Nothing irritates me more than to listen to liberal white people lament about their lot in life and how they can sympathize with me, a gay black man, for being so disenfranchised. Very rarely will I exert any energy to engage them in conversation because the end result for me will be further contempt for them.
In an effort not to ANNIHILATE their idealistic little world of "off-whiteness" I'll let much of the ignorant shit that comes out of their mouths (and evidence of what's in their heads) slide. However, when I reach my limit I have to draw a line in the sand just to educate them on the fact that we are NOT the same because I get no direct benefit from the White Power Structure that keeps them in power. If white people are feeling oppressed, I can assure you it is only a symbolic oppression at best. Cognitively, white folks can feel as oppressed and marginalized as they want to as their ideal, but the reality is that they benefit from being white no matter their station, class, or socio-econimic level. The dissonance between the ideal an the real allows for them to be as dysfunctional as they want with no real repercussions for their actions. The system works and has worked for the past several centuries.
Look at the picture above. Isn't it provocative? Doesn't it push the envelope? Really drives a point home to you, doesn't it? The underlying concepts may be a bit more difficult to see, but for me they were quite apparent. The photo was created by ONECITIZEN over at the blog The DailyKos to illustrate the GOP's horrible treatment of Michelle Obama. While I can understand what point OneCitizen was trying to make, I HAVE to call into question the methods used to make that point.
Let's look at the picture more closely.
Why is Michelle Obama dressed in a skimpy red gown looking like a Lady of the evening?
Analysis: The hypersexualization of the black woman is a vestige from the Trans-Atlantic (Western) Slave Trade by which racism became the by-product. She is not a human being or even a woman for that matter. She is simply an object to be admired, reviled, raped, killed, and then immortalized as a wanton sexual goddess. Remember Saarjie Baartmann, the Hottentot Venus? Saarjie was never considered a person and even after her death from years of rape, abuse, and neglect at the hands of the white men who enslaved her and paraded her around as a circus freak, she saw no peace in death either. Post-mortem (or knowing how vile white doctors were to black bodies back them) she had her genitals, skull, and other body parts removed, preserved in formaldehyde and paraffin, and then placed on display in France. She died in the 1800s, but had not been given a proper burial until her body parts were returned to her Khosian descendants in South Africa during the early 21st Century.
Why is racism purportedly limited to the South? Are white northerners incapable of being racist?
Analysis: It's not that white northerners can't be as racist as southern people; Southerners and some Northerners just have tendency to be more transparent about it. The last time I checked the election, Hillary Clinton, her husband "Slick Willie", and Gerry "He's so lucky, cuz he's a colored" Ferraro, were doing this kind of psycho-political lynching and they consider themselves the collective poster child of white liberalism. So what point could ONECITIZEN have been trying to make? White racism knows no limits or regions; its pervasive and as American as Apple Pie!
*SIGH* I think that the time has come to be a little less tolerant of things that I allow to slide because things like this happen. Something in ONECITIZEN'S white mind compelled him to make this picture because he thought it was right. Too often, white liberals become too comfortable and it is up to us to check them for their foolishness.
What say you?