When “Non-white” is a Cover—PART I.
I recently initiated a private message FaceBook conversation with a person who appeared to be “Asian”. His name appeared to be “Chinese.” I am changing his name to protect his identity. I offer the conversation to demonstrate the counter-racist utility of calling all forces into the foxhole and aiming for all others :
Wondering, sir. What if almost all people who are now called “black” took the stance that black is a “position” not a phenotype. And, that we would, henceforth, regard as “white” all people who insist they are not black. Would you start calling yourself black?
What if you’re not black or white? Do you not exist to the world for people who only see the world in binary terms?
Unfortunately, since we currently exist in a global system of racism (white supremacy), that is all there are. White and (-)white. Inmate and non-inmate in an open-air prison. All else is deception perpetrated by the racists (white supremacists). Do you decline to answer the question?
You didn’t say white and non-white. You said black and white.
Correct. There are no optically black people. A black person is a political term. Either one is a victim of the system of racism (white supremacy) or one is not. That is binary. Mathematically, the opposite of white is black. That is, (-)white = black. Everything else is playing around.
Black is not just a political term. It is an identity, a history, a culture as are other identities.
What do all black people have in common besides being a victim of racism (white supremacy)?
Why did you message me?
Debriefing: I did not use the term the term “non-white.” Yet, Mr. Chen was anxious to use it. The term, “non-white,” was the term of choice for a person who does not want to answer the question, “What do all black people have in common besides being a victim of racism (white supremacy)?” I suspect that Mr. Chen greatly prefers the term,, “non-white” because it allows him to practice deception on black people. Now, what should I conclude about such persons?