As evidenced by this blog, where there is only one subject that is discussed and that ever will be discussed, studying and understanding the system of racism/white supremacy in an effort to do whatever it is that I can do to eventually eliminate the system is one of the main concerns in my life, as I feel that it should be for all victims. A big part of learning and studying the system of white supremacy is talking and exchanging views on this topic, with both those who consider themselves “conscious” as well as those who many would refer to as confused (at best) about the system. In these conversations as well as in my writings, I try to use the term white supremacy as much as I possibly can in every conversation that involves racism, in an effort to try to get Black people in the habit of seeing, hearing and understanding a term that sparks much confusion within us. For some reason, there are very few terms and concepts that confuse Black people as much as the term white supremacy, and that confusion is expressed in multiple ways. Of course, with the confusion of its victims being one of the main components in the maintenance of white supremacy, this is deliberate. It is very important for Black people to have a clear, sharp understanding of the term white supremacy, what it means and why it is used in order to fight it more efficiently and more effectively.
When speaking with some of my more conscious friends, I often get hit with the idea that the term white supremacy is not a term that should be used, because (to paraphrase the words of one of my frequent conversational partners), “white people are not supreme, and using the term white supremacy puts white people on a pedestal where they do not belong”. And while I do understand this viewpoint, I believe that this is a very incomplete, surface level way of thinking about the term. I also think that thinking about the term white supremacy in this way shows a lack of understanding that the concept of white supremacy is much more than just simply an idea, but an entire global system. When I use the term white supremacy, I am not referring to any idea that white people are naturally supreme. Clearly I do not believe that. Nor am I trying to place white people on a pedestal or imply that the people whom I suspect to be white supremacists, or who have been confirmed as such are some big, bad invincible juggernaut that cannot be defeated. When I use the term white supremacy I am referring to a whole, complete system that affects and contaminates all areas of people activity, and has dominated all those who are considered to be non-white (with special rancor towards Black people) for hundreds of years and counting.
The whole purpose of this system being put into place is to oppress and subjugate all non-whites, and most importantly, to unjustly place white people, who are absolutely not naturally supreme, in an artificially created, supreme position. The term white supremacy exists to describe the purpose of the system and the idea and objective behind the creation of the system, rather than to serve as any commentary of any actual supremacy of the white race. Then we have the idea that white supremacy is not the most accurate term that describes this system, and that the term “white terrorism” or “white domination” would be a more accurate term. I certainly agree that terrorism is an essential aspect of white supremacy, and white domination is one of the main products of the system. But I believe that this description also neglects to acknowledge the more subtle aspects of white supremacy, especially in its more refined modern form. A big part of the danger and toxicity of the system of modern and refined racism/white supremacy lies in the deceptive and seemingly innocuous forms and ways in which it is presented to, and practiced on its victims.
The system of white supremacy in its modern form is often presented in a way that is so cleverly disguised that much of it may fly over the heads and will barely be acknowledged by those who have not taken the time to study and develop an understanding of the ways and objectives of systematic white supremacy. Since white supremacy has been fortified in the minds of such an overwhelming percentage of the people around the planet, and the system has been so thoroughly established as the standard, there is now very little need to physically terrorize and intimidate people into going along with the program. The system now aims more so to gently goad people into having a mindset of either practicing white supremacy or passively accepting white supremacy by way of confusion, deception or distraction, with the terrorism and violence that was so prevalent in previous, less refined forms of white supremacy always looming ominously and threateningly in the background. Gone are the days in which the primary method for practicing white supremacy is by lynching or threatening to lynch Black people (although that certainly still happens), burning crosses on lawns or riding around in pickup trucks with shotguns and confederate flags calling Black people “n——“.
This brings us to the next common misconception that tends to be held by people who I would consider to be somewhat confused- the idea that white supremacy refers only to neo-nazi’s, the ku klux klan, the alt-right, or other such movements, and that if one does not identify as something of this sort, then they are not white supremacists, and using the term “white supremacist” to describe them is an overstatement. This is more confusion that benefits those who maintain and practice white supremacy, and wish to do so forever. The idea that if someone does not dress up in white hooded robes, or give “white power” salutes while shouting “heil Hitler” and spewing racial epithets, then they are not white supremacists is one of the most dangerous misconceptions that Black people can have, and has been the source of much pain and confusion for Black people, especially in recent years. White supremacists, the way I use the term, simply refers to anyone who classifies themselves and are accepted as white, who practice and maintain the system of white supremacy, even if it is just passively, by for instance, unconditionally and uncritically supporting the institutions that are critical in perpetuating and protecting white supremacy (law enforcement, the government, the political system, the military industrial system, white dominated religious systems, kwk). This may include people who may not “hate” Black people in the literal sense, and may even be quite friendly to Black people on the surface on a personal level. But their insistence on perpetuating the status quo, and resistance to any movement that may be effective in replacing the system is what makes them white supremacists in my eyes. And in my eyes, there is absolutely no confusion about what they practice, or what they are, or at least what I suspect them all to be.
Brother Osei, 21st Century Race Man