Calling Bullshit

Calling bullshit on All Lives Matter is very difficult because those who need that want to ignore inequality in society. 
Cognitive dissonance, white privilege and ignorance is a hellacious cocktail. 
Fundamentally, those who spout All Lives Matter in response to demands for change, is a plea to maintain the status quo. Whatever else they fear the loss of whatever unfair advantage they enjoy. 

A level playing field doesn’t help everyone or so they think. 

Just as the Blue Lives Matter advocates demand the right to engage in police brutality in the same breath that they demonize those who call for the end of police brutality.  

Who in their right mind opposes a movement that demands justice and an end to murder? How is that a hate group? What type of person supports murder?

My humanity is not yours to control: My thoughts on #ShiningALight

 

My thoughts on #ShiningALight

So I finally watched all three hours of Shining A Light concert and town hall meeting.shiningalight2

The mission statement of the initiative reads

A+E Networks, iHeartMedia and United Way have joined forces to launch Shining a Light, a multi-platform initiative designed to promote real progress on race in America, following the Emanuel AME Church tragedy and inspired by the reaction of the family members and Charleston community. The  program is designed to inspire others to go beyond short-lived, symbolic gestures and to explore the uncomfortable truth about the racial inequity and bias in our country and to help individuals and organizations that are working to make progress on issues of race.

I read through the viewing party guide, the start a conversation guide and several of the links. I went through the study guide for educators.

 

And I took a couple of hours to think about the concert, fundraiser and townhall meeting.

 

So, a lot if not most of what makes this project worthwhile are in print and on line.  Many of the interview segments were awkward and offered little new information to the viewer or the participants.

That said I fully encourage you to thoroughly investigate the website, http://www.unitedway.org/shining-a-light .

 

I watched most of the white participants offer qualified apologies, requests for patience and demand sympathy and support for their position.

I saw many Black participants discuss the matter from a colonized mind that could not demand for itself what it would offer others.

The white participants took the forgiveness and anguish of the Black Participants for granted. And requested more of the same without offering anything in return.

 

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that relations between peoples mirror those between individuals.

As an individual, when wronged, mistreated, disrespected, marginalized, maimed, murdered… etc., I am looking for a full acknowledgement of what was done to me and an unqualified apology. If there is an explanation of why I was you victim, great. But no excuses.

And then I fully expect the wrong doer to make amends. To evidence his emotional state of being sorry.

Anything less than that is useless.

And then the wrongdoer is to commit to and actually never commit the harm to me again.

Whites in America are very comfortable with the notion that black people have to earn full humanity and citizenship. And upon the completion of the Herculean effort, by Black people, white people will pronounce us human and citizens.

If you don’t already see my full humanity and acknowledge my full citizenship that we don’t even need to talk.  There is nothing I can do to change your mind.  My humanity is not yours to give. It never has been.

White people as the keepers of power have the ability to end racism today.

And my question is, why don’t you?shiningalight3

this is how RACE Works, Mr. Diggs

Dear Taye, (may I call you TAYE?)

Race is a social construct.

It has political and historical context and real world, political and legal  implications.

Race is determined by how society and its members perceive you.

These arbitrary and completely subjective perceptions determine how people interact with you.

You control how you respond to these interactions.WIN_20150127_172443

in light of your ‘announcement’ it appears that on your planet, people can choose how they are perceived and treated.

 

(this has been tried before, see Respectability Politics)

I am going to test this theory today.. I am announcing that my family is now white.

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I would like my privilege delivered immediately. I don’t need the fragility, as I grew up Black, and well, don’t need that shit. IMG_7838

And this is why people freak when called on racism.

And this is why people freak when called on racism.

I am a good person
racists are bad people
I am not a racist

because

IF you believe that the playing field is level and/ or
that God is just and merciful

THEN oppressed people in some way deserve being oppressed.

THEN you are not a bad person for oppressing these people
you certainly aren’t a bad person from benefiting from the oppression of these people by others.
and

THEN you are still a good person when you silently ignore the needs and pleas of the oppressed.
DeeDixon

here is the disconnect and the myth of the level playing field

so here is the disconnect

if you believe that the playing field is level
that God is just and merciful

then oppressed people in some way deserve being oppressed.

you are not a bad person for oppressing these people
you certainly arent a bad person from benefiting from the oppression of these people by others.

and you are still a good person when you silently ignore the needs and pleas of the oppressed

Black in america – the struggle continues.

white privilege allows

fragile white people to ignore that

white supremacy denies the

humanity and citizenship of

Black People and kills us.

it allows white people to ignore

structural and systemic racism and its generational effects.

it is the ignorant and arrogant energy behind “all lives matter”

behind justifying death for a toy gun or knowing your rights.

behind  the humanity and humane treatment of white male mass murderers, domestic terrorists.

to treat Black children like adults.

to consume their own souls denying Black Humanity.

to destroy themselves attempting to destroy Black Livesblack power salute

protect fragile white tears -NOT!!!

white privilege allows fragile white people to ignore that white supremacy denies the humanity and citizenship of Black People and kills us.

it allows white people to ignore structural and systemic racism and its generational effects.

it is the ignorant and arrogant energy behind “all lives matter”

behind justifying death for a toy gun or knowing your rights.

behind  the humanity and humane treatment of white male mass murderers domestic terrorists