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Where Are the Hues of "Black" and "White"?
By Baruti KMT
Sunday, 31 December 2006 - 12:00 PM

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Recently, I was in conversation with a group of "on-line friends," and we were discussing the Texaco developments. As usual, the question of "race" emerged as we talked further.

Being one who critiques this construct of race, I then proceeded to ask the question, what "really" is Black and White? At that moment, many replies came across my screen. Some stated that "White was not Black, and Black was not White;" while some asserted that they are "cultural" designations.

Given these and other responses, I decided to offer my thoughts, of which there are many, on this subject which seems to be like Jason and Freddy - aren't properly dealt with, so in the end they do not DIE!

Firstly, race is nothing more than a social construct that very few, if any, of us choose to examine closely. By construct, I mean racial designations are a neat and compartmentalized way to place groups in an antagonistic position; which, as can be clearly seen, causes one to think in terms of "racial superiority."

More often than not, people will blindly follow "the norm," because that's "just the way it is." Being one of sound mind and body (at least the last time I checked), I vehemently disagree with this proposition.

Secondly, given the ideologies of the opulent minority, who really stands to benefit from the bickering and infighting that occur as a result of this construct. Think on that for a moment.

As one who studies culture and human phenomenon from a different world-view, I often challenge those with whom I come in contact to examine the question of "race" a little closer. For instance, if you and others neglect the fundamental question of "why are things this way?" you will fall into the trap of thinking that you are either superior or inferior to those in your midst. Thereby, causing adverse stimuli to be placed into the sub-conscious mind; which in-turn manifests itself in the form of marginalization of "lesser empowered" groups.

Recognizing that race is indeed a construct, I cannot, nor will I, abdicate my responsibility in acknowledging the manifestations of this heinous institution; of which there are many.

In response to the belief that the words "Black" and "White" are "cultural designations," I ask one question; if they are indeed so, why then will most people, in the same sentence, use the terms Chinese, Japanese, Indians, and Native Americans to describe other groups? To do so, at least to me, sounds like racial reasoning. Such a realization should cause one to question the current state of affairs in this country.

When I think on the manifestations of racialization, I become troubled; mostly for those who accept the ideology previously eluded to. For by doing so, you empower those who, by virtue of a well documented falsehood, assume a baseless and ill-deserved position of authority.

Just think for a moment, if this anti-intellectual construct has its root in a faulty premise, then on what is the conclusion erected??? Logically!!!!

Column originally published in Signal (Georgia State University's student newspaper) 19 November 2006

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