Are we stuck with white supremacy?
SUSAN K. SMITH | 5/8/2018, 11:54 p.m.
The question is, “can we get rid of it?” Can white supremacy become a thing of the past?
And if it cannot, how do we as a nation and as a world move forward? Can a nation which refuses to see itself for what it is remain a world power? Or does its ignorance lead to its demise, and to the demise of all people, White people included?
The current administration has revealed itself as an administration which cares most for White people – but not all White people but, rather, for the very wealthy. Ironically, white supremacy adversely affects even White people of lower socioeconomic classes, and when current White supporters of this president realize they have been used, they will be angry.
White supremacists, however, will not care. Even as many in that group espouse and practice and use violence against Black people, their hatred will end up backing up into their world. Those who have relied on white supremacy as their ticket to economic parity and superiority will experience the aftertaste of their hatred.
Not even that phenomenon will end white supremacy, though. It feels like that as long as White people are able to see people of color around them, they will fall back on and rely on the false narrative that they are somehow better … and that belief will always feed their arrogance and their capacity to hate.
The presence of God notwithstanding and God’s command for us to “love our neighbors as ourselves,” that command, which has always been ignored, will continue to be. We, people of color, will have to remain girded up and continue this fight for dignity, which “the White mind” believes, is not ours to have. The battle has obviously not been given to the swift but to those who have endured and we will have to continue to endure, to fight back and to demand the civil and human rights which are ours.
We will have to continue to declare that neither white supremacy nor the white supremacists that make our lives miserable are the boss of us.
Yes, we are stuck…with white supremacy, but in the end, their whiteness will not protect or save them. That is the truth we will have to never forget.
Rev. Dr. Susan K Smith is available to preach, and give workshops or hold seminars on the issue of how religion and politics have been ineffective in destroying racism. She is working on a book on the subject at this time. To book her, visit firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.crazyfaithministries.org.