My man Francis Holland has this theory about racism. He doesn't think it exists. He thinks racism is the wrong word to use when describing one races dislike for the other. Francis thinks it's a false term as we are all a part of the same race (humans), therefore we cannot be racist towards one of our own. Francis, instead, calls the phenomenon Extreme Color Arousal Disorder, or ECAD. Now I must admit that when I first read this theory by Francis I thought he was nuts. But now.....I am not so sure. I think Francis might be on to something. People do tend to do irrational things and act against their own best interests when they are color aroused.Take the latest Wapo poll which finds that three in ten A-merry-cans still have some issues with race. Now three out of ten might not be a bad average if you are a baseball player. A life time 300 bating average can get you into the hall of fame. But here in the land of the [not]so free and the home of the [some are] brave that number just doesn't seem so right now does it. After all, this is A-merry-ca. Aren't we above those silly racial distinctions? Isn't this where we expect to be able to live a life where we can be judged by the content of our character?Of course this poll is all centered around the "O" man and his historic run for the highest office in the land. All the pollsters want to know what's really on the minds of A-merry-cans when it comes to the "O" mans's complexion. Is there really ECA when it comes to the "O" man? Let me answer that for you: yes.
Field, my brother, thank you so much for addressing color arousal and Extreme Color Aroused Disorder, Field, because the cartoons you use to illustrate some white people's mindset about Obama shows that they really are suffering from a mental illness; they fear a Black Harvard Law Review Editor as much as the fear The Headless Horseman and the "Evil Eye".
It's simply not possible to be so irrational and obsessional, so filled with irrational fears and anger, without being mentally ill.
In the comments to the post, Bob said,
"Holland reflects the scientific view, in which concept of "race" is increasingly disproven & discredited. Racism becomes an inaccurate term if there are no races per se & the problem in America is actually a matter of skin color;"Cristopher said in the comments,
"My feeling was and still is, we're all members of the human race, so I thought the term was peculiar. I understand differences in ethnicity but the race thing just makes no sense."Some people say it's alright to keep using the word "race" because everyone knows "race" is just a "social construct". But the popularity of that monkey photo above shows that some people literally believe that the "race" concept reflects a reality of different species. Otherwise, why are they using a monkey to represent their believe in the difference between them and Barack Obama? Unfortunately, many Blacks don't understand that being consigned to monkeyhood, as the continued use of the term "race" implies, is itself an insult.
Being disconnected from reality is a symptom or even a definition of mental illness right, with delusions, unrealistic fears to the point of paranoia, etc.?
Now, most people here are saying that these people are "racist" because that's the worst word they can think of for whitist behavior and ideology. But isn't being mentally ill just as bad in our society as being "racist"? Isn't it actually a whole lot worse to be mentally ill?
You can get a job if you're "racist", right? Can you get and keep a responsible job if everyone agrees that you're mentally ill?
What do whites think is worse? To be racist or to be seriously mentally ill? How would whites feel if the Washington Post said, "Thirty percent of Americans are mentally ill?" THAT would arouse some real concern, whereas the word "racist" just arouses a "Yeah, I know, so what?" response.
If you're seriously mentally ill, you need a psychiatrist, maybe some medication, and maybe even involuntary hospitalization, right? Have you even seen ANYONE receive all of that intervention because they were perceived to be "racist". America WILL change when it recognizes that what we now calls "racism" is a mental illness, but Blacks have to take the leadership if this recognition is to occur. If we insist that it is NOT mentally ill to consider Blacks to be biologically more like monkies, then of course we give intellectual, political, cultural and scientific cover to the whites who believe that Blacks ARE of a different SPECIES.
When Blacks realize that our society considers mental illness to be FAR more serious than "racism" as a personal problem, they'll realize that calling whites mentally ill is far more politically powerful than calling them "racist."
Finally, Coyote Road said,
Also, will we next have EGAD - Extreme Gender Arousal Disorder? Oh wait ...YES, expect discussions of EGAD as the discussion of ECAD warms up!