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2019 Glyph Comics Award Winner (BEST COMIC STRIP OR WEBCOMIC)!
Rasheed, Muhammad. "A White Monopoly On That, Too?" Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 14 Jul 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.
Bradley Johnson - What does it mean to act "white"?
Muhammad Rasheed - The charge of “acting white” from a black American Descendant of Slavery (ADOS) has a few different meanings depending on the socio-economic class of the accuser and some other factors. Usually it’s an accusation of treachery towards a fellow ADOS.
- When coming from the lower class poor ADOS, to be accused of ‘acting white’ almost always means you are perceived to be a peer who is fraudulently putting on airs and pretending to a station you are not a part of. Often nothing more complex than a wider vocabulary is enough to receive this insult, which is a terribly sad demonstration of being “poor minded” since it implies that whites hold a barrier over simply going to the library and reading a book for free.
- When coming from the ADOS middle classes (such as they are), to be accused of ‘acting white’ is usually a dig at your household and how you were raised. It can mean your parents cut you off from the culture (for whatever reason) and had you “out there” to be raised by white folks so now you don’t know your people. More often than not, this is an accurate ‘reading of someone’s mail,’ and the defensive victim will usually embrace the negative comments made about Black people in general by his/her white ‘friends’ by pretending the ‘acting white’ accusation is actually coming from the “poor minded” lower class mindset, though this is not the case.
- Even though the actual term “acting white” isn’t used, other instances of the concept as used by ADOS are leveled at white people themselves, and represent a specific mode of communication not necessarily universal among all socio-economic classes of the white racist aristocracy. One is the coded language of political pundits, alt-right journalists and others who hide racist/discriminatory speak in seemingly innocent-sounding rhetoric to pretend they don’t hold anti-Black views. This is a relatively new strategy by the guardians of white supremacy, and it goes hand-in-hand with a false victimhood narrative using a “black supremacist” false equivalency fallacy as part of this manifestation of their sociopathy.
The other specific way in which the white racist aristocracy “acts white” is the normalized mainstream demonstration of forcing all information through the Eurocentric White Supremacist Ideological worldview in order to maintain a ‘whiteness narrative’ as part of the ongoing indoctrination of the populace. Similar as to how FoxNews forces all information through the white Republican conservative viewpoint and pretends it’s the ‘default normal’ view of the world, the mainstream society does the same on a bigger scale with a specific Eurocentric white supremacist view. This is the truer, far more dangerous version of “acting white,” and it is a mighty weapon used to protect the status quo from overthrow by brainwashing the populace into believing that white people hold a monopoly over thought itself.
MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.
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