Some or many whites claim that they “don’t think about things like that” which means they believe that they don’t think about issues which do not directly affect them.
One white person I know says: “I live in my happy little world”. But this doesn’t mean not knowing, it means using a filter to twist reality in a way that it becomes ‘harmless’. Harmless for the white person who benefits from the privilege to be able to ignore reality.
This person once sent me a racist picture (at least I consider it as racist) about Pres. Obama, shortly after his election. I told her that I consider this picture as racist and that she should never again send me anything like this. She wrote back, telling me, that I was so complicated, that she would never consider a person to be inferior because of skin color, but that she nonetheless thinks that the picture was funny. But she promised, that she never again will send something like this.
A few days later she sent a joke to me, not about Black people but with the (German) N-word in it. I sent her a link back to a website of a Black German media watch where there is also the explanation why the N-word is offensive and dehumanizing.
Her answer to me was: “I didn’t mean it that way.”
The happy little world where whites can send racism around without thinking about it and then claiming “it wasn’t my intention”.
A few days ago she came up with the movie “North and South” (with Patrick Swayze).
She wrote an email to me, saying to me “If you had lived during this time you would have been like Virgilia. But you would have remained more grounded, wouldn’t you, and not so mad”?
Continuing: “What makes me angry about Virgilia is that she generalizes about the South. Of course, slavery is wrong and it was about time that it was abolished. But it takes some generations until people change their minds to end slavery. Because it was their way of life. I also don’t believe that all slave owners raped their slaves or almost beat them to death. I think that many were like Orry (the “good” one). And then I can understand when people like Orry become resistant (to change).”
I wrote an email back to her, but she changed the topic [ok, you know, who wants to have arguments with people like Virgilia *rolling eyes*]
Yes, I think that is what such movies do to people who have “good intentions” but refuse to look at the whole picture. Already the justification that there would be such a thing like a good slave owner also indicates that the stereotype of the “happy Black person” still works.
It is the justification of violence towards people who are considered as “the other”, the “other” who already is satisfied with “good” treatment by his white master. The whites have to be understood with their way of life, not those who wanted to abolish slavery and most of all not those who had to endure slavery.
And this brings me back to a post by Nquest and this question:
“why was it necessary to have a n*gger in the first place?”
Baldwin reasons that the very creation of the “n*gger” indicates that there was a need for the “n*gger” and that White America has to find out why. ”
Black is not just the alleged opposite of white, I think that it was also necessary to justify the violence as well as to direct the violence. The invention of the “born victim” where it was legal to commit all crimes which were illegal within “the white club” itself. The creation of the “soulless opposite”, where the sickest phantasies could be lived. Perversion became protected by laws.
The function of it is probably not only controlling the masses but controlling the aggression. When the little man does get the power over somebody else within a system where he has no power, he is more likely to controll the “easier target” than trying to fight a system, which also exploits himself. Creating free rooms for lawlessness, I think also for this it was necessary to create a N*****.
It also helped creating these empty spaces for white persons who want to live in their little worlds. People who are assimilated and silent won’t face any trouble. The perfect tool within a system of white supremacy.
I have more thoughts about this, therefore, to be continued.