This statement completely contradicts what Daniel Greenfield, in a piece he wrote for the Right Wing Conservative nut rag, Frontpage Mag, had to say about it. Greenfield, in his attempt to belittle and dismiss African Americans’ pain and suffering under the boot of Jim Crow and so-called New Jim Crow, went so far as to note: “…[I]n the topsy-turvy race world we have come to inhabit, it’s not racism when [B]lack racists do it.”
The “it” that Greenfield refers to is the “violent outbreak of anti-white racism” that started with the Ferguson unrest, and culminated in the “Black Lives Matter” hashtag, even though most of the violence that took place in Ferguson, MO was committed against Black people, not by them, and #BlackLivesMatter is a fucking hashtag, and last I checked, hashtags don’t do much of anything, other than trend on Twitter.
The “it” to which Greenfield refers also includes his White Supremacist contention that “No group that talks about ‘white supremacy’, ‘white privilege’ or ‘white spaces’ is a civil rights movement”, and that instead, the mere fact that African Americans dare to even talk about such things is “racist” and “anti-civil rights.”
The “it” to which Greenfield refers also includes the “You-know-at-some-point-he’d-pull-that out-of-the-crack-of-his-ass” response that insists that Black folks just love being stuck in perpetual victimhood, and that without our “unjustifiable” anger at white people, we’d then be forced to face the fact that our lack of sociopolitical and socioeconomic progress in this country is due to our own “laziness” and lack of ambition, as if the the four-plus centuries head start white folks have over us – as a direct result of the American slave trade – “didn’t have nothin’ to do with nothin’”, as our Elders would say.
The “it” to which Greenfield refers also includes the “new” Old Standard response of how Barack Obama’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue address somehow erases centuries of oppression, as well as erases its slimy aftereffects. Mr. Greenfield’s same “it” is one that also insists that Black folks’ use of “Black Lives Matter” is done with the specific intent of ignoring or outright denying that “All Lives Matter”, as many white folks have been quick – too damn quick, in case you haven’t noticed – to point out, as a way of trying to shed light on a hypocrisy that doesn’t exist.
A white man can pull a gun on a cop, yet be taken in – peacefully, and without so much as a scratch on him – yet a Black man armed with a sandwich and a banana is lucky if all he got was a broken jaw? Still, saying that “Black Lives Matter” is part of some racist, anti-white agenda perpetrated and perpetuated by Pres. Obama and the rest of his Ivy League degree-having cronies?
African Americans have dealt with discrimination on the federal, state, and local levels, through both the mechanism of public policy and the resulting racial-social interactions, yet saying that the playing field never has been and may never be level is – as Greenfield so “eloquently” stated – nothing more than “paranoia about the place of [B]lack people, and the intentions of white people”?
Now, keep in mind that paranoia is defined as “a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others”, according to Merriam-Webster.
While our suspiciousness of White Supremacy may be excessive (How could it not?), to say that it’s irrational, and that there’s something inherently wrong with Black people for thinking the worst of an institution that has yet to prove our suspicions and distrustfulness to be unfounded is plain foolishness.
I’d actually be pissed, if this wasn’t so completely and utterly predictable.
Of course a white man – as the primary beneficiary of White Supremacy, and all the trimmings – would fix his lips to dismiss the very existence of an institution that he’s been able to use, to his extreme benefit.
I don’t blame him for that; as self-preservation is the First Law of Nature, it only makes sense that he would say such a thing.
And though I used to get really pissed off whenever I’d read some poorly written trash like this – the dude’s writing and word choice is as juvenile as it is grammatically unsophisticated, to say the least – instead I’m trying to figure out a way for us to use the disdainful and blatantly obvious racist dismissals of African Americans’ daily reality in this country to our advantage.
Can we turn this into an app or something?
How about we launch an IPO, and put it on the Stock Exchange?
Because the truth is, the only way to make racists stop saying racist shit like this, would be if they knew we’d somehow benefit from it, which – from where I’m sitting – is about the best that can be hoped for.
Let’s get real: At this point, only a fool still believes Respectability Politics, and all that comes with it, are an effective strategy for helping us overcome our oppressive state of being.
Sure, turning White Supremacist hate speech into a cash cow that we can milk from now until the 12th of Never won’t solve our “little” (really fucking huge) race problem, but let’s the honest here: That wasn’t going to happen, anyway.
The current Balance of Power sees to this.