You’re playing monopoly with a
When it bites you and shits on the board,
not your turn doesn’t really work.
Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill
Maher, May 3, 2019
They don’t love me; they can’t
afford to do so. Instead, folks like me are tolerated up to a point.
Until there comes a time their patience wears thin.
But all is abuzz!
is unraveling because the face is red, and there’s a struggle
going on to preserve what is already known and acknowledged as
factual and untarnished by the likes of any black woman. No!
there is wrong here, be it known, it’s not the interloper.
Never. Even while I’m looking at that face and thinking:
There’s blood on your hands! Millions upon millions!
the facial expression says, that can’t be! Even if I didn’t
say a word aloud.
But no! No!
the anger comes, and the face turns as red as the blood I see flowing
in the street surrounding Michael Brown’s body. Or is that
little Tamir Rice? Jordan Edwards? Laquan McDonald?
Today is better, isn’t?
I, for the longest, subjected to being compared to her sons,
middle-aged white men, should respond without thought about the
impact of white privilege as a result of that monumental structural
foundation that was slavery. Just respond as if all is equal, for in
her mind, it is and it
isn’t. Ultimately, she must sees
herself on the top rung of the racial ladder, an inheritance of her
familial and formal education.
what about the policies and laws? Who rises and who remains at heel?
You’re telling me something
I don’t know much about.
doesn’t know, so please don’t treat her meanly.
so much mean-spirited thinking, ubiquitous,
encircles black people. To not know. To refuse to know. A form of
thinking no less that isn’t freedom—but instead
deliberate and cruel.
Well, I don’t notice your
There’s nothing wrong with
my color, with my skin color. I’m black.
think, maybe I should stop. Just stop.
I’ve known colored people…
not colored! I’m not colored.
Is it “black” now?
Has been for a while!
She’s angrier than at the start of this entanglement.
angry. I stay calm.
wants me to be the black she sees in her mind. Not so bright.
Inferior. A “minority” beholding to the goodness of white
America where there’s only the racism of those white
supremacist in the South.
is, after all, Wisconsin!
then the killer: I don’t know how to help you.
is the mother, the patriarchy, the voice of authority. I don’t
know how to help you, your kind, so
you will be lost.
Forever! Anyone but her, the dreaded one!
you don’t know! I’m not asking you to help me! I know
what I’m about and what I need to do. How would you know to
help me? But I’m the black woman—and, of course, she
assume this is about me seeking her advice
about the Struggle
that is the Life of a
black woman because white women
like her refuses to take on the role of anything but the damsel in
distress. Forever fearful of difference. Always the damsel needing
the protection of the patriarchy and powerful. Always the damsel kept
far removed from the reality of racial injustice?
seek silence, and in silence, I think and listen—but no longer
her silence acknowledges how much she accepts that status quo when it
comes to deep seated myths about racial superiority: This
one isn’t any good at all! Dangerous!
the red of her face is screaming…
hearing James Baldwin: Don’t cooperate!
comfortable a thought it might be, it didn’t begin with
Trumpism. White supremacy has a long history in America; and as
William Faulkner would say, it has nothing to do with love. Before
“America” there was white supremacy in the world brought
to Turtle Island, creating an upheaval in the order of the world as
the Indigenous people knew it. But what did that matter to a
conquering people who saw opportunities just as they are attuned to
recognizing and snatching opportunities by any means necessary.
unifies the core of America’s boldest ideologues for whom, to
make a stance against their perception of a rampant mutation in the
human gene pool, is to follow in the footsteps of their Masters, the
Nazis, who initiated pogroms designed to eradicate the Jewish people
from Europe’s landscape. Today, in the 21st
Century, America, as it practiced for hundreds of years, is still
engaged in pogroms to eliminate from what many perceive to be a white
country any infestation of the criminal, the rapists, and the
freeloader. It doesn’t take a psychologist however, to see
right through this projection
of the Self onto
Trump isn’t at all a deep and a thorough cleansing of patterns
of thought that becomes the grand illusion of the deliberately
ignorant. Unless the
opposition denounces the illusion of superiority of any kind.
you try to slaughter a people and leave them with nothing to lose,
you’ve created someone with nothing left to lose,”
Baldwin once told a Berkeley audience.
however, have our children. Our future, he added. We have love.
all, there’s a reason no one wants our children educated.
There’s a reason no one wants our children educated! They would
be dangerously in love with non cooperation! Under their watch, the
educational industry, which is currently sustained because it is more
important than our children, would be dismantled and transformed to
educate humanity to love itself as a species among species. A part of
nature, and, therefore superior to no other form of life.
we’ll have to engage in “non cooperation” as if our
future depended on it! And it will! Our children will depend upon a
new way of thinking because, as Baldwin reminds us, the “machinery
is vast, ruthless, cunning and thinks of nothing” but itself—if
it isn’t thinking of ways to eliminate black Americans.
for presidents and ambassadors—what do they know? They don’t
know anything about the world because “they don’t know
you couldn’t deal with me father, how you’re going to
deal with the people on the streets of Tehran?”
leave our children, our future, to those who overall hate and desire
to destroy black lives, is to remain in an entanglement with the
deliberately ignorant; and, as Baldwin asks, “how do you expect
a people who can’t educate their own children to educate
This is love!
“this will be contested.” Of course. Baldwin: We must
Non cooperation will look like...
begin with the schools?”
one will do it for you!