Addendum To Systemic Bully Racism.

There is a contradiction in how Whites view the struggle of Black Americans.

.

I wanted to add this item to the conclusion of my previous essay, but adding another few thousand words to my 13,000 word essay seemed a bit much to ask of anyone.

.

That said, I have been challenged by some people online, or by conservatives whose books I have read, and my problem according to these critics is that I utilize inaccurate statistics, my analysis is weak, I have been misled, etc. There is always the chance that I could be wrong in various instances. Needless to say, that would make many of the scholars I have read, and cite, wrong as well. At some point, the absurdity rises to a point where it cannot hold.

.

Logical Contradiction Whites Get Wrong.

The logical problem not being properly dealt with is a mangling of reality that we have been told, or read about. Whether we are scholars, White or Black, or just people online arguing, we all know there are disparities between Black and White Americans. For example, there are more Black Americans in jail on average, by 3 to 10 times the rate of White Americans. Again most all Americans agree there is a disparity in crime data between Whites and Blacks, whether we agree on the exact numbers or not. Why this is the case, is more complicated, and there is almost no agreement from a political left, and right perspective. Otherwise, we would have solved at least some of it, right?

.

Therefore, we are gridlocked. The gridlock is occurring for one of two reasons, or more likely both. Either there is no agreement because agreeing would require actions that one side will not accept any responsibility for (i.e. make investments, etc.), and-or it is skin-color discrimination. First, remember that the concept of race is made up, fabricated, a lie. Races connotes species, and there is only one species of humanoids on this planet, i.e. human beings. This means that a person who still believes in different races thinks someone’s skin-color, or another trait or traits, makes them different mentally, etc.; as in the more melanin, the more diminished people are. Like blonde hair makes someone stupid. Or brown eyes makes someone smarter. Or having a bushy unibrow makes someone weird. Okay, that last one does seem plausible to me.

.

Our deep set myths are like duct tape wrapped around our hairy legs. We will never let someone rip off our myths quickly, nor slowly, nor in any way. We protect our leg myths, always wearing pants, or long dresses. It is painfully disrupting to ourselves, those who like us, and whom we like, to start doubting our myths. So our brain strenuously fights-off the duct-tape removers, and myth killers, and is usually successful at stunting our growth.

.

Racism and racist are inaccurate terms because of their origin, and relation to the concept of species. Yet those words could also be considered accurate in the formation of a critique. Being racist is thinking that we can separate human beings into different species, in the case of Americans using skin-color. Of course, we cannot because it is scientifically invalid. If we thought left-handed people were of a different race than right-handed people, then we could accurately be called a racist. While there is no such thing as a race of people, there is such a person as a racist. That is my way of differentiating between the pseudoscience idea of races, and using racist and racism in a critique of someone with such inaccurate ideas, and offensive beliefs.

.

But if we agree a certain group of people have significant disparities like mass incarceration rates, wealth inequality, etc., and races are not real, there must be a relatively specific framework for those disparities to occur.

.

For example, consider this allegory. There is a household with 50 family members of different ages, and health, from a newborn, toddlers, to teenagers, young parents, and middle aged to great grand parents, living in a large warm home during a very cold Minnesota winter. Then one night all of them die, except for two or three, who were near death, survived. Note that the survivors were found in better ventilated areas of the house, and no blood was spilled. This means we know that they likely died from a poisoning of some kind, not 47 or 48 cases of congestive heart failure, or everyone choking to death on popcorn. So I narrowed it down to a few causes, if not just one. I would guess carbon monoxide was the cause.

.

I am not simplifying systemic racism to one cause, or even a few. Rather the goal with the above allegory is to limit the logical wavering in such a complicated issue. By not narrowing down the logical framework of systemic racism, White Americans are constrained from moving the conversation away from the reality of what is going on, and from a fuller resolution. Another way to think of it is like an auto engineering project, which is also very complicated in its details. Although the overall framework is understood by most. There are many ways we can come at developing an automobile, but we always need wheels, and it must be steerable. We cannot create a true automobile if it cannot move around, and roll here and there. Without the basic, logical framework being true to the problem, actual solutions are not possible.

.

I again note that there are only two reasons for our inability to resolve our unethical and unjust disparities: not wanting to solve/invest in it, OR being a willful/ignorant racist. While these two reasons are likely connected in most cases, in theory there may be some people who mostly reside on one side or the other. Though that is very doubtful, due to….

Why are these the only choices?

It has to do with the large quantity of disparities, and the vast gap in many of the disparities. If the disparities were 5% here, 11% there, 17% for this, and 23% on that, there may be a way to wriggle out of a racism charge. The problem is there are too many disparities that rise to 100% to around 1000%, along with an overabundance in the 5% to 100% disparity range.

.

Furthermore, there is only one obvious pattern in how things turn out to undermine Black Americans, i.e. their skin-color. The more demonstrable problem with accusations of Black culture being the cause, is that the more melanin you have in your skin, the greater a disparity is in many areas of social and economic measurement. Our ability to discriminate and internalize false skin-color beliefs creates racism, racist structures, and social disparities, not the other way around, as someone like conservative social injustice quarrier, Thomas Sowell has consistently claimed.

.

What we have done is back ourselves into a corner by fixating on skin-color. Skin color is the problem, so that means Black Americans are generally inferior, and the darker their melanin, the more inferior they are. When someone takes that as the reason for skin-color disparities, they are racists. We cannot play in the racist area without being found culpable in that racist area. Once we take this tact, we allow ourselves the room not to care, not to help, to block changes, and not to invest in structural improvements. We get caught in this illogical, absurdity: Systemic racism is a lie because I am a racist.

.

Sure, Americans can be selfish if they want to be, and deny being responsible for the failings of our society, but do not accuse Black Americans of having any more faults than the faults you, and I have in general. There is no Black problem; it is a White privilege and White supremacy problem that caused, and is causing, the great swath of disparities. There have been many egregious attempts to associate Black Americans, or people of color in general with various inferiorities. I explained how this came about in a January essay, and why it is completely bogus.

.

To test out the Smell Curve hypothesis, pretend, I am profoundly proved wrong tomorrow, and the conspiracy of the racist densest, who have peddled this nonsense of inferiority for over two hundred years, are correct. However, before they parade around their reasoning, they must do a few things. First, there must be a very exact correlation with shades of skin color, meaning people get smarter right up the ladder to pure White Aryan smartness. Then there must be proof that IQ, or whatever valid quotient of inferiority they use, is responsible for all the disparities Blacks in America are subjected to. Any testing must recognize the school setting of both the Whites and Blacks, physical health of students, any educator bias, and all other major disruptors. The differences found also must be clear, with concurrence beyond a select slippery few conservative think tank experts, and not shrouded in technical escape clauses.

.

The problem with all the current work is the relationship it will have with all the scientific racism, and eugenics of the past. Escaping from that sordid past is nearly impossible because all work done today to prove inferiority will seem to replicate that mostly pseudoscience work. We cannot base the lives and livelihood of millions into such scammy, and regressive ideas. If there were a showing of certain large groups of people, as superior or inferior, what would even be the value of that, when each person is an individual at the same time?

.

Dangers of Skin-Color & Gender Preconceptions.

There are studies that women and men have different traits, and aptitudes at certain points in life. However, many of those elements of competency from a learning new things standpoint can be overcome. Women, men, or any gender can grow up liking dolls, then become a physicist. The binary way of thinking that reduces people to their gender or skin color, reduces our overall capacity as a society. Keeping women out of science because they supposedly do this or that less well, is very problematic.

.

Another hypothesis: men supposedly like to build things more, spatially think better, and are better at math, than women; and women possibly do more crocheting, are more caring, and play with dolls more, than men do. But if that means only men are encouraged to do, and get to do, more physics and math, our potential to understand our world could be harmed significantly. Daina Taimina, for example gets the spatial thinking and building geometrically pretty f’ing good:

.

Slight differences in intelligence should not make for huge disparities. Just like men are not any smarter, or better workers in every area than women, merely because women have different hormone levels, can have babies, and may work less outside of the home. Consider that the great physicist, Richard Feynman, had an IQ of only 125, which is 15 or more points below genius level. Also realize that White men are the ones who developed these tests, and rules, and have always decided who is worthy, often without true meritocracy being part of the measurement, or at best White male only meritocracy.

.

Speed Bumps And Blockades.

Most women and Black Americans were both kept from voting and owning property for over 150 years. Women, all Black Americans and other people of color faced, and face, discrimination for no other reason than their gender and/or skin color in education, work, etc. All of these different levels of treatment and many others disfigured the advancement of women and all people of color in some way, some worst than others. Any progress in nearly every area for women, and all people of color, has only crept along, stalled, and constantly faltered. White male Americans did not, and do not, have those insidiously stubborn obstacles and blockades placed in their way.

.

Such obstacles do not take very easily to washing off their long-term effects, and whitewashing problems is not the same as washing away all the stained and encrusted remnants of White male supremacy. Having nearly all the steering power until recently, gave White males a long time to build up laws to thwart change, and take the best spots (property and positions) so they still have most of the control over women, and people of color. No wonder land and wealth are so unevenly distributed. Truly and fully ethical rules have never been employed in our nation in any consistent manner or time. White male kleptocracy has been the modus operandi, and still is for the most part.

.

Remember the two or three that did not succumb to carbon monoxide in my long, Minnesota winter, allegory in paragraph 8? Well there is a small percentage of people who luck out big time in every society. Except White male supremacy takes more than its share. Black Americans are less likely and able to gain such advantages because they must burst through multiple blockades, after running through brutal, unforgiving mazes, as multiple others fail for reasons White Americans do not. The oppression has been targeted, and horribly intense burying the winter-house 47 to 48, under obscenely huge shovel fulls of discontents. There has never been a complete let up of racism in any area. Actually providing all Americans with legitimate opportunities, and reasonable support would mean a survival rate that is similar rather than odiously skewed, as it is for Black Americans and others not on the White-male privileged gravy train.

.

Whereas even the average White American is better off than the average Black American because almost no blockades have been dropped on Whites in the same consistent and harsh manner over centuries. White, European Americans, mostly encountered a speed-bump to dodge here, and another to dodge there, never impenetrable blockades. Even Irish Americans, only experienced short-lived speed bumps, and other rumble strips for a couple generations at most, and all of it in the distant past. With their comparatively higher wealth, White Americans can also fail more, and absorb bigger setbacks on health bills, job losses, etc., and comeback from those setbacks more frequently than Black Americans.

.

White Immigrant Blending & Other Comparisons.

The average, and even the poor, White American can blend into our society, since their color alone does not represent an opportunity for discrimination. The poorest White American is likely able to live or work anywhere as long as they pay their rent, or can do the work. If we Whites show up bathed, hair trimmed, and combed, and in our nicest clothes (bought, borrowed, or stolen), who would be the wiser about our socio-economic class? This is the same reason people of color with lighter to whiter skin are able to pass as White, or White enough. Many normally racist Whites are so fooled by passing that in countless instances they do not discriminate. They are only color blind when they do not see a specific continental-ancestry color they think they should! If it is that simple to fool White people, it is obvious many, if not most, White people are skin-color racist.

.

Yes, like the Irish above, every immigrant group faced hardships. Jewish Americans sadly are unique in their hardships in the U.S., and around the world, having never experienced a complete eradication of antisemitism. Indigenous Americans had it nearly as bad as Black Americans, but they were allowed to keep at least some of their own land, and were not deported in death ships from their continent of origin.

.

However, no other group in the land of the free (flowing bullshit) was enslaved for nearly ninety years, then partially enslaved for another 100 years with Jim Crow. Or until about 1975 or so, Blacks also had multiple, consistent, actions taken against them like restrictive housing covenants, and violently kept out of many job categories, schools, unions, etc. As well as other government and social deprivations placed on them to this day, from school segregation to voter suppression. From 1865 to 1965 various White supremacist terrorist attacks and lynchings occurred, near pogrom level in their terror, if not scale.

.

White America stole great quantities of wealth from Black Americans by burning down thousands of their homes, and violently driving them out of their individual homes as well as destroying one of the wealthiest Black communities ever. Whites bankrupted the first Black bank. Getting a mortgage and buying a home today is still fraught with bully racism. Even if crime had no skin-color disparities, wealth destruction alone should be enough to cause street protests across America everyday. Read Black Reconstruction in America, The Whiteness Of Wealth, The Color of Money, and The Color of Law, and it will all be clear why America is still infested by systemic bully racism.

.

In comparison, most Jews can now easily, pass the speed bumps, even most blockades, while Indigenous Americans in general have seen some large scale improvements, and have had more freedom to make their own decisions. They still have some federal blockades and various other speed bumps, and those obstacles diverge from Black Americans in many ways. Our government took so much initially, and any of the few paltry things we gave back to Native peoples was done begrudgingly. Additionally, we viciously beat them down via sadistic federal policies, Indian Schools, etc., that any progress is amazing, and heroic compared to the easy lives White Americans have had.

.

Comparing Native American Tribes to Black Americans is not done here as a competition, but to point out where the differences are. The trauma, terror, and takings forced on both groups has been considerable, and largely unfathomable.

.

Conclusion.

The fixated, and concentrated, destruction Whites have aimed at Black Americans has let up only gradually over the centuries, but mostly for a small percentage of lucky individuals, often lighter in color, and-or in sports and entertainment. Middle class Blacks are not likely to overcome the odds that White Americans with less education can, due to discrimination. Whites also have more wealth to start with, which gives them a boost they hardly ever consider an advantage. Mass incarcerating a huge portion of Black Americans, continued over-policing, and other discrimination has caused crushing poverty, and destroyed lives.

.

Fathers in prison. Mothers raising kids alone. Failing education, environmental degradations, and diminished health. There should not be a much larger share of any group of color in those categories; it is only possible because of White cultured, systemic racism.

.

By Richard The Chwalek.

Writer/Consultant. Wife/Two-20 something daughters. Flyover Midwesterner. RN/Engineer son, been there/done some, antiracist, feminist, ecotarotcardist, politics

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store