Freedom Rider: Black Faces for White People

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 23:36
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by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Halloween brings out the worst, in the worst white folks. “What was an enjoyable time to dress up in costume has become the white racist moment to act out sick fantasy.” The bigots would like their version of Halloween to last all year. “A return to the good old days of slavery, colonial violence, invasions and occupations is something they pine for quite openly.”

 

Freedom Rider: Black Faces for White People

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It seems that white supremacy is the new national pastime every October.”

Black people have been stigmatized with racist caricatures from the first moment that Africans encountered Europeans. People who worked without pay at the point of a lash or a gun were called lazy. The victims of sexual assault were themselves labeled as “over sexed” perverts and freaks. This awful history isn’t dead. It is celebrated by millions of people who think that our plight and position in society is part of the natural order of the universe. At the first possible opportunity they publicly display their hatred and their determination to exult in and continue white supremacy.

This tendency may always be present but in recent years Halloween is the moment when the ghouls show themselves. This celebration has morphed from what used to be a simple children’s holiday into a multi-billion dollar, month long event for adults. What was an enjoyable time to dress up in costume has become the white racist moment to act out sick fantasy. They do so quite publicly, with numerous examples made easily visible on social media.

It seems that white supremacy is the new national pastime every October. People who may make token efforts to conceal their true feelings year round suddenly give themselves license to celebrate slavery or the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Blackface has become not just a hobby for white Americans but for white people around the world. When a young Australian woman recently held an African themed birthday party, not only did her white guests come dressed as black people in dark colored makeup, but some came dressed as Klu Klux Klansmen. The costume choice is a bit odd as there was no KKK in any part of Africa, but that thinking is too literal. The party guests knew what they were about.

White Dutch men and women paint their faces black and wear afro wigs and claim it is all in good fun.”

Their country is like the United States, a living example of European genocide carried out against a dark skinned native population. Perhaps an identification with the KKK is not so far removed from Australia’s racial history.

In the Netherlands, the annual Sinterklaas festival features a mythical character known as Swarte Piet, Black Pete. White Dutch men and women paint their faces black and wear afro wigs and claim it is all in good fun. They then take great umbrage at anyone who questions the propriety of this obviously retrograde custom.

The Dutch are deeply attached to their racist caricature and are fighting tooth and nail to keep the tradition alive. To their credit, many of their countrymen and women are saying that Black Pete has no place in the 21st century in a nation which calls itself advanced and civilized. However, the backlash against progress has been so fierce that a new Facebook page in support of the Black Pete tradition generated 1 million likes in less than 24 hours. White people in the Netherlands are standing their ground.

The message is quite clear. Millions of white people want to maintain unequivocal and unquestioned control over people of color. A return to the good old days of slavery, colonial violence, invasions and occupations is something they pine for quite openly.

It is time for black people to acknowledge the seriousness of their situation.”

A Republican state legislator in Nevada made that point. Jim Wheeler said that he would vote to bring back slavery if his constituents wanted him to do it. Of course Wheeler added that this hypothetical vote would only come about if he first held his nose and then bit his tongue and had a gun pointed to his head, but the message is inescapable and Wheeler is not alone. Italian fashion designers and Quebec comedians all find reasons to make sure that black people are not thought of as people at all.

The mind set which says that white people should always be in control is firmly entrenched. If Trayvon Martin’s murder can be played out as someone’s idea of humor, then it is time for black people to acknowledge the seriousness of their situation.

Black people are hated and despised by many people who are happy to see us suffering, dismissed as the “other” who can be easily ignored, or killed because of racism. The new age white minstrels are making their yearnings obvious. We must be ready to acknowledge our predicament and not be shocked every time we see a white person who finds comedy in our suffering. For every one clumsy enough to be found out on Twitter or Facebook there is another too smart to reveal himself. While they won’t make themselves known we would be smart to know that they are always present and so is their sick philosophy.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.

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'Post-Racial' USA_43% Whites A-OK w Black-Face vs 37-41% Opposed

Submitted by Nixakliel on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 23:54.

The HuffPost reports that in the Obama era of so-called ‘post’-racial [NOT!] USA- 43% of whites think its just 'cool & the gang' to mock [= insult] Blacks by wearing black-face to Hell-O-Ween [= TRICKs w NO treats] parties, birthday parties, frat-boy [or girl] parties, etc, etc, etc. 43% - While just 37% - 41% of whites disapprove- [15 – 16% of whites expressed no opinion which we know how that wind will blow]. This means slightly more whites think it’s just A-OK to mock [= ridicule] Blacks by wearing black-face than those who definitively express disapproval [see: www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/31/blackface-poll_n_4182928.html?view=print&comm_ref=false ].

And as Sis Kimberley’s article points out- it just ain’t the US. In Australia, Holland, Italy, etc- they all do the same thing & they all think it’s a blast. Even Mexico’s got it’s version of Black Sambo, & in the Dominican Republic’s gov’t just stripped Dominicans of Haitian ancestry of their legal status unless their families' status in the DR pre-dates 1929.  FYI Haiti is on the western half of the Island of Dominica & the DR is on the eastern half. Dominicans are more mixed / 'light' brown-skinned [aka hi-yellow] than Haitians cause DR Spanish [& Portuguese] slave massas were far more apt to brazenly take slave women & girls for their ‘concubines’ than the French [& English] Haitian slave massas were. Yet somehow Dominicans think that [sad] fact makes them more ‘special’ than the more pure African blooded Haitians- HUMM!!!

 

The other thing I noticed in Sis Kimberley’s article & links to supporting articles is that- It ain’t just wild white frat-boys in on this insult. It was a white girl who came from FL who thought it was cool / funny to have her {brother? / husband?} & their ex-con pal- do that KILLER-Z gunning down Tayvon skit / bit & post it to Face-book. It was a white Australian girl who thought is a blast to have her 23rd birthday bash in black-face- & also post it on face-book. And in cutesy Holland again many Dutch women showed in black-face for their ‘Black-Pete [aka Black Sambo] festival [= fetish-able]. So sisters beware, Just cause she's a white-girl don't necessarily make her your 'home'-girl / girl-friend.

Just saying!!!

Submitted by thjohnsoniii on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 18:54.

Excellent research I read of yours regarding the article of Whites fascination of appearing in black face at Halloween, however, did you mean to say Hispaniola as being the island that contain both Dominican Republic and Haiti?  I recognized that you said, Dominica was; however, Dominica is a smaller Caribbean island nation of its own where the sisters have the finest of legs from walking up and down the hilly terrain, I presume.

BLACK faces for white people

Submitted by ROBERT on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 20:04.

WHITE people have no reason to take black people serious.

WE take every abuse heaped on us and only ask for more ;OBAMACARE is a prime example.

WHITE people only respect one reality and that is what harm can you cause them .

IF you can't cause them any harm they have no reason to respect you.

Word Sound Power

Submitted by Silent Hammer on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 12:19.

Greetings - Muur Love to the Melinated Asiatic Families of the Globe ! The words we say carry a vibration which translates to power positive or negative. When did humans or huemans become colors ? According to true history it happened in 1749 by German Johan F. Blumenback, who named the whites ( by English definition meaning pure or angelic ) after the Caucasus Moutains. Black meaning evil or dirty I have to asked how can fathers and mothers of civilation choose a word with that meaning to name themselves ? Maybe they didn't ! What if the word black is a DENATIONALIZED term ? Black,african american,negroe, and or colored are brands owned by the foreign owned corporation called the US of America  or USA ! These brands in the eyes of the law ( civil law or roman/European law ) means civilly dead ! Now that may explain why we are warehoused in prisons for profit ! My community have accepted there names or brands as well as the pale skin religion and we are dying because of that my thinking. All taking place on our land which our ancestors called Melanesia now called America. The European along with his secret society specifically freemasonry has hidden these truths long enough ! This comment is said out of love for self and kind ! Lets really rethink what we are calling ourselves and truly rethink our situation like the senator said in the well written article. What is the so called blacks nationality ? In the The Book it states " if u don't know their names call them the names of there forefathers " Peace and Love ! 

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