August 23, 2009

Dopey Philly Inquirer Letter of the Week

Philly's Len Mfuasi thinks, unfortunately, what a lot of folks (in academia, mostly) do -- namely, that only whites can be racist:

Much has been written about black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s arrest by a white police officer. Can we stop the bull and the overly childlike, deferential behavior and get down to the nitty gritty?

One, there is no such thing as being philosophically or socially color-blind; it's a physical condition. Two, even if one were color-blind, the ultimate historical racial division of black and white in this country would actually be even more pronounced. Three, one need only ask white antiracist writer Tim Wise and he will make the convincing argument that the only significant racism is white racism.

All this other anti-affirmative action and reverse racism stuff is nothing but linguistic hocus-pocus intended to maintain white privilege and white supremacy, and to soften the dialogue, once again, to make white people comfortable. There is only white racism - yesterday, today, and tomorrow. If African Americans had not been a resilient, determined, and courageous people, most would be dead. And, please, no more spreading the blame by trotting out the African chiefs who sold their own people. No one could have possibly known what Africans were in store for once they reached the United States.

It makes no difference if one's ancestors never owned slaves, were discriminated against for a brief period because of their own ethnicity, or were never guilty of a single racist gesture. Once all white ethnics were welcomed into whiteness, their lives and every opportunity granted them came at the expense of African Americans.

Yeesh. Who can add to that?

Posted by Hube at August 23, 2009 04:47 PM | TrackBack

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So, when Obama said that Africa needs to stop using colonialism as a crutch, that was fair of him to say? But can it be equally fair for anyone to say that "African-Americans" need to move on from racism and slavery and actually rise above all that instead of wallowing in the mire of government-institutionalized white guilt?

Just saying that because you are accepted as a race now negates any struggle you had in the past is a logical fallacy. Also, the race card is as much a source of division and anger as racism itself. Lets just face it, there is now a double standard and that makes you automatically guilty of racism if you are white and absolves you of any prejudice if you are black. But that's justice and truth, right?

Posted by: Boguslav at August 24, 2009 04:05 AM

I know this is difficult, uh, you know, the English language. And it's a hard language to think in. That aside, prejudice and racism are not the same thing. Also, no one is asking any whites to feel guilt -- at least I've never heard anyone yell "White people, you must feel guilt!! I insist!" If you were to just read the Inky or the Daily News in the sorry city of Philadelphia, collect and compile every single article in a year's time about racism of any kind, and tabulate how many times the alleged victims were white, Asian, Hispanic or African America, you'd have your answer and you'd know it's not so easy for any damaged people to simply "move on." People oppressed historically and currently, or those who are struggling to overcome the enduring damages of oppression (something you probably cannot fathom) are not obliged to make their victimizers comfortable.

Posted by: Len Mfuasi at August 28, 2009 09:09 PM

Just keep staying oppressed, Len. While you're at it, trying reading a little history. Education can be a good thing -- if you are willing to let your insane worldview give way a bit.

Posted by: Hube at August 28, 2009 09:16 PM

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