06 May Capital “B” for Black. Lowercase “w” for White.
- The Anglosphere and western Europe have a legacy of race imperialism.
- Britain and then America have been imperial hegemons this past 200 years.
- Ghettos and prisons are not a solution. Both are part of a neo-slavery exploitation.
- Freedom of opportunity in individual lives should be the goal of a just society.
- It is equity as opposed to equality.
- Plutocracy’s primary self-preserving strategy is division by atomization. This is to be expected because the rich are few and the population at large is many.
- Conspiracy theory is a self-indulgent conceit.
- Systemic racism doesn’t require there to be a majority of overt, pro-active racists. Systems are active – today – as part of a lineage – with a history.
- Heritage racist systems in a modern majority non-racist society is the original thesis of Critical Race Theory (CRT). The thesis is correct.
- The original CRT – as applied to contemporary society – is a threat to existing power dynamics that carry enormous benefit from a lineage that exploited racism, slavery, etc. Against this threat, the establishment deploys its many-vectored attack.
- Neoliberal interests strike back using identity and career-capital incentives. To that end, CRT becomes:
- used a tool of political division and loyalty-purity standards by the identarian American Democratic “Left”;
- weaponized as a profitable grift by the likes of Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X Kendi who’s pseudo-academic ‘ideas’ get elevated and amplified and legitimized (by the establishment) to displace the original CRT critiques.
- Conservative reactionary interests strike back using culture wars and essentialist fear. To that end, CRT is:
- reduced – or misrepresented – as a brutal caricature of the original thesis presented as an evolving (growing) violence of extremist threats to “home” culture, tradition, etc. [“They are out to destroy everything you love!”]
- focusing attention away from history and towards only the moment and terrifying versions of the future, essentialist (race versus race) and personalized as an inversion of the true power balance. [“Evil black gangsters will rob, rape and kill you – because you’re white!” – deftly flipping the race of aggressor and victim in who’s doing the robbing, raping and killing.]
- Conscious racism is not the same as unconscious bias based on race; even if both are undesirable. Conflating the two is a sign of dishonest or brainless ambition.
“Capitalizing “B” in Black is a zero-cost identarian dogwhistle disguised as virtue signalling. It serves a crypto-fascist purpose: racism. Racism is a frontline component of fascism.”
How can we tell something like using “B” in Black versus “w” in white is good or bad?
Test it against the simple litmus questions below:
- Does it materially help any of the under-served targets? [People of color (POC) or black-asian-minority-ethnicities (BAME)]
- Does its use versus its omission signify a useful test of an individual’s character? [Pro- or Anti- black – or POC/BAME – racism?]
- Does it serve to amplify or genuinely solve any wedge issues?
- Was it introduced by an organic call (or need) coming up from the grassroots or by directives coming down from an authoritarian, corporate or political hegemony?
- Who profits from pushing the usage? Who profits from flaunting the new usage?
- Who materially loses out from the new standard? Who gains what’s materially lost? Is this individually just or unjust?
- Is accountability for imposing the new standard individual or group/corporate? Is choice for its usage individual or group/corporate? Where does expediency lie?
- “Where all the white women at?” “See, it’s comin’ off!” “Have you gone berserk, can’t you see this man is a NI…“
- Ten, ten, I forget what ten was for.
It should be obvious that “B” in Black doesn’t serve the interests of any POC.
In reality, like much of so-called virtue signalling, covertly serves the interests of those at the top of the social order.
These types of imposed socially regulated purity ‘tests’ are nothing new. They’ve always been a strategy of crypto-fascists. Sadly, they’re easier to identify in historical instances like the German Nazis, the Soviet Stalinists and the North Korea Kim Dictatorships, than in contemporary examples.
Hence this 500 word blog entry.