“If a white man wants to lynch me, that’s his problem. If he’s got the power to lynch me, that’s my problem. Racism is not a question of attitude; it’s a question of power.”
" Si un hombre blanco quiere linchar a mí, ese es su problema. Si él tiene el poder de lincharme, ese es mi problema . El racismo no es una cuestión de actitud ; es una cuestión de poder " .
I will never forget when I first heard that quote. I was at a presentation called American Identity = White Supremacy. The presenter was Ahjamu Umi from All African People's Revolutionary Party (AAPRP). That presentation widened my view of my own story. It was also the first time I ever heard anyone in the US really speak up against Amerikkkan Imperialism. If I ever heard anything before about imperialism it was somehow tied in with white guilt. Even that day, I did not fully grasp the meaning of the quote. Then, it seemed as obvious as saying fire is hot.
Today that quote is what I need to hear when my focus wavers or if I am not sure what I need to be doing. Appealing to the European-Amerikkkan conscience is pointless. European does well is at spacing out and acting victimized when you call them out on problematic behavior. It is so prevalent in European culture that people of color that chose to assimilate have adopted the practice when they defend Europeans and their “white fuckery”. I applaud anyone that tries by any means to reach out to Europeans and guide them. Some of them are just confused and some of them just don't know better but are secure enough to take criticism. Those Europeans are rare and quickly punished by other Europeans for their alleged betrayal.
We may want to consider moving away from individual problems and to the problems of the society that permits Europeans to get away with problematic behavior. It is not enough to watch cops, they get off anyways. It is not enough to call out white dreads, they will walk on feeling justified. It is not enough to shut down a business that makes money off the suffering of colored people, someone gave them the loan. What are the forces that permit this to happen?Capitalism, Imperialism, Amerikkkan Exceptionalism. Why do we hesitate to strike at these sources of power? Because not excepting the madness of the society we live in is considered madness and radical. I would like to leave the awake and conscious European accomplice to deal with “white fuckery”. We can supervise and guide that work but maybe let them take responsibility and do the work.
As Afrikans, Asians, Indigenous people, Pacifik Islanders and Australian Aboriginals, we need to not just bring down capitalism but make it obsolete. I do not mean create our own capitalist system, I mean sharing resources and gathering ourselves for self-protection. We are living in a 500-year-old state of emergency and it gets worst every day. We can not afford the things we need yet we struggle for luxury at the expense of our cousins. None of us should be going hungry or without a roof. None of us should have to choose between a check and our health. Our children should not so easily be taken away from us by the state to toil in prison labor camps or fight imperialist wars. No, we have the responsibility to free ourselves and keep ourselves safe. There is no superman to save us. If you think Hillary or Sanders or Trump or any of those clowns will save us then you are confused. Even with an Afrikan president this regime did not change its ways. Come out of the white fog and unite. Dare to care for each other. Individually we will are limited but together we are unstoppable. It is up to us to step up and act, to dare organize against our oppressors. Palante, Siempre Palante!