You’ve made it to the conclusion of my “Oh So You’re Black” series! I’ve discussed the invention of racism and how we can take our power back via knowledge and paradigm shifts. However, I’m still left with one burning question. If races aren’t real…then what is the purpose of racism? If it were truly about hatred then trust me, we would have all have been obliterated by now. So what is the purpose?
Racism isn’t institutionalized accidentally. It’s a tool for people in power to use to remain in power. The more you can subdivide the people, the more you can isolate and reduce. If you can incarcerate one group of people at a higher rate, the more jobs are available. There is also is less competition in the marketplace. Also, Felons can’t vote or use social services. This means their voices are silenced, they have less political power, and their societal status becomes cyclical and generational at times. At the surface, we think it’s all about hate, but those in power know there is an effective strategy behind managing citizens at the micro level.
Don’t believe me? Read The New Jim Crow or watch The 13th on Netflix (stay woke!). Just like how institutional racism didn’t happen on accident, neither did poverty. Poverty was designed for the same reason races were invented. Check out this article written by the former Mayor of Cleveland to learn more. This isn’t a conspiracy theory. This has been proven time and time again in almost every society in the history of the world. Dividing the people for power can be accomplished using multiple methods including religion, class, ethnicity, the color of your skin within the same ethnicity, height, weight, ancestry, gender, and SEXUAL ORIENTATION.
I’d like to close with sharing the best metaphor I’ve heard for the purpose of racism. Racism is like assigning an assassin to you. As soon as you walk in the door nobody needs to make an effort to get to know you because your character has already been assassinated by the stereotypes associated with your race. It’s a socialized subconscious that’s been programmed to eliminate you. A subconscious that’s been socialized by the media and academic institutions. I was a witness of it when my 1st-grade teacher called my mom because I didn’t color myself in with the brown crayon. I was a victim of it when my 7th-grade teacher removed me from Algebra for being black. My teachers probably weren’t racist (or maybe?). But they were race conscious and they were teaching me to be the same because of all the power implications I mentioned above. Stay woke y’all. Stay Woke.
Education and a paradigm shift might work at the individual level but is it enough to defeat racism and poverty altogether?