Black People : Secrets of White Supremacy Culture

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  1. OldSoul

    OldSoul Permanent Black Man PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The following is from the Challenging White Supremacy Workshop, a group of 'whites', who work within their own community to fight racism/white supremacy. The information in 'The Culture of White Supremacy' may be of help for those who have to work for, around and with 'white' people.


    The term white as applied to people was first used by slave-owning colonialists in 17th century Maryland and Virginia to describe poor indentured servants who came from Europe. Originally, these servants had been called “Englishmen,” “Irishmen” or “Christians,” but the colonial ruling class began to use the term “white” to distinguish European servants from African ones, who were often called “Negro,” which means “black” in Spanish.
    The Virginia legislature made the term “white” a legal distinction in 1691, after a series of joint rebellions by European and African servants, culminating in Bacon’s Rebellion of 1676, nearly brought down the colonial ruling powers. (Information provided by People’s Institute.) In the slave codes of 1705, especially in the “Act concerning servants and slaves,”colonial rulers gave poor ‘whites’ certain legislated privileges, such as a small plot of land or “freedom dues” (wages) after completion of their term of servitude; the right to sue their masters in court; and exemption from public whipping for punishment! At the same time, the legislature wrote the laws which provided the institutionalized foundations for chattel slavery for Africans.
    From that time on, throughout U.S. history, to be “white” has meant to have access to certain forms of preferential treatment, and exemption from racial oppression, solely on the basis of European ancestry and (allegedly) “white” skin. Thus, the concepts of “white people” and “white privilege” share the same historical and institutional roots. And both terms are artificial, historical constructions to serve political purposes: creating separations among oppressed peoples on the basis of skin color and ancestral origin so that they would not unite against a common oppressor...
    1. White culture perpetuates the ideology that people of color are morally and mentally inferior to white people. Throughout the history of the United States, white culture has characterized people of color as ‘‘savage, ‘‘ignorant,’’ ‘‘depraved,’’ ‘‘bestial,’’ “lazy,” “dirty,” “illegal” and “criminal.”
    This ideology continues unabated today. For example, white students and white workers assume that the only reason a person of color gets into college or into a good job is because of affirmative action: that is, the people of color could not have competed with the white person were the playing field “level.” In these examples, the white people cannot imagine that the people of color might be equally or more qualified than the whites for the positions they achieved...
    3. By defining reality as white, and convincing peoples of color that white reality is their reality, white culture actively promotes internalized racism and inter-racial tensions among peoples of color.
    Internalized racism disempowers a person and a people. Inter-racial hostility prevents different peoples of color from uniting for their common purposes and against their common oppressors.
    In this way, white culture expresses a successful white ruling class strategy of “divide and conquer.” Imprisoning a person’s mind is more thorough and long-lasting than imprisoning her body...Click here for more
     
  2. Aqil

    Aqil Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Great thread, oldsoul...you are a :teach: by nature...thanks for posting this valuable information...
     
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    well, this is interesting. Thank you for posting this.
     
  4. afrknroots

    afrknroots Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    that's an excellent site to find out what they think of themselves!
    thanks for the info, oldsoul.
    check out the book mentioned on that site, "An African-centered critique of European cultural thought and behavior" by Marimba Ani.
     
  5. Omowale Jabali

    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for bringing this to attention.
     
  6. Josh Wickett

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    Ah,

    thats all fine and well,

    but what are these white people suggesting non white people DO

    do


    DO


    do


    to replace white supremacy with justice?


    What are they suggesting white people DO?

    and

    what are they suggesting nonwhite people DO?

    To replace white supremacy with justice?





    Josh
     
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    MY position is fixed.

    From even before the days that I can remember as a CHILD, MY Elders have set the Boundaries--and of the Walls of 'Black Destiny' within ME, realizing that the necessities of focused continuity upon the fraile conditions of OUR People, would need to be carried over by these hissstorical facts, to MY Seed and Theirs---would prove to be the only issuance of geniune and permanent remedy----in the end.

    White folk have indeed caused the 'problem,' however just as 'letting the cat, out of the proverbial bag,' white folks IN NO WAY retain the capacity to 'fix it.'

    (No matter how 'supreme' he may have thought that he was.)

    To solicit the imput or views of white folk ON ANY LEVEL, would be like asking a psychopath to perform YOUR surgery----foolish.



    ROARIN.........
     
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    the white man is the problem, the black man is the solution......
     
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    Originally posted by OldSoul
    I would suggest a subtle but necessary delineation, that white people don't assume, they know a black man or woman would not be at their school or in their employment place if not for affirmative action. They are telling you that if not compelled to do so, they would never give a black man or woman qualified or not any opportunity what so ever. For them Affirmative Action is a handcuff!
    Peace!
    T.S.C.
     
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