White People, Stop Talking About Slavery

You're not any good at it.  That's why you keep ending up with moments like this:


and this:
In Iowa, there’s a social conservative pledge called “The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family” that is anti-abortion, anti-same sex marriage, anti-divorce etc etc that GOP candidates are being urged to sign. It’s got some pretty rigid-sounding stuff, but there’s also this extra-special piece:

Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.

Given that families were broken up regularly for sales during slavery and that rape by masters was pretty common, this could not be more offensive. I mean, putting aside the statistics on this, which are likely off-base, I could not be more angry. When will Republicans inquire with actual Black people whether or not we’re ok with invoking slavery to score cheap political points? It has to stop. It is the opposite of persuasive and is another reason Republicans repel us. It’s hard to believe that Michele Bachmann would be foolish enough to sigh this pledge.

~ Jill Tubman from Jack & Jill Politics
First of all, I don't really care about Michele Bachmann. That's why I don't burst a blood vessel whenever she gets on TV and does her really bad Sarah Palin impression.

White folks, you don't know dick about slavery.  Stop bringing it up; that's for POC to do.  You just can't get it right, for reasons I have no problem stating: You're all deeply uncomfortable with the fact your ancestors were not mentally ill or morally ignorant when they killed off the Native Americans and enslaved many Africans.  They knew better; they simply chose to ignore their conscience and wrote laws to defend that choice.  They enjoyed and took pride in the subjugation of others.  They beat, raped, and murdered other human beings, and they did so with pleasure.  America literally had to go war with itself to end slavery, and even when the laws were passed, the abuse towards POC in this country didn't end, not even now.  That's why you all claim to be Irish or Italian or Pretendian, or some super-innocent combo of all three.  You don't want to think about what really lives in your blood.

You don't want to face the fact that simply passing laws didn't magically change the white American attitude towards POC; you didn't become enlightened overnight because some politician signed a piece of paper.  You don't want to think about how the more rights and equality POC gained in this country, the more you retreated to all-white towns.  In fact, so many of you crawled so far away that even in the 21st Century, some of are you are grown-ups meeting POC for the very first time.

You don't know your history because you don't want to know it.  That's one inconvenient/unfortunate truth you simply refuse to even attempt handling.  And the biggest irony is that you won't even live long enough to repeat it.  You've amassed quite a few enemies across this fair globe of ours, and unlike you...they know you.  The first rule of war is to know the enemy, and white American ignorance is perhaps unparalleled on this planet.  All you know are the self-serving fictions you've created to comfort yourselves as the world continues to progress and change *gasp* without your permission.  You don't know yourselves, much less other people.  But they know you. 

So I'm not worried.  While Shelly B gets reamed for her latest bout of BS, I'm going to focus on the Benjamin Gerard Hawkins sitch.  He's my new personal hero, and I don't think he should serve a single damn day in prison.

Ankhesenologists, back to you.

Comments

  1. Can I punch Michelle Bachmann, or would that be in bad taste?

    Wow. Just...wow. Anything I say would just be repeating your comments on the subject, but *damn*, these people are offensive.

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  2. As the saying goes " If you don't have anything nice to say about a person, don't say anything at all".Michelle should have been censored for talking such garbage.

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  3. See I blame Obama for all this shit.

    He knew damn well stepping foot in the Oval Office was gonna result in white folks losing their gawd damn minds....more than usual.

    But nah, brother wanna step up and try to be an excellent president and lead this country.

    Now look at how these Republicans acting. They're not even trying to be discreet about this shit.

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  4. Republicans need very little (if any) of the African American vote to seize power. This racist harlot (and others like her) simply appeals to her base. For every POC the pledge offends it attracts thrice as many whites to the booth. Republicans gave up courting the African American vote a long time ago. So expect to see more conservative fails as whites glean more treasures from a revisionist past. They'll do what they must and they’ll say what they must. Propaganda becomes the means to an end; for their goal is power. It’s an aphrodisiac and a strong allure.

    ”You don't know your history because you don't want to know it. That's one inconvenient/unfortunate truth you simply refuse to even attempt handling.”

    Very well said…
    White people participate in Civil War Reenactments to preserve their unique version of the past. Revisionist vehicles like The Outlaw Josey Wales took place during the Civil War’s apex- yet you’d be hard-pressed to find one black face in that entire flicker show. Whites evoke all things dear without ever having to make mention of that peculiar institution. Such escapists split the South’s narrative right down the middle; conjuring tranquil remnants of the antebellum south. Stately mansions framed by endless rows of live oak, dressed in Spanish moss; while southern bells decked in hoop skirts entertain esteemed guests.

    Whites play dress-up in select hideaways scattered throughout the south to indulge their, as one writer puts it: ”Confederate fetishes”. So frequent are these immoderations, they’re unable to recall with any amount of clarity, the affliction that was slavery.

    With regards to either party:
    “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. George Orwell's 1984

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  5. @ M. Gibson

    I think you nailed it. I think the term "slavery" is cropping up more and more frequently from white mouths in response to their fear and resentment of POC, both here and abroad. Our numbers are growing, our anger is not diminishing, and the recession isn't ending. So the GOP is exploiting white fear and anxiety to broaden its base and convince these white folks to continue voting against their best interests.

    And white Americans wonder why they command no respect.

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  6. And whattaya know...here comes the bullshit apology:

    “After careful deliberation and wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect, we agree that the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued, and such misconstruction can detract from the core message of the Marriage Vow: that ALL of us must work to strengthen and support families and marriages between one woman and one man," the group's officials said in a statement. "We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow.”

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    A Bachmann spokeswoman said earlier Saturday that reports the congresswoman had signed a vow that contained the slavery language was wrong, noting it was not in the "vow" portion.

    "She signed the 'candidate vow,'" campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart said, and distanced Bachmann from the preamble language, saying, "In no uncertain terms, Congresswoman Bachmann believes that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible."

    It wasn't clear whether Bachmann had read the "slavery" language in the preamble, but Stewart later added Bachmann "stands behind the candidate vow - which makes absolutely no reference to slavery."

    The issue was gaining steam, with a Fox News headline suggesting the congresswoman was "standing by" a pledge that had an opening statement suggesting black families were in better shape during slavery.

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    "We came up with the pledge and so we had no idea that people would misconstrue that," she said. "It was not meant to be racist or anything. it was just a fact that back in the days of slavery there was usually a husband and a wife...we were not saying at all that things are better for African-American children in slavery days than today."

    She said she was "not at liberty to say" whether they'd heard from any of the campaigns to complain about the language. But she said that among the people the group had heard from was an African-American pastor, who opposed it.


    Well, now. All better. *rolls eyes*

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  7. Excellent post! I saw that garbage from that idiot yesterday and just really felt as if what she was saying is actually how so many of them have been behaving for so long that I wasn't surprised.

    Their comfort level with the true history of America is certifiably ridiculous after all these years. They bathe in ignorance everyday in the hopes that it will somehow take them back to the time that Grand Dragon Granpappy spoke so fondly of in stories at bedtime.

    I have no patience left at all for them and their choice to spew this mess. The white supremacist believers will get their just due. NO person of color is ever going back willingly to that BS nostalgic life that any of these diseased brained cowards hold so dear!

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  8. Ankhesen Mié said...
    Our numbers are growing, our anger is not diminishing, and the recession isn't ending. So the GOP is exploiting white fear and anxiety to broaden its base and convince these white folks to continue voting against their best interests.

    Quite correct- and it’s been accomplished many times before. Compel white people to vote your way by exploiting deep-seated fears; even at the expense of their own best interests. Like those constitutional rights they’re always harping about; putting more power in the hands of the politician. The Patriot Act was the direct result of white fear. Give them the illusion of safety, but at the expense of their civil rights.

    Concurrently, if we can get the descendants of slaves to disremember slavery (through propaganda) we rewrite the past and assuage white culpability. Whites are losing their hold on this country and they know it. They fear the inevitable backlash for surreptitiously sticking their noses in the world's business. The election of a black man to the highest office in the land signaled an end to a long-held myth; that only a white man is fit to lead this nation. If this country goes bankrupt it will be another nail in the coffin of white dominion.

    Every empire in the history of this planet has fallen at some point. The American Empire is no different. We’ll be vulnerable economically once the dollar crashes and with it our standing in the world. Our cities will be ripe for civil disturbances then; just like any other third world nation. With all things being equal, the only true power is political power; hence the desperation in Bachmann’s rhetoric. What the Republicans are praying for is a Great White Hope; a white Moses of sorts. Things will make sense again, once a white man is back in The White House. That’s the fantasy.

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  9. Ok. I'll say it. Bachmann is an idiot.

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  10. “We came up with the pledge and so we had no idea that people would misconstrue that," she said. "It was not meant to be racist or anything. it was just a fact that back in the days of slavery there was usually a husband and a wife...we were not saying at all that things are better for African-American children in slavery days than today."

    We really shouldn’t be surprised by what this racist says any more. Moreover, that standard white apology has her sticking to her guns, even though she doesn’t think a word of it is racist. She’s just sorry we took it as such. Well bless her heart.

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  11. Things will make sense again, once a white man is back in The White House. That’s the fantasy.

    A fantasy indeed, since white Americans quickly forget how the price of gas plummeted upon the election of Obama. They forget that the rest of the world doesn't want a white man back in office, and the rest of the world - contrary to popular American belief - has the power to enforce its will.

    America is trying so hard to blame everything on black people, Mexicans, and North Korea that its blind the fact that there's an entire planet out there fed up with this country.

    Remember all those white people who threatened to pack their shit and leave the country if Obama became president? They didn't go anywhere. They couldn't. Who the hell would take them in? Mexico? Canada? Europe? Please. Their ancestors invaded this country, and now they're stuck in it. Indeed the universe has a demented sense of humor.

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  12. Ankhesen Mié said...
    Remember all those white people who threatened to pack their shit and leave the country if Obama became president? They didn't go anywhere. They couldn't. Who the hell would take them in? Mexico? Canada? Europe? Please. Their ancestors invaded this country, and now they're stuck in it. Indeed the universe has a demented sense of humor.

    A comment that makes the premise of Bradbury’s, ‘The Other Foot’ less plausible every time I think about it. No one wants them. Those white shadows…. Because they’re not coming empty handed; they’re bringing their whiteness with them. They’re tendency to fleece and undermine the stability of any nation they touch is a matter of record.

    Brotha Wolf said...
    Ok. I'll say it. Bachmann is an idiot.

    When one considers the selling points of both Bachmann and Palin; white people will be faced with the quandary of having to vote for the lessor of two idiots.

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  13. When one considers the selling points of both Bachmann and Palin; white people will be faced with the quandary of having to vote for the lessor of two idiots.

    Which amuses Moi to no end.

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  14. 3. *le sigh*

    2. I'm with Brotha Wolf.

    1. "Pretendian." That's it, I'm done! Moi, you win the prize for tonight--a bottle of chilled 'Scato from my fridge. ROTF...

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  15. *vomits*

    ...Culture of make Believe indeed.

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  16. "it was just a fact that back in the days of slavery there was usually a husband and a wife..."

    BULLSHYT! Slaves were NOT permitted to legally marry! Why do you think they 'jumped the broom'? For exercise? That was the closest thing slave couples had to a marriage ceremony, and that still didn't stop Massa/Missus from selling or 'sending for' them! Slaves were property. Property had no rights or privileges, and marriage was one of many denied to them, so STFU with this 'husband and wife' crap.

    Oh, and since this bill is anti-divorce, what would they call it when these slave couples and their children were split apart in the name of profit? Was that not 'the destruction of the family'? They opened this can of worms, so let's discuss the hell out of it.

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  17. Has this bitch even picked up a history book in her life? Why does she have political power? Iowa, how did you let this happen (Alaska, I'm looking at you, too!)?

    And what was that half-assed apology? Stop "apologizing" and read the history books that you were supposed to read in grades 4-12 because you obviously skipped that shit.

    White people....stop.

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  18. I did some research on this bitch and that fool is dumb as fuck. I mean really stupid look up her views on carbon dioxide.

    The idiot need to pick up a history book or watch Roots or something. Slaves were not even given a birth certificate let alone marriage rights. Families were ripped apart, children were sold, women were raped. She needs a punch to the face that would hopefully knocked some sense into her simple bitch mind.

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  19. LOL-
    As they try to convince us to act like good little minorities (you were so better as nuclear families! cos that's what everyone* wants) and revert to our obedient second class status when we were so much more happier! Because we need white people like that to lead us and guide us in our poor, broken, marginalized lives. We know that we do it 'wong' and you do it 'white' - says this angry asian girl. >.<

    You'll stop being a racist pos when you stop fucking acting racist, not when you say so. L-O-Fucking-L.

    *everyone = fool white people projecting themselves onto us (gross)

    @The Girl In Question:
    I went to a stupid suburb skool that taught me all about the greatness of white people. I don't know how much history books have changed since then to reflect the rest of the peoples on this planet, but if you ever learned about white people being anything other than great, even the traitors and villains, then you learned more than I did. And they wonder why I'm pissed and can't talk to anyone from back then. Meanwhile, fools like that one above just swallow it and pat themselves on the back and wonder why we aren't kowtowing to them.

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  20. @Julie

    "I don't know how much history books have changed since then to reflect the rest of the peoples on this planet, but if you ever learned about white people being anything other than great, even the traitors and villains, then you learned more than I did."

    Same here. There was not one thing that I learned in my History textbook that didn't talk about white folks' greatness. I had to seek out the truth for myself through family and books which was difficult considering that I was in a small town in Louisiana at the time and they had "selective" offerings.

    Not until college did I get a real opportunity to study and learn the truth!

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  21. From the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass:
    “The reader must not expect me to say much of my family. Genealogical trees did not flourish among slaves. A person of some consequence in civilized society, sometimes designated as father, was literally unknown to slave law and to slave practice.”

    Concerning the slave practice of separating mothers from their children, Douglass writes:
    “The practice of separating mothers from their children and hiring them out at distances too great to admit of their meeting, save at long intervals, was a marked feature of the cruelty and barbarity of the slave system; but it was in harmony with the grand aim of that system, which always and everywhere sought to reduce man to a level with the brute. It had no interest in recognizing or preserving any of the ties that bind families together or to their homes.

    My grandmother's five daughters were hired out in this way, and my only recollections of my own mother are of a few hasty visits made in the night on foot, after the daily tasks were over, and when she was under the necessity of returning in time to respond to the driver's call to the field in the early morning. These little glimpses of my mother, obtained under such circumstances and against such odds, meager as they were, are ineffaceably stamped upon my memory. She was tall and finely proportioned, of dark, glossy complexion, with regular features, and amongst the slaves was remarkably sedate and dignified. There is, in "Prichard's Natural History of Man," the head of a figure, on page 157, the features of which so resemble my mother that I often recur to it with something of the feelings which I suppose others experience when looking upon the likenesses of their own dear departed ones.

    Of my father I know nothing. Slavery had no recognition of fathers, as none of families. That the mother was a slave was enough for its deadly purpose. By its law the child followed the condition of its mother. The father might be a freeman and the child a slave. The father might be a white man, glorying in the purity of his Anglo-Saxon blood, and the child ranked with the blackest slaves. Father he might be, and not be husband, and could sell his own child without incurring reproach, if in its veins coursed one drop of African blood.””

    Douglass makes mention of Auntie’s and Uncles as surnames- titles bestowed as a sign of respect; because there were no 'Mothers' or 'Fathers' on the plantation to speak of. Therefore, very little credence can be given to Bachmann’s assumption that slave families remained intact on ANY plantation.

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  22. @ M. Gibson

    Notice that while white people were spouting that inconvenient/unfortunate truth spiel, not a single one thought to do any research and quote this.

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  23. To racist White folks saying ignorant shit in public . . .

    BLACK FOLKS IS LOOKING AT YOU!!!

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  24. Ankhesen Mié said...
    Notice that while white people were spouting that inconvenient/unfortunate truth spiel, not a single one thought to do any research and quote this.

    No not a one. Best to go directly to the source in such matters. The Slave Narratives; Documenting the American South and countless other proofs were available to anyone who would inquire. Truth was merely a keystroke away.

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  25. @Julie, I'm not quite sure where you're from or when you grew up, but I'm 22, all of my schools were in the suburbs and were mostly Mexican (except college, which was mostly Asian and was downtown in a large city). Our text books didn't have EVERYTHING straight, but white people most certainly were not the heroes in everything. I remember a lot of white kids feeling ashamed in those history classes, particularly in middle school. Some would try to play the "slavery wasn't so bad" card (and other similar arguments) only to have those silly notions shot down by our teachers.

    I imagine history in places like Iowa might not have been the best back then (or even now) after reading your statement.

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  26. White people is a too wide concept...i would think more on "republicans/neocons stop talking about slavery". They have owned the world since 1949.
    One must remember Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice acted like "white people" defending the Iraq invasion...and so much more.
    It's not the colour of the skin. It's a way of thinking, an idea, and how much power is in it to control the people. And: the circumstances. That's how humans work.
    One could say Europeans invented racism. Yes. Because they were white? Nope. Because they were in a concrete geographical location where the cultural influences and shocks were totally continous for thousands of years. This hadn't happened in such a huge scale in the precolonial America nor in Africa or Oceania. Because the population was fewer. The result: what nowadays we call"civilization" (which actually it is not). Technical progress- weapons. Once an ethnic group got that, it must use them. Who against? The one who's called "the other, the different one", because he's "inferior". So we eliminate it and take what is his. It's the most natural to do in our species. We haven't evolved at all for thousands of years. We're still the same.
    If brutality and racism was just a thing of caucasian origins, then the Interahamwe in Rwanda wouldn't have existed, nor the genocide the turks made against the armenian people, nor wars between native american tribes.
    If one looks at History is easy to say: "Man, what the fuck is going on with white people". The answer: fucking coincidence and what a neocon would call "good luck". but not for too long. now it's time for China! Weeeeeh!!

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  27. Eddie-Spears-ocasional-Lover.

    Sorry i didn't post with my name, i thought i had to write my URL /Google Account/AIM stuff.

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