This is my response to Professor George Yancy of Emory University’s open letter entitled: “Dear White America“
Dear Professor Yancy,
I hesitate to dignify your thinly veiled bigotry with any comment, but there are a few things I believe need to be said. Before I directly address the content of your letter, let me talk about perceptions for a moment.
From your letter I have to conclude that you, as a black man, believe that my thoughts, opinions and actions, as a white man, are informed by the color of my skin. I must further conclude the reason you believe this is because you believe, at least as it pertains to this, that you and I are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We, at least the vast majority of us, left that kind of thinking behind a very long time ago, but much to our dismay, we seem to be the only people on the planet that have. Some years ago I tried to write a book. I did not have a lot of success with it. I got it written, but it was time sensitive, and I was not able to get it edited and published before timing made it irrelevant. I simply could not afford it, so much for white privilege. In any case, in that book I wrote something I hope you will contemplate:
The primary problem we have in race relations today is the idea of race relations itself. As long as people continue to insist on relating to one another on the basis of race, we will continue to have problems.
You state in your letter that you want us to listen with love. As opposed to what? That you have the perception we do not, or would not, do that by default indicates to me you have no knowledge of the subject you write about. Again, we are not like you. I am not familiar with any of the people you listed as your interviews, but I have to conclude that none of them are anything like me. I am an American.
From the second paragraph of your letter, I can only assume you simply do not pay attention to anything except that which comes from your side of the political spectrum. That is a shame. Let me give you some names of prominent Americans from my side of the spectrum who live that kind of love every single day: Lila Rose, Col. Allan West, Sen. Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, Gov. Greg Abbott and Sheriff David Clarke. Yes, that is right! It is all the people you love to hate the most. Interesting, is it not?
I know exactly what your next thought is: “West and Clarke are only there as token blacks.” It always has to be about race, does it not? No, that is not why they are there. Their ethnicity is of no consequence. Their behavior is what is consequential, to them, to me, to this issue, and to this discussion. These are two American men who have dedicated their lives to public service, and have done so with honesty, integrity, grace and dignity. These men are true leaders who have accepted and subsequently fulfilled those responsibilities in a manner that has earned them the highest respect and admiration from millions of Americans. You, quite frankly, are not fit to shine their boots.
White innocence? Again, you have a glaring mis-perception. There is no white “innocence.” To the degree that it may exist for some is as much a nonsensical political construct as white “guilt.” I am stricken with neither. I would recommend you take your own advice and quiet your soul and listen carefully. We have no choice but to hear your message. It is shouted at us everywhere we look, and has been for decades. Most of it seems to be nothing more than totalitarian political propaganda. In any case, whether we like to or not, we are listening, and very carefully. While we are not quite so vociferous with our message, at least not yet, we would appreciate the same consideration. You could learn a lot from an American.
As to your admission of sexism, I suppose you would know. Or would you? I am not sexist. I know this because I am aware of something that you apparently are not. It is something your progressive masters do not want you to know because it would expose their true agenda. It is difficult for you to understand because you have been trained otherwise, though you may not realize it.
Here is the secret: The terms “equal” and “same” are not synonymous. Both of these terms have separate and different definitions. Once you understand this in context, your sexism and racism will fall away just as mine did. What really happens is you are forced to realize most of what is called sexism and racism today is neither. You will recognize it for what it really is: political propaganda. Everyone in a free society must be equal, but can not all be the same, it just does not work that way. What the progressive ideology sells as equality is really sameness. That is why it will never work, even if you force people to be “the same” eventually the system will break down and fall apart. If you do not believe me, just ask a Russian Soviet.
You see, professor, your intentions are really the only thing you can control. If you respect another individual and behave accordingly, that really is all you can do. You can not make yourself responsible for someone else’s mis-perceptions. It is important to understand that while men and women are equal in many ways, we are not the same. We are not supposed to be. The design, whatever its origin, is different, and it is that way for a reason.
I have to say, I really do love the way you go after Hollywood movies, pornography, video games and commercials for objectifying women. All of those, well most of them, I am not sure about the pornographers, are bastions of progressive thought. No one of consequence has assumed women are inferior in a very long time, at least not that I am aware of, and certainly not in my culture. The very suggestions is a strong indicator that you have a limited grasp on reality, which is not surprising as you are obviously a progressive, or worse.
As you might have guessed, I am not what you would call a “good” white person, or a liberal white person, and I am not on any hook. I did not vote for Obama. I also did not vote for John Kerry, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale or Jimmy Carter. The insinuation that I did not vote for Obama because he is black is a despicable and asinine statement that places the label of racist squarely on your forehead, and for no good reason! If you are not aware that the whole “racist” thread surrounding Obama is not about race at all, then you are likely nothing more than a useful idiot, which prompts the question: How did you get this job? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is all too clear.
Do you really see yourself as living under the yolk of my “whiteness?” My goodness! Do you have any respect for yourself at all? Forget about being black for a moment, and just be a man. Can you do that? Now, before you read the next paragraph, think about what manhood means to you. What is it that makes you or me or any human male a man? Get a clear definition in your mind before you read on.
Now that you have thought about it, and have a clear definition, compare it to this: The personal acceptance of complete responsibility for yourself and everything for which you are responsible. In your letter you attempt to take responsibility for your “sexism,” yet at the same time you actually make a pretty good case for your not being sexist. Stop conflating nature and politics. As I said before, your intentions are the only thing you have any real control over. You are not responsible for other people’s mis-perceptions, even of they are injured by them. If we are to be held responsible for other people’s mis-perceptions, then we all might as well just shoot ourselves right now, because there is no getting out of this.
So what is this “talk” you give to your kids about being confronted by white police officers? Do you tell them to be respectful and do exactly what they are told by any police officer? Or do you tell them to despise the police because they will shoot you first chance they get, especially if they are white? Does it ever occur to you telling them that might cause them to respond inappropriately, or even violently when confronted by police? In case you are not aware, behavior of that kind by anyone in that situation is likely to get them shot. If behaving in a certain way, i.e. threatening or violent, will get you shot, then perhaps instead of blaming the police, or “whitey” or some other fantasy villain, you should just teach your children to behave responsibly and treat everyone they meet with respect. That kind of behavior is a lot less likely to get them shot. Yes, I am aware that there are some bad cops out there. I have been the victim of their abuse as well, so much for white privilege.
Also, what is this stuff about being followed around when you go into a store? I have worked management in retail stores before. If you are being followed around by employees in a store you might want to review your behavior. That is what gets you into trouble. If you are teaching your kids to expect trouble, they will inevitably find it. The whole part of your letter that deals with this is moronic. If you go looking for trouble, or behave like you are trouble, do not blame others when you find it.
While in that position, I “busted” several shop lifters of every creed and color you can imagine, including black, most all of them were of high school or college age. Yes, on several occasions the black kids complained about being followed around, “you’re just doing this because I’m black.” This, in an environment were there are several other black folks around, many of the same age group, none of which are being followed or bothered in any way. Of course the final insult to my intelligence is that once the “bust” is concluded, and the thief is revealed as such, they are still complaining that it is only because they are black. This is the argument of an idiot, and you taught it to them.
My kids are grown now, and I do not have to imagine for a moment that they are black. Why would I do that? Why would it matter? If my kids were black I would teach them and love them exactly the same as I did and do. I think toward the end there you really show how truly ignorant you are about everything you have written about. A system that “continues to value black lives on the cheap?” What a self victimizing load of bullshit! Stop victimizing yourself. Your children hate white people and cops because you taught them to. The resulting behavior, and the response of the civilized society to it, is on you. This is all on you.
The system is this: “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Your system leaves me no way out of being racist, just because I am white. That is probably the most racist attitude anyone has ever espoused in all of recorded history. My society was crated by me, but not specifically for me. It was created for everyone. Granted, it took longer than it should have to finally get there, but get there it did, and quite some time ago.
Professor, what you are a victim of primarily is your own ignorance, but that is not all. You are still trying to fight battles in a war you won decades ago. I stated before that the only thing you can control is your own intentions. Actually, that is not entirely true. There is one other thing only you can control. It is something for which you will eventually be held accountable, just like the rest of us: Your behavior.
When a cop shoots someone, anyone, it is usually because of that person’s behavior. Granted, that is not always the case, but it is in the vast majority of cases. So what is it? What is the root cause of all the unacceptable behavior? Why the riots, the flash mob robberies, the shootings and beatings of people because they are white? The wanton destruction of your own communities? And what about this “Black Lives Matter” group? Have you listened to some of the stuff they say? Most people are not going to be interested in a movement that seems to be based on a failed political ideology and other nonsense. These collage kids, and this is not racial as it seems most all of them are afflicted, seem to have no grasp on reality at all. None of this would be happening if you had not taught it to them.
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but I guess I am elected. Your problem is your own behavior. Those things mentioned above are not compatible with a civilized society. Neither are they worthy of your humanity. Do you understand what I am saying here? My society is not white, it is American. What we are trying to do is conduct a civilization. It is open to everyone. All we ask is that you conduct yourself in a civilized manner. That means following the rules, respecting each individual just as you would have them respect you, even if they do not, and respecting the system for what it really is.
The real problem you have is your adherence to this asinine progressive ideology. This ideology is what has happened to you. I had nothing to do with it. To some it almost seems as though you are happy to go back to slavery, as long as you can take the rest of us with you. You have been listening to the wrong people. You are being used. I think it is you who has to open his mind and his heart.
In the final analysis, there really is only one issue: Freedom. Freedom is not a government program. It is simply a political and legal environment wherein the individual has the right to exercise his or her personal authority as necessary to fulfill his or her responsibilities without interference. This does not come from government, government is only a construct designed to facilitate it. At least that is the way it is supposed to be in America.
I think the majority of Americans simply go out and try to treat anyone they meet with the same respect as anyone else. In the end that is all we can do. In many instances, your behavior makes that impossible. That is on you. Reality is what it is, it does not change just because you can not figure it out, but if you do not figure it out soon, it might very well leave you behind. I am not responsible for your problems, and I certainly do not owe you anything. You are entitled to no more or less respect as an individual than anyone else, and nothing more. Everything else you have to earn.
Your best option is to join us in America. It is easier than you seem to think. The door is closed, but it is not locked. Stop trying to kick it in, that will never work. Just turn the knob and walk through. You will be welcomed with open arms just like everyone else. It is your only really viable option. If you continue down the self destructive road you are on now it will eventually catch up with you. This is an oppression of your own making. We can not save you this time, you will have to save yourselves.