Pseudo Racism

I want to talk about something I call pseudo-racism. This isn’t to take away from the aspects of racism that are clearly racist. However, all racism isn’t racist at its source. Pseudo-racism, in my opinion, refers to the idea that someone is using racism to hide their true agenda.  They aren’t the ones who carry out their agenda. Therefore, it looks and smells like white supremacy when below the surface they don’t care about white or black.

The race card is part of the game, not the whole game. The game is Monopoly.

There are a lot of people who say “IDGAF” and often times… that’s not true. They just don’t want you to know they are emotionally impacted. It’s a defense mechanism. The farther you are from a person in terms of relationship the less you care what happens to them. This is true about anyone whether we use race as an identifier or not.

When we don’t feel connected to someone we aren’t going to care about them like we would someone we feel connected to. It doesn’t make us racist if that person happens to be a different race. In fact, considering the race of a person is typically something racists do.

The degree that you care reflects the degree you are connected.

I’m not racist but I’m not going out of my way to make white friends. And nor would I expect them to go out of their way to make black friends. But that’s because I don’t go out of my way to make friends at all. But not knowing us is an easy way to not care about us and vice versa except we justify our lack of care because of all they, collectively, have done to us. This fixes nothing.

My children have white friends because they live across the street, but we live in a black community so they are connected simply based on shared geography. And that experience will benefit both of them.

Without that experience they might be ignorant to each other’s differences and similarities.

There are people who have absolutely no connection to us at all, even from an ideological perspective. So they simply don’t care. They don’t even care enough to hate us. Hatred requires time and energy. You have to think about the person you hate. Those who typically hate us are those who directly compete against us for jobs (survival). That competition creates a negative connection. However, there are other people who only see the potential of this larger collective competition. This is that higher level racist that sees white women having babies with black men as a threat. However, on another level there are people who will intentionally surround a black man with white women because of the influence they want to have over that man and his wealth. You can say this is racist but what if they do the same thing for the same reason, regardless of race? From antiquity people have married and given their daughter’s in marriage based on wealth and power. And there are plenty of whites who associate being black with not having wealth or power so why would they want that for their children? By saying “that’s not racist” aren’t we minimizing racism? Not at all. When racial tensions are high we need to be more clear about what racism actually is so that we’re not inadvertently feeding negative images and stereotypes that have no power outside of what we give them.  Lack of clarity only leads to misunderstanding which makes conflict easily provoked. And in order for us to focus on the work we need to do to combat real racism and white supremacy we cannot get sidetracked fighting battles that were never necessary to begin with.

The fact that these ideas get tied to race should be filed under “generalization” and “stereotyping”. It’s only racism when you use your superior position to act upon these stereotypes to keep people of that race from equal opportunities for success. We all stereotype but we aren’t all racists.

When people talk about class the general masses don’t always see how important class is to those who believe they are at the top. And sometimes those at the top don’t even realize how much better they think they are than those at the bottom. So while you think they don’t care because you’re black, MAYBE they don’t care because you’re a member of the lower class. You just happen to be black.

Understanding how class fits in is important because the powerful elite class have a long history of manipulating people against each other.  The best way to manipulate poor whites and keep them from attacking the rich is to distract them with a bigger target. Black people and Mexicans. They are influenced to be afraid as if they must fight to the death over a limited amount of resources which are actually the scraps from the table of the wealthy elite. Even though the CEO is making 10-20 times more than 2 employees at the same level, they will spend most of their energy in competition with each other, not necessarily trying to get to the CEO’s level even though he has way more to do with their situation than the person they’re competing with. They just want to win against each other.

Police Officers are not rich. They’re not highly paid. They are often the children of even poorer whites who, because their parents had to suffer not having the American Dream because of government freebies for Black people (or so they say to have a scape goat) they feel like Black people are the problem for “white society”. Their society. The “us vs them” relationship is created by competition. War is just another expression of competition. Of course when they lose to us its unfair and when we lose to them its “survival of the fittest”. But at the end of the day these justifications are really just tools to combat feelings of insecurity and a lack of self-worth. Black people become the object of white insecurity and yes, even inferiority and feelings of jealousy. These are all masked by a love/hate relationship based on them caring way too much. And guess what… we care too much about them too.

When you have people that don’t care at all, what you’re dealing with is not truly racism. What you’re dealing with is more like personality disorders where the subject lacks empathy. I believe it is easy for us to connect emotionally to any other humans, but not everyone shares this. On some level maybe it is because we understand that we are all connected, both to the planet and each other. But there are those who don’t feel connected to anything and only have their desire for wealth and power to set the compass for their life. And that’s scary because it enables them to become monsters. For them it’s not about race. Race is just a card to help them get what they want; wealth and power. And what’s scarier is the more they get the less likely they are to care how they got it.

Here’s what psychopaths and sociopaths have in common:

  • A disregard for laws and social mores
  • A disregard for the rights of others
  • A failure to feel remorse or guilt
  • A tendency to display violent behavior

Doesn’t this sound eerily familiar?

Psychopaths, on the other hand, are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature.

When committing crimes, psychopaths carefully plan out every detail in advance and often have contingency plans in place. Unlike their sociopathic counterparts, psychopathic criminals are cool, calm, and meticulous. Their crimes, whether violent or non-violent, will be highly organized and generally offer few clues for authorities to pursue. Intelligent psychopaths make excellent white-collar criminals and “con artists” due to their calm and charismatic natures.

The cause of psychopathy is different than the cause of sociopathy (1). It is believed that psychopathy is the result of “nature” (genetics) while sociopathy is the result of “nurture” (environment). Psychopathy is related to a physiological defect that results in the underdevelopment of the part of the brain responsible for impulse control and emotions. Sociopathy, on the other hand, is more likely the product of childhood trauma and physical/emotional abuse. Because sociopathy appears to be learned rather than innate, sociopaths are capable of empathy in certain limited circumstances but not in others, and with a few individuals but not others.

If any of this sounds familiar to you in our struggle for human rights then I think I got my point across. It is better for these people to be thought of as simply racists and to disguise their agenda in racial language, rather than be seen for what it truly is. They just don’t care.

Jonathan Sinclair
Black Wall Street 2.0


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