Open Mic Night: #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?

So many things to write about; so much happening this week that it's nigh impossible to pick one thing.

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  1. As whites in the media ramp up fears for the brown-skinned scourge that is Isis, we blacks are being told to, "Pay no attention to those benign, Church-Burning- pale-skinned… Non-Terrorists behind the curtain." “You people are focusing on the wrong front,” the white man says. “If you were any kind of Patriot you’d support your country 100 percent against the greatest threat that has besieged this nation since The Third Reich. And no, people of color, I’m not talking about racism: that’s the least of our worries.”

    Although flagrant attacks against the black church is real and measured, sadly it’s nothing new. Why? Because White-on-Black Racism is nothing new: it’s simply par for the course. For many Poc, racial oppression is like an old family heirloom: passed from one generation to the next. Something Rachel Dolezal knows nothing about by the way.

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    1. For many Poc, racial oppression is like an old family heirloom: passed from one generation to the next. Something Rachel Dolezal knows nothing about by the way.

      Beautifully stated.

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  2. This is the 1960's and the 1990's all over again.

    Let's assume that it was white folks behind these burnings for the sake of argument. (And part of me says they are.) The black church is a symbol of the black community's spiritual strength. Ever since we started going after the old Confederate flag, white people went nuts. To them, it's a symbol of their pride which is nothing less than white pride which is nothing less than white supremacy and all the pathologies that come with it. White people don't give a damn that it was designed by a white supremacist supporter because white people don't care about true history or the truth period. The only history they care about is the kind that turns them into the only movers and shakers, angels and inventors and achievers and heroes in history. They have this romanticized version of the South in their heads thanks mostly due to Hollywood and the school system's text books. And they hate to let that bliss go.

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    1. This is the 1960's and the 1990's all over again.

      Don't forget the 1800s. We've got Southerners calling for secession and race/civil wars again.

      And to an extent, the reason we're ignoring the latter is that - let's be real - the South lost the first time around. A second round wouldn't even last a week. And this time there wouldn't be amnesty and pardons for the traitors. The citizenry would demand these self-professed "rebels" be rounded up for public execution. We would demand that the government eradicate the new confederacy once and for all.

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    2. I hope you’re right, but frankly: I think white pathology is so inured- so vested in the perpetuity of white supremacy there’d be efforts to contain the insurrection by blaming just a few bad apples ( lest we paint all whites with the same brush). Hence, charge the bulk of the collaborators with lessor offenses tantamount to slaps on the wrist (cause these are basically good people led astray), then quickly put the event behind us. We've seen how whites are reluctant to turn on their own even when guns are trained on them, no one fires a shot. “We have our position in the world to consider, so the quicker we nip this thing in the bud the better,” some would say.

      Oh there would be inquiries and special investigations I’m sure, but if history is any indication, Governments can never be counted on to do the right thing. After the defeat of Hitler this very republic harbored Nazi scientists to help build its space program. Many were considered war criminals, but they escaped punishment thanks to us. This same government turned a blind eye to the Tuskegee experiment, black enslavement by an industrial prison complex and other atrocities committed against people of color.

      At the end of reconstruction look how quickly whites in Washington restored power and confiscated land to the rebellious racists who seceded in the first place. By removing protections afforded by federal troops they allowed another form of slavery/oppression to come about. White supremacy is a ravenous mad dog that must be put down. It can never be voluntary ceded, for no one willingly relinquishes power: especially when you’ve enjoyed it for over 400 years.

      Too many whites are sympathetic to the bigots of old. Too many whites long for a time when their position in the world was unparalleled. Many are loathed to admit it openly, but if there was a chance to restore power the way they enjoyed it during Our darkest hour they’d jump at it in a second. It explains the veritable deluge of apocalyptic fantasies where whites are on top and Poc are almost non-existent.

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    3. Too many whites are sympathetic to the bigots of old. Too many whites long for a time when their position in the world was unparalleled. Many are loathed to admit it openly, but if there was a chance to restore power the way they enjoyed it during Our darkest hour they’d jump at it in a second. It explains the veritable deluge of apocalyptic fantasies where whites are on top and Poc are almost non-existent.

      Also true, which is why I hate the way we discuss "whiteness", because it invariably turns into a discussion about why it's so hard for white people to discuss racism, their sensitivities, their inner demons, their guilt - we don't give a shit. I don't care about our social relationships with white people; our priority should be the legal, political, and socioeconomic aspect the relationship. Too many POC get sucked into the cycle of love, forgiveness, etc. while the systemic disparities are swept under the rug. I mean, for fuck's sake, #whoisburningblackchurches????

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    4. “Too many POC get sucked into the cycle of love, forgiveness, etc. while the systemic disparities are swept under the rug. I mean, for fuck's sake, #whoisburningblackchurches????”

      "Our priority should be the legal, political, and socioeconomic aspect the relationship."

      I agree. Oftentimes (and this is true historically), Poc tend to proceed from a legal, political and social disparity, inherent in a system surreptitiously stacked in white's favor. Legal remedies notwithstanding: our magisterial power remains woefully undermined (oftentimes by our own actions, and in many cases: by Our Own People). We are, -as we have been- a nation of color, still divided. Take this black President for example: neutered under the current partisan structure, he can do no more than a white congress allows.

      What ultimately tips the balance in any domestic system is Revolution. Although there are plenty of black activists/pundits working on the front lines, there aren’t enough black Judges & Legislators: Governors and Mayors. Corporate CEO’s, Senators and Congressman: Poc who not only write the laws, but have the numbers (and the will) to get them passed. Now that would be Revolutionary. Having a Black President and Black Attorneys General is a start yes, but it’s not enough. As it stands now, we can only lament.

      #whoisburningblackchurches Indeed.

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  3. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/muslims-are-crowdfunding-for-burned-black-churches-%E2%80%94-and-it%E2%80%99s-not-just-about-religion/ar-AAcOukA?ocid=mailsignout

    Saw this while browsing the internet tonight.

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    1. I've been checking on this story. So far they've raised over $50,000.

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