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Not a racist bone: American values, traditions

SUSAN K. SMITH | 10/11/2018, 8:30 a.m.
I am always bothered when I hear a White person say, of him/herself or of someone else, “He doesn’t have ...

Throughout history, the American subset of wealthy, White men has worked intently to keep the power in their hands. White supremacy includes not only their racism, but their sexism as well.

These wealthy, White men got used to manipulating the democratic system in this country to their advantage. Complaints of injustice by Black, Brown and poor people have been effectively ignored; the rights of women have been violated as well.

White women sitting before a panel of all White men seeking justice is no different from an accused Black or Brown person sitting before an all-White jury. The system was set up to support and to protect not “the least of these,” but rather “the most powerful, the most wealthy of these.”

The lawmakers and politicians have practiced their racism – at one time, openly, but in recent times, more clandestinely, using coded language. Racist beliefs are in their souls, put there by beloved relatives and pastors, and reinforced by their inability, or perhaps lack of desire, to test what they have been taught as to its veracity.

One doesn’t have to wear a white sheet or say the N-word out loud to be racist.

To the contrary, racists belie their deeply-rooted beliefs by being OK with the narrative that Black people are bad, that Black people are less intelligent and more dangerous than White people, and that if a Black person is shot and killed by a police officer, then he or she deserved it.

The racism shows in how White parents have reacted, and perhaps still do, if they think their children’s schools are going to be integrated. They show it by bullying people who are not White and wealthy; in some cases, all one has to do to become the brunt of their narrow thinking is be a non-White person period.

So the “not a racist bone” cry does not ring true. White people of all economic levels are comfortable in their Whiteness.

They are glad they are not of African descent. They live in fear of the people whom they despise, walk over and take advantage of.

They think their denial of being racist makes it true.

It does not.

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith is the founder and director of Crazy Faith Ministries. She is available for speaking. Contact her at revsuekim@sbcglobal.net.