We Get Half-Assed Apologies, Backpedaling, and Doublespeak

Who is the enemy?

The situation gets even more unpleasant because of the fact that we can no longer easily say - that black one over there is to be blamed. We cannot point a finger neither at a Muslim nor at an Asian. And that became again very clear during the live events in Britain, when against the hooded youngsters with unpleasant faces from various colours stood the same colourful group of nicely looking citizens with brooms, who said "Enough!". "You are scum and we will no longer tolerate you!" Civil society in Britain proved to be strong and faced this disgrace.

The enemy are all those people who think someone owes them something. All those who think that because they do not get it they have the full right to destroy others' property. Those that are outside the law because they chose to hide from it. And in general, the enemy is all those whose spiritual evolution did not out-jump the simple need of bread and water. This enemy is a challenge for the developed societies because the enemy is hard to be distinguished.

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"So, when a white person holds objectionable views, racist views for instance, we rightly condemn them. But when equally unacceptable views or practises come from someone who isn’t white, we’ve been too cautious frankly – frankly, even fearful – to stand up to them. The failure, for instance, of some to confront the horrors of forced marriage, the practise where some young girls are bullied and sometimes taken abroad to marry someone when they don’t want to, is a case in point", said on February 5 PM David Cameron. We have to admit that he is right and start calling things with their real names. Otherwise it can get really dangerous. More than what is currently happening on the streets of Britain.


~ "Let's start calling problems with their real names"
What a fucking crock of shit.

I'm getting really tired of this particular brand of drone-speak.  I loathe inaccuracy.  Be critical all you want about a person, place, custom, or event, but at least take twenty seconds out of your sanctimonious whining to get the facts right.  I'm not going to rehash what I and others have said, like, multiple times now, but I'm going to address the part in bold.

First of all, what is this "we" shit?  "[W]hen a white person holds objectionable views, racist views for instance, we rightly condemn them" - um...who the fuck is "we"?  Are "we" the newspapers, websites, TV and radio shows who willingly publish and broadcast those objectionable views, often paying the utterer?  Are "we" the writers and studio execs who put white racist imagery into mainstream, so-called art?  Are "we" the white racist hordes voicing and supporting objectionable views of our own on every day that ends with Y?

No...I don't think "we" are.

Let me tell you who we are.  We are the ones always under racial fire in the first goddamn place.  We are the ones whom [white] society has deemed perfectly okay to abuse.  We are the ones who get accused first, whether there's any evidence to support the accusations or not.  When we object to abuse, we are told we're playing the race card or being too sensitive or taking things personally.  We are the ones doing the condemning, and for our troubles, we get rewarded with half-assed, meaningless apologies, self-serving backpedaling, and blatant doublespeak.

So first of all, there's that.

Now, secondly...quick poll, POC: how many of you - in class, at a bar or party, or on the blogosphere - have run into white folks who are "too scared" to (what they consider) "stand up" to you or disagree with you on an issue?  Which one of you, by now, hasn't already heard damn near everything the white folks you've encountered - both online and in real life - think about OJ Simpson, the Obama family, black hair, tanning, blushing, "unrealistic" interracial couples (both real and fictitious), the word "nigga", slavery, Jim Crow, Martin Luther King, Jr., Islam, terrorism, the Evil Asian Horde, Halle Berry, and Affirmative Action?  Since when are white folks too afraid to speak out against other people's cultures, heritages, languages, accents, customs, cuisines, and art?  When did that happen and how come the white folks we run into daily didn't get the memo to STFU?

That this sentiment is coming out the mouth of a British politician is hella ironic.  Remedial History for Dummies, kids: remember when the British Empire, at its height, was so vast it was said the sun would never set on it?  Fuck criticizing other people; they colonized them - America included!

This steaming pile of horseshit stems from what shall heretofore be referred to as Massieism, or the white tendency to unrealistically expect to say or whatever they want with complete immunity.  This writer wants Big Davey to "start calling problems [by] their real names", so by all means may he do so: inequality and injustice - let him start with those two.

Comments

  1. ALL. OF. THIS. It is amazing how they can say, write and regurgitate these thoughts so often.

    "This writer wants Big Davey to "start calling problems with their real names", so by all means may he do so: inequality and injustice - let him start with those two." Amen

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  2. I'm still reeling from the bullshit about "fearful" and "cautious" when criticizing or disagreeing with POC. Where did THAT bullshit come from?

    And why's he condemning what's going on in other people's countries when he can't clearly take care of his own?

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  3. This is another case of white people wanting their cake and eat it too. They want to say whatever they want no matter how offensive they are, and not expect to be cursed out or have their asses handed to them on a silver platter.

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  4. Addiction to control. Despite their chants of "so long ago", even their youngest today are still used to being able to say or do whatever they want where POC are concerned. They still stuck in a time when they had complete immunity.

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  5. Which, now that I think about it, leads back to Withchsistah's Law.

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  6. Ankhesen Mié and Brotha Wolf!! Two of my favorite bloggers... Firstly, thank you ,Ankhesen, for this post (I follow your page on facebook). I needed it today, and here's why: As I become more socially and politically aware, quite naturally as a 33-year old Black woman I am disturbed... and that's being nice about it. Now I have White acquaintances (co-workers, facebook friends, classmates,etc.)and I like them as people. But when I go to speak my mind or express my displeasure about issues involving race, the tension is immediate and its THICK! I can almost read their minds like "you're being too sensitive"... my question is, How do I get my white acquaintances to half-way understand (without shaking the hell out of them)that no matter how many times we have lunch or a good conversation, we are different and this world will forever remind me of that. So therefore I will always think differently from you? Are we EVER too sensitive? If so, what would be an example of that?


    Secondly, just the other day, I had a war of words with a few whites online regarding the recent death of the Black man down south. I noticed how they ALL chose to bring up crimes of Black against Whites as a means say that racism is no longer reserved just for the majority...how would you respond to that?

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  7. I noticed how they ALL chose to bring up crimes of Black against Whites as a means say that racism is no longer reserved just for the majority...how would you respond to that?

    You're talking to a group of people who will never accept the fact that the crimes of whites against blacks vastly outweigh our crimes against them. Thus, your first error is to bother talking to people like that about issues like these.

    They are your white "friends", therefore it's best to put them in The Corner (scroll down) and leave them there.

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  8. The late Perry Moore said something when I interviewed him that has stuck with me for years: One of the essentials to oppression is to vilify those who speak out.

    Hitler rose to power as easily as he did because the climate made it discouraging (to put it mildly) for anyone to speak out against him.

    We saw the same thing with the Civil Rights movement, how POC leaders were troublemakers and anarchists.

    Hell we even saw that with the Dixie Chicks when they called out Dubya and the War.

    Same thing goes with LGBTQ issues as he was pointing out. Being outspoken is considered a bad thing in our culture.

    And this whole evil POCs being evil for speaking out is another effort to silence us.

    Because only on this planet is being accused of being a bigot actually worse than the ACTUAL BIGOTRY.

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  9. Which brings us to the ultimate irony: white people aren't afraid to speak out against POC. They're afraid to speak out against other white people. They don't want to be branded a race traitor or a nigger-lover; they don't want to get kicked out of the club.

    Big Davey's avoidance of the inequality issue is extremely telling. It calls to mind what Transgriot said about how 'equality' is becoming a dirty word.

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  10. Which brings us to the ultimate irony: white people aren't afraid to speak out against POC. They're afraid to speak out against other white people. They don't want to be branded a race traitor or a nigger-lover; they don't want to get kicked out of the club.

    _________

    Slow clap and then standing ovation

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  11. Wait a minute Ankh! That's a bold faced LIE right there, little lady! LOL! White people who do the right thing and point out bigotry ARE called "Nigger Lover". It's just one of the many safer, sanitized, new age, variations of "Nigger Lover" though. Which are "White Guilt Pusher", "Self Hating White Person", or "Liberal".

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  12. The Sad Truth Behind London Riot
    From worldblog.msnbc By Martin Fletcher, NBC News correspondent

    LONDON -- As political and social protests grip the Middle East, are growing in Europe and a riot exploded in north London this weekend, here's a sad truth, expressed by a Londoner when asked by a television reporter: Is rioting the correct way to express your discontent?

    "Yes," said the young man. "You wouldn't be talking to me now if we didn't riot, would you?"
    The TV reporter from Britain's ITV had no response. So the young man pressed his advantage. "Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you."

    Eavesdropping from among the onlookers, I looked around. A dozen TV crews and newspaper reporters interviewing the young men everywhere.

    http://lolaadesioye.com/2011/08/12/uk-and-london-riots-lets-hear-the-voice-of-the-youth/

    In this link provided by a Black South London Blogger, kids are interviewed and THEY PREDICT THE RIOTS. This discontent was simmering and like the youth in the article above NO ONE GAVE A DAMN UNTIL these kids did something violent. After the budget cuts took away their after school programs, youth centers.

    For all the media shaming they didn't kill or maim people. They caused damage to property because they knew people would pay attention. The youth were frustrated and angry and justifiably so.

    Besides the media race baiting this, why are people again ignoring the class component? And throwing them all in jail is going to solve the problem?

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  13. Nik Ki said...
    ... my question is, How do I get my white acquaintances to half-way understand (without shaking the hell out of them)that no matter how many times we have lunch or a good conversation, we are different and this world will forever remind me of that. So therefore I will always think differently from you? Are we EVER too sensitive? If so, what would be an example of that?

    Yours is a rude awakening shared by many of us, for such epiphanies stay with a person of color for the rest of their lives. The truth is, no matter how much you talk- laugh and joke with white people; revel in their company or refer to them as friend, the dichotomy that eternally abides is never truly revealed unless properly provoked. Such candor will forever polarize what rapport you thought you had and you will never view them in the same light again. If one can be too sensitive to conversations about race, than it stands to reason that one can be too numb, hopelessly indifferent or apathetic in that same regard.

    The empathy lacking in whites is both systemic and pathological. The universal derail is simply an outward manifestation of the bigotry that festers within. Such beliefs are intransigent and woefully unwavering. Only God can change such an individual. What we see in Britain shouldn’t surprise us- nor should it give us reason for pause. The same racist sentiment can be found in other parts of the world wherever whites wield power. Its only when their interest are threatened that it becomes a matter of race instead of class. Until then they’ve no need for concern as long as power (colonialism, imperialism) prevails. Should the oppressed raise their voices in anger and with fire; whites will give them their complete and undivided attention. If only for a moment.

    Nik Ki said...
    Secondly, just the other day, I had a war of words with a few whites online regarding the recent death of the Black man down south. I noticed how they ALL chose to bring up crimes of Black against Whites as a means say that racism is no longer reserved just for the majority...how would you respond to that?

    The Arab trader argument is a tool that’s been successfully used by white throughout the years to assuage white guilt. As long as they have this device to fall back on you’d be hard-pressed to move them from their position.

    From Abagond’s blog:
    “If Whites Americans do something evil and terrible it is all right – or at least not all that bad – so long as they can find at least one example from world history of someone else doing the same thing.”

    Again he writes:
    “But that is just what many Whites Americans seem to be: morally blind. They know the evil that is done in their name, not just in the past but even now, but they do not want to see it. And when they are faced with it, they try to excuse it with stuff like this.”

    In his article, How to argue like a white racist:
    The author has compiled a list of the most commonly used arguments by white people. This might help you in your effort. But please be advised: arguing with a white person on race can be such an energy draining endeavor. Few people of color are willing to invest both time and resource to prevail in just one occasion. You’ll never persuade them, not until they find themselves in the position of the oppressed will they see life from our point of view.

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  14. Nik Ki,

    Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you and your friends come by often. My den is always open.

    I sympathize with the online arguments with white folks. I realize how frightened they are when the truth is out. When I was on facebook, I said something in my status message that a friend of mine didn't like. She was a white girl and former classmate. So, she deleted me as a friend.

    Over time, I learned that most whites are afraid of the truth about themselves. Some are terrified as hell. Any shock of truth is an instant meltdown for them.

    Like Ankhesen said, they hate the fact their crimes against us and other POC from history to today far outweighs our crimes against them.

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  15. I hope my sarcasm was caught on my last comment, and that I really wasn't coming at you Ankh.

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  16. @ M. Gibson

    Of all the movies to mention....

    @ Franklin

    Gotcha.

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  17. @ Student

    ...when asked by a television reporter: Is rioting the correct way to express your discontent?

    "Yes," said the young man. "You wouldn't be talking to me now if we didn't riot, would you?"
    The TV reporter from Britain's ITV had no response. So the young man pressed his advantage. "Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you."


    Seen this a bunch of times since it was first released and I can't help but notice how no one wants to directly address the issue.

    White people are always saying, "If POC just asked nicely, they'd get what they want." Mm-hm. This dude called bullshit. All of Tottenham called bullshit.

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  18. How quickly they forget:

    The civil disturbances that have convulsed cities across England bear some resemblances to the month-long reign of disorder that wracked France almost six years ago.

    While the full scale of the British disorder may exceed the magnitude of the French riots, they share some important similarities.

    In both cases, a large group of disaffected, poor youths (including many immigrants) took out their frustrations against what they viewed as a daunting establishment structure designed to keep them in poverty.

    Issues of racism, police brutality and the failure of integrating immigrants into the broader mainstream society played key roles in both conflagrations.

    The civil unrest in France was sparked on Oct. 27, 2005 by the deaths of two immigrant boys –one Arab, one black African -- in the poor banlieue (suburb) of Clichy-sous-Bois, east of Paris. The two boys were electrocuted while climbing onto an electrical sub-station – allegedly while they sought to hide from police who were chasing them.

    Eventually, the rioting spread to other communities in the Île-de-France région, and eventually spilled elsewhere, even into rural areas.

    By November 3, the crisis had affected all fifteen of the biggest “aires urbaines”(metropolitan areas) of France, including Toulouse, Lille, Strasbourg, Marseille, and Lyon.

    One French rioter told the press at the time: "People are joining together to say we've had enough. We live in ghettos. Everyone lives in fear."

    Similarly, the violence in England was triggered by the police shooting of a young black man in Tottenham, a poor neighborhood in north London. Soon, the chaos spread to other similarly deprived parts of London.

    Eventually (perhaps facilitated the social media networks), the rioting and looting surfaced in other large cities, including Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and others.

    In 2005 France, thousands of cars were burnt, businesses destroyed, at least one person died in the ensuing disorder and up to 3,000 people were arrested.

    While the final tally of Britain’s tragedy has yet to be ascertained, it is likely to far exceed the damages incurred across the Channel.

    In France, the unrest lasted almost a month, prompting parliament to establish state of emergency (which itself lasted until January 2006).

    Interestingly, the rioters in France included both poor immigrant youths and native white French – a direct parallel to the British riots.

    Nicholas Sarkozy, the French interior minister during the 2005 riots, took a hard ‘law and order’ line against the youths who committed violence.

    While touring a poor Parisian suburb, Sarkozy and his party were attacked by stones and bottles. He angrily denounced the rioters as “rabble” and ”gangrene” and vowed to rid the streets of hoodlums “with a power hose.”

    It should be noted that Sarkozy eventually became the president of France in 2007.

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  19. @ Ankh
    Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking.

    I call bullshit too. On all of this. Of course the media can't get it. This is a perfect example of privilege deluding people.

    Whenever systemic inequalities(racial/class) are brought up, people always put the blame on individuals rather than the systems. But how can people deny there is a problem with the system when THIS MANY PEOPLE are so disgusted with it, that they turn to violence?

    Of course white people want blacks/poor to "ask nicely". It reinforces the status quo without actually changing anything which is what people want to happen anyway.

    I'm not going to say something cliche like "The people have spoken" but...it seems pretty accurate right now.

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  20. Whenever systemic inequalities(racial/class) are brought up, people always put the blame on individuals rather than the systems.

    Which I maintain is seriously ironic since these are the same people that insist societal problems are all about class, not race. But the moment it really IS about class, they backpedal.

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  21. Apparently, the problem with England is that the whites became black.

    *rolls eyes*

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  22. Yeah, let's not get started on David Starkey's comments... Let's also not get started on articles written by a black man that defends his comments.. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026053/David-Starkey-Newsnight-Gangsta-culture-poison-spreading-youths-races.html)
    ... and so clearly what he said is OK. *heavy sigh*

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  23. Of course. That's how it works.

    When a POC says something racist towards black, he gets fired. When a white person does it, some rented/house Negro is quickly trotted out to vindicate him.

    Which reiterates my questions of who the hell is "we" when people start condemning the likes of David Starkey? Because from where this pygmy sits, when a white person gets racial, most white folks come out in defense of that person.

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  24. Some people may be tempted to believe this "ganster culture" is the cause Bullshit, but if you turn back the clock to oh... 1960 or so the same social critics said the same thing about "rock n roll / blues " and its negative influence on youth/society. People like Lil Richard and Ray Charles and their perverted music were the reason people were challenging the social order and demanding their "civil rights". Don't people have anything new to say?

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  25. LOL at "Who is this we?". Reminds me of how WP define their Black friends as "Black people they know"--when you probe a little bit, you find out that "my friend Peter" is actually the mailman.

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  26. @ Jasmin

    And if you probe a little further, Peter is their black neighbor and they don't actually know the mailman's name.

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  27. @ Student of the World - And Peter doesn't even know their asses.

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  28. @ leoprinces, Student, and Jasmin

    Y'all need to quit. You're killing me.

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