Test Yourself: How DO you REALLY Feel About Black Females?
Most everyone now knows the story of Artis Hughes, 59, 230 pounds and Shidea Lane, 25, 135 pounds. He was a driver of a Cleveland municipal bus. She was a passenger. Both are black people. She spat on his face. Then, he punched her in the jaw with an upper-cut. That is the story boiled down to its essentials.
If you are a black person, in this post I offer you the closest thing to a self-administered lie-detector test on how you really feel about black females and, by extension, black people than you’ll probably ever get. (I’m not offering anything to white folks.) Follow me here.
THE NEUROLOGY of CONTEMPT
Children carry the future of our species or, if you will, our sub-species. For that reason, children evoke from “adults” a sense of protectiveness. Nature has designed “adult” female people with lighter voices and rounder faces than their male counter-parts because the resemblance to children evokes protectiveness rather than aggression and this is necessary since females must bare and care for infants.
Ms. Lane spat at Mr. Hughes. Because of their evolutionary association with disease and death, excretion of body fluids activates emotional, non-rational parts of the brain (the basal ganglia and the amygdala). That’s why there are curse words in every language that reference such excretions. (see Steven Pinker on the language of swearing.)
Now, when a 10-year-old boy spits in the face of an “adult,” there are competing neurological impulses: The intense revulsion to another’s bodily fluid Vs. the instinct to protect the child who carries potential for the species or sub-species. In almost everyone, the instinct to protect the child will prevail—at least to the extent of not delivering an uppercut to his jaw even while you are aware that the 10-yr-old knew exactly what he was doing. For reasons already discussed, this deference will usually accrue to an adult female as well.
But, with most black people, as evidenced by the comments all over the web on this story, black females cannot compete with that evolutionary revulsion against bodily fluids. If you just can’t bring yourself to say that Mr. Hughes should not have punched Ms. Lane after she spat on him, well, you now know the truth about how you really feel about black females—even if you are one.
*“Adult” is used with quote marks because under a system of white domination (racism), all black persons function as children compared to white folk.