Your weekly sampling of stories reflecting the very reason national anthem protests against racism are wholly appropriate and justifiable
o This Georgetown Law study is symptomatic of the racism often directed towards Black girls who are routinely, violently, and unaccountably manhandled by white authority figures despite their status as teenage girls. In a summary of the study, the report’s lead author noted that “adults see black girls as less innocent and less in need of protection as white girls of the same age.” The findings were true for Black girls as young as age 5. Seriously. Unbelievable.
o Apparently, there is no institution in the United States where Blacks are not subjected to disparate treatment due to whites’ racial sociopathology. This tendency for Blacks to be charged higher prices for goods is a recurring one. One finding of the study was that Blacks were less likely than whites to be referred to a neurologist. I suspect that this is related to the same notion that causes medical professionals not to provide Black patients with the requisite pain medication—this incredibly nonsensical belief that Blacks are superhuman and thus do not need the same medication and medical care as other human beings, particularly white human beings.
This is similar to the sentiment noted in the study discussed immediately above regarding our Black baby girls–specifically that they too do not need the same level of protection and care as their white counterparts. Note the pattern here, to say nothing of the irony. Whites use our ability to survive, persevere, and continually fight for our liberation in spite of their well-documented, four centuries long and counting reign of comprehensive and sustained discriminatory treatment, against us. They conclude that, since we have been able to make it through this crucible, surely we do not need the same care, protection, and medical care that they do. This is really an incredible and almost diabolical mentality that study after study bear out.
o Racist white high school students make an actual kill list comprised of some of their fellow African-American schoolmates. This is why the narrative that time is necessarily accompanied by progress, such that we simply have to wait for older whites to die to see a significant reduction in racism, is such nonsense. These teenage and college age white Americans demonstrate time and again that they are every bit as racist as their foreparents.
o Racists desecrate a historical marker dedicated to Emmett Till, the young Black teenager murdered in 1955 by two white men who, after being acquitted by an all-white jury, later confessed. Further, in February of this year, Carolyn Bryant (now Carolyn Donham), admitted that she’d lied about Till “insulting” or “whistling at” her, the purported catalyst for Till’s murder (aside from the obvious, core cause, which is racial sociopathology). I mean, look at this nonsense.
o This reminds me of my favorite quote from Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 letter from a Birmingham Jail, which is as follows:
“First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate. . . . Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” (emphasis added).
As an aside, one of the parents’ racist emails includes the bizarre and frequent tendency of white people to reflexively and paternalistically invoke Martin Luther the King, as if he’s the Father of Black People™ whom they would tell on us were he alive. Like????? Do we say to them “honestly, what would John F. Kennedy think of what you’re doing rn???” And they only do this with Black people. The megalomania is really quite fascinating.
Enough is Enough: Featured Article
“Sacrificing Black Lives for the American Lie” (June 24, 2017)
This is an excellent piece by Ibram X. Kendi which addresses white Americans’ intense connection and identification with the fantasy of America exceptionalism and status as the world’s bastion of equality and justice. This point is also directly related to the histrionic and apoplectic reaction by whites to the national anthem protests since the protests are an overt challenge to the hypocrisy of America’s founding ideals of liberty and justice for all. The belief in the authenticity of these ideals, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, also serves as a key pillar to the national and global superiority complex regularly exhibited by white Americans.
(Photo: “The US Civil Rights Movement” by U.S. Embassy the Hague, Flickr)