In current events around the time of this article publishing, President Donald J. Trump toyed around with the notion of granting a “pardon” for Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali is deceased. Even further, he doesn’t need a pardon, posthumously or not.
It is a thing that white people do in America; actively denounce historical persecutions of dead Black people who fought against systemic racism while at the same time endorsing the silencing, suppression, and persecution of black people modern day. I have no choice but to break word on this matter.
White people denouncing the historical persecutions of Black people while flat out, balls deep endorsing such modern day is categorically perverse.
A while back ago I pointed out Six Freedoms Black folks don’t have in America, with one being Freedom of Memory. While I explored the concept of Black folk not being able to embrace historical access, this is an issue white people have as well. White people of America are totally incapable of remembering their own history (which is, our shared history). White people are not allowed — by their own devices — to access and understand their own history in a healthy manner. The difference between white people and black people not understanding historical context is that white people’s ignorance perpetuates the issue of systemic racism in America.
Perhaps I’m giving them too much credit.
Maybe, the white community of America knows precisely what they are doing, and intentionally play obtuse when it comes to understanding exacting parallels between the behaviors of whites “back then” and the behavior of whites now.
When it comes to informing white people that their antagonistic behaviors and attitudes for Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter or any protesting black people today — are no different than the white antagonizing attitudes towards Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King or Malcolm X back in the day — the pushback it telling. The pushback from white people is not indicative of merely informing the ignorant, it’s indicative of a break from a particular protocol.
It’s a break from a sociological agreement between whites and black that I never made. The anger and wrath of the white male or female is indicative of a system in place. A system that I routinely break.
The white collective is mired in paradox. And irony. The irony is thick enough to pass for methane gas.
I don’t know if folks know it or not, but this thing that white people do, is disgusting. White people who condemn historical racism where there’s clearly no stakes involved but endorse silencing those who speak against racism modern day is beyond obnoxious. It’s a grotesque level of grand-scale, macro, sociological dishonesty. Being that this is the default state of white people when it comes to America, one cannot assume the position that it’s a few whites that practice this flawed logic. The smoking majority of white people in America can only be described as vulgar, disgusting people in regards to racism and systemic oppression. Anyone who parades this flawed logic of condemning racism only when it’s in the past while at the same time endorsing, supporting and defending racism today, can only be received as ignoble lowborns.
I know these are harsh words, but I really can’t see past the biting irony. And the “biting” of such irony can come literally, as dogs were sicced on black protesters back then, and now. This game they play, function as a giant lie because it’s framed in deception. And I personally, hate liars.
But what do you do when a mass collective of people lie? what do you do when a mass of people — the racial majority of a nation — lie to you? On the regular? This bold, white-faced lie manifests in more than one way as well. The whiteness supremacist lie of modern day Republicans being “the Party of Lincoln” while not even trying to hide their Confederate dickriding, is similar if not related to this blatant lie at black folk. American conservatives parroting the notion of “leaving plantations” while actively defending Americanized Nazis is on the same coin.
White people always will support, endorse, and defend racism until they assassinate a few of us (actually a lot of us) and then realize that they are on the world stage, and the whole planet is watching.
That Magneto Complex... it’s hard to hold back these days.
If you’re white and you’re reading this, you should take a hard look at yourself and your families. Do the right thing. For once.