obama, and Michelle for that matter, they could not afford to show anything other than superficial affinity for “blacks,” lest they be accused of siding with blacks or being racist. The Obamas’ relationship with blacks was reduced to a superficial affinity to the Hip-Hop community and basketball players. Employment and other social issues, even when attempted, were simply too much for many of his critics who decried them. The hatred of Obamacare, being an example.

Obama in recent weeks have given interviews. To NPR:

Racism. We are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘nigger’ in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t overnight completely erase everything that happened 200-300 years prior.

His critics–who didn’t vote for him–likes to remind the masses that America is post-racial in the aftermath of Obama’s election, and in the face of evidence to the contrary. They fail to point out the rise of hate groups and hate crimes. It was as if Obama’s presidency gave whites permission to be openly racist. They responded against the accusation of racism by pointing out that whites voted for him twice.

The Obamas were holding back, however, as was expected–they couldn’t be honest about racism, as they existed at the behest of whites, who controlled their political future. Now that his presidency is ending, what remains of hope is the shadow of it, a mirage built on the back of white supremacy. A lie that racism in America is dead–that America is post-racial. That equality is in embedded in the system, which has purged itself of racism, when it helped to elect Barack Obama to the presidency.

Posted in Barack Obama, Black people, Commentary, Politik, President Obama, race | Tagged | Leave a comment

Jamaica’s Bleaching Problem

White supremacy is rearing its ugly head in this jewel of the Caribbean, where, despite emancipation, slavery of the more complex kind still exists.It’s white supremacy at its finest–the passed down racial hierarchy of white is right expressing itself through the nonsensical, dangerous and unattractive policy of skin-bleaching.

But who’s to blame? Sources in the video points to Vybz Kartel, a shady Dancehall artist who popularized bleaching, and who now looks like a zoned-out zombie. Others point to Michael Jackson–whose vitiligo defense is weak, and yet it all ties to white supremacy–the aspiration to whiteness, and all it entails–wealth and respect.

Everyone associates white people with success, wealth and beauty–the world does. And this is not simply a passing observation, because whites have 60% of the world’s wealth, and control the media, which depicts them as beautiful.And there are real consequences for not having white-skinned. Dark-skinned people, like poor people, are punished for their complexion–berated with all sorts of names, denied basic employment, and respect.

We’re playing in a white man’s world, and those who succeed in it are those he wants to succeed in it. White narcissists select and bestow with wealth, those who share their features. If you want fame, success and wealth, you must get close to whites–not simply physically close, but aesthetically close. The so-called blacks in the media are biracial, mixed race, mulatto types, and what message does this send to the black masses.

Rihanna was plucked from obscurity and turned into an international star, and ever since, the Caribbean has been trying to push the next Rihanna–white skinned girls who are nowhere near the aesthetic norm in their countries; no one plucks a dark-skinned girl out of obscurity and make her into an international superstar.

So, what happens when an entire populace starts bleaching its skin with damaging chemicals in an effort to find success and respect? See the short docu-series for yourself. I can’t upload because “upload” is now a paid subscription feature.

Jamaica’s Bleaching Problem

Posted in Blackness, Caribbean, Commentary, Health, race | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving 2016

The Real America.

Source: Thanksgiving 2016

Posted in Commentary | Leave a comment