Contemplating "The Race Card"

Lynching souvenirs were a big thing as morbid as it sounds.

Often, whole communities of men, women and children showed up to observe/participate in lynchings.

It was common to collect hair and body parts and take pictures with the body.

In fact, the postal system became so clogged with lynching postcards that the practice of sending them had to be banned.

And all of this occurred after African Americans had already endured the horrors of chattel slavery.

It’s interesting that none of these things were ever repudiated on the level of say, the Jewish holocaust.

There was never an equivalent of the Nuremberg trials.


Black people don’t get billions of dollars in military and other aid from America’s own coffers.

But when they speak about iniquities and inequities which are not THAT ancient (America was still OVERTLY racist at the time of the civil rights act in 1964, a couple decades after WWII) they are playing “the race card”.


As the wider America says about 911, Pearl Harbour, or any other event important to them: “we will not forget”.

I think this site does a good job of raising awareness of racism past and present amidst constant attempts to whitewash it.

I like that the site has no mandate to convince anyone of anything; people will believe whatever they desperately want to.

Just continue to document, inform and analyze.


~ commenter Origin, on Abagond

Comments

  1. "I like that the site has no mandate to convince anyone of anything; people will believe whatever they desperately want to."

    THIS! Right here. And that's why we'll never be able to sit down and have an "honest" conversation about race. Because the second blacks and other POCs share our insights on the realities we must contend with, we get gaslit, bullied, shouted down, have our intelligence, sanity, honor and integrity questioned by too many of the caucasian persuasion.

    This is why I enjoy quality run POC sites where I can share my experiences and my perspective and still get treated like a human being. Because with too many whites, that's clearly asking for too much.

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  2. @ Neo-Prodigy

    And that's why we'll never be able to sit down and have an "honest" conversation about race. Because the second blacks and other POCs share our insights on the realities we must contend with, we get gaslit, bullied, shouted down, have our intelligence, sanity, honor and integrity questioned by too many of the Caucasian persuasion.

    Which is exactly why the Kumbaya Method doesn't and never will work: it requires that POC stay positive, forgive, and forget, regardless of what they've experienced, or what POC experienced before them.

    Brotha Wolf can't hold hands and sing Kumbaya with a white man who supported the execution of Troy Davis.

    You can't hold hands and sing Kumbaya with a white gay man who didn't blink when James Anderson died...until it came out that Anderson was gay.

    And I can't hold hands and sing Kumbaya with a white woman who, any minute now, for any reason out of the blue, can falsely claim I threw acid in her face - and be believed over me.

    It won't work. It will never work.

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  3. ...or with a 60-year old white woman with a cat fetish who tells me that my black ovary-having-don't-give-a-damn-been-thru-some-shit ass can't write a strong black female character.

    Or with a white man who thinks that I'm little more than a doormat and thus not worthy of respect; yet goes crying to the boss like a punk bitch when I call his rude ass out.

    No. Kumbaya is for drinkers of the Kool-Aid. I prefer Moscato, thank you.

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  4. "Which is exactly why the Kumbaya Method doesn't and never will work: it requires that POC stay positive, forgive, and forget, regardless of what they've experienced, or what POC experienced before them."

    Funny you mention that, what is it that so call liberal Media blatantly show racism. (I'm looking at you Seth)

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  5. If we do play the so-called race card it's because white people cheat in the game of life (quote me on that). I always have and always will call averting the issues of race and racism synonymous with having a deep cut or wound somewhere on your body. The "avoiding racism" tactic is no different than avoiding a serious wound, and they will find out that in the end the wound they are ignoring will destroy the society they dearly love.

    Ankhesen, just wondering, but why was I used as an example in your earlier response to this? lol

    Javen, I'm gonna take a guess at your comment and assume the 'Seth' you're talking about is Seth Macfarlane?

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  6. Ankhesen, just wondering, but why was I used as an example in your earlier response to this? lol

    I was syncing people up with what they're known to blog about. You blog a lot about police brutality and related statistics. I don't see you holding hands and singing Kumbaya with a white guy who thinks cops are awesome just the way they are, and that Troy Davis had it coming.

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  7. Ohhhhhhhhhh...Okay. Thanks.

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  8. So to white folks, are black folks still "Playing the Race Card" when we mention how that church in Springfield, Massachusetts was just burned down by ignorant anti-Obama whites? Or is blatant and violent racism, the only type they recognize as actual racism these days?

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  9. @Franklin, But remember as white conservatives kept stating when harsher hate crime laws were being introduced.

    ANY VIOLENT CRIME AGAINST ANYONE IS A HATE CRIME.

    Because it's never about race.

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  10. "Javen, I'm gonna take a guess at your comment and assume the 'Seth' you're talking about is Seth Macfarlane?"

    Yep, He's the white Tyler Perry.

    @Neo:
    ANY VIOLENT CRIME AGAINST ANYONE IS A HATE CRIME.

    You took the words out of my mouth.

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  11. Javon, I knew it, and I agree.

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  12. @ Franklin "Or is blatant and violent racism, the only type they recognize as actual racism these days?"

    Basically. I only know some white people who are more aware than that, and most of them are online

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  13. "Basically. I only know some white people who are more aware than that, and most of them are online"

    Online you can lynch people and get away with it. It's called cyberlynching

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  14. @Javan

    I'm really not getting the connection between the words you quoted from me and your response to be quite honest with you.

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  15. Perla Buttons9/27/11, 4:45 AM

    @Franklin: "Or is blatant and violent racism, the only type they recognize as actual racism these days?"

    Round here (Australia), even violent racism gets explained away, or treated as if it occurred in a void.

    When it happens, it's not racist, buuuut... just the non-racist "frustration" of young, totally-not-racist White boys and girls who just don't know any better and fall in with a bad crowd.

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  16. @ Amaya

    ...or with a 60-year old white woman with a cat fetish who tells me that my black ovary-having-don't-give-a-damn-been-thru-some-shit ass can't write a strong black female character.

    Wait...what?????

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  17. @The Girl In Question: Forgive me I misunderstood. I thought you talking about some racist blogs that is out there. Sorry.

    "...or with a 60-year old white woman with a cat fetish who tells me that my black ovary-having-don't-give-a-damn-been-thru-some-shit ass can't write a strong black female character."

    Of course her cat said so.

    But seriously Eh?

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  18. ***comment moderation***

    @ Stay

    Thanks for stopping by and missing the whole point of this post.

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