With all this talk about “Accidental Racism,” I’d like to take a few moments to clear up some obvious, but not so obvious, things. First of all, racism is no accident. It is a well-crafted plan to keep people of color oppressed and White supremacy intact. Racism is not emotionally based. It’s contingent on power to survive. It’s a hierarchal structure in which those at the top maintain control and subjugate all other cultures intellectually, physically, spiritually and economically. At this time, the White race sits at the top of the totem pole. They ultimately call all the shots. Even those of color who are in positions of power must answer to The White Man. Anything else is not racism—maybe prejudiced—but not racism. Racism is not believing you are racially supreme to other races, it is actualizing the state of supremacy over all other races—big difference.
Strangers in the Night
What’s dangerous about the post-race ideology is that it doesn’t serve to destroy racism; it just suppresses it under a mask, or in some cases, a hood. We are entering an era where there’s a contingency of people who wish to obliterate racial distinction altogether— which in theory is a great and noble concept—but in practice, it’s very murky terrain. Whereas the idea of race is a false construct, there is a grave danger in removing the labels of Black, White and others before we’ve figured out what it means to be in said demographic and what that means in relation to one another. We can get rid of labels overnight. What’s not so easy is changing negative thought patterns that we’ve been entrenched in generation upon generation. It’s not that difficult to learn something new, but it’s next to impossible to change bad habits that have been deeply ingrained into our psyche. It requires the type of insight, fortitude, commitment and willpower that most folks don’t have. Not because they lack the capacity for it, but because we’re not typically called upon to use those traits. In fact, critical thinking and spiritual enlightenment are frowned upon in our society. We live in an era in which mediocrity is celebrated and being average is encouraged. We’re conditioned to be not so great as to make others uncomfortable.
We live in a world where zombies are glorified while seekers of truth are vilified.
- Nicholas Payton 4:10:13
There is actually no reason for race to exist outside of marginalizing those in the minority—which is a misnomer. From a world view, those labeled the minority are actually the majority. Words are very powerful and can condition our thoughts and actions. Words formulate the basis of our reality. We live in a very slogan-driven era. We’re quick to latch on to sayings, regardless if they make any sense. Sort of like Nancy Reagan championing “Just Say No” while her husband was busy flooding Black neighborhoods with crack cocaine. As if just saying “No” is the answer to hundreds of years of slavery, deceit and psychological manipulation. We can’t just forget racism and expect it will go away. It’s also dangerous to force growth before proper form and a steady foundation has been established.
So before we cease being Black Americans, we need to figure out what it means to be Black American. White people are already putting the wheels in motion to stop being White. I recently filled out a form where “White” was no longer listed as an option. It was called “Non-Minority,” which is a subtle way of saying majority—which de facto makes everyone else listed for minority.
Phantom racism is dangerous. Some people consider it to be more evolved than other archaic forms of racism (like chattel slavery and lynching)—which is true—but racism is not exactly something I’d like to see evolve. All growth ain’t good. Like a cancer, racism can be deadly. Some individuals, like Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, are in favor of this more passive or “accidental” racism. If I had to choose between the two, I’d say I like my racism overt and uncoded. Don’t get thee behind me Satan, I want you in front of me right where I can see you.
It’s harder to defend yourself against an invisible aggressor. The plainer the enemy, the swifter the defense.
-Nicholas Payton 4:9:13
Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Where Are You?
This new-fangled racism either loves to mingle in the dark where it can’t be detected or hides in plain sight—much like the villains on Scooby Doo. The evil monster was never really some supernatural creature, but always a familiar face under a mask. That’s how racism looks today: It lives in your next door neighbor, your friend, your teacher, your doctor, perhaps someone you trust and would never suspect would support it, but does. Most racists don’t believe themselves to be racist at all. Truth is, no one person is racist. Like religion, racism is a dogmatic system. It requires groupthink to survive as falsity cannot live on its own. Community is required to perpetuate a con. The same mistruths get repeated until folks become indoctrinated beyond recognition.
It’s a privilege to live in a world where God looks like you, the people with the most money look like you, and the most powerful and most educated look like you. All people of color have to develop the dualistic nature of surviving in whatever environment they’re from while being skillful enough to figure out how to navigate within the White world—if they’re to be successful. America is an anglo-normative society. Everyone else is either hyphenated or a caricature of exoticism. On the flip, most White people get extremely uncomfortable—even hostile—when they have to move within the ethnic sector. Well, welcome to the minority!
All of a sudden—after forcing the rest of the world to comply with its aesthetics, we’re supposed to feel sorry for The White Man as he may be losing his position in what’s rapidly becoming a majority Colored nation. I don’t believe the idea should be to try to change or eradicate racism, but rather implement colored consciousness and support. We should seek not to reverse racism, but rather, reverse the effects of racism and instill pride and proper perspectives amongst people of color. I don’t believe we’ll ever eliminate White supremacy, but we can elevate the minority mentality from oppression to opulence.
Now, Let’s See Who You Really Are . . .
Black people should support Black independent thinkers, Black writers, Black music, Black entrepreneurs, and educate themselves, and their children, of African culture (which—contrary to the Western narrative—is the cradle and the foundation of civilization) and Black American history (which is the foundation of American culture). One month out of the year is not good enough.
A holistic approach is the only way to unmask the phantom of oppression.
- Nicholas Payton aka The Savior of Archaic Pop