Racist (long but you expect that by now, right?)
This is one of the most confused and confusing words in our country.
It's almost never used right.
In the olden days a racist was someone wearing a white robe and a pointy hat saying things like, "The only thing a ____ can do for me is shine my shoes!"
A racist was someone who believed white people had superior brains and that the brains of black people were the size of a walnut. A racist believed black people had tails and were more monkey than human. A racist would burn the house next door down before he'd let a black person move into it. A racist didn't want his kid to go to school with black kids. A racist didn't want to compete with black people for jobs. A racist wanted all the black people shipped back to Africa. Racists wanted all the black people gone by any means necessary.
Today the word is used as a substitute for hate, hatred or hater. "You're a racist!" is basically a way of saying, you're a (put color or race here) hater!" I guess people have learned from their religious training that it's not okay to hate. I believe the word hate is the most-feared feeling to admit one experiences. I think people can hate all they want as long as they don't vandalize property or hurt or kill people over it and they can live with the adverse affects on their bodies and social lives. So, racist = hate = pariah.
This is why certain people call certain other people racists; they want those people outcast. I don't mind being called a racist. I don't exactly come online to socialize and gather friends. It's extremely uncomfortable for me but somehow I have managed to gather a few online friends and I appreciate them.
Race = hate = pariah
I'm not afraid to say I hate someone. I've done it. I hate a member of this group with a passion. What's weird is at the same time I'd miss her if she was gone. Know why? Because she's not afraid to talk about race which gives me opportunties to talk about race. That's the only thing my haters (and I don't use the word as a means of villainizing you) get right; my favorite topic is race relations and the lack thereof. Race relations is not a bad thing to anyone who knows it needs a lot of improving in this country.
I think being called a racist is only really scary for white people. White people don't want their friends to think poorly of them. That's one of the few instances of peer pressure of which I approve. I've learned, from other black people, mind you, to be more senstive and careful using the word because being called a racist can get people fired. That's hard for me to believe. Is it really that easy to get someone deemed a racist who isn't? Is it legal to fire someone for being racist? Is it really that easy? I still find it hard to believe but I understand the word actually hurts people and I've never set out to hurt anyone in that way.
I want to say don't be afraid to be called a racist by a black person; no one ever believes us but I respect it makes people feel bad so I won't do it. I might, however, ask if a person knows a word or a statement could be considered racist.
That's not an attempt to call anyone a racist, it's more of a heads-up for people who care. I don't want you to say that in the presence of anyone, black or white, who'd go off on you.
Ever see those WWYD segments where John Quinones gets someone to say something racist or intolerant to a member of a minority group? Outrage! I feel so badly for the "racist" actors who get read up one side and down the other by indignant white people.
Some don't care for my acts of caring wherein I try to warn them not to use certain words or phrases. I accept that and the resulting insults and accusations of my being the racist.
I don't need to call anyone racist. It's usually not the right word and I have many other words. I think people don't believe me when I say I'm perfectly comfortable with the fact some people are racist. They have a right to be racist. It's America, I have to respect their equal and civil rights to be whatever they choose and to use the cross any way they choose.
The word racist is so scary even the Klan won't it. They say, "We are not racists, we just choose to love white people."
Hey, I can accept the concept of loving people who look and act like you. Everyone doesn't have to go into interracial relationships or invite Sidney Poitier to dinner.
I'm trying to recall if I've ever seen or heard any group that talks hatred of other races (yes, including NOI) say outright they are racist. They don't. Here's what you'll see on Stormfront's homepage:
"We are a community of racial realists and idealists. We are White Nationalists who support true diversity and a homeland for all peoples. Thousands of organizations promote the interests, values and heritage of non-White minorities. We promote ours. Yet we are demonized as "racists."
Stormfront is also one of those, "separate but equal" groups, all of a sudden, like the KKK decided to say it is, some years back.
I'm really not about name-calling. I've never thought of the word racist as a slur, but as a mentality or belief or state of being. If I called someone a satanist they wouldn't go all unhinged and start a name-calling battle or become defensive, they'd laugh. OR, if they were satanist they'd say, "Yeah...and?" I kind of feel a racist should be able to have the same reply. But that's just me. Maybe I should go to work for the ACLU.
A blast from the past (just for fun). This is video of a very intelligent man who believes in separate but equal. He founded Stormfront. It doesn't sound bad when you say, "separate but equal, does it? It sounds a litte worse when I say, "equal but separate." I prefer "intermingled/interracial and equal" but to each his own (literally, for these guys).
I don't expect to be suddenly understood or appreciated for my honesty and pov. I expect many people will say I do nothing but talk about black and white (as if that's a bad thing). I expect to be called a racist (it doesn't bother me). I expect people insist I answer questions that are designed to make me look bad (I'm oh, so good).
Bring it on. I will choose who to answer and who to ignore. As a loyal, true blue...uh...I mean true black American, I'll exercise my right to choose whether or not to reply to anyone and you can call me any names you want for ignoring liars and haters. The ones who come at me the most with lies, accusations and misstating, misquoting and misrepresentations of my words are the ones you can bet believe in "separate but equal" if you know what I mean.
Here's another post for you to put in your goody bag to bring back from the dead in a couple of years, Voldemort.