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So, It's Not A Race Thing, Huh? Well What Is It Then?

Saturday, December 06, 2014Mustafaa Abdul Muhammad

In incidents where Race clearly played a role(Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Etc.) WHY do some white people go out of their way to convince us "it's not a race thing" while they march and protest along side of us?

First, I personally feel this is a insult to downplay the REALity under which we live. Secondly, when was the last time you lived BLACK in a world of WHITE SUPREMACY that qualifies you as an expert? You may be an exception to the rule, with your actions, but the rule of white supremacy is still in place. 

It has become standard routine for either the whites, blacks or both to make the statement: "It's not a black or white thing", which doesn't help our cause since we are not even able to accept the truth of the problem. It is a race thing, but who will be courageous enough to say it? Black people are too fearful to say it in front of whites, because they don't want to offend and white people are too fearful to say it, because they don't want to have a guilt trip. 

Well meaning whites who protest: your reward is with God if you are sincere. However, please do not use your benevolence to try to say that racism is not the leading role in these incidents. Your protest is appreciated, but your paternalistic attitude where you think you can interpret another person's reality is not. 

This is part of the "white supremacy" attitude and mentality wherein you want to force your viewpoint on others and not acknowledge, respect or consider our perspective. 

France's Lee Ansley, a Caucasian woman and legal expert, gives the following definition to white supremacy, 

"By "white supremacy" I do not mean to allude only to the self-conscious racism of white supremacist hate groups. I refer instead to a political, economic and cultural system in which whites overwhelmingly control power and material resources, conscious and unconscious ideas of white superiority and entitlement are widespread, and relations of white dominance and non-white subordination are daily reenacted across a broad array of institutions and social settings."

We can't go forward until we face the root of the problem. That goes for both blacks and whites.


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