A quick glance at the current BBC news headlines:
1. “Royal baby brings world celebrations”.
2. “Beyonce gets hair caught in fan”.
3. “Wales welcomes ‘joyous’ royal birth”
For your convenience, allow me to translate these into the ideological messages that they’re supposed to convey:
1. Nobody cares about slavery, colonialism, neocolonialism, enforced famines, white supremacy. The empire was a good thing. The world loves us.
2. We’re arming terrorists to destroy Syria, but who gives a fuck about that when we can talk about Beyonce’s hair?
3. Yay, the Welsh still love us too. Long live Great Britain. Long live the United Kingdom. One Nation (TM)."
Carlos Martinez via Facebook
I’m truly perplexed by the level of dissonance being employed by all these white folk of Irish ancestry.
Because, okay, yeah, let’s do this.
Let’s play this game.
I’ll concede to you, for the sake of argument, “No Irish Held Slaves.” Well…okay.
But you made a mistake, you qualified it by highlighting Plantation-style enslavement. Which, in all actuality, represented, iirc, maybe between 5-10% of actually involvement in enslavement.
More common were tenant, or peonage farmers with someone in the house to help (or, as was more often the case, actually run) the household. Also common, merchants and traveling salespeople would tend to have at least one or two people enslaved working with them.
If you look up the actual stratifications of white people who enslaved Black folks, you’ll see this. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
The majority of honkies may have been too broke to run a plantation, but that didn’t stop them from making sure they demonstrated their status by either ~owning~ or ~renting~ the bodies of Black folks.
With the Irish, however, we can get our hands all the dirtier.
Y’ever heard of Paddyrollers?
All those “indentured” Irish were more than happy to be the shock troops of White Supremacy. If they had reservations as a populace of people being crushed under white supremacy.
Let’s not forget that lovely fact that white people bring up all the time without recognizing its consequences: Anglo-whites had NOTHING but hatred for non-Anglo whites. But, rather than that resulting in a permanent underclass of Other-whites, they turned it into an economic proofing machine. The more effectively non-Anglo Europeans demonstrated their hatred for Black, Indigenous, and any other non-white resident of the Americas, the more likely they were to be treated with respect from their white peers.
Think back, if you want a more contemporary example, at how poor whites (The Ewell family) are held over a laboring, law-abiding Black character. The Ewells are said to be criminals to a one (and this is fairly well demonstrated), as well as every other classist name in the book. But, their skin color grants them legitimacy.
So, let’s get back to our ancestral crackers.
The Irish during Enslavement.
Remember that whole thing about paddyrollers?
Well, for those who don’t know the term, that’s the name of the DESIGNATED overseers whose job it was to track, torture, and otherwise maim any enslaved Black person who tried to get free. Most often, paddyrollers were pulled from the ranks of Overseers.
Overseer being a rank in the Plantation hierarchy almost exclusively reserved for non-Anglo whites, and certainly portrayed—historically—as being dominated by the Irish. Hence the name.
You didn’t think the “paddy” in paddyroller came from nowhere, did you?
That same work of the paddyrollers became the Slave Patrols, which became many, if not all, the police forces throughout this country. Again, giving rise to the stereotype (okay, not exactly stereotype since there were verifiable linkages between migrant populations of Irish and the swelling of police forces), of the Irish cop. Paddywagon, Paddyroller, see where this is going?
So these Irish, in a scramble to prove their whiteness—and I’ll try to be fair in saying that the Irish, as well as Europeans from the Iberian peninsula and the Mediterranean, were NOT considered white; however, class position certainly mitigated the legal ramifications of being a non-white white—did what the gatekeepers of white America wanted them to. They turned on whoever was below them.
They turned all their impotency and rage on Blacks, Natives, Chinese, Latin@…the list goes on.
They cultivated violence against non-whites as a means to secure their own whiteness. And if you think that didn’t include owning, as well as numerous and unnameable brutalizations against Black folks, you have not a single whit of critical thinking in your head.
"I believe that Gun Appreciation Day honors the legacy of Dr. King. The truth is, I think Martin Luther King would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history. And I believe wholeheartedly that’s essential to liberty."
…if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding…there would be no country.
Who would’ve built it? Pasty white people burning up in the sun and skin-cancering themselves trying to raise crops and make money with absolutely no suitable agricultural skills whatsoever?
That, or there would be no white people. What, you think you can just forcibly take millions of people from their homeland in chains, bring them to some new place, tell them to make you a bunch of money, give them a gun, and they’re just gonna set it to the side and harvest your rice and indigo?
I’m sorry, where they do that at?
And let’s not forget how the NRA promoted gun control back in the 1960s when there were too many angry Black Panthers and white people got scared of colored folks with weapons.
So no, Mr. Ward, you don’t get to tie the plight of my forefathers in with your need to feel manly and powerful in a world where your importance diminishes by the hour. You take those issues up with your therapist and Viagra. I am not here to help you get your rocks off.
"The CIA admitted in 1998 that guerrilla armies it actively supported in Nicaragua were smuggling illegal drugs into the United States—drugs that were making their way onto the streets of inner-city black neighborhoods in the form of crack cocaine. The CIA also admitted that, in the midst of the War on Drugs, it blocked law enforcement efforts to investigate illegal drug networks that were helping to fund its covert war in Nicaragua."
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (via therecipe)
Listen hear white folks (and yes, I mean ALL of you),
There’s no sense in getting offended when we (Black people/oppressed people of color) don’t listen to your opinions. You’ve not experienced more than an ounce of what we’ve gone through under the hands of your oppressive bull shit (I’m talking currently, not slavery so I don’t want to hear any of that “can we be blamed for what our ancestors did” shit). Yes, you’re allowed to have opinions, EVERYONE is allowed opinions, however, we’re also allowed to not give a shit about your opinions, which most of us don’t. No, it is not reverse racism- no it’s not mud-slinging- no it’s not hate mongering- it is merely not giving any fucks about what you have to say UNTIL you ACTUALLY give a fuck about what we’ve been telling you for YEARS.
There is no malice in this message but you may sense a since of anger. If you have a problem with my angry tone then you can simply shut the fuck up cause I don’t care— you will not be heard because CLEARLY you did not listen to me.
That is all, for now.
Yup. That sounds about right.
“EVERYONE is allowed opinions, however, we’re also allowed to not give a shit about your opinions”
Today is 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and seems like a good time to dispel some common historical myths:
Myth: The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery and freed all Black people who were enslaved
Truth: The Emancipation Proclamation signed on January 1st, 1963 stated that slaves were to be freed in rebellion states. The proclamation did not address slavery in the Border States that did not secede from the union. Although, the proclamation went into effect on January 1st, it was largely unenforceable and many millions of Black people were still in bondage. In fact, in the state of Texas, Black people were still enslaved until June 19th, 1865, a full two and half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Myth: Abraham Lincoln was an abolitionist or an anti-racist.
Truth: In 1858 Lincoln said the following: “I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races—that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this, that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
He also said this:
“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.”
Myth: After the Emancipation Proclamation and the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment, Black people were given the right to freedom, right to citizenship, and the right to vote.
Truth: After the passage of 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment, states and localities passed heinous laws to not only restrict and prevent Black people from exercising their right to vote or enjoy the rights of full citizenship, but they even passed laws to legally re-enslave Black people. The 13th amendment does not outright end slavery it states that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
So in addition to the horrible practice of sharecropping, states passed laws to convict and arrest Black people of all kinds of ridiculous violations such as “selling cotton after sunset” and then placed steep fines for the crimes. (Read “Slavery by Another Name” by Douglas A. Blackmon) If they couldn’t pay the fine, they were sold leased to private businesses as laborers (i.e. slaves). This practice of convict leasing persisted until the 1940s and 1950s. I would also like to remind people that the current, racist criminal justice system as Michelle Alexander writes in her book “The New Jim Crow” is creating a literal caste system in the United States in which Black and Brown youth are being arrested at extraordinarily high rates and placed in a permanent underclass. Most shockingly, there are currently more Black people in the criminal justice system then were enslaved during the height of slavery in the United States.
Have ya’ll seen the whole slew of new Assassin’s Creed III commercials? I seriously can’t see projections of the white historical imagination without laughing anymore.
“The time is now at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
o god no
wudnt wan’t that
cant imagne who wud do tht
such a free land
keep us out uv bondge g.wash
eagles fli free
If anyone needs evidence that the colonialism still permeates that US in a significant era, just look at how black people are never good enough to speak for themselves. Recently Ann Coulter stepped forward with statements regarding civil rights and that those rights are only for “The blacks” and other marginalized groups shouldn’t affiliate themselves with it. Voter ID fraud measures that have targeted low income areas with a focus on black people. Because rather than to try and engage with us “savages” it just be better to reinstate the poll tax to vote.
I dare you to ask anyone to ask why African American’s primary vote Democratically and you’ll get answers literally saying black people don’t know any better like we’re some dog or animal.
Black people are never asked for our opinion. How we’d like to be treated. How we can fix problems with this attitude thinking that we are “escaped slaves” and are just running wild.
Hey guess what I like playing pokemon. Can you actually believe it? A black person playing a video game. :/
Overall and ending this. Some people really need to pick up the phone because we blacks have been tried to get an answer to some serious questions for a long time.
“On August 14, 1791, a fearless Afrikan warrior queen named Cecille called together all the field slaves of the French sugar plantation island of Haiti (originally spelled ‘Ayiti ), to convene the launching of the most successful of all slave revolts…They performed the proper rituals in the ways of our ancestors, led by the vodun priest Boukman himself, forged the united front and agreed to commence hostilities in 8 days for what we must all celebrate and appreciate! The Haitian… ‘Ayitian…Revolution!…Long live the Ancestors of the Ayitian Revolution!”
I’m not racist but I need to say this…
African Americans need to fucking STOP pulling the slavery heritage card!
I’m Native American.
You know what that means? My people were mass murdered, raped, kicked off our own land, converted and guess what?
WERE THE VERY FIRST FUCKING SLAVES IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE IT WAS OUR LAND FIRST!
You learn about The Trail of Tears in history class for about a week. WE GET ONE SMALL WEEK IN ONE CLASS. WE DON’T GET A FUCKING MONTH! You don’t hear me going around saying “Is it because I’m indian?” “You don’t get to speak to me like that, youuuuu don’t know what my ancestors went through”
First off, neither do you because you live in the 21st century.
Second off, your own people sold one another to the white men so look in the mirror and be pissed.
Third off, get the fuck overt it. You get free fucking college and benefits because of what your ancestors went through even if you’re like 1/16. I’m fucking 25% Indian but i don’t get benefits so shut the fuck up because my race got fucked harder! There is no excuse to be racist towards all white people now because all white people were once racist towards your ancestors. Past is the past, especially when it isn’t your very own past.
Slavery was fucked up.
Racism is fucked up but people need to stop pulling the race card in order to get rid of racism.
Best way to do that is picture everyone as your favourite color, that way they are all lovely and equal to you. It isn’t until you get to know them on the inside that you get to turn them to your least favourite color. I see everyone as lime green until you piss me off, then you become an ugly ass yellowish/orange color!
Dear White Folk,
Saying the phrase “I’m not racist, but” is a clear indicator that you actually are a racist.
Dear White Folk,
There is no such thing as a Race Card which gets us out of any situation.
Dear White Folk,
Colorblindness is a facet of racism.
Dear White Folk,
Good for you if you have Native American heritage, but you’re still white. Being 1/8th Cherokee or whatever or less doesn’t count. You don’t get to play the “Native American Race Card”.
Dear white people: you want to know the difference between bitching about “omg the Irish were racially oppressed” and “bitching” about Slavery, Japanese Internment Camps, and the Trail of Fucking Tears?
…Irish people being historic minorities is NO LONGER TOPICALLY RELEVANT TO A DISCOURSE ON THE CURRENT OPPRESSION OF POCS.
The next time I hear the whole “omg I am irish, I was oppressed, therefore, I am a minority and not all white people are entitled and empowered” I’m going to cut a bitch.
Because last time I checked, Nobody fucking follows you around a store because you’re fucking Irish.
Nobody assumes female submission and an inability to speak English or discounts your American citizenship if you’re FUCKING IRISH.
And nobody insists on cultural appropriation of religious/sacred garments and turning them into OFFENSIVELY LABELLED FASHION ITEMS because you’re fucking irish.
And another thing: If by “I’m Irish,” you mean, “my ancestors came over 300 years ago and I’m actually a huge blend of different European ethnicities which are all white and I don’t actually know anything about Irish history, or culture, and my family has no real distinguishably, definite, “Irish” traditions or practices…”
…Newsflash: YOU’RE NOT. FUCKING. IRISH.
YOU are a fucking white-ass American, and that’s great for you, because nobody will ever ask you if you have a green card when you show them your american passport, no stranger will ever ask you uncomfortably intimate questions about “where you’re really from,” nobody will attack you as a mothefucking thug just by wearing a fucking hoodie, and nobody will ever fetishize your racial identity with extremely inaccurate and exotified portrayals of sacred traditions.
Yes, you may have been bullied in school, maybe you are poor, and maybe you are gay.
IF WE ARE TAKING ABOUT RACE, NONE OF THAT IS TOPICAL TO THE CONVERSATION. IT IS SIMPLY A WAY FOR YOU TO ATTEMPT TO EXCUSE YOURSELF FROM ACCOUNTABILITY FOR YOUR UNDENIABLY RACIST ASSUMPTIONS.
bitch, just admit it, live with it, and deal with it:
…You. are. motherfucking. RACIST.
HEADS UP to all the racist white folk who keep complaining about “the race card” and how nothing they say is racist, and if it is, it’s only because POC “label it that way.”
ahem, in Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court upheld SEGREGATION, under there easing that enforced separation of race is not a badge of inferiority, and even if it was, this was solely “because the colored race choices to put that construction on it.”
Meaning, “it’s only a badge of inferiority because you’re moaning about how it makes you feel inferior. OBJECTIVELY, IT’S NOT.”
So any time you make the argument, “it’s just the race card! Oh my god, it’s not really racist, you’re just misconstruing it like that!”
…you are using the exact same argument that was used to uphold segregation.
I don’t recall much discussion about the first wave of South Asian migrants who came on the Komagata Maru in 1914, almost all British citizens who were forced to leave because of Canada’s Exclusion Laws. Nor about the history of the Chinese or Japanese migrants (save for the Second World War internment) and their everyday contribution to building the Canadian West.
There was more on black history, but in my days it largely centred on the underground railway that helped bring former slaves to Canada. It was as if their journeys and struggles ended once they came here, which most of us now know wasn’t the case.
And what is the worst part of our limited education about Canada’s aboriginal communities is that we came to see them largely as victims. Nothing more."