Would you invite a Klu Klux Klan member to your house for coffee? Frankly, you’d think that many of us do, given our awkward responses to white people who say or do racists things, but some Black people would blow it off, smile, and have the attitude of ambivalence, rather than activism to confront the daily psychic violence many of us have to endure.
Currently, I’m in discussions in several places regarding the current state of media and opinion and honestly, I really do feel that there is a direct assault on our people by racists in various parts of the media.
Remember, global white supremacy is real. It’s not an apparition. There really are white people who hate Black people and want to destroy us “By Any Means Necessary.” The latter words of this sentence were first uttered by the late Malcolm X and have taken on a life of their own over time. We are under constant scrutiny by our enemy and psychological warfare is being directed at us daily.
My concern is how we respond.
Typically, our parents have raised us not to “raise hell” on the job–it’s your sustenance. You have to pay the rent, bottom line. People are going to talk–hurt feelings is not enough to risk being unemployed, forget what people say, and just keep your eyes ion the prize and handle your business. Hey! They talked about Jesus Christ too. Suck it up. Right? So, what do many of us do, we smile, when back-handed insults are directed at us. I’ve seen it up close and personal, even on the job. I’ll never forget the times when I was asked by a white girl, “Do all Black People Know Each Other?” And another more recently, dared make a statement that her biracial child, didn’t like dark-skinned Black people. White Privilege allows white people to be racist, then play dumb, when they willfully know the intent of their behavior.
And yet, we smile. Then pray for our enemies. Lifting up their names to Jesus, but forgetting, that even in the Bible, God said, if we follow him, “Or enemies, would become his.” Don’t many of us love to go to church, that means, the creator is waiting for us, to do what needs to be done.
Hatred was not invented by white men but has been used as a weapon by them more than most groups on this planet.
A while back, some white meme got into a confrontation with someone on the definition of niggard, meaning miserly or stingy. However, arrogantly dismissing their initial comment: “I’m not racist. I have many black friends. But I hate niggers.” Then furthering with: “there is a difference between a black person and a nigger. Thugs are niggers.” Really? As a the difference between a white intellectual vs a Redneck?
The audacity that some white people have to tell us what to think, how to act or react, yet, completely dismiss their own offensive behavior, is beyond enraging. Just like why they shoot innocent Black people, then try to justify with: “They felt threatened.”
I’m sorry, but I’m not in the mood to be civil these days. My eyes are wide open and I know what I see.
Damn being friendly to those who hate you–I say, it’s high time for Black people to stop being polite and GET REAL with these people.
Become the Negro they fear; and I promise you, they will back off.