Dear White America
By George Yancy, Dember 24 2015 (LINK to article)
I love, i.e. identify with, my own, white, race, just as you, George, clearly identify with your own, black, race, which is natural and healthy human nature.
The only people I have ever hated have been other white people, and when I look at history I see far more evidence of racial SELF-hatred (white people doing terrible things to other white people, including WW1, the Holocaust and the blanket bombing of German cities) than I do for white hatred of other races.
For more than half a century we have been taught to equate "racial prejudice", which was wrongly made responsible for the Holocaust, with racial hated. This was an understandable, but misconceived overreaction to the evil of Nazism, which was quickly incorporated into an ideology of white racial self-denial and self-contempt and ever since has served as an instrument of socio-political intimidation, rewards, punishments, manipulation and control (mainly of whites over whites), just as medieval church ideology once did.
It is the age-old strategy of divide and rule, which I elaborate on in this BLOG:
I want racial harmony as much as you do, but it has to be based on truthfulness. And the truth is that race matters; not in the way that racial supremacists believe it does, but because central to any deep and meaningful sense of both personal and group identity.
Race matters because identity matters, which is what we need to be clear about, instead of allowing the state and capital to keep us in a state of confusion, which they exploit to their own power-political and commercial advantage.