Seriously, last week, a tweet I made went viral on Twitter and the comments that followed from whites on Twitter made me feel as though I needed to contact Louis Farrakhan to send the NOI for back-up.
Some of the comments that were made from these covert “nice -white racists in real life but they don’t make you think so because they just love to smile at Black people” had me thinking about how Black people are reduced to stereotypes even when outwardly we don’t fit the tag. Many of these people automatically became condescending, telling me to ‘stop blaming society and work harder’ or ‘get off welfare’ and my personal favorites: making erroneous comments about hair weave or how Black men seem to desire white women more. White men were the most verbal, but the females weren’t far behind. Someone said, ‘oh, listen to them talk trying us their “little dictionary’. I responded, I guess I was overachieving every time I used my Thesaurus.
It was truly an experience to witness such arrogance on display from so called “nice white people” who tried to imprison me with their ignorance of who I am in real life. Looking at the avatars, it became clear how covert racism really is. Many of these white people would never-ever be considered to be racist. Their smiles were their smokescreens.
I guess I should define what Niggerize actually means:
In the book Systemic Racism I develop the concept of a white racial frame holistically and comprehensively. Since its development in the 17th century, this racial frame has been a “master frame,” a dominant framing that provides a generic meaning system for the racialized society that became the United States. The white racial frame provides the vantage point from which European American oppressors have long viewed North American society.
In this racial framing, whites have combined racial stereotypes (the cognitive aspect), metaphors and interpretive concepts (the deeper cognitive aspect), images (the visual aspect), emotions (feelings), and inclinations to discriminatory action. This frame buttresses, and grows out of the material reality of racial oppression. The complex of racial hierarchy, material oppression, and the rationalizing white racial frame constitute what I term systemic racism. This white racial frame includes much more than the usual concepts we use in the study of racial matters, such as stereotyping and prejudice or discrimination.