Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Enemy Among Us

Rasheed, Muhammad. "The Enemy Among Us." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 02 Aug 2018. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Q: Morgan Freeman stated the best way to fight racism is to quit talking about it. Stop saying "black man" and "white man". Would it really help?

Muhammad Rasheed - It wouldn’t help at all. In fact, it would help the pro-racists make things worse for Black people.

Racism is composed of the systemic, institutionalized economic exclusion of Black people, exploiting and plundering them to feed the white racist aristocracy, which creates the infamous and ever-widening wealth gap. The dictionary definition of racist/racism merely describes the most common usage of the terms, but not the system itself. The most common usage of the terms comes primarily from the white working class who use the words to refer—not to the political and economic disenfranchisement of Blacks—but to their own resentments and hatreds directed towards Blacks as a class.

Freeman’s faux cure-all will serve only to direct all attention away from the reality of the white racist exploitation of Black people, to give the very false impression that racism is only composed of shallow “skin color” prejudices on the individual level. This will enable the white racists to continue to exploit Blacks unopposed, while all official anti-racism programs impotently go after “implicit bias” and other paint-thin, surface-level foolishness.

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