Thursday, 24 May 2007

The New Nomenclature of Color Arousal

First posted at TheFreeSlave in response to an article entitled, Moving From the Heart to the Head on the Race Issue (Cecilia and TheFreeSlave, May 23, 2007).

I realize now that I have not referred to myself or others using the “R” word for a long time. And now, I will no longer use words based on and containing the root of the “R” word, like “racism” and “racist” and “racial.” All of these words that have become staples of our communication are based on a white supremacist biological concept - “R” - that has no basis in scientific reality.

Of course we need words to describe and denote the very real concepts that were represented by the words “R” and “racism” and “racial” and “racist.” The “R” word is the easiest to replace - with the phrase “the Black people.” It will humanize us to finally refer to ourselves as “people” rather than as anything else.

The “racism” word can be replaced with “Extreme Color-Aroused Disorder” (ECA), which is the short way to referring to the psychiatric illness of Extreme Color-Aroused Emotion, Ideation and Behavior Disorder (ECEIBD). As Cecelia correctly reminds us, we need a greater focus on our feelings and on white people’s underlying feelings. This definition, although longer than the term “racism” has the benefit of explicitly encouraging us to look at, describe and communicate about ALL of the emotions that underly “racism,” instead of just the anger that the “racism” word regularly evokes.

The word “racial” can be replaced more accurately with the phrase, “color-groups,” and even more accurately with the phrase “perceived color-groups,” since the only thing that really groups beige people from New Guinea with Black people from Chicago is the color-antagonistic mind’s refusal to differentiate between people, other than to say, “They’re all Black! You can’t tell them apart!”

The word “racist” can be replaced with the phrase “Extremely color-aroused disordered person,” or “ECA disordered person,” (which is quite a bit more insulting, if you think about it). Or “person with ECEIBD. Or “patient with ECEIBD.” Those phrases and terms will serve as a deterrent to public behavior symptomatic of ECA.

It should be noted that we refer to “hate crimes” in legal statutes, rather than “race” crimes or “racist crimes.” Did the failure to use the word “R” word in those statutes rob us of our sense of self? Of course not! It merely clarified the nature of the crime and thereby increased the likelihood that perpetrators would be convicted.

Speaking of which, we need a name for people who commit crimes when aroused by skin-color, and those crimes can be based on envy and even love, as well as hate. For them, we have the term "Extreme Color-Aroused Perpetrator!" One advantage of this willingness to engage in new thought is that it yields a host of catchy and newsworthy new names to call the people who target us for color-aroused abuse. Like “color-aroused abuser.”
May 24th, 2007 at 04:24 p

i am a proponent of removing the word “race” from our vocabulary, but we must work to remove the word “race” from our consciousness, as well. as long as the concept remains, there will be the opportunity for another word to replace it.

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