NPR News & Notes: Racist Name Calling Misses The Point
I can't think of a better artifact which proves my point about the antics of the bigoted White Liberal Snarling Fox and his mastery of what makes Black people tick than the audio report listed below. The Snarling Fox while feeding you the red meat that you love to sup upon:
- George W Bush
- Tea Parties
- "Take Back America"
- Anyone with an offensive poster of President Obama is a RACIST
As you are fooled by saying "Any enemy of my enemy is my friend" you fail to fully grasp the scowl that he just registered your way, showing his fundamental contempt for you in the process.
Go listen to the audio report below.
Luke Visconti, Diversity.com's "Ask The White Guy" (no surprise there based on my reading their material) is asked to give his viewpoint on the recent reopening of the words said by entertainer Kanye West right after Hurricane Katrina "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People".
I understand the high stakes game of racial politics and ideological bigotry. Mr Visconti went head first down a particular path in which he, in his own mind, sought to tell of the saga of racism and bigotry suffered by Black people in America. Yet when the host, Michelle Martin, attempted to get Mr Visconti to move beyond the impassioned rhetoric against George W Bush and White people - he was intellectually unable to unwind himself from his dogged viewpoint and instead he began playing a "bait and switch" game.
- He made the case that "racism" is derived from "POWER" and thus since Blacks don't have power in relation to White people in America (per his definition) then there is no amount of power that a Black person could amass which would allow him to be "racist" against a White.
- He is forced to stick with his notion of White AGGREGATE economic power as compared to Black AGGREGATE inferior economic power. Thus despite the abundance of individual Black wealth and the far, far greater of individual White poverty - not even Oprah Winfrey who has a majority White set of employees working in her enterprise can EVER be "equal to" or "superior to" those who she signs paychecks for.
- On the subject of "caring" as expressed by a Presidential visit to New Orleans during the height of the flooding - clearly Mr Visconti and Kanye West are given to symbolic expressions rather than LOGISTICAL TRUTH. The fact is that no President would be allowed into an unsecured space as the chaotic New Orleans was degraded into, random gun fire abundant. In fact a stronger argument could be made that the first responders who would have to execute the Presidential security detail would be better served executing the actual relief efforts. I stand by my original argument that there are 4 expectations of the government response to the flooding of New Orleans:
- The outcome that is held by the rank & file as to what SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED (expectations) but which is not bound by logistical reality in reference to the conditions of the routes into the city ,the proximity of the materials and manpower, and the need for a comprehensive set of vehicles to evacuate all who were in need
- The outcome that the cynics saw which was far, far below their expectations but not necessarily in line with what actually happened per those who are bound by logistics
- The better outcome that SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED if all layers of government had better planning and threat assessments in hand prior to the storm. (the gap between what should have happened and what did happen is the "Incompetence Index")
- The ACTUAL set of events that did happen.
- Mr Visconti : "Kanye West did not call Bush a racist"/ Martin - "But that is what Bush heard". / Visconti's OBFUSCATION - shift from defending the claim of racism over to Bush's wars and other issues. He did not justify his claim of "not racism".
- Kanye West, a millionaire Black man, solidly in the 1% of upper income people in America, does not have POWER.
- Mr Visconti played yet another slight of hand "Kanye West does not have a position of POWER greater than the President Of The United States". You have to understand this one. You see a RACIST had been defined by Visconti as the POWER RELATIONSHIP between Black and White. We were not talking about "West being a racist". The conversation was about BUSH BEING A RACIST. Why does Kanye West have to have "power" to call Bush a racist?
- "Therefore Kanye West does not have the power to be racist to the President Of The United States"
- Go back to those "Obama Kenyan" signs. You see if I had TWO MEN holding up these same signs - one White and one Black. In the perverted estimation of Mr Visconti ONLY the sign held by the WHITE MAN could be RACIST. The VALUE of the sign not contained by the content within but by the differences between the INFERIOR HUMAN BEING holding one and the SUPERIOR HUMAN BEING holding the other.
- "White Households in America have 10 times the wealth of Black households". Again the aggregate racial slight of hand. Let the White people from Appalachia go to rich White people and see if they can cash in on their race card to receive large portions of their wealth? Once against Mr Visconti INFERIORIZES Black people. I personally make more income than does the average White person. I have more formal education than their average as well. I'll be DAMNED if I assume the cloak of INFERIORITY that Mr Visconti and other White Liberal Snarling Foxes seek to bestow upon me as part of some transaction to receive some future benefit.
- "Racism can only flow from power to non-power". Again Mr Visconti plays ignorant to the context shifting. The Black mayors of Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Detroit and Charlotte have the POWER, per their office to extract taxes from or incarcerate all citizens into the jail facilities that they administrate. Many of you that are lulled by Mr Visconti's antics that stoke your ideology fail to understand what he is saying about you.
As he went through his intellectually dishonest diatribe I could not help but strip away all of the vectors that Mr Visconti used to attacked like-minded Black people and note the key points that he was putting forth:
Black people are INFERIOR to White people and there is nothing that we can do as a people to change this.
As I listen to Mr Visconti's words I hear echos of the words said by another White man, said during the period of time that Mr Visconti believes that the Tea Party seeks to take us back to:
Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney:
Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney:
It is difficult at this day to realize the state of public opinion in regard to that unfortunate race which prevailed in the civilized and enlightened portions of the world at the time of the Declaration of Independence, and when the Constitution of the United States was framed and adopted; but the public history of every European nation displays it in a manner too plain to be mistaken. They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far unfit that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect