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Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Notable Blacks who have furthered the myth of White supremacy,
both  unconsciously and consciously

 

Unconsciously

Perhaps unwittingly is a more accurate word for this group of Blacks.  They are skilled and accomplished.  It cannot be denied that their influence on American society has been, for the most part, positive.  They have acted with the best of intentions.  Yet, remember the adage, "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions".

Phillis Wheatley was born  in Senegal in 1753 and at the age of 7 or 8 she was sold into slavery to the Wheatley family.  She was raised in Boston and the family taught her to read and write.  Once they recognized her talent, they encouraged her writing of poetry.  Ms. Wheatley became the first Black woman and the second woman to be published in the American colonies.  Phillis Wheatley seldom wrote about slavery.  When she did write about slavery, White supremacists  used the writing as propaganda to justify the practice.

Ms. Wheatley wrote a poem entitled, "On Being Brought From Africa to America".  In this poem she rejoiced at being brought from Pagan Africa to the Christian land of America.  Implicit in this poem is the concept that, it is better to be a slave in America than to live free in Africa.  Ignoring the reality that the concept of Christianity originated in Africa, (another story for another time),  the religion has been used as a tool by White supremacists to exploit other peoples.  Not only were the African slaves spared a lifetime on a God-less continent, they were also persuaded to endure indignities on Earth and delay their reward until they went to Heaven.

Booker T. Washington was the founder of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute.  This institute was founded to educate teachers and instructors to educate the recently freed Negroes farming and other vocational and trade skills.  Mr. Washington was the most dominant Negro of his time. Beginning with Tuskegee, its students and extending to all the ex slaves, he strove to instill self sufficiency in all Negroes.  Indeed, Black nationalist Marcus Garvey looked upon Tuskegee as a model for Black self sufficiency.  However, Booker T. Washington was definitely not a Black nationalist.

Mr. Washington thought that the Negroes should cooperate with and accommodate the greater White society.  He was content with the Jim Crow restrictions being imposed on Blacks.  He believed that America could be one, as a hand, with distinctive and separate fingers.  Mr. Washington was a proponent of apartheid even before the term was developed.  Blacks who sought true equality and implementation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution vigorously opposed Booker T. Washington.

W.E.B. DuBois, the co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was one such opponent.  He did not seek to be subservient as did Booker T. Washington, nor was he a Black nationalist as was Marcus Garvey.  Mr. DuBois sought integration of Blacks into the larger society, with equal rights for all.  Blacks were at the bottom of the socio-economic barrel in 1954 when the U.S. Supreme Court proclaimed integration to be the law of the land (Brown v. Board of Education).  Today, 56 years later, Blacks are at the bottom of the socio-economic barrel.  The only conclusion to be arrived at is that integration has not brought equality to American Blacks.

Integration was a business decision for White society.  Just as slavery was ended based on an economic model, (hired labor more economically feasible than slave labor), so too was integration allowed based on economics.  Segregation induced Black business and Black commerce while integration reduced Blacks to little more than consumers.  The Montgomery bus boycott, sparked by NAACP activist, Rosa Parks, only succeeded because it denied Black nickels and dimes to the Montgomery transit company.  Despite the nobility of its aspirations, integration has played a role in keeping American Blacks in a subservient position.

 

Consciously

 

It is distasteful to even have Blacks who consciously further the myth of White supremacy in the same article with Blacks who tried to uplift their race. These people are the " Uncle Toms".  They are who Malcolm X would call "House Niggers".  They are who younger Blacks refer to as "Gatekeepers".  The three mentioned here are all members of the Republican party and proclaim themselves to be conservative.

Clarence Thomas is easily the most politically powerful of the three.  As a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court he is one of the most powerful individuals in the nation.  He was nominated to the Supreme Court by President George H.W. Bush  and never wavered in voting on cases strictly following the Republican / conservative line.  Justice Thomas has proven to be a proponent of states' rights and has shown particular disdain towards the rights of the minorities and women (abortion rights).  He once remarked that, "as far as criminals are concerned, there is no such thing as cruel and unusual punishment".  Recent 5 - 4 Supreme Court decisions illustrate just how much of a difference a single justice can make.

Clarence Thomas has preached to all who would listen, that America is now a post racial society.  Minorities need no special protection from the courts as racism is no longer an issue.  However, when he was undergoing his confirmation hearing, he was asked about a sexual harassment charge brought against him by Anita Hill.  The first thing out of Justice Thomas' mouth was, "this is a high tech lynching"!

Ward Connerly was only on the national scene for a short time but he mounted a full assault on affirmative action.  He was appointed to the California board of regents in 1993.  He used this position to become chairman and poster boy for the California Civil Rights Initiative Campaign.  He successfully rammed through Proposition 209 which forbade any consideration for admission to college based on race, sex, or ethnicity.  In 1997 he formed the American Civil Rights Institute and tried to get similar legislation passed around the nation.  Because Dr. Martin Luther King said in a speech that he hoped his children would be judged, not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, Mr. Connerly deduced that Dr. King would be against affirmative action.  He had no hesitations about using this incredible stretch of his imagination in his anti affirmative action arguments. 

Even though he was against preferential admissions due to race, sex, or ethnicity, he had no problem with preferential admission due to legacy.  Applicants could get preferential admission if their parent or grandparent had attended the particular college.  So if one came from a privileged background, preferences were  allowed.  However, if one came from a background in which he was downtrodden and discriminated against, there must be no preferential admissions.

Allen West is a Republican U.S. Representative from the state of Florida.  He spent 20 years in the U.S. Army.  His military career seems rather unremarkable.  There was an incident in Iraq in which an Iraqi was beaten and treated contrary to International Law.  LTC West was initially charged with 2 violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  These charges were later reduced to an Article 15 hearing.  This is tantamount to having felony charges reduced to a misdemeanor. Typical U.S. Army, no publicity, no justice.

What brings Representative West into this article is his extraordinary rant in a CNN interview during Black history month.  He went on and on about not wanting to be associated with being Black. After denigrating Blacks, in the strongest terms, he proclaimed himself to be White with dark skin.  It is truly disturbing that someone with such an obvious separation from reality can be a current member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  At the very least, Congress should censure  Representative West and demand that he receive a mental examination.

 

Random Thoughts

I received a phone call from my girl friend and she greeted me with the dreaded words, "we have to talk".

"Talk?', I said, apprehensively.

She replied, "guys always think it is something bad if you say we have to talk".

My spirits lifted and I rushed to her apartment.

She broke up with me.


Just asking.....
What would have happened if Allen West's tirade had been directed at the

Jewish rather than the Blacks ?


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