American Racism: The Giant White Elephant in the Room
Every day it gets more embarrassing. The total absence of even any discussion of racism after three years of the most vile and incessant displays of it I’ve ever seen, proves beyond question this country’s pathological denial and self-delusion. The fact that the psychology community itself isn’t standing up and making this obvious statement proves the disease pervades throughout American society, and that no ‘authority’ is willing to face the truth.
Every morning there is a new and horrendous example. MSM in their denial of the three year campaign against the First Black President, have already ‘moved on’ from this President even existing, and focus solely on the Confederate Republican Candidates vying to ensure Obama is a “One Term President.”
The intentionally perpetuated lack of historical knowledge that keeps people from understanding the depths of this country’s foundations in racism prevents people from recognizing what an affront these candidates are. In response to the First Black President’s election we get a basket full of Confederate Candidates, yet no one will face the truth of why that is.
When Rick Perry first brought up seceding from the United States for instance, anyone with actual historical knowledge of the United States should have heard the dog whistle. Suggesting the same action that started the Civil War speaks volumes about one’s beliefs. Contrary to the revisionist rhetoric regurgitated as cover, the Confederacy was founded on the religious belief that the ‘negro is inferior to the white man’ and that belief is the “Cornerstone of the Confederacy.” Secession was their only option when faced with not being able to keep their Negro slaves, yet none of this was even discussed in MSM. It was glossed over as an entirely irrelevant issue – spitting in the face of anyone with a brain.
When it was revealed that Rick Perry was endorsed by a Neo-Confederate group as a member of the “Sons of Confederate Veterans” and their best hope for getting April declared “Confederate History and heritage Month,” it barely made the news at all.
When it was revealed that Rick Perry and his family are long time owners of Niggerhead Ranch, most of the coverage was on late night comedy shows, but MSM coverage amounted to little more than ignorant awkward jokes and giggles as well. Yet every day we are expected to forgive and forget the offenses from yesterday (like they were some kind of accident), and not recognize him for what he is and represents. Today we are supposed to ignore that once again (or more to the point – still) the Confederates are questioning the President’s birthright as an American, and once again MSM will not examine why they insist on making it a central issue.
The real reason for this continuous disbelief and distain is very simple. The Confederates will not and cannot accept a Negro as President of the United States, because a Negro is not an equal man. This reality is explained very clearly by Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens in his 1861 Cornerstone speech:
The new [Confederate] constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution — African slavery as it exists amongst us — the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. 1
The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the storm came and the wind blew. 1
Our new [Confederate] government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. 1
They assume that the negro is equal, and hence conclude that he is entitled to equal privileges and rights with the white man. If their premises were correct, their conclusions would be logical and just — but their premise being wrong, their whole argument fails. They were attempting to make things equal which the Creator had made unequal. With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. It is, indeed, in conformity with the ordinance of the Creator. 1
The great objects of humanity are best attained when there is conformity to his laws and decrees, in the formation of governments as well as in all things else. Our Confederacy is founded upon principles in strict conformity with these laws. This stone which was rejected by the first builders “is become the chief of the corner” — the real “corner-stone” — in our new edifice. 1
This is the real foundation of American Racism. The Confederate belief in the inferiority of the Negro is derived from their religious and creation belief. If you ask any Confederate, they will not deny any of this – even to this day. This cornerstone principle of the Confederacy has not and cannot be removed from their belief system, yet MSM and the American educational system itself deny the reality of this, and instead teach the delusion that the Confederacy is somehow ‘past’ racism. They can no more be ‘past’ racism than a building can be ‘past’ it’s foundation, and pretending otherwise is why this country remains steeped in denial about the motivations and sudden resurgence of Confederate devotion, and the multiple Confederate presidential candidates.
There’s very good reason that Americans (and the American belief system as a whole) cannot address the foundational racism of the Confederacy. In order to examine Confederate racist belief, you have to examine its origins in Christianity. To put it simply, in order to understand Confederate racism, you have to understand Christian racism.
As stated in the Cornerstone speech, their belief in the inferiority of the Negro is attributed to the Curse of Canaan. This refers to Noah cursing his son Ham’s child Canaan for Ham’s ‘disrespect’ of Noah. The narrative of this curse is found in Genesis 9:20-27:
20And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 2
21And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 2
22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 2
23And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. 2
24And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. 2
25And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 2
26And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 2
27God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 2
These few sentences in the Bible are the foundation of religion based racism on this Planet. Although biblical scholars are unanimous in the understanding that the curse was placed on Canaan (not Ham himself), various influential Jewish and Christian traditions have wrongly assigned the curse to Ham – who is considered to have become the father of most African and Middle Eastern dark skinned people. 3 There are psychoanalytic experts who propose that it was in fact Noah who sinned against Ham, while under the influence, then cursed his son as a means of using a reversal defense mechanism. 4
From this then, the curse of Canaan to be “servant of servants” is wrongly applied to all of Ham’s descendants – i.e. All African / Middle Eastern people. There can be no reason for this misinterpretation except for the purpose of discrimination, and as we can see, it is very much still in use as justification for ignorant racist hate, and the exploitation of people of color.
This is the fraud that has been perpetrated on people of color on this planet for 2,000 years. Mind you, this justification would be ridiculous even if it wasn’t twisted to suit the desires of hate. These people believe that because Ham saw his father drunk and naked, that an entire lineage should be cursed to servitude, and that this is somehow the will of the Creator… as opposed to the wrath of an angry and petty father with a hangover. As Genesis tells it, Noah takes no responsibility for getting drunk and naked in the first place, but curses an innocent for someone else seeing his condition.
It is this purposefully misconstrued Biblical passage that is at the root of Christian Racism, at the root of Confederate Racism, and subsequently at the root of American Racism. This biblical ‘belief’ has been taught in Sunday schools across the country (misnomered “The Curse of Ham”) since its inception, making this foundational racist belief in Negro inferiority as American as Apple Pie.
“How long, how long, must we sing this [racism] song.” Joe Scarborough – White Leader
It isn’t at all difficult to find proof of this delusional belief system or its proponents in this country, and MSNBC has one as a virtual fixture. Morning Joe quite often parades Confederates for 3 hours every morning (leaving no doubt whatsoever of their level of support), but Son of Confederate Veterans Pat Buchanan is on almost as much as Joe Scarborough himself.
Pat Buchanan is a never ending source of Confederate racism, revisionist history, and ignorance. In obvious and intentional disregard for people of color (or even people of intelligence), MSNBC subjects viewers to him all throughout the day as an ‘expert’ on every imaginable topic.
Pat Buchanan’s singular focus during the entire Obama Presidency however, has been decrying the ‘destruction of the country and beliefs he grew up with,’ and the threat to the only minority he is concerned with… the endangered White Man. Since well before the 2008 election, Buchanan has stoked white fear with a litany of racist revisionist ignorance.
“America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known. We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?” 5
“Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America’s fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?” 5
“As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?” 5
“Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?” 5
“White America changing color is one of the worst tragedies in Human History” 5
Pat Buchanan – A Brief for Whitey
In his new book he continues the evolution of ignorance feigning Christian moral authority.
“The Death Of Christian America”:
“Obama’s White House thus enlisted in the long and successful campaign to expel Christianity from the public square, diminish its presence in our public life, and reduce its role to that of just another religion.” 6
“Half a century after Martin Luther King envisioned a day when his children would be judged ‘not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character,’ journalists of color are demanding the hiring and promotion of journalists based on the color of their skin. Jim Crow is back. Only the color of the beneficiaries and the color of the victims have been reversed.” 6
“Those who believe the rise to power of an Obama rainbow coalition of peoples of color means the whites who helped to engineer it will steer it are deluding themselves. The whites may discover what it is like to ride in the back of the bus.” 6
“Not until the 1960s did courts begin to use the Fourteenth Amendment to impose a concept of equality that the authors of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, The Federalist Papers, and the Gettysburg Address never believed in. Before the 1960s, equality meant every citizen enjoyed the same constitutional rights and the equal protection of existing laws. Nothing in the Constitution or federal law mandated social, racial, or gender equality.” 6
“If [conservative political commentator Heather] Mac Donald’s statistics are accurate, 49 of every 50 muggings and murders in New York are the work of minorities. That might explain why black folks have trouble getting a cab. Every New York cabby must know the odds, should he pick up a man of color at night.” 6
“What the above points to is a strategy from which Republicans will recoil, a strategy to increase the GOP share of the white Christian vote and increase the turnout of that vote by specific appeals to social, cultural, and moral issues, and for equal justice for the emerging white minority. If the GOP is not the party of New Haven firefighter Frank Ricci and Cambridge cop James Crowley, it has no future. And although Howard Dean disparages the Republicans as the “white party,” why should Republicans be ashamed to represent the progeny of the men who founded, built, and defended America since her birth as a nation?” 6
“Our intellectual, cultural, and political elites are today engaged in one of the most audacious and ambitious experiments in history. They are trying to transform a Western Christian republic into an egalitarian democracy made up of all the tribes, races, creeds, and cultures of planet Earth. They have dethroned our God, purged our cradle faith from public life, and repudiated the Judeo-Christian moral code by which previous generations sought to live.” 6
“Perhaps some of us misremember the past. But the racial, religious, cultural, social, political, and economic divides today seem greater than they seemed even in the segregation cities some of us grew up in.” 6
“Back then, black and white lived apart, went to different schools and churches, played on different playgrounds, and went to different restaurants, bars, theaters, and soda fountains. But we shared a country and a culture. We were one nation. We were Americans.” 6
In a just society this man would be jailed for this kind of regressive stupidity, but in a country founded on and lying about deep seeded racist hate, he gets published and idolized by the throngs of deluded and ignorant racists content to remain in a 2000 year old delusion of their God given superiority, rather than face the reality that they are horribly, horribly, wrong. No longer will I (nor should you) give the ‘benefit of the doubt’ to anyone claiming this ‘Christian nation is in danger’ as a result of electing a Black President, and I will treat that statement as the blatantly racist statement that it is – whether the deliverer is educated enough to know it or not.
It is because of this ignorance that Confederate candidates like Rick [Niggerhead] Perry, find it ‘amusing’ to return to the ‘birther’ issue. To this day 48% of Iowa Republicans STILL don’t believe President Obama was born in the United States, and it is to this ignorant base that Perry, Buchanan, Bachmann, Palin, etc., are pandering to. As much as they would like to, they can’t openly call the First Black President of the United States 3/5ths of a Man as the ‘founding Fathers’ legislated, so flat out denying he’s American at all is the only alternative.
The Confederate Republican Tea Klan has produced three years of undeniable incontestable evidence of a Nation founded and operating on racism. At the most critical juncture for the people, the country, the economy, and the planet, the Republicans have proven beyond any doubt that they would rather see the country fail than the First Black President succeed, and have taken every conceivable opportunity to march this country back to the 1800s… i.e. “The good old days.”
Contesting this reality is proof of one’s own denial and ignorance. While the country is ready and willing to evolve past it’s racist and ignorant foundational principals, the Republicans have spent three years doing all they can to strip minorities of any educational opportunities, healthcare benefits, voting rights, and any social safety net whatsoever, in order to accomplish their stated singular goal –Making the First Black President a One Term President, and ensuring that such an ‘abomination’ can never happen again.
While the Mainstream Media Confederate collaborators try to assign all blame to The First Black President, the Giant White Elephant in the room remains purposefully ignored. It’s time to face this country’s and this planet’s foundations in primitive religious racism, and evolve past an ignorance based global society. Until then, don’t insult the reality of truth and intelligence by daring to call this delusion ‘Civilization.’
Why whitey can’t vote
1. Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens’ 1861 Cornerstone speech: http://ow.ly/3G9jG
2. Genesis 9:20-27 (King James Version) http://ow.ly/7doaH
3. Racism’s roots in the Bible http://ow.ly/7dopB
4. Curse of Ham http://ow.ly/7doyi
5. A Brief for Whitey – Pat Buchanan http://ow.ly/7dpiz
6. Twelve Racist Quotes From Pat Buchanan’s New Book http://ow.ly/7dpzQ