Sunday, February 22, 2009

Rappin' About Race

Rappin' About Race

Paul Scott

Americans are punks when it comes to discussing race.

Yeah, I said it and the Attorney General of the U.S. of A has got my back.

Americans may be good at other things; baseball, bombing small countries, etc. But when it comes to an honest discussion about race relations this is a nation of wusses.

Attorney General Eric Holder caused quite a stir, last week when he said that "America is a "nation of cowards" when it comes to racial stuff.

The one thing that Americans hate being called is cowards. Self absorbed, materialistic, lacking moral character, maybe...but a nation of cowards!

Those are fighting words that usually elicit the response, "Begin bombing in five minutes."

The main problem is that you can't discuss "the race problem" without discussing Racism. And you can't discuss Racism without discussing White Supremacy.

Not only do most people shy away from discussing Racism, they don't even know how to define the term.

The functional definition of Racism is the ability of one racial group to impose its will on another group.

Therefore, it may come as a shock to some white folks but African Americans cannot be racists.

Racism is a totally European concept.

In other words, Racism ain't a black thang.

While some may use some warped form of Newton's Law of Motion to argue the contrary (if there are white racists there must be black racists) that logic does not apply here. It would be like saying just because there are over 200 white billionaires in this country there exists an equal amount of black ones.)

So since black folks cannot be racists then any conversations about race will be kinda one sided.

Let's just say I go on a quest through the backwoods of Georgia to meet with the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan with the purpose of creating racial dialogue. After trekking through miles of swamp, I finally meet the dude face to face... What the heck are we gonna chat about?

"Gee Bob...nice weather we're having." "Now, about that cross you got burning over there..."

Malcolm X once said ,"you can't ever reach a man if you don't speak his language."

When it comes to racial dialogue, we definitely have a failure to communicate.

While some have argued that Racism is a moral problem (Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.) in reality there are other, more probable, reasons for its existence.

Dr. Claude Anderson( Black Labor, White Wealth) has made the argument that Racism is economically based. However, psychologist Dr. Bobby Wright (The Psychopathic Racial Personality) saw it as a mental illness and Michael Bradley (The Ice Man Inheritance) viewed it as hereditary, dating back thousands of years.

Even if we did have some great discussion about race in America, unless we see Racism as it really is, as Soul Brother #1, James Brown said, we''ll be...

"Talkin' loud and sayin' nuthin."

Paul Scott writes for No Warning Shots