The Racial Totem Pole – Look Through the Eyes of a Racist
Do you ever imagine what it would be like to see the world through the eyes of a racist White man from, let’s just say, Jackson, Mississippi; Charleston, South Carolina; or Jena, Louisiana? Imagine seeing the world through the eyes of someone like former governor of South Carolina and US State Senator Strom Thurmond.
In 1948, Thurman ran for the United States Presidency on the third party ticket of the Dixiecrat Party. During a speech, Thurmond was quoted as saying, “I want to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that there are not enough troops in the army to force the Southern people to break down segregation and admit the nigger race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes, and into our churches.”
Strom also conducted the longest filibuster* ever by a U.S. Senator in opposition of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. (*I got to break that word down for my ’Hood Figures, a filibuster is a device, used only in the Senate, to delay or prevent a vote by time-consuming talk). Basically, he was not feeling us negroes getting our civil rights! The same type of hate that Strom possessed is still embedded in millions of prejudice White people all across the country.
It’s scary to think that a strong majority of people who possess this kind of blatant racism have been in office as Presidents, Governors, and Senators; all blatant racist like Strom Thurmond. It is even scarier to think that there are law enforcement officials, policemen
and judges who share the same mentality. How can you protect and serve when you would rather prosecute and sentence? How can a court of law provide justice for us, when time and time again, they prove themselves to be racially unjust against us?
The proof is in the pudding.
You can go as far back to the Rodney King trial, where White officers beat the shit out of a Black man. It was all caught on camera, but the officers were still found not guilty. More recently, recall the slow response by government officials when it came to Hurricane Katrina. I know that was not just a Black and White issue, it was also a rich and poor issue. I still wonder what the response would have been if that had been a town full of more poor White folk than Black folk.
We also cannot overlook the injustice (which by the grace of God was resolved) in Jena, Louisiana. School officials and law enforcement officials were all working to hang (pun indented) six Black students in a court of law!
Through the eyes of a prejudice White man, Rodney King getting his ass kicked by those cops was like the feeling you used to get when you finally beat Mike Tyson in the old Mike Tyson’s Punch Out video game for the first time.
Through the eyes of a racist White man, watching Black people suffer through Hurricane Katrina was like a D-boy watching Young Jeezy go platinum!
The most disturbing thing I’ve seen when looking through the eyes of a racist White man, though, is the breakdown of how they categorize us. It’s almost like a totem pole the way they separate us.
First on the totem pole are:
African-Americans: This exclusive class is said to be what we all are labeled, but that is not the case! Racist White men think African-Americans are non-threatening and usually involved in politics and hold some type of government position. They are extremely wealthy or do great humanitarian work, not to mention they’re often labeled “Uncle Toms” (i.e. Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Bill Cosby).
Second on the totem pole are:
Coloreds: These are usually Black folks who entertain racist White men with their extraordinary abilities. You may hear White men whisper to each other, “That colored sure played that role well,” “That colored sure can jump high,” “That colored sure can run the ball,” and lastly, “That colored sure
can dance” (i.e. Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Halle Berry, and Emmitt Smith— especially after Dancing with the Stars).
Third on the totem pole are:
Blacks: Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Spike Lee, and Dave Chappelle. These are all Black people. Now, Dave Chappelle could be a colored but his show, as entertaining as it was, was too socially conscious for the White man. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson could be African-Americans but they are too threatening. They stand up for us too much, and Spike Lee is not a colored because his movies, like the Chappelle Show are too socially conscious. Not to mention, after creating movies like Malcolm X and Bamboozled you will never be in a racist White man’s good graces.
And on the bottom of the totem pole are:
Niggers In America, most of us that get caught up in this matrix called the hip-hop generation are niggers! Jay-Z and Diddy, as wealthy as they are, are just a couple rich, rapping niggers to a racist White man. Michael Vick, as entertaining as he is on the field to the White man, is just way too hood to ever be considered anything but a nigger. Racist White men at games say, “Damn, that nigger is quick on his feet.” And he is also known as that dumb, dog-fighting nigger. Niggers buy gaudy amounts of jewelry, get a whole lot of tattoos, and drive cars more expensive than their houses. If it was up to a racist White man we would all be in caskets or prison cells.
So, ladies and ghettomen, after reading this, what have we learned today? Charlamagne Tha God is a nigger, with way too much time on his hands!
ED NOTE: The views expressed within this blog post are those solely of the author, Charlamagne Tha God, and do not reflect those of the XXL staff.