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MUHAMMAD: Are White People Evil? Or Do They Just Hate Us?

I have been wrestling in my mind with the American racial conundrum. It’s really complicated. But in the end, The White Man, Whitey, Mr. Charlie, Mr. Bobo is at fault, trust me.

While I have your attention, I want to get something off my chest: I am a “Black Man.” I am not a “person of color.” And now that I think about it, I’m not “of” anything. I consider other non-white people, “non-white.” Now.

There are some who say: “There is only one race, the human race,” and that modern DNA discoveries prove that all people, regardless of skin color or hair texture, have only minute differences, and are more the same than they are different from one another.

I don’t know. I’ve been to Sudan, where in the southern Nuba Mountains there are Dinka people whose skin is so dark, they literally look like they are blue-black. And I’ve been to the Caucasus Mountains in Russia, where the Caucasian people are pretty white, and so unlike the Dinka. Elsewhere in Russia, I’ve seen people with Oriental features and Caucasian skin color. It’s hard to explain those complexities.

With all our religious, cultural, and language differences on top of that, it’s hard to see us all as one race.

Then, there’s the “Cress Theory of Color Confrontation,” which argues that because the people with the fair skin and hair and light eyes have recessive genes that are dominated by the darker genes and if those fair-skinned individuals intermarry — who are also a numerical minority of the earth’s population — their fear of genetic annihilation will be realized, hence they are in perpetual war with the Blacks, the non-whites.

That Cress Theory is the basis for one half of “Askia’s Postulate”: White people are genetically predisposed to evil means of genetic self-preservation. The other half is that they simply hate us.

Of course I realize not “all white people” hate us, but what we’re seeing more and more of, as Donald J. Trump’s boorish xenophobia rises with more and more popularity among white folks every day, is that the “good white people” cannot restrain the hateful behavior of the growing number of bigots in their midst. And even the ones who don’t hate us don’t want us around, except in controlled numbers — they just hate to see cruelty heaped upon us.

But even when the “better angels” (to use President Abraham Lincoln’s expression) attempt to come forward, they get beaten back, as the country continues its racist march toward fascism in the rhetoric of the Republican Party — from Barry Goldwater to Richard Nixon, to Ronald Reagan, to George Bush, to Trump.

Sports apparel manufacturer Nike tried to do the right thing when they withdrew a red, white and blue-themed shoe from the market because of complaints that it bore a replica of the 13-star “Betsy Ross flag” which has been used occasionally at Ku Klux Klan rallies. Nike pulled the shoe because it could “unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday.” A commendable decision.

Any path to racial harmony must go through: acknowledgement, apology, repentance, reparations, atonement to satisfy the victim, not the perpetrator. But the white American reaction to Nike was tribal, contemptuous. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — whose own great-great-grandparents owned 14 slaves, and who said the election of President Barack Obama was all the reparations that Black folks in this country need as repayment for 310 years of servitude slavery.

The governor of the state of Arizona (the very last state to enact the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday) withdrew a multimillion-dollar offer of tax breaks to Nike for a plant to be built in the state. The Nike example teaches us, you can too easily be punished for attempting to do the right thing where Black people are concerned in this country.

The notion that Black people should be shown anything beside the back of a white man’s hand is no longer subversive, secretive in this country. Greed, or tribal fear of genetic annihilation, or just pure hatefulness is driving white America to destruction.

It’s insanity.

Some of them want war. Race war at home, war against Islam abroad — they want the white tribe everywhere to join them in fighting to preserve white-privilege status.

More and more white people are seeing things Trump’s way — the white tribal way — not realizing their life strategy is all wrong. This upcoming Armageddon they want, they don’t understand: they cannot win it by winning.

Whiteness as practiced by white people in the 21st century is doomed.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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