The most disturbing consequence of the election of the first African-American president is the delusional rush to pretend that this country that was founded (and continues to function) on genocide and slavery, is somehow “past” racism. Obviously, nothing could be further from the truth, and the fact that society as a whole still refuses to face it is – as Attorney General Eric Holder stated clearly – nothing less than cowardice. Just Google “Coons in the White House” if you need an example of just how “far” we haven’t come.
If you need another example, watch the response of the “typical white man” that is Pat Buchanan when faced with such reality. I would gladly point to another perpetrator of archaic racist fear, deflection, and denial, but MSNBC doesn’t seem to have any other representatives. The fact that Buchanan is on from 6am (Morning Joe) to 6pm (Hardball – which airs again 7-8pme), makes the perspective they wish to represent and enforce continuously and unavoidably evident.
If his tirade sounds familiar, it certainly should. It’s the same argument people like him having been using since the days of slavery to instill fear in the white populous and justify their inhuman treatment of black people. It’s the same argument that Pat Buchanan used in the Brief for Whitey he wrote when his fears of a black president began to come true:
“America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.”
“We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?”
“Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America’s fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?”
“As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?”
“Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?”
The nature of these preposterous statements exemplifies the various hurtles encountered when trying to have any kind of rational conversation about race in this country. Anyone who has boiled their perception of an entire race down to some fake statistics – undoubtedly supplied by some white power website – has rendered himself incapable of having a reality-based conversation.
Take the 3% of crimes committed by whites against blacks “statistic.” It’s almost impossible to state the absurdity of that statement. Clearly the brain-trust who made that calculation doesn’t consider the murder of two million Iraqi’s, or the genocide of 100 million Native Americans to “found” ( or take ) this country, crimes of any sort.
Clearly the mathematical genius that has determined that “black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common” thinks that occupying virtually all of the countries on the planet ( intentionally killing their leaders, teachers, doctors, and men of fighting age, poisoning their environment, stealing their resources, moving Globo-Corps slave facilities to their lands, and paying whoever is left a dollar a day to make our computers and sneakers ) is not considered theft of any kind.
Likewise, the historian that points to the opportunity presented to 600,000 ( another ridiculous number ) Africans by kidnapping them from their own lands so they could reach “the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known,” is obviously overlooking the evidence of the oldest recognizable monarchy in human history ( preceding the rise of the earliest Egyptian kings by several generations ) that was discovered in artifacts from ancient Nubia in 1979. A New York Times article published March 1st of that year chronicles the event.1,2 Artifacts mind you that were largely destroyed, in order to erase them from historical existence.
But of course, people like this are not interested in any kind of conversation that represents reality on this planet, and that is out of necessity. If they were to look at this planet in any light other than through the prism of the American flag they would have to face what this country has done ( and continues to do ), and the history it had to necessarily erase in order to remain in imperial control of this planet. If the true history were actually known, the slaves would no longer consider themselves inferior and the psychological chains that bind them to servitude would no longer exist.
So let’s talk about this country in the vacuum that they are used to then. Isn’t is just the height of white arrogance to think that after centuries of slavery and oppression that continues to this very minute, blacks should somehow “get over it” and be content to remain the underclass? Pose no disruption whatsoever to the white man’s farcical “law abiding” society?
Because, as I’m sure we can all agree, if the situation was reversed and Nubians were in control of society ( enslaving and oppressing white people, being sure to “bomb them back to the stone age” from time to time ) white people would surely submit to black rule without any resistance at all, right? If the Palestinian and Israeli situations were reversed, we would expect the Israelis to renounce violence and acknowledge Palestine’s right to exist, right?
Sure… Infinitely more likely everything would be on fire, irradiated, and almost everybody would be dead or dying. Just like it usually ends up anyway when the “white man” shows up in your land… Whether you are at war with him or not. Just ask our “allies” in Afghanistan and Pakistan for example.
And yes, in fact white society is eminently culpable for “the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America” in more ways than one can count. Perhaps Pat missed the news last week of the two judges, Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan, who pleaded guilty in Scranton, Pa., for taking more than $2.6 million in kickbacks to send poor and minority teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers – run by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western PA Child Care.3,4
Perhaps he is unaware of the news last week that Blacks and Latinos make up about 80% of the people stopped and questioned by NYPD. It would seem to me that would greatly increase the “odds” of black people going to jail as opposed to the 15% percent of whites stopped.5
Or maybe he didn’t catch the cell phone footage of 22 year old Oscar Grant being shot in the back while face-down on the subway platform (effectively executed in front of horrified passengers), leaving another one of those fatherless children they are quick to complain about having to support.6 The list of “grievances” goes on, and on, and on…
I won’t dissect the rest of the lunacy, but you get the idea. These people have to believe in utter nonsense to justify their behavior and having any kind of “conversation” about it threatens their false reality. Hence the perpetual rage in response to any hint of truth or history. Pat wants you to believe these methods are new, isolated, or unique in this country, but in reality he is calling us all blithering idiots that have no right to knowledge or freedom. He knows very well that this is modus operandi in these United States, and has been from inception. This is the discussion that cowardice prevents.
Bill Noxid – Original Posting – June 8, 2010 (The Problem with “A nation of Cowards”)
1 Nubian Monarchy Called Oldest
2 When We Ruled – About the book
3 Suit Names 2 Judges Accused in a Kickback Case
4 Judge Guilty in Kickbacks Is Accused of Fixing Suit
5 Blacks / Latinos make up about 80% stopped / questioned by NYPD
6 BART SHOOTING: Transit Police Ask For Patience
This writing is also posted on ICH: The Problem with “A Nation of Cowards”