Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rant about the way some Indians talk about Black people

Recently I went on a long angry rant after being triggered by an example of the stereotypical and nonsensical way some Indians in America talk about Black People. This blog post is a near faithful reproduction of that incident.

I have a friend who has been in the United States for the last 3 or 4 years after spending all his life in India.

One of his favorite conversation topics is to talk about how he ended up in an unknown part of a Big American City by mistake. The American City changes with every narration. And that the place was a ghetto and full of Black people. And it felt very dangerous and he felt scared for his life. 

Recently when we were together and alone with each other, he started on his favorite topic of conversation again  - this time the Big City was another new city not mentioned in any of the previous narrations. That pissed me off very badly and starting me off on a long rant.



The following is a slightly modified and enhanced version of that rant:

Stop talking about Black people like they are criminals or animals. You have no fucking idea what you are talking about. 

What you are not seeing is the power structure established by White Supremacy which has been telling you that 'Black people are intrinsically dangerous', 'Black people are naturally prone to be violent', 'Black people are statistically more inclined to a life of crime', etc. 

You have bought into all that bullshit hook, line, and sinker. By doing so and propogating that bullshit all over the place, you have inadvertently become a cog in the wheel of the White Supremacy machinery, helping maintain and enhance its power and influence.

Another thing you don't see is that for a White Supremacist, you are as much a Black Person as a Black Person is even though you are Indian and Brown.  

This is a country that brought Black people over as Slaves. The country's wealth was built on the forced labor of the Black slaves. The slaves were treated as property. Most of the founding fathers of this nation - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, et al - all owned Black people as slaves. Very ironic that they were talking about 'ALL MEN BEING EQUAL' in the Declaration of Independence while they were owning Human Beings as property. 

You get to go to a place and say 'This place is a Ghetto. This place has only black people. I feel scared for my life here.' only because that is how White Supremacy wants it to be. For the Black people to be segregated to specific areas of big cities where the income levels are very low. And for Black people to not be seen as normal human beings but as natural born criminals or animals.

Even with Black people being so segregated and disadvantaged, there have been cases where they did very well economically and White People could not tolerate that. Enhance your knowledge of the real history of the United States and learn about Deep Greenwood (Tulsa), Oklahoma which grew into a very prosperous Black Urban community in the United States in the early 1900s, and was dubbed the "Negro Wall Street." White rioters destroyed Deep Greenwood neighbourhood killing many of the Black residents on May 31, 1921.

The American Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865 over the issue of Slavery and ended with a decisive victory for the Union forces over the secessionist Confederate forces, and a resounding victory against the practice of slavery in the United States. Over time, the White Supremacists have muddied the waters by implying that the Civil War was fought over States' rights and not Slavery. And the country is littered with monuments and memorials for Confederate figures in an apparent attempt at reminding Black people of their inferior place in the social heirarchy.

Black people are being murdered by law enforcement folks at abnormal rates in the modern version of lynching. Michael Brown,  Freddie GreyEric Garner, Tamir Rice, and other Black people - regular people going about their life inconspicuously - should not have been famous for any reason. However their name is now forever associated with unfair killings by law enforcement folks, and giving rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. Most White People feign total ignorance of why there is a Black Lives Matter movement, and throw out nonsense like 'All Lives Matter' and 'Blue Lives Matter', etc.

White Supremacists prefer Black People to be pigeon-holed in their ghettos and be treated as subhumans. In 2008 one of those Black People made it out of the ghettos and ran for and won the US Presidency race. Not only that. He turned out to be a very able and popular President winning the re-election race in 2012 and so becoming the President of the United States for a full 8 years period.

The whole of White America went into a racist meltdown and installed a strong proponent of White Supremacist ideals as the successor to the First Black President of the United States. Racist and race-baiting Conman Dotard was and is unfit to be the President of the United States on every possible criteria but made it to the Presidency on the racist backlash to a Black Presidency.

And Mr. Dotard has been furthering the cause of MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN ever since he came to power. Almost every legislative measure taken by this Administration is aimed at making the lives of Black People and People of Color miserable. 

Here is someone else saying the same thing in a different way and resonating with many people:


END OF RANT

One day, the World will evolve to a place where every person is treated with respect and courtesy irrespective of their skin color. And not pre-judged as criminals or animals or something similar just because of their skin color. There is a lot of work to get there. Onwards, my friends.

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