What is power?

white supremacyThere is a common misunderstanding about white supremacy throughout the U.S. Most people suppose that white supremacy centers on hate toward anyone that is not Caucasian. White supremacy is a belief in which individuals think that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race. Individuals who possess and use their power to oppress others are deemed as supremacist. People who accept this ideology believe that the black race is, or should be, dominated by Caucasians. Some believers of the ideology also believe that white supremacists govern America. Due to misunderstandings and belief in the ideology, some individuals make themselves victims of white supremacy.

One should strengthen their political understanding before becoming a believer or non believer of white supremacy. One can strengthen their political understanding by becoming familiar with  the structure and affairs of government, politics, and the state. For believers of the ideology, white supremacy revolves around power. White supremacists conceal their strategies of control to avoid others from overcoming oppression.

From an historical standpoint, white supremacy arose in America during the European colonization of the United States when blacks were slaves. Even though the 13th amendment abolished slavery and set slaves free, freedom lies a little bit in the eyes of the beholder. Slaves feeling as though they were enslaved to another system that treated them similar to slavery, they did not feel free. Freed slaves became wage slaves after the abolition of slavery. Freed slaves had to depend on low and unreasonable wages for financial stability due to their social standpoint in America at the time. American Marxist economist Richard Wolff, states in a conversation with American philosopher Cornel West, “You can free a person from slavery, but what freedom is that if the next thing they are is, enslaved to another system that treats them similar.”

Pan Africanists, historians, and other individuals believe that white supremacists controlled wage slavery. White supremacists at the time were very knowledgeable of how hard black people could work and the fact that they had to settle for low paying jobs. Well aware of their disadvantage, white supremacists were able to force wage slavery among blacks due to their financial hardship at the time. “To the extent they know who you are, the more racist they become, because of studying you, they see your potential” (Dr. Umar Johnson). White supremacists oppress blacks because they fear black potential. Black potential demonstrates that blacks have the ability to possess the power that white supremacist refuse to share.

Though people deem blacks as a pronounced casualty of white supremacy, the ideology applies to people of all races. Victims of white supremacy are successfully programmed to believe consciously, or unconsciously, that one group is better than the other. Examples of these conscious and unconscious beliefs can be seen through perceived attractiveness. Successfully programmed individuals perceive men and women of lighter complexions, especially white, more attractive than others who possess darker shades of brown. Dark skinned women imply that they are well aware of how the general public views their skin tone, through the saying “black and beautiful.” Women of lighter complexions never mention their race or skin complexion when stating that they are beautiful. Though most people may or  may not have good intentions, a lot of people have unconscious beliefs and biases that they are not aware of.

Believers of the ideology must know and understand that just because one is deemed as, or claims to be a white supremacist does not mean they are. A fine illustration of the misconception can be seen through the Klu Klux Klan. The Klu Klux Klan is an extremist right-wing secret society in the US. Most people view the KKK as white supremacists while they are white extremists who believe and teach hate. Klansman try to gain their power through terror and oppression to those who disagree and counter their beliefs. The KKK does not incorporate money and business within their pursuit for power, and being so, it is impossible for them to have power over any race without being extreme and willing to die for what they believe in.

The KKK currently displays their lack of power through its beliefs. White extremists feel as though the white race is facing extinction and being so, race mixing is forbidden. Klansman interpret and reference wordings in the Bible that signify or indicate races should stay pure, and due to their interpretations, race mixing is viewed as a major sin. Racists preserve and protect the white race by forbidding interracial relationships and teaching hate to their offspring. White extremists feel as though America is trying to erase their history by doing things such as, taking down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina statehouse, demanding the Confederate flag be removed from the uniforms of Alabama state troopers, and, the removal of Confederate statues throughout the South. White extremists  reckon that they should not have to cater to the needs and feelings of others being that the country was built specifically for white Christians and not minorities.

The KKK can not acquire the power and authority to govern America by terrorizing blacks. Most members of the secret society believe that Jews run America’s government, federal banks and, media that controls America. White extremists feel as though they are disenfranchised and neglected by America’s government. Klansman reckon that the government has developed a system to oppress and imprison white racists and being so, white racists must unite with one another to overcome and destroy the Jewish government. The KKK holds the Jewish government responsible for allowing a black man into presidency. It is clear through the KKK’s beliefs and actions that they do not obtain the power they strive for, and being so, they are believers of white supremacy and not white supremacists. Being a believer of white supremacy, Klansman hope to one day obtain the power to control America’s government, federal banks, and media. Until that day comes, Klansman will stand as believers of the ideology. Klansman will not be what they believe in until they have the power to end things that contradict their beliefs and teachings without being extreme.

Unity is the best solution for overcoming white supremacy and oppression. Though people must unify with one another to overcome white supremacy and oppression, each individual must think critically and realize why a further break must be made.

Though white supremacy does not apply to non believers, are we people of the same struggle? Is there a significant amount of non believers that have still been successfully programmed to believe that one group is better than the other? Even though white racist view themselves as superior to other races, are they currently in the same predicament as a lot of minorities?

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9 thoughts on “What is power?

  1. Once again, you nailed it. Powerful and thought provoking. I truly concur that unity is the only thing that will liberate us from this inextricable quagmire. Bravo!

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  2. People have to vote and put new thinkers into office in order for laws and amendments that systematically oppress minorities to be abolished. As a black community we must strive to rid ourselves of the miseducation that we’ve been taught by the oppressor. From our homes to schools, churches, and beyond the American Black peoples must generate wealth within our community so that we may grow our community ( i.e. Black Harlem).
    However we as a people must be honest with ourselves about the problems in our community and seek to rectify those problems to give the youth role models and show that they are magic and more than just another nigga trying to “get it”.
    With that, the youth will grow into the thinkers, movers, and shakers that will hold positions in the government and exact the changes needed to end white supremacy and carry on the brilliant legacy of our current president and those who fought to get “US” as far as we are today.

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  3. First off we are not minorities, we are the majority , life comes from us, so they are the minorities, you have to destroy white supremacy by doing for self, remember black Wall Street in Tulsa Ok? That came as a result of Jim Crow laws, until we re educate ourselves with our true history before slavery we will fall for the lies that have been told since our ancestors stepped off These Slave ships .

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  4. White supremacy is based on controlling the masses mentally & physically within a capitalism and a materialistic system we as the so called minority in America have to be independent from a white supremacy system.

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  5. I was brought here from your question on Twitter. We have the same overstanding on how to overcome white supremacy. Pan-Africanism is key. Put aside social status, religion, & political opinions and focus on the problem. Unity is key!!!!! Those who are stuck in their egos, comfortable with physical reality have to let that go. Black people are truly the divine beings on this earth and they know it! This is why they treat us so badly, mentally enslaving us that we are inferior. The truth is everyone. Black people have to look for it, but they do not like to read, that is another issue. All minorities are stemmed from the black race; sorry not sorry. There are two races, white and black. Maybe integration wasn’t the best choice because now we went from physically enslaved to quickly mentally. The mind has to grow and want change in order to conquer.

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  6. WE MUST LEAVE HOME THE USELESS IDEOLOGIES OF BEING DIFFERENT OR ONE HUMAN BEING IS SUPERIOR TO ANOTHER HUMAN BEING.. WHAT WE MUST STAND FOR IS HUMAN LIFE RIGHTS.. OUR LIVES & STRENGTH OF SPIRITS ARE AT STAKE.. THE MEDIA MAY MAKE YOU beLIEve THAT IT IS ABOUT RACE… NO NO… THAT IS THE DISTRACTION… IT IS ABOUT HUMAN WILL.. AND TRUST ME.. BLVCKS HAVE THE STRONGEST SPIRITUAL WILL KNOWN TO ANY HUMAN BEING ON THIS PLANET… THAT BEING SAID, IF I CAN DESTROY THE STRENGTH OF WILL, I HAVE A COMPLIANT SLAVE… AND THAT’S WHAT MOST PEOPLE ARE, BLVCK, WHITE, ASIAN, ETC…. SLAVES.. WE ARE SLAVES TO MONEY, MATERIALS, DISTRACTION… HOW MANY OF YOU CAN ACTUALLY ***ENJOY*** A WHOLE WEEKEND WITH YOUR FAMILY & NOT BE ON YOUR PHONE?? HOW MANY OF YOU ACTUALLY TURN OFF YOUR PHONES TO HAVE FAMILY TIME?? HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT THE ELECTRONICS YOU USE ARE LACED WITH THE BLOOD OF AFRICAN ***CHILDREN*** FOR THE COLTAN IN THE CONGO?? HOW MANY ACTUALLY KNOW OF “THE SEVEN SISTERS”??

    LIFE IS HAPPENING RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU… WE ARE FIGHTING INVISIBLE DEMONS.. WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO STAND FOR IS ***JUSTICE***… WHO CARES ABOUT TRUTH?? IS IT RIGHT FOR A WHITE MAN TO MOLEST YOUNG BOYS & GET AWAY WITH IT, WHILE A BLVCK MAN GETS THE BOOK THROWN AT HIM FOR “ALLEGEDLY” RAPING OVER 50 WOMEN THAT WERE A PART OF THIS LIFESTYLE THEY SAY THEY WERE VIOLATED IN, OVER 35 YEARS AGO?? (which would make him a serial rapist… Just as much as the serial molester…) WHERE IS THE PROOF?? WE HAVE PROOF FOR THE BOYS.. WHAT ABOUT THE LADIES??

    I’M NOT JUSTIFYING.. I’M SAYING WHERE IS THE JUSTICE FOR THE CHILDREN AFFECTED BY THE MOLESTER?? FAR TOO MANY INJUSTICES AGAINST BLVCKS ON A POLITICAL/JUDICIAL SCALE AND IT’S NOT BEING ACKNOWLEDGED.. POLICE KILL BLVCK MEN, WOMEN, & CHILDREN ***WITH NO CONSEQUENCE*** … HOWEVER, I NOTICE MANY CAUCASIANS THAT FIGHT WITH, SHOOT AT, OR THREATEN POLICE, AND THEY ARE HANDCUFFED, ARRESTED, & PROCESSED… SHOULDN’T TAMIR RICE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SURRENDER?? HE DID NOT… SHOULDN’T ERIC GARNER HAVE HAD A RIGHT TO ASK ***WHY*** HE IS BEING PLACED UNDER ARREST & NOT GIVEN A SUMMONS?? WHITES HAVE BEEN KILLED BY POLICE, AS WELL.. ONE MAN (FORGOT HIS NAME) WAS KILLED FOR HITTING A POLICE DOG… KILLED FOR A CANINE!!! I SAW NO CAUCASIANS PROTEST FOR HIM… KINDA SAD..

    MY POINT IS, WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS ON THIS AMERICAN SOIL… AS IMMIGRANTS, WE SHOULD STAND AS ONE UNITED FRONT FOR ALL THE BLVCKS BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY.. FOR THE NATIVE AMERICANS.. FOR ALL THE INJUSTICES SUFFERED BY ANY AND EVERY AMERICAN ON THIS SOIL.. INCLUDING THE GOVERNMENT’S 9/11 TERROR ATTACK & IT’S EFFORTS TO HIDE ALL THE FACTS.. (Research Operation MASCAL.. If you can find it.. ) STAND TOGETHER.. YOU CAN’T LOVE A CULTURE, BENEFIT FROM IT’S DESCENDANTS, & IGNORE THE INJUSTICES THAT PLAGUE IT… THAT MEANS YOU SUPPORT ***WHITE SUPREMACY*** IF YOU DON’T STAND AGAINST IT..

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  7. Excellent article. Eye opening. I have been thinking about what to comment, as I see white supremacy as being a mental illness. A psychosis that individuals get locked in to, whether by association or by family relations. The mental psychosis is passed down and instilled within individuals through deceptive manners, and most often through physical abuses. Effects can be seen on the surface as well in the subtlties of body language and verbal communication. Infecting the mind at conscious, subconscious, and unconscious levels depending on the degree to which one has been indoctrinated.

    Identifying it as a disease, to me, is the first step towards curing it. You must be able to acknowledge the problem in order to solve it. Unfortunately what I see most white people doing who do not agree with white supremacy, is remaining quiet about it, out of fear. Supremacists label them as sympathizers and begin to see them as inferior as well. This is how you know it is a pschosis, because they turn against their own. Unfortunately, it has been infecting nations across the world.

    I know many people who are not white, who want to be white. They act white, they do what white people do, but worst of all, they bash “minority” groups, even if they themselves are a part of that group. This is also how you can tell that it is a disease. You must never turn against your own, and you must never turn against your self. Identify with who you are and own up to it.

    How do you cure the disease, and over come white supremacy? You identify yourself as a human citizen of planet earth. You identify the traps laid out for you, the stereotypes, and you break them. You do not fall or falter and you find ways to turn what you deem weaknesses in to your strengths. You read, you research, and you communicate. You learn, and you teach. You raise your consciousness, your awareness, and you break the mental chains. An important thing to remember though, and this is crucial for curing the disease and not making it worse:

    You do not hate. Do not hate. Do not hate. Do not hate.

    You can not defeat hatred by hating. You can not fight fire with fire. You must fight fire with water. You must fight hate with understanding, and ultimately love. You do not have to love the person hating you, but love your self. Know that the person hating you has nothing to do with you, but rather has everything to do with that person. Their insecurities, their past, and ultimately, their lack of understanding.

    Africans, mexicans, and americans all have untapped potential to do incredibly great things for the world and for each other. Although it may not seem like it, white people are also fighting their own battle. The ones who are not afraid to face the darkness of slavery, rather than trying to pretend it never happened. Working to fix the disease that associatively effects them simply for having white skin.

    We are all human. We are all citizens of the earth. The media does lie to you. Race is a construct, not a truth. There is no human race. There is only the human species. There is no competition. There is only cooperation. We all live. We all die. We all answer to God. The truth is true, whether you believe it or not.

    Love your self by being honest with your self. Truth and honesty. Love and logic. Those are the natural laws and order of the universe. Catch your self if you find your self slipping in to the traps. Monitor your reactions and gain control of your own mind. Sometimes actions are done just to see what the reaction will be. Know your actions, so that you react appropriately. As your reaction becomes action, which will produce a reaction.

    Know thyself.

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