2019

White Man

I sometimes hear some of us “colored” people saying “White Man” with a disdainful attitude. I am as guilty as the next person of occasionally saying that. However, I, and the majority of those who say this, have white men and women who are our friends, neighbors, coworkers etc. etc. whom we love, respect and admire. What then is this all about? This is a subject about which I have written often, however, with all the brouhaha concerning “the wall,” “immigrants” and the “migrant invasions” and, with the mere mention by a black, or naturalized immigrant concerning the dismal history of our experiences with “White,” and, seeing how so many white people’s feathers get inordinately ruffled by such conversations, I think it is worth reminding ourselves why the attitude.

So, let me begin with some Wikipedia facts:

There are about 7.5 billion people in the world. White people i.e.: with significant white populations exist in the US, Russia, Brazil, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Ukraine and Argentina, making up about 850,000,000 plus human beings, which is about 11.5% of the world’s population. (My words: pretend that they are 20%, that leaves 80% non-white humans – a majority)

The term “White” was first used from the 17th. Century and on, primarily to distinguish racialized slavery and unequal social status in the European Colonies. According to Bruce David Baum, citing the work of Ruth Frankenberg: “the history of modern racist domination has been bound up with the history of how European peoples defined themselves (and sometimes other peoples) as members of a Superior White Race.

According to Irene Silverblatt: White, black, and brown are abridged, abstracted versions of: colonizer, slave and colonized.

In the British colonies in North America and the Caribbean the designation of English, and/or Christian, was initially used to contrast with Native Americans or Africans.

Colored is an ethnic descriptor historically used in the United States (predominantly during the Jim Crow era) and the United Kingdom. After the Civil Rights Movement, the usage was designated to be: People of Color, thus replacing: negroes.

All the preceding from Wikipedia brings me back to the question of what then do we mean when we say: White Man, with disdain? I believe that Congressman Steve King encapsulated the whole issue with his racist words that I had mentioned in a previous blog post (he uttered more racist comments last week). He said: “Culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” He meant non-white, or colored babies, of course! Moreover, our President did not make things any better by infamously using his “shitholes” adjective.

Historically, it was White, Christian Europeans who invaded, occupied, massacred, and usurped the entire planet including these United States. This country is a late-comer to the evil – very evil! – doings of colonialism. However, our founders, originally Europeans, and mainly British, learned the game quickly and picked up the European Superiority mantle by massacring the Native American indigenous population of this land, as well as by enslaving black people brought over on miserable slave ships from the African Continent. And, of course, we did not stop at that but continued with our version of European Colonialism throughout the planet in order to secure cheap resources for our avaricious consumption. In that process we have stopped at nothing! We orchestrated coups, we assassinated political leaders and activists, we bribed, we corrupted, we went to war, we occupied, we massacred and we threatened at the point of our guns any, and all, who opposed us. We are still doing that! And the time when we tried to convince the world that it was for the sake of “freedom and democracy” is long past!

Therefore, when we say “White Man” (it could also be White Woman) with derision, that is precisely whom we mean, and to reiterate it is: White, as in skin color with the attitude that it is Superior to Colored. Christian, as in American and British Evangelism predominantly, followed closely by extremist Catholicism, since it was the Vatican which initially tolled the bells warning that with the influx of immigrants, Europe will cease to be White, Christian and Civilized (The truth is that our civilizations were much more civilized than the rest of the world at one time, and were the basis for what became “Western Civilization”). Also, it is: Preferably English speaking, since it was that tiny fishermen’s island which became the arrogant British Empire and that spread its language, history, culture and traditions throughout most of this world. And, that would have been okay if not for the spurious methodology of diminishing and trivializing everyone else’s language, traditions, cultures, religions and skin color in the process. Get it?

So it is not a figment of our imagination when we articulate that for centuries on end, and up to the present moment, that White Man I described has been colonizing our countries and people. There are numerous – I mean, numerous! – books on this subject written by American and European historians and writers; there are conscientious journalists who write about this subject extensively; there are speeches, public debates and forums that address this issue. Whitewashing these facts and turning the blame on us, the colonized, by citing our skin color, our religions, traditions, culture and languages as being inferior is merely justification for the crime. Therefore, my nice neighbor John, or my friend Martha, or just Any White Person is not the insolent “White” colonizer. It is only those that fit the above descriptions of Holier-Than-Thou who are the culprits. Simply by noticing the disbelieving reaction of some in this nation to our newly elected “colored” members of congress, proves this. That is whom we disdain.

Is the rest of the world free of religious and every other discrimination? Do all the peoples of the planet get along with each other? Have they ever? Is it only Colonialism, the West and the United States that are guilty of arrogance, condescension, superiority and discrimination? Not at all. The people of this world have been fighting, killing, invading and discriminating against each other since Abraham, although, with few exceptions, it was mainly due to the consistent presence of Empires and Occupations throughout history which sought to “divide and rule” as a strategy. Nevertheless, in actual fact, many people are inherently racists and hate the “other.” So, in this respect, we, colored people, are not much better than the West and the United States. However, it is the various administrations of this country (Republicans and Democrats), who since entering the international stage, have been swashbuckling across the planet, and coming across as that Holier-Than-Thou nation. This perception only makes Everyone else resentful, frustrated, angry and, yes, sneering! The United States has many other options. Leading by example rather than the barrel of a gun, is just one of them.

Conclusion: No human being is better, more civilized, more worthy of life and dignity than any other. I wish, therefore, that we could all stop sneering, disrespecting and intimidating each other with our military powers and start negotiating, compromising and accepting each other in peace? Perhaps this is only a fantasy for the non-white, mostly peaceful humans of this planet? Sad!

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2018

Goodbye 2018

Well, yes, goodbye 2018! And what a year it has been! Herewith is My Own List of What’s In and What’s Out in my books:

IN: Merriam-Webster announced that JUSTICE was the top searched for word in 2018. The dictionary website said: “The concept of Justice was at the center of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice . . .” So, here is the simplest definition I found: Justice means that people behave in a way that is fair, equal and balanced for everyone. The fact that so many people have been asking and wondering about Justice is telling in itself, because it indicates that, as humanity, we feel its absence, and that is very problematic and, perhaps, the main reason why there is so much anger, frustration, inequality and strife in our world. Tragic! Could 2019 be better? For all of us, and for our planet, let’s hope so!

OUT: “Thought Police,” and Anyone who is attempting to curtail our human interactions by enforcing Their Own Speech and Behavior Codes on the rest of us. Included are the Social Media Platforms; Mainstream Medias’ so-called journalists, talking heads and hosts; Academies of all kinds; fanatical Conservatives and Progressives of all nations. This does Not mean that we are allowed to slur, smear, defame, hurt or belittle Anyone.

IN: Manners, Common Sense, Kindness, Coexistence and Balance.

OUT: Rudeness, Extremism, Radicalism, Bigots, Racists and Haters.

IN: Organic products! Good for our health and the environment.

OUT: Artificial ingredients in our foods and medications – pesticides, insecticides, additives, hormones, fillers, toxins, Monsanto and all its likenesses and derivatives.

IN: The new faces of ethnic and religious diversity that will be making up our incoming American Congress (except for their nonsensical rhetoric on immigration). Let’s hope that Bernie will stick to his principles and that the new faces will stick to their progressive ideals, as well as, urgently, sooner rather than later, firing Pelosi and Schumer! They are totally sickening!

OUT: All the phobic politicians – Left and Right – who have a passé cold war mentality that perceives enemies under every desk and chair, and an opportunity for war anywhere they can find it, as well as those politicians who are corrupt and who are passing legislation and laws that protect them, their wicked interests, lobbyists and the foreign governments that fill their off-shore bank accounts! Out!

IN: Sense of humor! Lots of that!

OUT: The Mainstream Media who have proven beyond a doubt that they are depraved, vindictive, vile and paid hacks with no Integrity, or Professional Pride whatsoever! I take exception with the following:

Christiane Amanpour, of CNN International, one of the most respectable journalists on the MSM.

Anderson Cooper’s: CNN Heroes program, which is inspiring. (Only that program, not his others).

Russian Television (RT), banned from our televisions – not from our computers. Not yet, anyway! The News with Rick Sanchez is Really Must-Watch Terrific, Lee Camp is hilarious and spot-on, Watching the Hawks is great programming! This station does real News, not Slanted Views.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, and Tucker Carlson (who is sometimes excitable, but, nevertheless, fun to watch), although they are Conservatives and I am not, and I don’t always agree with them, yet they are decent, balanced and polite journalists with no drama, or feigned indignation like all those others!

IN: The Intercept, with every one of their writers, investigative journalists and editors. First class news source and sensible analysis!

Truthdig.com, with all their journalists, writers and contributors. Terrific scrutiny on all matters!

There are also plenty of other alternative media sources to pick from.

OUT: NYT (New York Times) and WAPO (Washington Post), Time and Newsweek magazines.

IN: The many millions of American citizens whether they are black, or white, or with all the diversity of their ethnicities and religions who are decent, responsible, admirable, charitable and who, at the end of the day, make the correct gut choices. I think the same goes for most citizens of our world who are rising above divisiveness and hate and calling for fairness, coexistence and peace. May they continue to assert themselves over superficiality, trivia and the brain-washing from the MSM.

OUT: People who do not answer their emails! I don’t care how busy one is, all of us can acknowledge an email with a one-liner, or an array of emojis to suit any response. However, disregarding any person’s email is rude!

IN: Sensible Education for our kids and grandkids. Diane Ravitch, a respected historian of education said: Boycott Standardized Tests, they do nothing for kids but make testing companies rich. Opt out! Amen! Amen! Our kids and grandkids (in my case) are getting Nothing (Zero, Zilch!) out of their education, because no institution has managed catch up to the requirements of the 21st. Century! What will it take?

Lastly, I have a Fantasy to share. Background: Surfing between the various television channels I see all these women with bare arms (thanks a lot, Michelle Obama!), tight-fitting dresses that show off every contour of their bodies (some of them showing off cleavage, too. Incidentally, have they all had boob jobs, I wonder? It sure looks that way!) and short, short outfits so that sitting down with the cameras aimed at them, viewers can see their legs way up to mid-thigh! Is that really acceptable in these crazy days? Actually, I’d love to tell these women what Judge Judy (love that woman!) told one of the litigants: “I am not going to ask you to leave. But, the next time you come into my courtroom, dress more appropriately. You are not going to a beach party.” I’d like to say that to some of the women on my television screen! So, here’s my fantasy suggestion (if it can be done for just one week, people? Please?):

Women dressed in garments with short, or long sleeves; no contour-hugging outfits; length of clothes should be knee, or just above the knee, so that sitting down viewers are not exposed to their mid-thighs. As for the men on those same shows: sleeveless, body-hugging T-shirts; scooped neck to show off some of their chest hairs; tight shorts to show off their butts and hairy legs, and open-toed sandals on their salon pedicured feet!

The mere idea of this image in my fantasies is so incredibly amusing! After all, “what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander,” no? I mean, we women demand equality on all levels, right? Why not on the damn dress code? These poor guys coming in to the studios with their stiff collars and ties, suits, socks and proper shoes while the women are lolling about half-naked! Where’s the equality, people?

Stay Sane & Have a Terrific New Year!