it occurred to me that much of the struggle on this board to overstand white privilege is based on an interpretation such as "why should we be dealing with racial matters as this is what the system has done, why continue to see each other in racial terms when this is what we are trying to undo." Many like to quote the famous "WAR" speech by Selassie from the proceedings of the OAU in this context.
Any attempts to deal with the current racial disparities due to historical circumstances(which involve our CURRENT privelege or disadvantage based on skin color regardless of spiritual or political adherence) are seen as attempts to stoke the fires of racial war. In reality though, this is what MLK termed as stirring up the tension which is present in order to bring these occult factors to the light of day so that they may be dealt with in a CONSCIOUS manner:
"We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with an its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured . . ."
I would argue it is the private, and secret elements of society which conspire to create the conditions which we find ourselves in while we function under the ILLUSION of a "democracy." Our ignorance is their power. It is the unconscious which controls the reality, the hidden forces which act behind the scenes(BECAUSE WE DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THEM AS FACTORS). This is the same process that is involved with white privilege, every white person carries a membership card to the secret society of white advantage in the white supremacist system.
"Until that day . . . the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship will remain a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained." Think about that in this context, until white people at the very least ACKNOWLEDGE the privilege they have in the white supremacist system, the dream of one love will remain a fleeting illusion, because there is the lack of dealing with the REALITY of disparity and inequality.
In the name of liberty, equality fraternity, they have conquered the world, yet the most savage inequalities exist at this point in history than at any other. Fleeting illusions and the great god coming from the sky - pacification while the masters suck the people dry.
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