Wednesday, 9 September 2009

On DavidHart's "PWB: Presiding While Black,"

In an article entitled "PWB: Presiding While Black," davidhart says over at Pam'sHouseBlend afrosphere blog that:
All the nonsense and feigned outrage over a speech given to school children by the President of the United States only crystallizes the idea that there are many people in this country who simply cannot cope with the fact that the black guy won. Barack Obama is the lawfully elected and sworn President of the United States of America. No amount of "birthers," "tenthers" or "tea-baggers" is going to change that. And for all of the assorted "ers" out there, I have worse news. Barack Obama will probably remain as President of the United States until January 20, 2017.
As I said in the comments to the article, I agree that the white right is inventing a lot of different arguments against Barack Obama because they simply don't like the color of his skin.

However, I do not think that calling them "racists" is productive. It's not that I think the word "racist" is to tough on them; it's that I think the word "racist" is too tough on us.

The linguistic "logic" behind the word "racism" is that whites are opposed to Obama because of his "race", and therefore their behavior is "racist."

The problem with this fallacy is that the Federal Government's Human Genome Project has announced that, as a matter of biology, "race" doesn't exist and it never did.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Human Genome Program:

"DNA studies do not indicate that separate classifiable subspecies (races) exist within modern humans. While different genes for physical traits such as skin and hair color can be identified between individuals, no consistent patterns of genes across the human genome exist to distinguish one race from another. There also is no genetic basis for divisions of human ethnicity. People who have lived in the same geographic region for many generations may have some alleles in common, but no allele will be found in all members of one population and in no members of any other."
In other words, the Human Genome Project has proven that, as a matter of scientific fact, that which we call "race" does not exist as a matter of biology, and so all references to "race" are references to a fallacy. The word "racist" is a capitulation to the white supremacist fantasy that there is a biological "us" and "them" between people with white skin and people with brown skin.

To the degree that there is such an "us and them" political reality, the cleavage is delineated by skin color, which is observable and not "race", which is a specious and false theory about what's in our DNA.

In my opinion, the term "race" is a metasticized white supremacist fantacy concept that was born to support slavery and perpetuated to maintain Black subjugation, based on an "us and them" theory of "race".

You use the word "racist" because you think it stings white people more. White supremacists also like to perpetuate the use of the words "race" and "racial" and "racist" because these words support a crucial underlying premise of white supremacy: race.

Paulo Freire and Franz Fanon insisted that in order to end subjugation, we have to stop using langauge that subjugates us or that colludes in our subjugation. By calling others "racist" instead of "colorist" or color-aroused, you are perpetuating the language and oppressive biological fallacies of the oppressor. The concept of "race" and therefore also the concept of "racist" are examples of "internalizing the oppressor" language and concepts.

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