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The Supreme Court heralded a post racial society in its recent decision on affirmative action. After the decision, Craven Blunder (Cliven Bundy) and Donald Sterling kindly set the nation straight on such notions, and in case you didn't hear a congressman referred to a Black reporter as an ape. Before I could finish this and publish... a rural police commissioner called President Obama a nigger, really, this could all be so simple but some would rather make it hard. It’s not Black or White. We know that The Blunders, Sterlings and Trumps and are not isolated in their thinking they simply express those thoughts in isolated venues with implicit agreement among peers where such thoughts are aired. This is not only a White phenomenon it is also a prevalent Black phenomenon. I will not relate anecdotal examples of the Black version of the phenomena (I know you want me to though), just take my word for it a Black woman sitting here listening to Biggie Smalls while I work this piece of writing into a coherent meaningful artful slice of the written word.      

    The last few weeks of global conversations about race and ethnicity has me sincerely praying that the earth doesn't face a hostile alien take over any time soon. I am not sure that there would be any degree of cooperation found among warring factions on this earth. With much of the warring and maltreatment of others founded in erroneous beliefs based on race. Beliefs codified in language by people who are Black and people who are White although technically there are no such scientifically proven creatures as Black and White humans. Black and White humans are social constructs. The human race is much more complicated than Black and White. It’s not Black and White. By no means does acknowledging this negate the history of mistreatment of people of color or the institutional process of racism based on color as it exists within the national borders of the United States and beyond. It is time to leave behind social constructs based on race.
     It is so often quoted that hate is learned; well, so is love. Underground rap music as an art form has long posed an existential question: Where is the love?  Reason alone does not answer the pain of experience. As Black people, we are aware of the need to use the tools of reason and logic to fight against the danger of racism but logic and reason do not fully address painful-hateful actions and words manifested against citizenry of a country for no other reason than they are “Black”.  Personally, I don’t have all the answers in a world where justification for ideology acquiesces to apartheid states of people herded onto narrows strips of land. Social constructs divide you and me further and further from each other, at the same time we are as close as we will ever be connected through another kind of codified language shared here on the internet.
     Recently, I was personally introduced to an example of codified language. While I waited for my bus home one evening an older man not of color struck up a conversation with me. When he spoke to me he kept uttering the phrase “The Blacks”. Every time he spoke the phrase I wanted to know, in my heart of hearts, who the hell he was talking about. I had a Wylie Coyote moment with a light bulb above my head. Oh. Me. I am “The Blacks”. This man used language consciously or unconsciously throughout our conversation, and remained largely unaware of my perspective. I wondered if he was intentionally being demeaning. Many use third person language in reference to others quite deliberately, in either case, it is codification based on race. Paulo Freire mentions in Pedagogy of Oppressed how language is used to subjugate; it was one of things I had to be confronted with on a personal level to truly gain an understanding of the intensity of it.
     The more we connect the more we understand there is also disconnection and that certain language is used to distort and foster disconnection. Mr. Blunder has spoken of “The Negro”. He wondered about “The Negroes” life in 2014 compared to the self-satisfaction of the “The Negroes” life during slavery, a contentment that did not in fact exist in the condition of slavery. “The Blacks” are not amused at this latest blatant incarnation of the same old bullshit by use of the third person in maintaining the illusion of other. I echo the question that has already been posed: Where is the love?
     Words create. Words create worlds surely as the cosmos were created by explosions of energy happening faster than the speed of light. Words have the potential energy to rock civilization toward a horizon of transformation. Words have the power to obliterate barriers of social constructs and make us something better. Picture a world where words transform the spiritual nature of man, science, systems of government, food, medicine and life because we no longer use words to exclude the other.

Posted @ http://cordelliah.blogspot.com/

Originally posted to Cordelliah (live2learn) on Sat May 17, 2014 at 02:56 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace. ~The Gingerbread Man - Adventure Time

    by live2learn on Sat May 17, 2014 at 02:56:28 PM PDT

  •  I have to confess... (3+ / 0-)
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    live2learn, Gardener in PA, Paragryne

    I have just simply never understood racism.  I would not go as far as to say it's just a social construct as there are obvious differences in skintones, but that is ALL it is.  People have different eye and hair colors too, but we mostly do not judge or certainly hate based on those factors, and no, blonde jokes come nowhere close to what we see in terms of racial attitudes.  Why anyone would think this way especially in 2014 is mind-boggling.

    •  I get what you are saying (0+ / 0-)

      But I am arguing that colors like Black and White are the social constructions not racism.

      This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace. ~The Gingerbread Man - Adventure Time

      by live2learn on Sat May 17, 2014 at 08:00:27 PM PDT

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    •  Racism is a social construct, so much so (1+ / 0-)
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      live2learn

      that old forms of racism can be deconstructed and consigned to the "dust-bin" of history with ill-informed people not really batting an eye. The Americas created "Whites", the why can't we all get along because we don't look like Africans versions of Whites. Before about 1600, yeah, Blonde hair could get you killed for shits and giggles by racists gangs in some parts of Europe.

      "Blacks" were also created by the Americas, at least in terms of skin color meaning anything as to who you chose to screw over and chose not to screw over. Frankly, one doesn't even have to look beyond the two World Wars to realize that Europeans are perfectly happy slaughtering other Europeans "Our Exalted 'Whites' given the chance and all the usual highlights we see of the rest of the world to realize the basic non-white races, as defined by European pregidousious, are also fine fighting each other.

      •  Okay I buy your argument (0+ / 0-)

        it was not my intent to argue that but I see exactly what you mean. Racism as a construct would probably explain the education of "White America" to accept slavery and the brutality of creating the other that came with it.  I can not see an inherent acceptance of Black slavery without such a construction as I think about it.

        This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace. ~The Gingerbread Man - Adventure Time

        by live2learn on Sat May 17, 2014 at 11:30:47 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you for the re-post to Community Spotlight (2+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH, LinSea

    Timing is everything and I posted late so I did not expect anyone to see this because there are many wonderful posts to read today. But thank you to YOU.

    This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace. ~The Gingerbread Man - Adventure Time

    by live2learn on Sat May 17, 2014 at 08:22:30 PM PDT

  •  Connecting (1+ / 0-)
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    The more we connect the more we understand there is also disconnection and that certain language is used to distort and foster disconnection.
    The opposite of love is fear.  And from fear stems hatred, distrust, and destruction.  From love stems peace, justice, and freedom.

    But we live in a world where are led by the TV, the radio, by movies, pundits, and advertising, all designed to have a choose a side, a brand, a logo, a flag to fly in support of "our side."  

    We are largely unaware that we are all being led to fear the other side, no matter what side we are on.  The thing we fail to recognize is that there are no "sides." We fail to acknowledge it because we don't want to admit that we've given in and accepted the illusions, and we want to all believe that we are reality based and our opinions are are own.  Regardless, sides are chosen, dehumanization of the other side through mockery, images, and words, and thus the cycle continues.

    But we are all connected, and the actions of one affect the many, regardless of race, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or favorite sports team.  We are running out of time to fully grasp this notion, and to realize that "winning" is not the thing we should be seeking.  Rather, it is reaching out to someone, giving a compliment, saying something constructive, smiling, and doing something positive for someone each and every day, and expecting nothing in return. Giving from the heart costs nothing, but the ripple effects will eventually become a tsunami if we all let go of the fear.

    I know it sounds idealistic, but I don't care, because we either step up right now and know this can be done, or else we will just continue to cycle down the rabbit hole collectively.

    •  OMG! I loved everything you (1+ / 0-)
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      wrote! I am sniffing you don't have to care you speak truth. Thank you for this comment. I will saving this to my blog site to read occasionly to remember this connection.

      This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace. ~The Gingerbread Man - Adventure Time

      by live2learn on Sun May 18, 2014 at 02:34:10 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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        I wish I could correct the typos though, but it is has to stay as it because Dkos doesn't allow edits. :-)

        •  don't sweat the small (0+ / 0-)

          Stuff. You conveyed what was in your heart.

          This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace. ~The Gingerbread Man - Adventure Time

          by live2learn on Sun May 18, 2014 at 05:49:41 PM PDT

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