Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Birthers, Tea Party and other White Trash
Lets say that you are not Anglo White Male. Hey you are in the majority!
OK for the sake of argument, as if I can stir one up with you lame asses, even if your name is anonymous.
Lets say that you are in a group of black and brown people who showed up with guns at events attended by the President, threatening nullification and secession, and engaging in treasonous talk, how many seconds would pass before they were locked up and taken out by the F.B.I. as threats to the security of the State? If you guest 14 seconds, you are a winner and may pick a prize.
The natural order of things equates being White and male with having natural authority and ability--a set of traits which exist without question or doubt regardless of competence or ability. Whiteness deems the inverse for people of color.
Whiteness equals authority. Thus, any White person, at any time, can question the accomplishments of a person of color.
Whiteness is a get-out-of-jail-free card.
Whiteness is also the freedom to be utterly unreflective regarding the foolishness and madness of one's deeds and statements as long as the target of such madness is "the Other"
White privilege is freedom from accountability.
To be truly American, a person must be White. This is one of the central unspoken but widely accepted truths of race in America.
White privilege is the ability to be "normal" and "invisible."
Whiteness is never interrogated.
Whiteness is the default position for viewing the world. It is a cognitive map and means of processing reality.
Whiteness is the ability and power to reframe reality. Despite whatever documents or evidence exists.
America witnessed the rise of Sarah Palin to fame and glory, a woman who rides White populism and racial resentment in much the same way that a witch rides a broom. As a second addition to the Tea Party GOP's Rogues Gallery there is a carnival barker named Donald Trump, a man who once lurked stage left but is now the GOP front runner as he perfectly embodies PT Barnum's famous observation that "There is a sucker born every minute while shilling for the worst and most ugly nativist and xenophobic impulses of the White Conservative Soul.
If you are a person of color, with the same reputation of 1/2 Governor Palin, do you think you would garner 1/10 of the interest she does?
If you were a silver spooned multiple bankrupt shiester, would you have millions of people supporting you?
I think not!
Posted by Steve at 10:59 AM