Basic Counter-racist Math: Not Black = White
Some people’s color classification is not stable. At any given time, however, since the global SYSTEM of white supremacy exists, these people are always either white or they are not. For the same reason, they are never both white and not white at the same time. Both propositions are as impossible as being inside the prison and outside the prison simultaneously. When these temps are white, they likely practice racism/white supremacy. A “Japanese” person who was officially classified as white when traveling on business to “South Africa” before 1990 was likely practicing racism/white supremacy during such travel. When returning to Japan, the person might acknowledge that he/she was not white but would likely insist that he/she was not black! If a person insists that he/she is not black, then as a matter of logic, I must suspect that, at times, he/she is white. And, since a white person who is mentally capable of practicing racism should be suspected as one who does practice it, I suspect that most persons who insist that they are not black are, at times, racists/white supremacists….. Which times? I don’t know. So, I must suspect most such persons all of the time.
Confusion is the most valuable tool of the white supremacists/racists. The more “racial” labels they persuade their victims to use, the more likely we are to be unsure of the most basic truth about their system: The people who are responsible for mistreatment based upon color are white persons.
Many people who are attempting to be counter-racist scientists say/think that all people belong to one of three categories: white supremacists; white people, and; non-white people. I formerly used that code to identify people in my counter-racist efforts. Until by logic , violence, or the threat of violence I am persuaded otherwise, I will discontinue the use of the use of the term “non-white.” When referring generally to people who are not white, I will attempt to, henceforth, consistently use the term” black” instead of “non-white.” [I know this will cause a lot of anger and I will be doing a lot of explaining] Some so-called “Indians” who reside in England label themselves as “black” in recognition of their political status. The great number of computer software geniuses coming out of India is evidence of their general talent at logic. Some of the greatest mathematicians of the last century were also “Indians.”…
Non-white persons, logically, are black persons. This is just simple math. The color of people in the system of racism/white supremacy is not optics physics. I have never met a person whose skin is optically white or black. The color is political. When a person is “white,” he or she is eligible to practice racism and to receive the benefits thereof. When a person is “black”, he or she is the functional opposite of a white person because he/she is subject to the white people who practice racism. Since, racism = white supreme-acy, every person is, at any given time, either white or black. Sure, black is not white. But, to say that yellow, red, tan, brown people are also “non-white” allows room for confusion because most of these people will insist, “I am not black!” And, under the global SYSTEM of white supreme-acy, if a person is not black, he/she is white—at least some of the time. Which times? I don’t know. So, I will suspect most such persons all of the time.
To say that a person is white is saying that he/she is not “a person of color.” That means that a non-white person is not not a person of color. Why say that?? Why not just say that he/she IS “a person of color?” But, then, what color would that be? Yellow? Brown? Red? If yellow, red and brown are political shades of black (subject to the racists/white supremacists), why not just say black?
In elementary school most of us learn how important it is to simplify terms and expressions so that we don’t get confused and make errors in our conclusions/solutions.
I suspect that most persons who insist that they are neither black nor white are, at times, white persons who, I must suspect are, at times, racist/white supremacists. Which times? I don’t know. So, I will suspect such persons (*on a case-by-case basis) all of the time.
At a local access cable TV station taping, I recently met a man named Jose. Jose has blue eyes, salt & pepper-colored straight hair, very light tan skin, and speaks English with a very heavy Spanish accent. He told me that about three years ago he came to southern California from Venezuela and that he is living out of his car while learning how to make and market documentary films. I asked Jose what he thought about Hugo Chavez (the first person who is clearly not white to ever be elected President of Venezuela). Jose told me that Chavez’ election was his reason for fleeing Venezuela. Well, I began to suspect that Jose might be white. So, I asked Jose if he was a white person. He said that in Venezuela he is considered to be white. He said that in this part of the world (“San Diego, California, United States”), he is assumed to be white until he begins speaking. I asked him how he knew this. He told me that he is not bothered by anyone when he is sleeping in his car in locations where mostly white people shop and play— until his speech is overheard by a white person. He does filming on college campuses and malls and is not questioned or told to stop—- until, for some reason, some white person hears him speaking.
I asked Jose if light skinned, straight-haired people are now fleeing Venezuela for the same kinds of reasons that such persons left Cuba after Fidel Castro took a similar title there. Jose said “yes.” He said that the opportunity for such persons was being drastically reduced and that it was “awful.” Of course, he said, he had nothing against Chavez because of his skin color or his attempt to help the persons there who are not white. In fact, he said, he liked the variety now seen in government in Venezuela…..blah, blah, blah….Later that evening, he asked me to be his “assistant.” He wanted me to use his camcorder to film him controlling one of the big cameras in the TV studio. I agreed to do it because I wanted his help with a counter-racist video project I was planning. Even later that evening, when he learned that the 6’5” black, helix-haired male was my companion, he stopped being friendly and no longer wanted my “assistance.” I suspect Jose is a white person at times who, I must suspect at times, is a racist/white supremacist. Which times? I don’t know. So, I will suspect Jose is a white supremacist/racist all of the time. Jose insists that he is not black.
Some people’s color classification is not stable. But, that could change if it became customary for everyone who, at any time, is not white to insist that they are black—all of the time.