Whiteness Hides Their Racism In Angry Black Woman Stereotype & Birtherism 2.0 To Attack Harris
It hasn’t even been a century since segregation ended — somewhat, and we are still dealing with the same racist ideologies handed down through generations. We are dealing with racism, the kind that is easily concealed because it’s no longer “cool to be racist”. So it hides — in stereotypes, in patriotism, in any crevice that a light can’t shine.
“Attack”, “angry”, “not Black American”, are just a few of the phrases hurled at Kamala Harris since she outshone all the other Democratic presidential candidates on the second night of the Democratic Debate.
This is a racist, political maneuver meant to shift the focus on her tone rather than Biden’s past actions — a common play by whiteness.
It isn’t only Republicans that are attacking Kamala Harris. There are Democrats as well who show greater concern for how Harris called out Biden rather than the fact that a) Biden’s history and even some of his current actions are wrong and b) he didn’t address the issue except to get defensive and hide behind semantics.
“I did not oppose busing in America, what I opposed is busing ordered by the Department of Education” is like saying “I didn’t hit you in the face. The ball hit you.” Biden had an opportunity to admit that he’d made a mistake and he refused. That’s on him.
There were also other candidates going back and forth debating. And still, the distinctive labels of “angry” and “attack” apply most to the one Black woman calling out a white man. Stereotypes are a branch of racism — a way to pigeonhole a group and leave them weary in their attempts to either live up to it or live it down. If you only use words like “hostile”, “angry” and “attack” when dealing with specific non-white categories you are being racist. Period.
While Kamala Harris was given the condemnation for speaking the truth, Joe Biden was given the excuses. The common one employed is “it was a different time” or “forced busing was unpopular”. These are the new go-tos used whenever someone’s past is brought up.
This demonstrates another clear issue with whiteness — it will do what is popular rather than what’s right. Whiteness does not stick it’s neck out to be chopped off and it follows the trends of what is acceptable to hide its racism. Racial slurs like the n-word were no longer acceptable so whiteness used dog whistles, many of which are still acceptable to society today.
That’s not to say it wasn’t a different time. Nor is it to say that a person can’t change. But one major step to demonstrate you’ve changed is to acknowledge your mistake. How do you move past something without fully addressing, apologizing and taking steps to rectify it. It’s not surprising Biden wouldn’t acknowledge his mistakes; after all, this country was built on denial of crimes, past and present, committed in the name of whiteness.
Then an influx of whiteness (along with bots and trolls), who don’t want to see a Black woman elected president, questioning Kamala Harris’s “blackness”. Everything from calling her out for marrying a white man, to making a distinction that she is not “Black American” but Jamaican. It would be laughable how they continue to employ the same separatist techniques to divide if it wasn’t often so tragically effective.
They use patriotism (being American) as a smoke screen for racism. It’s another dog whistle. It’s been employed against immigrants and now it’s being used once again to target a Black presidential candidate.
Even the racist family at the top, the Trumps are getting in on it.
Fortunately, thanks to the previous “birther movement” that started when Obama was elected, this is being called what it is: racism.
Jamil Smith is right. “Birtherism is racism” and anyone aiding this is abetting the whiteness that destroys us all.
The reason this is happening is the same reason we saw this with Obama. After the debate, Kamala Harris became a threat. The news has been frontrunners such as Biden, Sanders and Warren; however, both Julian Castro and Kamala Harris outshone them on their respective debate nights.
Whiteness does not want to see another non-white candidate become president. That’s why in some states we are seeing an increase in gerrymandering, reinstating of a poll tax, eroding of voter rights and increased voter restrictions.
They are terrified that, with everything whiteness has done — all the lies they feed poor white people about “white superiority” while holding a boot on their throats as well, of what will become of them.
And if we learn to stand together, the poor, the marginalized we may finally hear the death rattle of whiteness.